From the daily archives: Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Twenty-four local high school graduates will receive the MANA scholarship and one Imperial Valley College student is the recipient of the Elsa Downs Memorial Nursing Scholarship.

El CENTRO, CA – The Imperial Valley Chapter of MANA, a National Latina Organization announced this week that it has selected twenty-four local Latina high school graduates to receive the Imperial Valley Chapter College and University Scholarship in the amount of $500 and one individual will receive the Elsa Downs Memorial Nursing Scholarship. MANA de Imperial Valley is committed to supporting Latinas in furthering their education and in recognizing outstanding students in Imperial County. The community’s support at the Las Primeras Awards Gala and Scholarship Fundraiser this past year has allowed MANA to raise the funds necessary for local scholarships and provide them to young Latinas who are pursuing higher education. MANA de Imperial Valley will be hosting a reception on Wednesday, June 16th at 9:00 a.m. at the Steppling Art Gallery on the San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus in Calexico to award the scholarships to the recipients.
Ruth Montenegro, MANA President stated, “MANA de Imperial Valley is excited to announce the 2010 MANA Scholarship recipients. The annual scholarship reception is one of the most rewarding events we have all year because as MANA members we get to meet with the scholarship recipients and congratulate the students for their hard work and accomplishments. As MANA de Imperial Valley members we are excited to see that many of this year’s recipients will be pursuing degrees in nontraditional careers for women in the sciences such as medicine, biology, neuroscience and structural engineering.” This year’s students will be attending public and private colleges and universities like the University of California, San Diego; Brown University; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of California, Santa Barbara; University of San Diego; St. John’s University and San Diego State University among others.
The 2010 MANA Scholarship was made available to Latina high school graduates who met the following requirements: have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent); have plans to enroll full-time in a degree seeking program at a two or four year U.S. accredited institution during the 2010-2011 academic year; have community service/school activities involvement and all candidates must have demonstrated leadership and civic/community involvement.

The following are the 2010 scholarship recipients:

1. Merari Aleman

Merari is the daughter of Regina and Juan Aleman from Calexico. She is a graduate of Southwest High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.3. She was a member of Key Club, a mentor for Link Crew and a volunteer at Kiki Camarena Library. She will be attending Biola University, pursuing a degree in Psychology.

2. Ashley Castro-Silva

Ashley is the daughter of Gloria Mendez from Niland. She is a graduate of Calipatria High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.73. Ashley has been a volunteer at Grace Smith School and at the elementary school in Calipatria. She will be attending San Diego State University, pursuing a degree in Psychology.

3. Briana Elisa Barajas

Briana is the daughter of Ramon and Julia Barajas from Brawley. She is a graduate of Brawley Union High School and achieved a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.83. Briana was a California Girls State Delegate in 2009 and earned a Golden State Seal Merit Diploma in 2010. She has volunteered for the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert and the Migrant Head Start Program. She will be attending San Diego State University, pursuing a major in Liberal Studies.

4. Jimena Garcia

Jimena is the daughter of Ana Maria Garcia and Rodolfo Garcia of Imperial. She is a graduate of Southwest High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.59. Jimena’s activities in high school included serving as President of the Green Club, Mentor for Link Crew/Gear Up and volunteering with the Junior Auxiliary. She received the San Diego Union Tribune Athletic Award. She will be attending the University of California, Santa Cruz, pursuing a degree in health sciences.

5. Esmeralda Gonzalez

Esmeralda is the daughter of Pablo and Luz Gonzalez from Calexico. She is a graduate of Calexico High School and earned a G.P.A. of 4.07. Esmeralda was a member of the California Scholarship Federation and the National Honors Society. She participated in AVID, Peer Court, and Mock Trial. She will be attending Baylor University, pursuing a degree in Biology.

6. Isabel Gutierrez

Isabel is the daughter of Felipe and Margarita Gutierrez from Imperial. She is a graduate of Imperial High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 4.02. Isabel was active in Academic Decathlon, MESA, and St. Anthony’s Youth Group. She also received 1st place in the Calculus Team at the 2010 MESA Competition. She will be attending the University of California, Irvine.

7. Laura Hernandez

Laura is the daughter of Gerardo and Mayra Hernandez from Heber. She is a graduate of Southwest High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.55. Laura excelled in high school while involved in AVID and SAVAPA dance. She was a member of the Best Buddy’s Club and participated in the Customer Service Academy at Imperial Valley College. She will be attending San Diego State University, pursuing a degree in Mathematics/ Liberal Studies.

8. Kayla Cheyenne Hutchinson

Kayla is daughter of Timothy and Ana Hutchinson from Imperial. She is a graduate of Imperial High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.79. She was a Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Ambassador in 2008 and Girl’s State Ambassador in 2009. She was involved in volleyball, basketball, and band and served as a counselor for basketball and volleyball camps. She will be attending San Diego State University, pursuing a major in Psychology/ Liberal Studies.

