Golden Sierra seniors awarded scholarships

The Divide Community supports students in their educational endeavors and awarded deserving students with scholarships.

As the school year ends and seniors head off for the next phase of their academic pursuits at California State universities, University of California schools, community colleges, private university campuses and trade schools, a long-held tradition of Scholarship Night provides students with financial support.

On a recent Wednesday evening at the Golden Sierra campus senior students and their families anxiously awaited scholarship award announcements. In a graduating class of just over 100 students, more than 20 were awarded scholarships from local agencies totaling more than $53,000.

According to the principal of Golden Sierra, Kevin Ahern, “Agency representatives lauded Golden Sierra students for their outstanding combination of academics, community service, athletics and great attitudes. The representatives talked about the fine young men and women we are producing at Golden Sierra High School and great people they will become.”

With the assistance of Heather Penley, career technician at Golden Sierra, students begin preparing for scholarships in the fall with their efforts being rewarded in the spring. Students work on filling out applications, meeting requirements and creating portfolios for various scholarships that are provided via, a local consortium created by El Dorado County Office of Education, El Dorado County school districts and local partners.

According to Brian Cann’s mom, Barb, her son really felt honored to receive his scholarships, especially the Jack Cann Memorial Scholarship, which honors his grandfather. As a first-time mom to a senior she wanted to give future parents a little advice, “Make sure you realize that senior year flies by … be sure to stay on top of scholarship application deadlines.”

The Black Oak Mine Union School District and the community are proud of the students and their achievements.

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Black Oak Mine Union School District

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