Scholarship Awards from Santa Barbara Retired Teachers Association
Photo by Ken Knight
Left to right
Nancy Knight, Scholarship Chair; Michal Ross, UCSB; Casey Reck, UCSB; Phoenix Plotner, UCSB, Daniela Nava, SBCC; Olivia Ochoa, Santa Barbara High School; Joshua Acuna, San Marcos High School; Frank Stevens, President of SBRTA
The Santa Barbara Retired Teachers Association held their annual Scholarship Dinner at Vista del Monte Retirement Community on May 16. SBRTA awarded seven scholarships to local high school, Santa Barbara City College, and UCSB students who are planning on becoming teachers.
With the assistance of the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation under the guidance of Candace Winkler, President and CEO, the following Erna Maurer Scholarships were awarded to:
Joshua Acuna, a San Marcos High School student with a 3.8 GPA who is involved with Marching Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, theater productions, Kids Helping Kids, and a tutor at an elementary school. He plans to attend Westmont College.
Olivia Ochoa, a Santa Barbara High student with a 3.5 GPA who is involved with choir and is President of the Madrigals, performs in musical theater, dances flamenco and volunteers with the Animal Shelter Assistance Program. She plans to attend UCSB.
Catherine Zaragosa Wazny, a Carpinteria High School student with a 4.2 GPA who is involved with choir, Muses, Drama Club, mock trial, Link, AVID, and performs in school plays. She plans to attend UCSB.
Daniela Nava, a Santa Barbara City College student with a 3.73 GPA who majored in Sociology, was a volunteer teaching assistant and worked for the Park and Recreation Department. She plans to attend UCSB.
With the assistance of UCSB under the guidance of Dr. Anne Lippincott the following scholarships were awarded with the aid of Dr. Tim Dewar:
Phoenix Plotner received a $3000 Laura E. Settle Scholarship. Her application demonstrated empowerment, perseverance, and being a positive role model. These traits allowed her to be a positive influence with her students. She is completing her credential to be an elementary teacher.
Casey Reck received a $1500 Anne and Harry Scales Scholarship. Her application demonstrated that her cultural experiences from traveling and her love for cooking allowed her to connect with students and enrich her teaching. She is completing her credential to become a high school English teacher.
Michal Ross received a $1500 Anne and Harry Scales Scholarship. Her application demonstrated that her lessons came alive for her students and she showed passion for teaching. She is completing her credential in Secondary Education.