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Mira Costa Scholarship Winners Honored

Jun 10, 2019 11:14PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Sixteen students received scholarships from the California Scholarship Federation at Monday night's ceremony

Mira Costa High School's Senior Recognition Night was an evening of honors, recognition, and hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of scholarships.

At Monday's event, school and community groups from around the South Bay gathered to celebrate high-achieving seniors. All told, more than 200 scholarships were awarded. 

Scholarship award amounts ranged from $500 to a $180,000 ROTC scholarship (awarded to senior Jarem Cortez). The 2019 National Merit Scholarship winners (representing the top 0.5 percent of PSAT test-takers in the country) were Ethan Park and Olivia Tuffli.

Among the new awards this year were scholarships honoring the late Tim Cooper, the beloved Mira Costa athletic trainer who passed away last year

West Coast Sports Medicine presented the Tim Cooper Memorial Scholarship to senior Taiana Fonua. Additionally, the Sandacre Teacher Memorial Scholarship Fund created three Tim Cooper Memorial Scholarships, which were awarded to seniors Diego Almendariz, Jamie Lee, and Koda Thormosdsgaard.

Senior speakers included Renee Boettner, Nia Marshall, and Bryce Verket.

The scholarships given on Monday night (many with multiple winners) included:

National Merit Scholarships
US Navy ROTC Scholarship
CIF Spirit of Sport Award
Chad Elliott Jenson Memorial Scholarship
West Coast Sports Medicine - Tim Cooper Memorial Scholarship
Sandacre Teacher Memorial Scholarships - including the Bob Brigham Memorial Scholarship, the JoAnn Miller Memorial Scholarship, the Tim Cooper Memorial Scholarship, and the Richard and Sally Reed Memorial Scholarship
Sandacre Scholarships
Kyle Simonsen Memorial Scholarships
David Stanton Memorial Music Scholarships
Suzi Whitehead Memorial Scholarship
Matthew McAfee Memorial Scholarship
Carl Fisher Memorial Scholarship
Kevin McIver Memorial Scholarship
California Community Foundation - Sue Nies Memorial Scholarship
Arthur G. Winsworth Memorial Scholarship
Mason Zisette Memorial Scholarship
Alumni Association of Men's Water Polo Scholarship
Beach Cities Masonic Lodge "Dinty Mohr" Scholarship
Arts Group of Hermosa Beach College Arts Scholarship
Hermosa Friends Foundation Scholarship
17th Street Mural House Scholarship
Association of California School Administrators Scholarship
California Scholarship Federation Scholarship
Chevron USA Scholarship
Foundation of Local Arts Scholarship
Hermosa Arts Foundation Scholarship
Hermosa Beach Kiwanis Club Scholarship
Hermosa Beach Police Officer's Association Scholarship
Hermosa Beach Sister City Scholarship
Manhattan Beach Sister City Scholarship
Hermosa Beach Women's Club Scholarship (Day Division)
South Bay Junior Women's Club
Hermosa Beach Women's Club Scholarship (Evening Division)
Leadership Hermosa Beach Scholarship
Magic Rainbow Preschool Scholarship
Manhattan Beach 10K Run Scholarship
Manhattan Beach Community Church Scholarship
Manhattan Beach Coordinating Council Scholarship
Manhattan Beach Coordinating Council - MB Police Officers' Association Officer Martin Ganz Memorial Scholarship
Manhattan Beach Council of PTAs Scholarship
Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Scholarship
Manhattan Beach Kiwanis Club Scholarship
Manhattan Beach Property Owners Association Scholarship
Manhattan Beach Rotary Club Scholarship
Manhattan Beach United Teachers Association Scholarship
Mira Costa Dance Booster Scholarship
Mira Costa PTSA Perseverance Award
Mira Costa PTSA Senior Achievement Award
Neptunian Woman's Club of Manhattan Beach Scholarship - Academic
Neptunian Woman's Club of Manhattan Beach Scholarship - Art
Neptunian Woman's Club of Manhattan Beach Scholarship - Music
Schools First Worthy Student Award
Balfour Beatty - Sharefest Scholarship
Soroptomist International Of Manhattan Beach Trudy Smart Memorial Scholarship
Torrance Y's Men's Club Scholarship

The 2019 Mira Costa graduation will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 13.

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