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Sequoia JACL scholarship recipients are (from left) Elina Tanaka, Daisy Valenzuela, Erin Nishimura, Haley Sawamura, Ryan Wong and Trini Inouye. Photo by Sequoia JACL

By P.C. Staff

‘My parents and Japanese maternal grandparents are particularly proud. I will put the scholarship money to good use as I enter UC Davis in the fall and start a new chapter in my life,” said 2014 Sequoia JACL High School Scholarship recipient Ryan Wong, a Claremont High School graduate, in a statement.

The Sequoia JACL honored Wong and five other students at its annual Scholarship Reception on May 13 in the Issei Hall at the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple in Palo Alto, Calif.

Erin Nishimura from Wilcox High School and Haley Sawamura from Mountain View High School were also selected for the $1,000 Sequoia JACL High School Scholarship. Daisy Valenzuela from Foothill College and Elina Tanaka from De Anza College received the $1,000 Sequoia JACL College Scholarships.

The special $500 Harry and Elsie Yoshida Memorial Award was given to Trini Inouye from Los Altos High School.

Each of this year’s recipients were selected for their outstanding academic records and their deep commitment to school and community involvement.

Originally published on July 4, 2014