9. Rebekka Lerma

Rebekka is the daughter of Lourdes and Robert Lerma from Brawley. She is a graduate of Brawley Union High School and achieved a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.83. Rebekka’s activities included president of the Health Occupation Students of America Club, volunteering at Pioneers Memorial Hospital, and being part of the BUHS Cheerleading Team. She will be attending the University of California, San Diego, (UCSD), pursuing a Masters in Human Biology.

10. Erica Ilene Leon

Erica is the daughter of Monica and Miguel Leon of El Centro. She is a graduate of Central Union High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 4.6. Erica had extensive participation in academic and community service activities including Track and Field, Mock Trial and Academic Decathlon while holding a job at the Law Offices of Quintero & Quintero. She will be attending Brown University, pursuing a degree in Neuroscience/Bionic sciences.

11. Karla Maldonado

Karla is the daughter of Bruce and Karla Foster from El Centro. She is a graduate of Southwest High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 4.25. Karla has been involved with the El Centro Regional Medical Center’s Junior Auxiliary for the past four years in addition to participating in Academic Decathlon and Tennis. Karla will be attending the University of California, San Diego, pursuing a degree in Cell Biology/Biochemistry.

12. Monica Martinez

Monica is the daughter of Carlos and Bertha Martinez of Holtville. She is a graduate of Holtville High and achieved a G.P.A. of 4.08. Monica participated in the Marching and Concert Band, Physics Club, and the Link Crew Program. She also volunteered extensively at St. Joseph’s Church. She will be attending San Diego State University and pursuing a degree in Psychology.

13. Elizabeth Medina

Elizabeth is the daughter of Lauro and Graciela Medina of El Centro. She is a graduate of Central Union High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 4.0. Elizabeth was an officer for the Spar-teens Drill Team and a mentor for the Link Crew, mentoring first year high school students. She will be attending the University of California, Riverside, pursuing a degree in Psychology.

14. Danitza Meneses

Danitza is the daughter of Alma and Fernando Meneses from Calexico. She is a graduate of Calexico High with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.93. Danitza was active in ASB, the National Honor Society, Yearbook, and the Journalism Club. She volunteered for the ASES Program, the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert and Junior Auxiliary. She will be attending Pacific Union College and pursuing a degree in Pre-Professional Health Administration.

15. Myrka Montaño

Myrka is the daughter of Albert and Nancy Montaño of El Centro. Myrka graduated from Central Union High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.9. She has excelled in academics and athletics by participating in the Academic Decathlon and as part of the Junior Varsity Soccer Team. She will be attending the University of California, San Diego, pursuing a degree in Human Biology.

16. Daniela Nunez

Daniela is the daughter of Jaime and Francisca Nunez from Brawley. She is a graduate of Brawley Union High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 4.35. While in high school Daniela participated in ASB and was a Varsity Cross Country runner and a Varsity swimmer. She helped organize and train young cross country runners in grades 4th through 8th through a program she started in high school. Daniela will be attending the University of San Diego where she will pursue a degree in Speech Pathology.

17. Nilza Bermudez Perez

Nilza is the daughter of Juan and Nora Perez from Calexico. She is a graduate of Calexico High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.62. Nilza was a member of the Calexico High School Marching and Concert Band and a member of the Junior Auxiliary at El Centro Regional Medical Center. Nilza will be attending St. John’s University, pursuing a degree in medicine.

18. Diana Sandoval

Diana is the daughter of Eugenia and Santiago Sandoval from Calexico. She is a graduate of Calexico High with a G.P.A. of 4.00. Diana was active in AVID, MESA Club, and was president of MEChA. Diana will be attending the University of California, San Diego, pursuing a major in Human Biology.

19. Melissa E. Soqui

Melissa is the daughter of Evelia R. Soqui from Calexico. She is a graduate of Calexico High and earned a G.P.A. of 4.13. She maintained excellent grades throughout her four years in high school and was on the High School Basketball team for three years. Melissa was active in AVID, MESA Club and volunteered for the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert. Melissa will be attending the University of California, San Diego, pursuing a major in Structural Engineering.

20. Genoveva B. Soto

Genoveva is the daughter of Elva G. Soto from Calexico. She attended Calexico High and achieved a G.P.A. of 3.53. Genoveva was a student assistant and worked at the attendance office at Calexico High. She was also a member of the IVROP Law Enforcement Club. Genoveva will be attending Imperia Valley College and pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice.

21. Alysa Yrán Terán

Alysa is the daughter of Hector and Sandra Teran from El Centro. She graduated from Calexico High with a G.P.A. of 3.86. Alysa was President of ASB, and was a Varsity Cheerleader, and an Imperial County Junior Fair Board member. She will be attending San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus, pursuing a major in Liberal Studies.

22. Emilee Trujillo

Emilee is the daughter of Joe and Marisela Trujillo of El Centro. She is a graduate of Central Union High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.97. Emilee was active in events and activities that supported her community and school as a member of the Octagon Community Service Club and participating in the American Heart Association Blood Drive. She will be attending the University of California, San Diego, pursuing a degree in Medicine.

