MANA de Imperial Valley to Award $12,500 in Scholarships to Imperial Valley Students

Twenty-five local high school graduates will receive the MANA de Imperial Valley scholarship.
El CENTRO, CA – The Imperial Valley Chapter of MANA, a National Latina Organization
announced this week that it has selected twenty-five local Latina high school graduates to
receive the Imperial Valley Chapter College and University Scholarship in the amount of $500.
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 15th 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.
Alicia Armenta, MANA President stated, “MANA de Imperial Valley is thrilled to announce the
2011 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 and parents 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 biology, business economics, computer science, criminal justice, and
mathematics.” This year’s students will be attending public and private colleges and universities
such as Cornell University , San Diego State University, University of California, Los Angeles,
University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Riverside, the Fashion Institute
of Design and Merchandising, California State University, Monterrey Bay, University of
California, Berkeley among others.
The 2011 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 2011 MANA de Imperial Valley Scholarship Recipients:
1. Raquel Aguilar
Raquel is the daughter of Daniel and Angela Aguilar from Imperial. She
attended Imperial High and achieved a G.P.A. of 3.76. Raquel was a member
of Spanish Club, Campus Life, Key Club and Interact. She also participated in
basketball, Cross Country, and Track and Field teams all four years. Raquel
was active in the Central Apostolic Tabernacle Church where she served as
youth leader. Raquel is proud of the fact that she never missed a day of
school since she began kindergarten. She will be attending San Diego State
University, Imperial Valley Campus, pursuing a degree in Mathematics.
2. Samantha Aguirre
Samatha is the daughter of Ramon and Geovanna Aguirre from Calexico.
She is a graduate of Calexico High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.76.
Samantha worked for the After School Education and Safety Program (ASES)
as a tutor since her sophomore year. She is a member of the California
Scholarship Federation (CSF) and served as vice-president of AVID for two
years. She will be attending San Diego State University, pursuing a degree in
Criminal Justice.
3. Areli Amador
Areli is the daughter of Elsa Rocha and Valentin Amador. She is a graduate
of Central Union High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 3.8. Areli was
President of the French Club, Captain of the Tall Flags Team and she
participated in the MESA Mathematics Competition. She also volunteered at
El Centro Regional Medical Center in the Junior Auxiliary Program. Areli will
attend California State University, Fullerton, pursuing a degree in Biology.
4. Lucia Angulo
Lucia is the daughter of Ernesto and Lucia Vargas. She is a graduate of
Calipatria High School and earned a G.P.A. of 3.52. Lucia was active in
Multicultural and Spanish Club. She also helped with posters, float building,
and fundraising for the Class of 2011. She volunteered as a teacher assistant
and tutored students with special needs. Laura will be attending San Diego
State University, pursuing a degree in Psychology.
5. Raquel Bermejo
Raquel is the daughter of Roberto and Lorena Bermejo from Calipatria. She is
a graduate of Calipatria High with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.40. Raquel was
active as an office assistant, teacher assistant, and tutor. She volunteered as
a clerk in the football and basketball snack bars. She also helped the class of
2011 during float and poster competitions, and fundraisers. Raquel will be
attending Imperial Valley College, pursuing a career in counseling.
6. Jacqueline Bravo
Jacqueline is the daughter of Sofia Gomez and Jorge Bravo from Calexico.
She is a graduate of Calexico High School and achieved a cumulative G.P.A.
of 3.88. Jacqueline has volunteered at the De Leon Driving School for the last
three years. She also excelled as a soccer player. She will be attending
University of California, Los Angeles, pursuing a degree in Business
Economics.

