The Los Altos Town Crier awarded Mountain View High School graduating senior Natalie Rich a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of her academic achievements and participation in journalism.
Rich contributed to The Oracle, Mountain View High’s newspaper, for three years. The Los Altos resident served as assistant entertainment, features and focus editor. Rich also took classes at the district’s Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology, which offers hands-on, project-based learning through writing, digital photography, graphic design, Web site production, audio engineering and digital film production.
On her scholarship application, Rich listed an interest in writing and photography. She worked as an intern at the Town Crier last year, taking photos and writing community announcements.
“Natalie has passion, drive, determination and expertise,” Mountain View High journalism adviser Josefino Rivera wrote in his recommendation letter for Rich. “But it is her undeniable ability to make every experience first a human one – an experience that honors relationships that people make as a means to a larger objective. That makes her truly exceptional and allows me to recommend her.”
The Los Altos Town Crier Journalism Scholarship is offered annually to a student who plans to pursue a journalism degree at a university. Rich plans to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The scholarship is open to students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.