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CEF awards scholarships to CHS seniors

The Claremont Educational Foundation awarded the David L. Rose Instrumental Music Scholarship to Sophia Lin and the Teddie Warner Community Outreach Scholarship to Chloe Amarilla and Mackenzie Orr.

CHS graduate Sophia Lin was awarded $1,000 to help her continue her musical aspirations as she heads to Cal Poly Pomona to major in piano performance. Ms. Lin started playing violin at the age of seven and piano at the age of nine. While attending school in the CUSD, Ms. Lin took part in the El Roble choir and orchestra, participated in orchestra and children’s theatre at CHS, played first violin for the Claremont Youth Orchestra and currently plays second violin at the Claremont Intermezzo Orchestra. The instrumental music scholarship is named in honor of David L. Rose, former CUSD assistant superintendent and a leader in the development of the after-school instrumental music program.  

Two students received $1,000 for volunteer efforts on both the CHS campus and beyond. Chloe Amarilla created Anthony’s Club in honor of her three-year-old brother who died from Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. The group has raised money for Miller’s Children’s Hospital and participated in Relay for Life. In addition to her service club, Ms. Amarilla served as captain of the softball team and was an International Baccalaureate student. Although Ms. Amarilla has graduated and left the club behind, she knows that she’s left the group in good hands and they will continue to make an impact on the lives of sick children and their families.  

Mackenzie Orr volunteers in the emergency room at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, works with children with autism through the Son-Rise program and also created the Shoes That Fit Club on the CHS campus in order to help the local non-profit organization of the same name. In her spare time, Ms. Orr participated on the speech and debate team, as well as the IB program. Her volunteer efforts have helped guide her future plans, as she has set her sights on becoming an ER doctor. The Community Outreach Scholarship is named in honor of Teddie Warner, a longtime board member of Ed-Net and CEF, current board member of CLASP and a devoted volunteer in many capacities in the community.  

Each year, CEF awards scholarships to some of the district’s most outstanding graduating seniors who show passion and dedication to music and community service. To learn more about CEF, visit http://www.claremonteducationalfoundation.org.

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