Updated: Sep 1, 2022
A highly competitive scholarship program named three SOAR students as their Dell Scholars. They are Kimberly Girola-Guzman, Brenda Gonzalez, and George Nakoud.
The three seniors will each receive $20,000, a laptop computer, another $2,000 for books, and access to a network of services geared toward helping recipients with academic, financial, and emotional support.
The Dell Scholars program, funded by Michael and Susan Dell, was started in 2004 to assist students attending college. Only 500 students nationwide are selected to be Dell Scholars. To qualify, students must earn a minimum of a 2.4 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and plan to enroll full-time at an accredited higher education institution following high school graduation.
The three seniors learned of their award during their AVID class when counselor Rika Moya stopped by to present them with their letters. She was joined by pupil services technician Maria Galindo and counseling intern Emelie Quintero. Principal Wendi Johnston was also on hand to congratulate the scholars.
Girola-Guzman has already been accepted and will enroll at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She is currently a member of the Journalism staff as well as a SOAR Ambassador and Class of 2022 officer. She hopes to be a neural engineer.
Gonzalez is a member of the Robotics, CSF, NHS, and Science Olympiad. She is hoping to be a clinical researcher and is weighing her options on which school to attend in the fall.
Nakoud is captain of the Robotics team while also heavily involved in SWENext and InvenTeam. He hopes to be an Artificial Intelligence Engineer and is part of Antelope Valley College's Honors program.