Granite Hills scholars awarded aid

Two Granite Hills High School graduates were each awarded $1,000 to aid in their academic pursuits after high school.

Alpine Kiwanians recently gave out thousands of dollars in scholarships to local students as the academic year came to a close.

In total, the community service organization provided approximately $10,000 in scholarships and computers to young scholars from Granite Hills High School through two different programs: Key Club awards and Alpine Challenge scholarships.

Members of Key Club, a high school community service club affiliated with the Alpine Kiwanis often participate alongside Kiwanis members under the direction of program director Louise Phipps at community events.

Frida Cordova-Quinto and Suzanna Cruz-Trujillo were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship based on their leadership and service to the community.

Key Club advisor and Granite Hills High School math teacher Susan Rosson said this year in particular, the consistency of the two girls who received the Key Club scholarships was impressive given the challenge of the pandemic.

“It was just very impressive that these girls were so consistent every single week. They showed up at the community center every Tuesday and Thursday to help clean up, organize things, whatever needed doing.”

Cordova-Quinto plans to join the U.S. Army Reserve and attend a four-year university. Cruz-Trujillo is a graphic design major who will be attending community college before transferring to a four-year university.

A second funding and support program award went to Emmaly Mangun, who plans to attend Grossmont College in the fall, and Jayme Odiorne who plans to attend California State University, San Marcos as a psychology major.