TWOQC selects scholarship recipients

Diane Quinn

The Women of Quail Creek has selected four young women from local high schools as the 2017 recipients of $6300 in scholarships funds. The scholarship recipients will be introduced during the April 24 program of TWOQC at 6:30 p.m. in the Kino Conference Center.

This year’s winners from Sahuarita High School are Nathania Duarte and Daniela Reynolds. Nathania Duarte will be entering nursing school at The University of Arizona and plans to become a neonatal nurse. She works two jobs to help save for college and volunteers with activities in the National Honor Society, the Railroad Museu, and Jazmyn’s Lunch Break, a non-profit that helps children and families through long illnesses at Diamond Children’s Center. She is heavily involved with sport, and is Captain of her cross country team, soccer team and track team. Nathania will receive an $1150 scholarship.

Daniela Reynolds will pursue a two year degree in dental hygiene through Pima Community College. Daniela came to this country when she was three and learned English on her own by watching PBS kids’ shows. She volunteers with her father at the animal league. They also transport dogs to adoption events. Daniela has been a member of Naval Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps since 2013. She is very involved with events in the community, including those involving military service by veterans. After graduation, Daniela plans to become a dental hygienist to help people that do not have access to dental care. Daniela will receive a $2000 scholarship.

Scholarship recipients from Walden Grove High School for 2017 are Carissa Gibson and Jenna Livingston. Carissa Gibson will begin a two year nursing program at Cochise College in Sierra Vista. Carissa is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in volunteer activities including the blood drive, roadside clean up and various fundraising events. During her sophomore year at Walden Grove High School she earned first place in the Vex Robotics tournaments. Each afternoon she assists the athletic trainer at Walden Grove and travels to other locations for games. By the end of this year she would like to earn four or higher on her AP English and Biology exams to gain college credit, allowing her to take fewer classes and save money. After graduation from Cochise College she plans to complete a degree in nursing, followed by becoming a nurse practitioner. Carissa will receive an $1150 scholarship.

Jenna Livingston will be studying environmental engineering through The University of Arizona Honors Engineer program. She loves math and science and is dedicated to finding solutions for social issues through environmental science. Jenna has volunteered as a member of the Sahuarita Teen Advisory Council and in the legal and finance departments of the Town of Sahuarita. At Walden Grove High School she is involved in a number of volunteer activities as a member of National Honor Society. She is Class President and History Club President. She is Student of the Year in AP U.S. History. Jenna will receive a $2000 scholarship.