23. Belen Ruby Verdugo

Belen is the daughter of Rodolfo and Claudia Verdugo of El Centro. She is a graduate of Central Union High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.86. Belen served as ASB Vice President and as a representative for the School Site Council. She will be attending the University of California, Santa Barbara, pursuing a degree in Political Science.

24. Stephany Woods

Stephany is the daughter of Fred and Graciela Woods of El Centro. She is a graduate of Central Union High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.97. Stephany was active in community service through her participation in the Interact Club. She also participated in the Children’s Fair, ASB and as mentor for the Link Crew/Gear Up. She will be attending the University of California, San Diego, pursuing a degree in Psychology.

Elsa Downs Memorial Nursing Scholarship – Ariana Ramos

Ariana is the recipient of the Elsa Downs Memorial Nursing Scholarship. She is currently attending Imperial Valley College, and has earned a G.P.A. of 3.85 while enrolled at IVC. She is active in IVC’s Women’s Cross Country Team and the Student Support Service Club. She will be pursuing a Bachelor’s in Nursing.
MANA, a National Latina Organization, was founded in 1974 as the Mexican-American Women’s National Association. MANA’s original intent was to provide a voice for Mexican-American women at the national, state and local levels. The organization has since expanded into a diverse group of Latinas who continue to develop their abilities in political, social and professional fields. MANA empowers Latinas through leadership development, community service and advocacy.

 

By Bob Hurst

After his first two starts in the majors, Stephen Strasburg appears to be everything he was built up to be.

The Washington Nationals right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his first week in the big leagues. Strasburg, the Nationals and baseball’s No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft, has 22 strikeouts to go with five walks while allowing six hits and three runs in 12.1 innings pitched.

In Sunday’s game at Cleveland, Strasburg gave up a leadoff home run to Travis Hafner, but allowed just one more hit, and walked the first five batters of his career in a 9-4 win over the Indians.

It’s been a whirlwind start to a promising career for the 21-year-old, fanning 14 batters in his debut at home against Pittsburgh, and following up with another strong outing on the road. But Strasburg is trying to keep level-headed about it.

“Just another week,” Strasburg said after Sunday’s win.

The only thing that seemed to bother the young pitcher on Sunday was the mound at Progressive Field. It had to be repaired twice due to loose dirt in the front of it. The second time, Strasburg slipped on his left foot during a delivery that resulted in a sixth-inning walk. He kicked the troublesome spot on the mound before the home plate umpire summoned the grounds crew for a patch-up job.

“Things like that are part of the game,” Strasburg said. “I wish I could have handled it a little bit better. But it’s good to experience this now. If it happens again, I’ll make the right adjustment.

“When it comes to something like that, you could slip one time and roll an ankle,” Strasburg said. “The umpires were concerned about it, and they stepped up and got it right.”

Strasburg’s debut has been one of the most-hyped and widely-anticipated in major league history. The lowly Indians drew 32,876 fans for the game, their second-largest crowd this season.

Strasburg, who throws consistently in the 90-mph range, struck out 19 batters in his first two starts before walking his first batter. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he’s second to Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto (22 K’s before his first walk) in that department.

Lilly misses no-hitter: Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly went into the ninth inning with a no-hitter against the crosstown rival Chicago White Sox on Sunday night, only to have it broken up by former Cub Juan Pierre.

With a light rain falling, Lilly threw a slider to Pierre, who lined it into center field with no outs. Lilly left the game, but his one-hitter was left intact when Carlos Marmol shut down the White Sox for a 1-0 win.

The Chicago Blackhawks were honored in a pregame ceremony before the game, parading the Stanley Cup around the field.

“There was so much energy,” Lilly said. “I can’t remember that much energy…I guess it would be the 2001 World Series (with the Yankees). It was awesome, really, really, special.”

White Sox starter Gavin Floyd also had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning before Alfonso Soriano broke it up with a double. Chad Tracy followed with a single to make it 1-0.

The last time opposing pitchers went into the seventh inning with no-hitters was in 1997 with Florida’s Kevin Brown and San Francisco’s William VanLandingham.

StatsWatch: Players who have hit a grand slam on the first pitch they saw in the majors —

Kevin Kouzmanoff, for Cleveland against Texas on Sept. 2, 2006.

Daniel Nava, for Boston against Philadelphia on June 12, 2010.

Quotable: “It’s funny. They really hadn’t seen me play in the last two years.” — Boston‘s Daniel Nava, on his parents watching his big-league debut at Fenway Park on Sunday.

Diamond Notes: Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones told the Associated Press that he was meeting with team officials this week to discuss his future and that he is considering retirement. Jones, 38, is hitting .228 with three homers and 22 RBIs this season. He won the National League MVP Award in 1998 and the league’s batting title in 2008. Jones has battled injuries in recent seasons, and his production dipped in 2009…The Arizona Diamondbacks traded outfielder Conor Jackson to the Oakland A’s for closer Sam Demel on Tuesday. Jackson was batting .238 with a home run and 11 RBIs in 42 games for the Diamondbacks this season. Demel was 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA and six saves for Triple-A Sacramento.

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