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Eight outstanding Menlo-Atherton High School seniors received scholarships at the Kiwanis Club’s annual scholarship luncheon, Tuesday, May 23, at the Allied Arts Guild. This year’s scholarship awards totaled more than $55,000, up from $41,000 last year. More than $1.1 million has been awarded to local students during the lifetime of the Club’s scholarship program.

“There are many deserving students at Menlo-Atherton High School,” said John Martin, chair of the Kiwanis Club’s Scholarship Committee. “We interview the students to learn more about their academic achievements, commitments to service, and plans for college. It was obvious from their academic honors, community involvement and the broad range of interests each has, that this year’s scholarship winners are exceptional and very motivated. They will do well in college, and in life.”

Eight students received scholarships:

  • Laura Arceo-Madriz was awarded the William D. Martin Memorial Scholarship. She will attend the University of California Merced to study medicine. Activities at M-A included Key Club, CloseUp, GSA, and College Track. She also served as a math tutor and a summer intern in library summer camps. She traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of Global Glimpse to learn about politics, culture and society there as well as to work on various humanitarian projects.
  • Ulises Cisneros received the Les Cutting Memorial Scholarship. He plans to study marketing and journalism at the University of San Francisco. He was editor of the high school online newspaper and a member of the Soccer Club. In the community, he was Assistant Soccer Coach in St. Anthony’s soccer league, and he became a referee for competitive youth soccer leagues through the Bay Area.
  • Eric (Kevin) Delgado will attend the College of San Mateo this fall. While at M-A, he was member of the Inter Cambio Club and participated in the school’s Can Food Drive and the California Coastal Clean Up. He was a member of the school’s choir performing in many school concerts. He also was on the tennis team his junior year.
  • Kirby Knapp plans to attend Washington University in St. Louis, studying Neuroscience. A member of the National Honor Society since 2015 and the California Scholarship Federation, she was also a member of the Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team and the M-A Outdoor Volleyball Club. She will join the varsity volleyball squad at the university. Community service interests included work with the National Charity League, Melodies for Charity, New Red Shoes, Random Acts of Flowers, and the Ellen Meadow Prosthetic Hand Foundation.
  • Carolyn Murphy received the Damon Wedding Memorial Scholarship. She will use it at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to study advertising and the media. While at M-A, she was editor of the 2017 Yearbook. She was part of the school’s Leadership Program and participated in various community services programs including the Canned Food Drive, the National Park Services programs, and a peer support group.
  • Zaira Sepulveda was the winner of the Anna May Duncan Memorial Scholarship. She will be attending UC Merced, studying Environmental Sciences. Her interests at MA included active participation in the Student Conservation Association, the Canned Food Drive, Peninsula Volunteers’ Rosener House Adult Day Care, East Palo Alto Second Harvest, Stanford Warriors’ Health Clinic, College Track and Sisterhood.
  • Brynn Williams will be heading for Gonzaga University to study education. Her ultimate goal is to teach middle and high school students. While at M-A, she spent three years on the Junior Varsity Swimming and Water Polo teams. While part of the Global Leaders Journey program, she worked for Habitat for Humanity, delivering food to shelters and spending two weeks in Guatemala helping in a hospital. Brynn was also a member of Girl Scouts, completing Bronze and Silver Awards.
  • Reed Williams, Brynn’s twin brother, will attend Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, to study environmental science. At M-A, he was part of the Mountain Biking Team, serving as Team Captain for three years. He was a swim instructor and participated in the school’s Canned Food Drive. Reed was an active Eagle Scout, and he also worked during the holidays at the Kiwanis Christmas Tree lot.

Menlo Park Kiwanis Club is an active and committed partner to many non-profit organizations, having given over $100,000 last year in support of local projects. These include scholarships for Menlo-Atherton High School graduates and volunteer work with St Anthony’s Dining Room, Tour deCure of Diabetes, Special Games for physically challenged youth, Rebuilding Together and Menlo Park’s Kite Day.

The Club’s annual Christmas Tree Lot is the major source of funding for all of these philanthropic activities. Visitors are welcome to the Club’s weekly luncheon meetings, Tuesdays, 12:00-1:15 PM, at Allied Arts Guild. To reserve a spot call 650-580-4441 or contact the club.

