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2012 Noontime Optimist Club Scholarship Winners. l-r front row: Zachary Pedersen, Reyna Montoya, Ariana Reyes, Kaytlin Kuns and Ariana Cortes. l-r back row: Mrs. Joyce Amer, Optimist Club Scholarship Chair, Jordan Jennings and Leah Ramsaier © Ron Kleman/VC Star
The Camarillo Noontime Optimist Club members and guests were privileged to meet, greet and honor their 2012 local high school scholarship winners on Monday, May 23, at Round Table Pizza. This year’s winners are Tesara Santora, Ariana Cortes, Leah Ramsaier and Zachary Pedersen from Adolfo Camarillo High School; Reyna Montoya, Ariana Reyes and Kaytlin Kuns from Rio Mesa High School; and Jordan Jennings from Frontier High School. Each of the students presented a brief history and shared plans for the future.Ron Klemann, President of the Camarillo Noontime Optimist Club, recognized each scholarship recipient at their respective high school awards ceremonies assisted by incoming President Ada Lee Sullivan and Joyce Amer, Scholarship chair. Tesara Santora, Ariana Cortes, Reyna Montoya and Jordan Jennings each received a $1000 Camarillo Noontime Optimist Club/Dr. Lynn Merrill Jones Memorial Scholarship. Dr. Jones was a long-time Optimist member. She had a private psychotherapy practice and founded the Moorbrook Institute to provide affordable counseling for the public and training for new Marriage and Family Therapists. She received many awards for her work, including Camarillo Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year and the nationally recognized and coveted Jefferson Award. Her granddaughter, Kelsey Parker, proudly assisted the Optimist members with the presentation of the scholarships awarded in honor of her grandmother. Tesara will attend San Diego State University majoring in kinesiology with the ultimate goal of being a physical therapist or physician. Ariana Cortes will attend California State University Northridge to become a therapist and ultimately a psychiatrist. Reyna will attend California State University Channel Islands to become a dentist. Jordan is graduation a year early and taking classes at Oxnard College and through APEX. His immediate goal is to become a paramedic and ultimately become a social worker.

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