Comcast to award six area high school seniors scholarships at Sacramento ceremony

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program said it awarded scholarships to six area students.

They include John Guerrero of Atwater High School; Maritza Gonzalez of Buhach Colony High School; Andrew Vargas of Dos Palos High School; Ricky Sahota of Livingston High School; Kena Patel of Merced High School; and Olivia Baker of Golden Valley High School.

The scholarships recognize high school seniors for their leadership skills, positive attitude, academic achievement and various community service activities, Comcast said in a news release.

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell will speak on the steps of the state capitol about the importance of education. The program will be held Thursday, June 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Comcast said it will distribute more than $196,000 in scholarships at the special recognition ceremony saluting the 176 California high school seniors from 102 cities and 31 counties who have won a 2010 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship of $1,000.

This year the program will grant more than $1.8 million, recognizing more than 1,800 students attending high schools in Comcast communities across the country. Since its inception in 2001, the program has awarded more than $13.3 million in college aid to more than 13,300 high school seniors.

Two students will receive $10,000 scholarships, and 20 of the winning students will have their name drawn for a Netbook computer to use at college. In addition, the students and their families will also receive a tour of the state capitol and be honored at that evening’s Sacramento River Cats baseball game, the news release said.

Other officials who will attend include Sen. Darrell Steinberg, president pro tempore of the California State Senate, Curt Henninger, regional senior vice president of Comcast California and senators and assemblymembers from around the state.

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