South El Monte High Student Awarded Scholarship
February 14, 2013 • 928 views
South El Monte High School senior Krisstal Martinez was one of two area students awarded a $30,000 inaugural Whittier Narrows Nature Center Association/Grace Holtz Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships were established for high school seniors who will be pursuing a science major in college.
According to association vice president Lou Orr, former San Gabriel Valley resident Grace Holtz named the nature center one of her beneficiaries designating the funds be used for environmental science education. The recipients were chosen by their advanced placement science teachers.
“Students in my AP environmental science class were asked to write an essay about their interests and their career plans,” said South El Monte High School teacher Dolores Bravo. “I considered their selection of classes, grades, citizenship, work habits, how they overcome obstacles, how they work together and lastly, I considered need.”
Martinez has been a student in Bravo’s honors biology, AP biology and AP environmental science classes and according to Bravo, “she works hard to earn good grades and evaluations.”
“This describes many students of course, but Krisstal was selected because she demonstrates a sustained interest in animal science through rehabilitating animals and academically preparing to tackle her goal of becoming a veterinarian,” said Bravo. “She recognizes her weaknesses and works to improve herself and is preparing to attend college even though she faces difficult financial circumstances.”
According to Bravo, Martinez demonstrates a genuine love of and commitment to the well being of living things and has both empathy and courage to act on her instincts.
“Krisstal handily meets all of the qualifications that the Grace Holtz Scholarship Committee wishes to support,” added Bravo.
“Krisstal is an outstanding student who has become interested in the environment as a result of her studies and visits to the Nature Center. She has enjoyed and learned a great deal from these visits,” said South El Monte High School principal Angie Gonzales. “South El Monte High School is very proud of Krisstal and honored to be one of the first recipients of this outstanding scholarship.”
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