Karen Maldonado is headed to the University of Washington this fall and Walla Walla High School classmate Sandra Escobedo will begin her studies at Spokane Community College.
The girls graduated from Wa-Hi this spring where they were active in Latino Club. Because of their heavy involvement and participation in and contributions to the group and community, they were honored with ADELANTARSE scholarships of $750 each, according to adviser Bill Erickson.
The scholarship recognizes club members who have shown exceptional effort in their quest for higher education and used for tuition expenses. Exploring Post 311 fundraising projects and private donors fund the awards.
Karen participated in Shakespeare Walla Walla’s Dia de los Muertos Festival, Skyline Adventures Ski Bluewood program, Walla Walla County Fair & Frontier Days, Wa-Hi Link Crew, National Honor Society, AVID and Wa-Hi’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. This year she also participated in the UW Young Executives of Color program, attending nine monthly Saturday workshops during the school year that provided mentoring and focused on the development of business and marketing skills. She plans to study nutrition or business administration.
Sandra also participated in Shakespeare Walla Walla Dia de los Muertos Festival and Skyline Adventures Ski Bluewood program. She was active in the Wa-Hi Kpop Club, Imagine Tomorrow competition, Wa-Hi Culinary team and Wa-Hi’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. This past year Sandra was a Latino Education Achievement Program (ambassador. The yearlong leadership development program cultivates an interest in civic engagement and processes to become change agents in the community. The program, hosted in Tacoma, includes hosting a student conference with a legislative day at the state capitol in Olympia. She plans to study culinary arts then transfer to a four-year university to study business.
Walla Walla Latino Club promotes education and the cultural presence of the Latino community at Wa-Hi and provides opportunities for club members to serve the Walla Walla Valley through community service.