Soroptimist awards $21K in scholarships |

Soroptimist awards $21K in scholarships

Jack Barnwell
South Tahoe High AVID student Sarah Novak thanks the Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe for winning her scholarship during a banquet at Harvey's Lake Tahoe on Wednesday.
Jack Barnwell / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

The Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe (SISLT) honored 22 local high school and community college students at a scholarship luncheon at Harveys Lake Tahoe on Wednesday.

The service organization awarded $21,500 to eight South Tahoe High School students, two George Whittell High School students and seven Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) students.

Seven STHS students who won $1,000 scholarships included Bailey Anderson, Catherine Baghdikian, Natasha Johnson, Rachael Lamore, Trinity Marino LaTella, Alexandria Marschak, and Emma Sower.

SISLT also introduced a new $500 scholarship for a student who chose a vocational career over traditional higher education routes. The scholarship was awarded to South Tahoe High student Arielle Wiza.

“We feel that it’s not just athletics but what your passion or interest is and how we can help those individuals become successful in the world as well,” said Soroptimist member Carolyn MacRae during the presentation.

Five $1,000 scholarships were given to South Tahoe High School AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students: Emily Aminian, Jade Child, Sarah Novak, Joemae Santos, and Carli Valney.

SISLT tipped its hat to Lake Tahoe Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Yvonne Larson by naming the scholarship after her efforts in a successful AVID program.

Two $1,000 scholarships went to Whittell High students Bryce Bronken and Sabrina Trachsel.

LTCC students who received $1,000 scholarships included Antonio Benitez, Aevind Burgess, Daniel Eames, Steven LaPointe, Tara Larson, Anna Mestre, and Gina Niceforo.

The group came from a pool of 55 applicants and 37 interviews.

All of the students are on their way or transferring to four-year schools or into career programs.

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