Local Community Heroes Issue 34

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Here at Local Community Heroes, it has been our goal from the very beginning to provide quality content with regards to the achievements of young citizens in San Jose. Our largest effort to date has been our efforts to promote our Scholarship program which a few students had been highlighted for in our previous anniversary issue. The huge difference in this second anniversary issue however has been the immense contributions we have seen from several generous partners who have observed our noble cause. With these ideas in mind, we would like to congratulate the following students: Lesly Karolina Anguiano, Christian Cruz, Andrea Lam, Huy Nguyen, Lamia Tasnim, Oscar Consolas, Elizabeth Morales, and Vanessa Flores. Each of you will have a highlight in this issue as you read on. Congratulations and good luck on your efforts in the long journey that is college. We also want to thank those donors who were so generous to make all this possible: Yukti Singh, Breenu Sra, Mohinder Mann of The Mann Law Firm, Cesar Pascal of Plaza Jewelers, Luis Muùoz of Just Elegance Bridal, Crystal Torres of Cruvaz Fitness, and Dr’s Andrew and Tracy Nguyen of Tooth Fairy Cottage.

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Christian John Cruz Ventura Christian John Cruz Ventura wants to Major in Computer Science with the goal of graduating in 4 years and to be employed within another year.

How do you feel about receiving this Scholarship? I feel so honored to receive this generous scholarship. I understand that I was selected from a pool of similarly qualified applicants, so I am very grateful for this opportunity. Now, the scholarship has relieved some of my worries about not having enough money to pay for college expenses.

What would you tell your friends and family about applying for the Scholarship? Applying for the scholarship is really simple, and it's definitely worth applying to. All I had to do was fill out a form on the Local Community Heroes website with my name, email address, other contact information, and essays. I feel like the questions they asked could really reflect one's need for the scholarship!

How do your parents feel about receiving the Scholarship? My parents feel very proud that I received the scholarship. The scholarship money relieves their worries about not having enough money to cover the many expenses of college life.

Would you be interested in paying it forward some day? Yes, paying it forward and passing down one act of kindness interests me greatly. As a deeply-invested volunteer in my community, I enjoy taking any chance I can to help out others.

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Huy Khanh Nguyen wants to Major in Mathematics with the goal of becoming a professor in geometry.

What would you tell your friends and family about applying for the Scholarship? We do have the potential to receive scholarships. When I was in high school I thought scholarships were just unattainable because there were just too many intelligent people around. The scholarship was a very unique opportunity to sharpen your writing skills, learn more about yourself, and connect to more incredible friends, so please take it to your full extent.

Would you be interested in paying it forward one day? Yes, paying it forward and passing down one act of kindness interests me greatly. As a deeply-invested volunteer in my community, I enjoy taking any chance I can to help out others.

Do you know who the donor of your scholarship is? Yes, the donors of my scholarship are Breenu Sra and Saihaj Sra. I do not know them personally, but I can already tell that they are very kind, caring, and community-minded to donate this scholarship.

What would you like to tell the Donor? Thank you very much for donating this scholarship! I am honored and very grateful that I was selected to receive it, out of the many qualified applicants you reviewed. It really helps alleviate my parents' and my worries about having to pay for college.

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Oscar Candelas

Graduate From Yerba Buena High School Aspiring to Study Packaging Engineering

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Oscar Candelas, a student from Yerba Buena High School is aspiring to be a packaging engineer attending San Jose State University. His donor Crystal Torres from the fitness company “Curvaz Fitness” generously selected Oscar based on his effort and enthusiasm. In Oscar’s own words he thanked his donor: “I would like to thank the donor for doing this. It really means a lot to me, because my ultimate goal is to graduate college and to make my parents proud. By receiving this scholarship money, it will help me to achieve that goal faster”. Aside from going to school Oscar also mentioned that he has helped out in the community at his church by donating clothing and canned food to those in need. We have high hopes that Oscar is going to achieve a great many things. Scan the QR code to get more details on Oscar’s future endeavors.

Local Community Recipe Watermelon Lemonade Slushie

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 4


Place the watermelon in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and freeze until completely frozen, like ice cubes, about 2 hours.


· 2 pounds cubed watermelon (about 4 cups) · 1/2 cup sugar · 1 large bunch basil, stems and leaves roughly chopped (about 2 cups), plus 4 whole leaves for garnish

Meanwhile, cook the sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely melted, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, add the chopped basil and stir until completely wilted. Cool completely at room temperature, at least 1 hour.

· Juice of 3 lemons (about 1/2 cup)

Recipe courtesy of FoodNetwork.com

When the watermelon is completely frozen, put half in a blender. Strain the basil syrup into the blender, use the back of a wooden spoon or spatula to press down on the basil to extract as much flavor as possible, and discard the basil. Add the lemon juice, and blend until the mixture is mostly smooth, pushing it down with a wooden spoon or spatula if needed. Add the remaining watermelon, and continue to blend until the mixture is completely smooth. Spoon the mixture into 4 short glasses (or wineglasses, if you want to be fancy), and garnish each with a basil leaf.

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Graduate From Independence High School Aspiring to Study Structural Engineering

Lamia Haque is a student graduating from Independence High School that is aspiring to be a structural engineer at UC San Diego. In her own words she is glad to have received this scholarship not only because of the financial support that it will provide for her own education, but also to provide insight about her helping the community with others. Her donor Yukti Singh was generous to choose Lamia on the criteria that she is very community driven and selfless in her endeavors. Lamia thanked her donor in the following manner: “I would like to tell the Donor Thank you for giving students like myself the opportunity to display how we have helped the community”. Scan the QR code to watch the full interview.

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Andrea Lam

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Graduate From Independence High School Aspiring to Study Sociology Andrea Lam is a student also graduating from Independence High School who is aspiring to be a Sociology major at UC Irvine in Irvine California. Her reasons for attending college are selfless in that she wants to use her future career to assist her parents with their financial burdens, something common to the bay area. Dr. Andrew Nguyen and Dr. Tracy from Tooth Fairy Cottage (long time friends of Local Community Heroes) are Andrea’s sponsors for her entry into college. And she was eager to thank them and in her own words: “Thank you for believing in me and supporting me in my goals and dreams. I am determined in furthering my education and in shaping my future.” Watch the full interview by scanning the QR Code.

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Lesly Anguiano Urías

Graduate From Andrew P. Hill High School Aspiring to Study Spanish Lesly is honored to have received the Scholarship this year from her donor Luis Muñoz at Just Elegance Bridal. Her family was likewise thrilled upon hearing that her efforts were being recognized by Local Community Heroes and her donor. So much that she feels that in the future that she would be interested in making the same opportunity possible for other students like herself. Leslie is also interesting in studying Spanish at Mission College and would like to thank her donor Luis Muñoz for making this possible: “I would like to thank him and tell him that I am very grateful for his generosity.” Watch the full interview by scanning the QR to learn much more about Lesly’s accomplishments such as her previous volunteer work.

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Vanessa Flores Gonzalez Graduate From William C. Overfelt High School Aspiring to Study Biology

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How likely are you to Donate money to Local Community Heroes Scholarship Fund for future Students? I am very likely to donate money to Local Community Heroes Scholarship as this is the scholarship that is going to help me achieve my goals. I want to make sure others get the chance to as well.

What would you like to tell the Donor? I would like to Thank my donor for this huge opportunity, I will make sure to use it wisely and not let you down. As well as follow in your footsteps of donating to this scholarship.

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Why did you apply for the Local Community Heroes Scholarship? I decided to apply for the Local Community Heroes Scholarship because I was inspired by what I read about this organization.

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