Noteworthies: Rotary Club and DAR awards


Los Altos Rotary Club awards scholarships

The Rotary Club of Los Altos recently awarded college scholarships to two dozen local students.

Despite school closures, 135 high school seniors submitted scholarship applications, 35 of whom earned semi-finalist status and 24 of whom won a $1,000 scholarship.

Personal interviews weren’t permitted this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The scholarship committee instead selected winners based on their applications.

Criteria included a minimum 3.0 GPA (2.5 for Alta Vista High School students), community service and financial need.

The scholarship winners:

  • Alta Vista High’s Miguel Barajas Varela (attending Foothill College).
  • St. Francis High’s Daniela Villegas Garcia (University of San Francisco)
  • Mountain View High’s Kiana Castro (San Jose State University), Drake Jha (undecided), Angel Sarango (Cal Poly Pomona) and Kseniia Stiagun (University of Massachusetts)
  • Los Altos High’s Roberto Bautista-Gatica (San Jose State), Ronaldo Caballero (San Jose State), Michelle Curiel (San Francisco State), Joanne Doria (San Jose State), Justin Fernandes (UC Santa Cruz), Orlando Gomez (Sonoma State), Samantha Izaguirre (Foothill College), Alonzo Leon (UC Riverside), Yaire Lopez (UC Merced), Jiayan Luo (Northwestern University), Jacquelin Ramirez (Foothill College), Karen Sanabria (Foothill College), Evelyn Sanchez (UC Riverside), Karla Sanchez (University of Redlands), Yesmerayi Valencia (San Jose State), Michelle Vannik (undecided), Julieta Vargas (UC Irvine) and Isidro Zuniga Vasquez (USC)

Local DAR recognizes Los Altos High senior

The Los Altos Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recognized Los Altos High School senior Courtney Gibbons with the 2020 DAR Good Citizens Award.

The DAR Good Citizens Award recognizes high school seniors who “possess good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities,” according to a press release from the Los Altos DAR chapter.

Gibbons is a straight-A student throughout high school, taking mostly honors and Advanced Placement classes, the release stated. Her academic interest is in engineering and math.

Outside of her studies, she tutors underprivileged children in math and mentors young girls in STEM.

She also participates in a program that provides original portraits to children around the world suffering from poverty and war. She plays soccer and is fluent in Spanish.

For more information on DAR and its local chapter, visit

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