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By Toni DeRosa
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Winner's Circle at Wasco High


Toni DeRosa | Wasco Tribune; WHS | Danny Eusebia

Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship recipient Christian Figueroa.

Graduating seniors at Wasco High School received their scholarships last week as the school recognized its academic achievers and male and female Tiger of the Year at its annual Winner's Circle celebration.

Christian Figueroa received the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship. Figueroa will be attending Stanford in the fall, with the four-year grant valued at over $191,000. As part of his scholarship, he'll also receive an internship.

Sayra Raya also received a full-ride scholarship to the U.S. Marine Merchant Academy in New York in the fall. The value of that education is approximately $270,000, according to the academy.

During the event, Peter Chavez was named male Tiger of the Year and Sayra Raya was named female Tiger of the Year.

Toni DeRosa | Wasco Tribune; WHS | Danny Eusebia

Tigers of the Year, from left, Peter Chavez and Sayra Raya.

Twenty-two students will head to four-year colleges with a scholarship in hand. Two students from Wasco High will be attending two-year colleges, with scholarship in hand. Fourteen students from the Wonderful Education Program were also given scholarships, as 35 Wonderful Agriculture College Prep scholarships were given out, too.

Students getting awards from the Wonderful Academy will be receiving $12,000 to $18,000, depending on which university they'll be attending," a release from Principal Kevin Tallon's office said. In total, they gave out 37 scholarships. Fifteen students will be receiving approximately $18,000, and 22 students will be receiving about $12,000.

In addition, 69 students received Gold State Seal Merit recognition and 16 students became Lifetime California Scholarship Federation recipients.


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