Retired teachers award six $1,000 scholarships to high school graduates
the California Retired Teachers Association Desert Roadrunner Division continues its annual tradition of awarding scholarships to outstanding high school students who have a family member who works or has worked in education.
This year, the division, which has more than 400 members primarily from school districts and community colleges in eastern Riverside County, awarded six $1,000 scholarships to students at Palm Desert, La Quinta and West High Schools. Shores.
The scholarships are funded by donations from local members of the California Retired Teachers Association.
“We are grateful as we try to help the community and help seniors extend their education,” said the California Retired Teachers Association Division 43 president. John Everett.
This year’s fellows represent a range of interests – from music to sports – and ambitions – from tackling climate change to advancing bioengineering.
Margaret Dailey, West Shores Secondary School
Dailey has yet to decide where she will go to college next year as she plans to study environmental science with the aim of designing zero-waste products to reduce deforestation and pollution.
Michael Gonzalez, Shadow Hills High School
Gonzalez plans to study bioengineering in college next fall. His long-term goal of designing medical devices that help doctors treat and diagnose patients is inspired by family members who use continuous glucose monitoring arm sensors and the demand for ventilators and ventilators. caused by the pandemic. Gonzalez says his inspiration is his mother, who immigrated to the United States when she was 14 and went on to earn a graduate degree and several college degrees.
Hailey Howell, Palm Desert High School
Howell is a traveling volunteer in the Coachella Valley. She has worked with the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, made and donated dog toys, helped organize blood drives, assisted during the Tour of Palm Springs, and volunteered for several other causes. Howell’s higher education ambitions are guided by its commitment to service. She says she finds her inspiration in Ghandi’s maxim, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Dallas Ingle, La Quinta High School
Ingle, senior stick twirler in the LQHS marching band, is determined to pursue stick twirling at the college level as she studies medical ethics and human biology. She credits her parents for nurturing her love of learning while encouraging her to maintain a balanced social life and engage in extracurricular activities.
Sarah Macuixtle, La Quinta High School
It is only fitting that Macuixtle receives a scholarship from the local branch of the California Retired Teachers Association since her career goal is to become an elementary school educator. At La Quinta High, Macuixtle is enrolled in the rigorous International Baccalaureate Certificate program while being involved in a number of clubs and activities. She is also a Summa Cum Laude Scholar. Never one to turn her back on those in need, she volunteers at Martha’s Kitchen and FIND Food Bank and helps out as a teacher’s aide.
Hailey Printz, La Quinta High School
Printz intends to pursue a degree in media marketing at an out-of-state college or university. A high school and club soccer player, she hopes to one day manage social media platforms for a professional sports franchise. She also finds time to volunteer for her church and work on the yearbook.
Jonathan Horwitz covers education for The Desert Sun. Contact him at [email protected] or @Writes_Jonathan.