7. Amanda Ruth Brodell
Amanda is the daughter of Robert and Maria del Carmen Brodell. She is a
graduate of Central Union High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 4.6.
Since 2007 Amanda has served over 1000 hours in community service which
include the Interact Club, St. Mary’s Parish Altar Service, St. Mary’s Children
Liturgy, Vacation Bible School, Imperial County Sheriff’s Explorers, and St.
Mary’s Faith Formation. Amanda worked as a tutor at IVROP and participated
in FACES for the Future Program. Amanda will attend University of California,
Los Angeles, pursuing a doctorate in Physiological Science.
8. Karina Buenrostro
Karina is the daughter of Lorena and Jose Manuel Buenrostro. She is a
graduate of Central Union High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 3.85.
Karina was president of the Mexican American Club, she was a Link Crew
leader, helped in the school library, and was also a mentor. In addition, she
volunteered at the Holtville Rib Cook-Off. Karina will attend the University of
California, Riverside, pursuing a degree in Liberal Studies.
9. Sasha Cota
Sasha is the daughter of Avelino and Vanessa Cota. She is a graduate of
Southwest High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 3.55. Sasha was class
president during her freshman and sophomore years and an ASB officer in
Athletics. She received awards in Varsity Cross Country, Volleyball,
Basketball, and Track. Sasha will attend San Jose State University where she
will pursue a major in Kinesiology.
10. Valeria Flores
Valeria is the daughter of Noemi Vasquez from Calipatria. She is a graduate
of Calipatria High School and earned a G.P.A. of 3.42. Valeria served as
A.S.B. Activity Coordinator. She was also active in volleyball, basketball,
softball, and cheer. She helped with school and community fundraisers and
kept stats for the boy’s varsity basketball team. Valeria will be attending San
Bernardino State, pursuing a major in Psychology.
11. Alexis Lopez
Alexis is the daughter of Mary Perry and Alfredo Lopez from Imperial. She is
a graduate of Imperial High with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.64. Alexis was a
member of the marching Band, concert Band, Percussion and Ensemble,
drum line, chorus, Chamber Singers, Drama Club, Cheer, Key Club, CSF,
swim team, and Mock Trial. Alexis will be attending San Diego State
University, pursuing a degree in Theater Arts.
12. Jazmin Lopez
Jazmin is the daughter of Robert Lopez from Calipatria. She is a graduate of
Calipatria High with a G.P.A. of 3.85. Jazmin participated in Varsity
Volleyball, Basketball, Softball and Cheer. She was class president for three
years and helped with numerous community fundraisers. Jazmin will be
attending University of California, Riverside, pursuing a major in Psychology.

13. Margot Niebla
Margot is the daughter of Benjamin Niebla II and Juanita Arellano-Niebla. She
is a graduate of Southwest High School and has an accumulative G.P.A. of
3.93. Due to her academic excellence, Margot was selected for membership by
the National Society of High School Scholars. Since 2005, Margot has
volunteered to provide food and clothing for the needy in Mexicali. She will be
attending the Freshman Program at San Diego State, University-Imperial Valley
Campus, pursuing a major in Psychology.
14. Sarah Proo
Sarah is the daughter of Cass and Ernest Proo from Calipatria. She is a
graduate of Brawley Union High School and earned a G.P.A. of 4.64.
Besides being a stellar student, she was a Varsity member of the crosscountry,
soccer, and track teams. She was an ASB officer for four years and
is a lifetime member of CSF. She was president of Hermanitas and was also
active at St. Patrick’s Church where she was Head Altar Server and a
Kindergarten Catechist. She is planning to attend Cornell University,
pursuing a degree in Biology.
15. Karolina Redondo
Karolina is the daughter of Martin and Olivia Redondo. She is a graduate of
Southwest High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 3.73. Karolina’s
activities include Key Club, Seeley Youth Connection, and Green Club. She
volunteered in food drives, bus clean-up, holiday baskets for the needy, and
“Mission Goodbye Graffiti”. Karolina will attend University of Monterey Bay,
pursuing majors in Psychology and Criminal Justice.
16. Kassandra Rivera
Kassandra is the daughter of Maria and Richard Rivera. She is a graduate of
Central Union High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 3.8. Kassandra
served over 400 hours in community service which included the El Centro
Regional Center Junior Auxiliary Program, mathematics tutor, and IVROP’s
FACES for the Future Program. She was also recognized as the Highest
Honor Division Decathlete, and given the Coach’s Award for three consecutive
years in Cross-Country. Kassandra will be attending University of California,
Los Angeles, where she will pursue a degree in Spanish.
17. Mary Ann Sanchez
Mary Ann is the daughter of Martha Arteaga. She is a graduate of Southwest
High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 4.34. She was Vice-President of
Key Club, and participated in Pediatric Trauma Prevention, Sun Community
Church, and Hotel del Migrante. Her volunteer activities included visiting elderly
homes, cleaning local parks, and helping at soup kitchens. She will attend
University of California, Berkeley, pursuing a degree in Biology.
18. Martel Sandoval
Martel is the daughter of Alfonso and Martha Sandoval. She is a graduate of
Southwest High School and has an accumulative G.P.A of 3.80. Martel was a
volunteer instructional aide at Sacred Heart Mission Church and Servus Domini
Ministerio in Mexicali; she also volunteered at the DIF in Mexicali. She will be
attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising where she will
pursue a major in Fine Arts.
19. Chantilly Lou Singh
Chantilly is the daughter of Henry and Lourdes Singh. She is a graduate of
Southwest High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 3.43. She served as an
Altar Server at St. Joseph Church and also at El Centro Regional Medical
Center as a Junior Auxiliary. Chantilly was a member of SAVAPA, Majorette,
and Dancing Feet. She will be attending San Diego State University, pursuing
a major in Psychology.