Pictured: Brynn Williams, Zaira Sepulveda, Laura Arceo-Madriz, and Eric (Kevin) Delgado (front row); Carolyn Murphy, Kirby Knapp, Ulises Cisneros, and Reed Williams (back row).

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Jim Plunkett is keynote speaker at Rotary Club lunch on May 22

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Jim Plunkett former professional quarterback and two time Super Bowl winner will be the keynote speaker at the May 22, 2017 Rotary Club of Menlo Park’s annual Scholastic Awards Ceremony. Approximately 120 high school students from four high schools (Menlo Atherton, Eastside College Prep, Sacred Heart and Menlo) will be acknowledged for excellence in a […]

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Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula hosts historic Barron-Latham-Hopkins Gatehouse tours

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The Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula (JLPA•MP) is opening up the historic Barron-Latham-Hopkins Gatehouse to the public for tours on Saturday, May 13. The Gatehouse is the oldest existing structure in Menlo Park and the last surviving gatehouse in the state of California. The Gatehouse is one of only three buildings in Menlo Park […]

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club announces speaker line up for May – visitors are welcome!

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club meets Tuesdays from noon to 1:15 pm at the Allied Arts Guild, presenting a variety of programs and speakers at its luncheons each month. On May 23rd, the Club will award its annual scholarships to Menlo-Atherton High School’s graduating seniors. Here are the programs for May. Visitors are invited to attend. May 2—Andy […]

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Rotary Connects presents talk on water supply and the drought on May 3

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“Water supply and the drought: where we are going” is the topic of a talk as part of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park’s Rotary Connects program. It will take place on Wednesday, May 3, 5:00 to 7:30 pm at the Pacific Union Real Estate, 1706 El Camino Real, Suite 220, Menlo Park. The community is invited to […]

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NCL 2019 Class builds creative outdoor space at All Five pilot school in Belle Haven

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Over the past year, the 2019 Class of the Mid-Peninsula Chapter of the National Charity League took on a grant project to improve the outdoor space at a preschool in Belle Haven. Twenty two girls from six different high schools, including Menlo-Atherton, Menlo School, and Sacred Heart Prep, had served at a variety of local non-profits, […]

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Rotary Club Foundation accepting 2017 grant applications

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation is now accepting applications for 2017 grants focusing on youth education and mental and physical health. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations providing services to Menlo Park, adjacent unincorporated areas, and East Palo Alto are invited to submit proposals that identify a compelling public need in the focus area and a […]

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club announces upcoming speakers for its weekly meetings

The Menlo Park Kiwanis Club meetings are held every Tuesday at Allied Arts Center, from 12:00 – 1:15. Visitors are invited to attend meetings by contacting the Kiwanis Club. Here is a list of speakers for the next three meetings. February 28: Tony Green, Advanced Materials Foundation for Sustainable Future Products, “What Are Advanced Materials & Why Should […]

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John Pinkston named President of the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club for 2017

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Former USGS researcher John Pinkston (pictured right) is the President of the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club for the upcoming year. He replaces outgoing President Bruce Wellings (left), CPA and Financial Advisor. “As incoming Kiwanis Club President, my top priorities are to grow our Foundation and bring in new members,” Pinkston said. “The Kiwanis Foundation currently supports Menlo-Atherton […]

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11 Scouts from Menlo Park Troop 222 earn Eagle Scout rank

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Eleven Boy Scouts from Menlo Park Troop 222 recently earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout, taking  part in National Eagle Courts of Honor – five on November 19, 2016, and six on January 7, 2017. To attain the Eagle rank, a Boy Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, serve in a […]

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Menlo Park Kiwanis invites public to hear eclectic group of January speakers

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club meets weekly at Allied Arts Center for lunch and speakers on Tuesdays from noon – 1:15 pm. Visitors are invited to attend. Here is the list of January speakers: January 3, 2017 — Binge Drinking In College: Dr. Stephanie Brown (pictured above) is an internationally recognized expert on the treatment of alcoholics and other addictions. […]

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