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Sanger Foundation

Sanger Foundation

Senior Scholarship Award Recipients

2019 Academic Year


The Foundation distributed a record $21,500 in Senior Scholarships in 2019.  This was made possible with the support of Granville Homes, and individual donors in the community. Please take a moment to learn more about our recipients.


Sanger High School


SARAH HERRING

Sarah has a 4.258 GPA and ranks 16th in her class. She hopes to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and major in Animal Science. Sarah was awarded one of the Foundation’s two $5,000 student scholarships.

Sarah is very active in student leadership, a student-led Bible study club, Future Farmers of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, California Scholarship Federation, the Sanger High varsity volleyball team and Interact. She is a member of the Sanger High Executive Board and served as Athletic Commissioner and Representative at Large.  She also is a member of the Fresno Pacific volleyball travel team and a volunteer with Special Olympics, the Tom Flores Blood Drive, Kid’s Day, the Sanger Blossom Trail Run and Toys for Tots.


MICHAEL VANSYCHA

Michael has a 4.0 GPA and ranks 74th in his class. He plans to study Computer Science and Software Engineering at either University of California at Davis or the University of California at Berkeley. Michael was awarded one of the Foundation’s two $5,000 student scholarships

In addition to community work as a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church youth group, Michael is active with the Sanger Seals Swim Team, Sanger High Varsity Swimming and Boy’s Water Polo.  He’s also in the Sanger Science Art Music Academy and the Cadet Band and is a member of the California Scholarship Federation, the Aquatics Club, Creative Writing Club and the Engineering Club. 


RACHELLE RODRIGUEZ

Rachelle has a 4.401 GPA and ranks 3rd in her class. She plans to major in International Relations and attend either Yale University, Wellesley College or Northwestern University. She is an AP Scholar with Honor, she earned 1st Place in the Fresno County Office of Education Speech Contest and a Degree of Excellence in the National Speech and Debate Association. Rachelle was awarded a $1,500 student scholarship that was sponsored by De Young Properties. 

Rachelle co-founded the Engineering Club, is active in Polynesian Dance and Speech and Debate and is a member of MESA and the Creative Writing Club.  She is also President of the Green Team Environmental Club and is very active with Adventure Risk Challenge.


DANIEL ORNELAS

Daniel has a 4.453 GPA and ranks 1st in his class. He plans to major in Civil Engineering specializing in environmental or structural engineering.  He will attend either University of California at Berkeley or Cornell University.With environmental engineering, Daniel wants to help sustain the environment by saving marine and forest ecosystems along with helping people in undeveloped countries while with structural engineering, he would focus on helping to build safer, more efficient buildings, bridges and other structures in undeveloped countries.  Daniel was awarded a $1,500 student scholarship that was sponsored by De Young Properties. 


CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ

Cristian has a 4.378 GPA and ranks 4th in his class. He plans to study Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California at Santa Barbara and go on to earn a master’s degree or even a doctorate. Cristian was awarded a $1,000 student scholarship. 

He serves as the Vice President of the California Scholarship Federation, as an Activity Leader of Apache Closet and is active in MESA, the Green Team, Apache Theater and the Spanish and French clubs.  In addition to receiving an Academic Block “S,” Christian is an AP Scholar with Honor, Valedictorian and a Quest Bridge National Scholar.


PARMEET KAUR

Parmeet has a 4.273 GPA and ranks 14th in her class. She will major in Biology and earn a Bachelor of Science degree at California State University Fresno or the University of California at Davis before going on to medical school to become a pediatrician. Parmeet was awarded a $1,000 student scholarship.

Her extracurricular activities include being President of the California Scholarship Federation and s Treasurer of the Sikh Honors and Service Society Club, being a junior volunteer at St. Agnes Medical Center, a volunteer at the Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) and an Assistant Soccer Coach at Sequoia Elementary. 