20. Karina Soto
Karina is the daughter of Martha and Cosme Soto from Holtville. She is a
graduate of Holtville High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.59. Karina
was a member of Yellow Ribbon, Interact, and Pep Club. She participated in
volleyball and track for 4 years and basketball for 3 years. She was the senior
class president, worked as a Link Crew leader, and was the coordinator for
the 2010 spring prom. Karina will be attending California State University,
Fresno where she will pursue a degree in Kinesiology.
21. Katherine Thomas
Katherine is the daughter of Maria and Ezzat Thomas. She is a graduate of
Central Union High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 3.78. Katherine was
a member of Key Club, volunteered in the Pacific Beach Town Council, and
served as a leader in Our Lady of Refuge Parish. Katherine will be attending
University of California, Riverside, pursuing a degree in Psychology.
22. JoAnn Valdivia
JoAnn is the daughter of Paula and Joe Valdiva from Brawley. She is a
graduate of Brawley Union High School with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.15. She
participated in IVROP’s work experience program, served as a BUHS class
officer for two years and excelled as an athlete of her high school basket ball
team. She also volunteered as camp leader for Brawley Girls Basket Camp.
She will be attending Imperial Valley College, pursuing a degree in Business.
23. Anjanette Varela
Anjanette is the daughter of Erika Garza and Jose Varela. She is a graduate
of Central Union High School with an accumulative G.P.A of 4.1. Anjanette
was active as a Link Crew leader and as a mathematics tutor. She focused her
mathematics tutoring on helping students pass the CAHSEE. She was also a
volunteer for the American Cancer Society. Anjanette will be attending
University of California, Los Angeles, pursuing a degree in Mathematics.
24. Neida D. Venegas
Neida is the daughter of Gerardo and Minerva Venegas. She is a graduate of
Southwest High School and has an accumulative G.P.A of 3.24. Neida was a
member of the Southwest Key Club, French Club, Culinary Arts Club, and
SAVAPA. She participated in the March Against Domestic Violence, Public
Park Cleaning, and numerous fundraising activities. Neida will be attending San
Diego State University, pursuing a major in English.
25. Leslie Villanueva
Leslie is the daughter of Jose and Amelia Villanueva. She is a graduate of
Imperial High and achieved a G.P.A. of 3.68. Leslie participated in the
Marching, Concert and Jazz Band, Track, Cheer and Key Club. She was also
ASB President during her senior year. She will be attending University of
California, Santa Barbara, pursuing a degree in Computer Science.

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