Los Banos

Pacheco and Los Banos High Schools awarded students at their annual scholarship night

Los Banos High School students Colleen Allen and Mackenzie Hurley, middle, along with Charleston Parent Club presenters Allison Hurd and Christine Ruiz, attend the school's scholarship night May 12, 2014.
Los Banos High School students Colleen Allen and Mackenzie Hurley, middle, along with Charleston Parent Club presenters Allison Hurd and Christine Ruiz, attend the school's scholarship night May 12, 2014. Submitted

Pacheco High School dedicated its second Scholarship Awards Night in memory of former Principal Brett L. Lee, who died in November.

The event was held May 9 at the school theater and brought out nearly 200 people, according to school administrators.

Teachers and school staff presented the first Brett L. Lee PantherStrong Scholarship for $1,000 to Nick Vermillion.

Scholarship night gives local organizations and donors the chance to recognize the successes and achievements of graduating seniors, said Ila Nelson, scholarship adviser.

The evening opened with refreshments and a musical presentation by the school’s band.

“We just want to express our gratitude to all our scholarship donors and the many organizations which support our students,” Nelson said.

About 50 scholarships were awarded to more than 30 students.

Over at Los Banos High School, more than $100,000 worth of scholarship money was awarded to 55 seniors. The banquet, held May 12, began with appetizers made by ag food science students while the Los Banos High School Choir provided entertainment.

School Counselor Christina Fuentes, said scholarship night gives students recognition for all the work they put in during the year and during the process of applying for each scholarship.

Pacheco High School Scholarship Recipients

Brett L. Lee PantherStrong Scholarship-Nick Vermillion, Volta School Family Club-Marisol Bonilla, Los Banos Teachers Association-Melina Maravilla, PHS French Club-Gabriela Ayala Garcia, R.M. Miano School Family Club-Alejandra Diaz Mireles, Native Daughters of the Golden West-Carlos Gallegos and Isabel Quintero, Henry Miller School Family Club-Jacquline Carranza, Kiwanis Club of Los Banos-Elexis Smith, Lorena Falasco Elementary School-Abraham Cobian-Gonzalez, Pacheco High School National Honor Society- Bianey Gaxiola and Vanessa Salazar, Young Ladies Institute-Abigail King and Mark Garcia, Kay Barger Memorial-Breana Rodriguez, William Grijalva Award-Sandra Morales, Pacheco High School Academic Boosters-Leon Palao III, Gabriela Ayala Garcia, and Abraham Cobian-Gonzalez, Memorial Hospital Los Banos Volunteers Auxiliary-Abril Mendez, Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.)-Adriana Diaz Mireles and Nick Vermillion, Century 21 M&M Scholarships-Mark Garcia and Alejandra Diaz Mireles, Pacheco High School Sports Boosters-Leon Palao III and Abril Mendez, Pacheco High School Band Boosters-Breana Rodriguez, Merced County Farm Bureau-Nathan Bristow, Soroptimists International of Los Banos- Bianey Gaxiola and Isabel Quintero, Frank Toscano Memorial Scholarship/Los Banos Elks-Breana Rodriguez, Rotary Club of Los Banos Scholarships-Jacquline Carranza, Abraham Cobian Gonzalez, Adriana Diaz Mireles, Alejandra Diaz Mireles, Loreno Franco, Gabriela Ayala Garcia, Alejandra Romo, Persis Veronica, and Branden Larragoitiy, Kagome Inc. Foods Scholarship Awards-Marisa Vierra and Morgan Martinez, Mercey Springs Foundation-Adriana Diaz Mireles, Los Banos Unified School District-Gabriela Ayala Garcia and Lorena Franco, Steven Menefee Memorial Scholarship-Adriana Diaz Mireles, DeVry University-Sebastian Barragan and Ray Harris and the Scholastic Award went to Gabriela Ayala Garcia.

Los Banos High School Donors

LB High Academic Boosters, Anne & Hanna Carlucci Merit Scholarship donors, Cabrillo Club, CCID, Century 21, Charleston Parent Club, CSEA, D.E.S., David Mathews Scholarship donors, Devry Institute, Doug McSwain Scholarship donors, Edward Blackwood Scholarship donors, Elks, Evelyn Shiflett Dye Scholarship donors, Frank Cambra Scholarship donors, Henry Miller Family Club, Herbert & Gloria Low Scholarship donors, Hobbs History Society, ICF, IOOF, Italian Catholic Federation, Joel K. Anderson Scholarship donors, John Piwowarski Scholarship donors, Joseph Machado Memorial Scholarship donors, Jostens, Kagome Inc., Kay Barger Scholarship donors, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, LB Fire Department, LBHS Band Boosters, LBHS Sports Boosters, LBHS Sports Hall of Fame, LBTA, LBUSD, LFE Family club, Linda Anderson Scholarship donors, LULAC, Luso American Foundation, Melany Padilla Scholarship donors, LB Memorial Hospital, Merced County Farm Bureau, Mercey Springs Foundation, Miano Family Club, Mike and Mary Carlucci Scholarship donors, Miliken, Miriam Healey Scholarship donors, May Day Fair, Native Daughters, Oasis Community Center, PFSA 21/State, Phillip Cota Scholarship donors, Raymond Sanchez Scholarship donors, Rotary, Ruth Bondi Scholarship donors, Salau, Sam Cook Scholarship donors, Sidney Jones Memorial Scholarship donors, Soroptimist, Tigers Sharks, Tilman Scholarship donors, Victoria Silva Jr. Scholarship donors, Volta Parent Club, Wulbern Scholarship donors, and YLI.