SUSANNAH ELLIS

Susannah has a 4.289 GPA and is ranked 10th in her class.She will be going on to Saint Louis University to study Economics and earn a bachelor’s degree. Susannah was awarded a $1,000 student scholarship.

Susannah is Sports Editor for the Sanger Hi-Lights school newspaper, a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is the official scorekeeper for the SHS Apache Baseball team.  She also participates in the SHS Marching Band, REACH, French Club and the California Scholarship Federation and writes for Pagmeter as Sanger High’s sports reporter.


MARISSA CASTILLO

Marissa has a 4.152 GPA and ranks 33rd in her class. She plans to earn a degree in Liberal Studies and to minor in Spanish at California State University Fresno ultimately finding a local teaching job at an elementary school or a school with a dual immersion program that uses the Spanish language in their curriculum. Marissa was awarded a $1,000 student scholarship.

She serves as President of the Interact Club, is Secretary-Treasurer of the Hi-Y Club, is on the Varsity Cheer and Competition Squad and lists more than 31 volunteer activities she’s actively been involved with at least once.  She is also a lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation and has served as Junior and Senior Representative at Large in student government.


ASHLEY ZARASUA

Ashley has a 4.262 GPA and ranks 15th in her class. She plans to study Mechanical Engineering at either University of California at Irvine or San Diego or at California State University Long Beach.She is an Academic Scholar, Tom Flores Scholar Athlete and a Block “S” award recipient. Ashley was awarded a $1,000 student scholarship.

She is Vice President of the Interact Club, Student Government Rally Commissioner and a member of the California Scholarship Federation, the Fresno Volleyball Club and the Sanger Volleyball Academy.  Ashely has volunteered at the California Armenian Home, HOPE Sanger, Sunnyside Convalescent Home, Poverello House and is a member of the Link Crew.


JUDE GROFT

Jude has a 4.159 GPA and is ranked 32nd in his class.  He plans to attend either UCLA or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo while gaining experience as an ambulance EMT to become a firefighter upon graduation.  He will study either Psychology or Forestry, depending on which university he attends.Jude is an Academic Scholar, a multi recipient of the Block “S” Award, a Scholar Athlete and Varsity Football Team Captain.  Jude was awarded a $1,000 student scholarship.

Jude is a REACH Club leader and youth leader and member of the band at his church, he is a member of the SHS marching band and jazz band, he volunteers at the Sanger Fire Station and he is a math tutor.  


JENNIFER ZARATE

Jennifer has a 4.318 GPA and ranks 7th in her class. She plans to study biology and health science at the University of California at Davis.  Jennifer has received multiple Block “S” Awards and Scholar Athlete Awards in Cross Country and Track and she was named 2017-18 Academic Champion for Cross Country. Jennifer was awarded a $1,000 student scholarship.

In addition to her athletic prowess as a Cross Country and Track and Field athlete, Jennifer is the President of the Hi-Y Club, she tutors for the I.O.S.H. Club at Reagan Elementary and she is a member of the Red Cross Club and the Link Crew.  


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DYLAN REIMER

Dylan has a 4.0 GPA and ranks 1st in his class. He plans to study electrical engineering to develop interactive design tools to allow others to create music without the traditional prerequisite background knowledge of musical theory or notation.  The top 5 schools he’d like to attend are MIT, Caltech, Harvey Mudd, UC Berkeley or Cal Poly SLO.  Dylan was awarded a $1,000 student scholarship.

In addition to serving as a volunteer musician at his church, at Habitat for Humanity events and Fresno’s Jazz Festival and Christmas Tree Lane, just to mention a few, Dylan is on the Varsity Tennis Team, he has participated in the Calvin Crest AIM Leadership/Service Program, he is a member of the College Science and Engineering Club and he has worked part-time as a student tutor and a window washer.  He is a Valedictorian, a Scholar Athlete, a CMAC All-Star Player and received the Best Engineering Award in the 21st Central California College Engineering Design Challenge.