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61 Student Leaders Earn the Final Act Six Scholarships

We are thrilled to announce that 60 emerging young leaders from Tacoma-Seattle, Portland-Salem, Yakima Valley, and Minneapolis-St. Paul have earned the final Act Six scholarships to Augsburg University, Bethel University, Concordia College, George Fox University, Heritage University, Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran University, and Saint Martin’s University. The colleges will provide full-tuition, full-need scholarships to these exceptional students over the next four years. 

Prior to starting at their respective universities, Act Six scholars will participate with their peers in pre-college trainings provided by program staff. The trainings will equip scholars to support each other, succeed academically, and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation. Act Six scholars begin college with their cadres ready to engage the campus and community with a built-in support system and sense of purpose. They will receive continued supports throughout their college experience.

Selected through a rigorous three-month competition among hundreds of applicants, these diverse student leaders were chosen for their commitment to serving on campus and at home, passion for learning, eagerness to foster intercultural relationships, and willingness to step out of their comfort zones. 

Following is a list of the final Act Six recipients:

Augsburg University (Cadre 10)

Evan Bitengo, Anoka High School
Jose Cerna Hernandez, Roseville Area High School
Paw Htoo, Washington Technical Magnet School
Gaohuacua Moua, John A Johnson High School
Luis Rosas, Roseville Area High School
Michelle Thao, North High School
Houachi Vang, Washington Technical Magnet School

Bethel University (Cadre 10)

Emily Garcia, Richfield Senior High School
Maria Mora Pena, Spring Lake Park High School
Gaby Posner, Maple Grove Senior High School
Lucas Romero, Roseville Area High School
Eunice Sodunke, Osseo High School
Faith Tian, Roseville Area High School
Maggie Witzel, White Bear Lake Area High School

Concordia College Moorhead (Cadre 6) 

Akeelah Christian, Eagle Ridge Academy
Jalanne Dekebo, Blaine High School
Blanche Dennis, John F Kennedy Senior High School
Kaden Duran, Simley High School
Brandton Easley, Champlin Park High School
Lah Hsee, Roseville Area High School
Oscar Martinez, Osseo High School
Isis Nunez-Martinez, Rogers High School
Daniel Ortiz-Canas, Stillwater Area Senior High School
Alejandro Sanchez gadea, Harding High School
Miguel Torres, Two Rivers High School

George Fox University (Cadre 18) 

JJ Afalava, Gladstone High School
Brendaly Anselmo Alvarado, Woodburn High School
Fynn Brechbiel, Gladstone High School
Sharmiline De Silva, David Douglas High School
Kiyah Hill, David Douglas High School
Sarai Llontop, Portland Christian High School
Iyana Melendez, Parkrose High School

Heritage University (Cadre 14) 

Dayana Abundiz, A C Davis Senior High School
Lillian Dean, White Swan High School
Naomi Gonzalez, Sunnyside Senior High School
Emily Islas, Sunnyside Senior High School
Maritza Sanchez, Toppenish High School

Northwest University (Cadre 16) 

Gracie Duchemin, West Valley High School
Maria Hernandez Dzib, Emerald Ridge High School
Jonah Jones, Decatur High School
Veronica Martinez Estrada, Washington High School
Isaac Muraguri, Henry M Jackson High School
Jenna Nguyen, Curtis Senior High School
Randi Ortega, Mount Rainier High School
Katelyn Sanchez, Stadium High School

 Pacific Lutheran University (Cadre 17) 

Paola Anzora, Franklin Pierce High School
Diamond Casiano-Reyes, Toppenish High School
Chelsea Cordoba, Summit Public Schools Olympus
Bintou Dampha, Tacoma Science and Math Institute
Quentin Johnson, Lincoln High School
Monica Lim, Mount Tahoma High School
Rubi Mendoza, Toppenish High School
Karanpreet Sandhu, Todd Beamer High School
Lola Yang, Bethel High School

 Saint Martin’s University (Cadre 6) 

Alex Colocho, Lincoln High School
Deja Jangana, Foster High School
Austin Linn, Governor J R Rogers High School
Han Nguyen, Franklin High School
Bailey Oas, Franklin Pierce High School
Josiah Tiblow, Todd Beamer High School
Alex Velasquez, Washington High School

Featured image: 2024 Tacoma-Seattle New Scholar Celebration. (Photo by Sharon Ho Chang)

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