Kiwanis Awards $18,000 In Scholarships

LA MESA -- The Kiwanis Club of La Mesa has awarded $18,000 in college scholarships to graduating seniors at Grossmont, Helix and Chaparral High Schools.

Grossmont High’s Mariyah Raza received the highest amount, $3,000, as did Helix High’s Mestun Merhawi. Each receiving $1,000 scholarships were, from Grossmont, Jamie Kautzman, Julia Naranjo, Oswals Munoz and Austin Swisher; and from Helix, Keluin Chang, Alisha Dominelli, Ismail Ibraham and Kaley Jenkins. La Mesa Kiwanis Foundation President Tom LeDuc presented the awards at senior awards nights at the schools.

At Chaparral, the club’s funds the awards through the Chubby Sykes Memorial Scholarship Fund. A long-time Kiwanian, Sykes believed in the value of vocational education and training. Owner of a gas station, he was a well-known member of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and active in the local business community.

Receiving scholarships of $500 each, the Chaparral seniors were Alexandra Acevedo, Phillip Brodin, Hayley Combs, Joshua Meda, Laura Noriega, Michael Opfer, Morgan Steinpreis, and Ben Story. Presenting the scholarships at Chaparral’s senior award ceremony was Kiwanis member Dick DeNure.

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