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April 29, 2014 > South Bay Chinese Service Club holds annual Scholarship Banquet

South Bay Chinese Service Club holds annual Scholarship Banquet

Submitted By Joe Woo

South Bay Chinese Service Club (SBCSC) awarded $12,500 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors of Chinese descent at the 45th annual SBCSC Scholarship Banquet held April 16 at the Union City Mayflower Restaurant. Club President Steve Cho greeted the graduates and praised them for their outstanding academic records and participation in community activities. Honored guests included U.S. Congressman Eric Swalwell, California State Senator Ellen Corbett, Dawn Argula representing Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Fremont City Councilmember Suzanne Chan, Fremont School Board Member Lily Mei, and Citizens for Better Community (CBC) President Ivy Wu.

The Award ceremony commenced with Congressman Eric Swalwell presenting the Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition to the scholarship award recipients in his District 12; followed by State Senator Ellen Corbett presenting her Certificates of Recognition to all the award recipients. Although unable to attend in person, U.S. Congressman Mike Honda, State Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty had all provided Certificates of Recognition for the students.

Graduating students and their parents were addressed by keynote speaker, Judge Stuart Hing, who was appointed to the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, in July 2008 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Before his appointment, he was a Deputy District Attorney in the Alameda County District AttorneyÕs Office for 23 years and a Senior Marketing Representative with Xerox Corporation where he attained #1 in sales for the U.S. western region. Judge Hing grew up in a housing project and played lead guitar in a band that opened for Earth, Wind & Fire.

In his speech, Judge Hing shared with the students his circuitous career path from a young musician to a judge at the Superior Court of California. He brought the students up on the stage and introduced them to the concept of the earth population as a village of 100 where 61 villagers would be Asian and of that number, 20 would be Chinese. Judge Hing used this lesson to also make the students aware of world hunger stating that 50 members in this village of 100 would not have a reliable source of food and would be hungry most of the time, 20 villagers would be undernourished, and one villager would die of starvation.

Before announcing this yearÕs scholarship award winners, Joe Woo, SBCSC Scholarship Chairman, pointed out the difficult task the Selection Committee faced this year while attempting to select 18 winners from 31 highly qualified applicants - an impressive group of scholars representing seven high schools. Their average unweighted GPA is 3.9 and the average weighted GPA is 4.3. The applicants have taken a total of 388 AP classes and honor classes. Together they have amassed over 10,000 community service hours with two students receiving the PresidentÕs Volunteer Service Award. In this group, there are 10 National Merit Finalists, 19 AP Scholars, and six students with perfect unweighted 4.0 GPAÕs.

The 2014 SBCSC Scholarship Recipients are:

$2,000 Scholarship Recipient:
Katie Chang, James Logan High School Ð Howard Tom Award for Top Honors

$1,000 Scholarship Recipients:
Rosemond Ho, American High School Ð Karl Ngan Award for Leadership
Belle Lee, American High School Ð CBC Award for Community Service
Sonia Wang, Mission San Jose High School Ð York Gin Memorial Scholarship
Zongning Zhang, Mission San Jose High School Ð Award for Academic Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) - Sponsored by Fremont Bank

$500 Scholarship Recipients:
Tammy Tseng, Mission San Jose High School Ð Best Essay (Sponsored by Dutra Enterprises)
Jennifer Chen, James Logan High School
Winston Hsieh, James Logan High School
Kevin Hsu, Irvington High School
Vivian Jair, Mission San Jose High School
David Kang, Irvington High School
Rachel Lai, Mission San Jose High School
Levina Lin, American High School
Gregory Ngim, Alameda High School
Leigh Anne Tang, American High School
Brian Wang, James Logan High School
Kerrie Wu, Mission San Jose High School
Michiko Zerda, Alsion Montessori High School

Scholarship information is available on the ClubÕs website: www.sbcclub.org.

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