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Jun 272012


Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Student Wins Tutoring Scholarship

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Student Wins Tutoring Scholarship

Having a passion is not just a simple fondness for something, it is a strong and loving attachment to a subject. My entire life I have been passionate about the arts. Every day there has been a bit of time I’ve spent practicing and working on what I wish to spend my life doing.  Although, when you spend time on something you love to do, it does not really seem like work.  The arts have such a wide variety of choices:  mine are painting, drawing, photography, music, and writing.  Every one of these skills helps me to free my mind and soul.  Whenever I am involved in one of these activities, I have no problems, worries or cares.  I am too busy concentrating on the contours of the face, the colors of the leaves on the trees, the next line of my poem or focusing my lens on my camera for that close-up shot.  My art envelops me.  I’ve always felt a strong connection to being able to explain and express myself through colors and shapes.

Through my art, I wish to help others find themselves and find freedom in expression. I also wish to show support for things like politics and minorities. Through my art, I want to give people a sense of my creativity.  And there are also charities I can help with my work. Being close friends with many of the artists that support the Light Bringer Project allows me to give to kids in need a way to be exposed to the arts.  At the first sign of challenges in the economy, arts are the first programs to be cut in the public school community.  Light Bringer raises money from the community to fund art programs in the poorer public high schools in Pasadena and Los Angeles County.  Its mission is: To Build Community through the Power of the Arts.

Per its website, “Light Bringer Project is a nonprofit, Pasadena-based arts organization founded in 1990 by residents who were exploring the historic contributions that artists, architects and craftsmen made to the local environment. Inspired by these achievements, its founders imagined ways to bring more of today’s artists and their creative resources into the mainstream of community life.”  They have received several awards for their work.

I first got involved with Light Bringer, five years ago when I was 13.  You were supposed to be at least 16, but I wanted to be one of the artists in the Pasadena Chalk Festival so badly, I convinced the Director to allow me to enter my work.  Every Fathers’ Day weekend, we are on our hands and knees for at least 12 hours per day, creating our best work in a 10’x 10’ square space of concrete pavement.  We also must submit a 1’x1’ painting to be placed in the silent auction which raises money for the art programs for schools.  Most of the time, I have not finished my masterpiece by the judging on Sunday at 5pm but rather 9 or 10 pm Sunday.  For me, it is not about the prize, but the pleasure I bring to others and the nice comments I receive from those that pass by and tell me I will be famous someday.  And whether I am or not remains to be seen.  But I have helped raise money so others can enjoy art in their school and I have helped to give the community an appreciation for our art.  And even though covered in chalk from head to toe, it has given me some of my fondest memories.

I have also worked with high-risk children who are not able to verbalize what is troubling them, but are able to draw it.  There are many opportunities to help these children express themselves through art.  There are also volunteer days (went with my mom to a LMU Alumni for Others program) which allow underprivileged children to have access to art supplies so they too can express themselves through art.  I am passionate about art, no matter what form it takes.  And as I have been accepted to School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I will continue my formal training in art but will always find a way to bring it back to and for the community.

Jun 262012
Beaumont High School Student Wins Tutoring Scholarship

Beaumont High School Student Wins Tutoring Scholarship

Since I was a little girl, my answer to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” has always been, “A teacher.” I have always been amazed and intrigued by the importance and honor of this profession. There is no single vocation more vital to the survival of humanity than the responsibility of teaching the young people because they are the future. There is no career more charitable or humanitarian than dedicating your life to educating the great minds of tomorrow.

I have always felt a sense of urgency to make a difference, no matter how seemingly insignificant, in at least one life. I believe in the power of education. I believe education brings knowledge and knowledge gives power to the one who possess it. This is why I not only want to further my own education but I want to dedicate the rest of my life to furthering the education of others.

Deciding what subject to specialize in as my major was simple. I had a teacher that used to say, “If knowledge is power, language is the vessel that holds it.” From then on, words and the power that words contain continued to astound and inspire me. Thus, English language and composition clearly became my passionate first choice for a major. Words are a powerful tool that, when learned to use correctly, can become a great asset for success.

In the words of Nelson Mandela, “There is no passion to be found playing small- in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” This is why in everything I do, especially my career as an educator, I believe to do the most my capabilities allow me and inspire those around me to do the same thus I decided I will not merely get a bachelors and teach at a public high school but I will go on to get a PhD in English Composition and teach at a University. This is how I plan to share my passion because there is no gift more powerful that I can give to humanity than my sincere devotion to broadening our horizons through the power of language and education.

Jun 252012

My personal passion and dream of pursuing is acting. Whether onstage or in front of a video camera, expressing yourself through being a totally different person enthralls and excites me more than any other pastime. Having a history of theatrical arts from a young age to now, the middle of my high school career, and slight film experience leaves me yearning and hungry for more. More auditions, more rehearsals, more bright lights, more challenges. I have a passion for acting because it takes personal expression to a whole new level with a different personality, and I believe I could use it to help others by entertaining and bringing joy to their lives, teaching them, and maybe even inspiring them.

Most, if not all, of the global population is common with acting and encounter those who are passionate for it almost daily. Whether it be in movies, on television, or on-stage, acting is one of the most common forms of entertainment in modern day society. We gossip about the famous actors and actresses in the new and popular movies, and there are even careers in which you comment and critique on every aspect of a movie or stage production. Acting in any form has taken over our world, changing the way we perceive history, current events, and even our own imaginations.

My interest in acting began as a young girl. Instead of wanting to be a princess or fairy like all my other friends, I had dreams of immeasurable talent I hoped to one day achieve and be recognized for. My potential future professions ranged from being a ballerina, to a pop singer, and finally settling on acting. Although I am still far from that bountiful amount of talent I hoped of as a child, I have grown exceedingly as an actress through my experience in theatre from my elementary school years, proudly and gratefully playing a few lead roles in Jr. High productions, and getting involved in a more advanced high school theatre.

My passion for acting was born when I realized that through these scripted words, body language, and stage presence, I could create a whole new person. I could become someone totally different from myself, while still pouring my personal emotion into it. My favorite roles have always been the harsh, aggressive, and evil roles, because they are the exact opposite of my personality and form the delightful challenge of how to recreate the character I’m trying to become. The best piece of advice I’d ever heard throughout the many directors and cast mates I’ve had has been that you can’t just play the character; you have to be the character in every way. You have to face the struggles in the production as the character would and rejoice as the character would. When the curtain rises that opening night, you gain a new identity.

I believe that my passion for acting could help others in many ways by not only entertaining, but teaching and informing, and maybe in the future, inspiring. As stated before, acting is one of the most popular forms of entertainment. From Shakespearean times to modern day movies, people of all ethnicities, ages, and eras have been fascinated by the art form. However, most don’t realize that there are certain techniques to acting. For example, for stage productions especially, it is absolutely necessary to learn how to correctly project your voice and improve your diction. This aspect of acting also ties in to public speaking, and enforces this much needed skill. Theatre also ties in the many areas of lighting, sound, set creating, singing and dancing, which most skilled actors are educated in. Although I still have much to learn, and am always eager to, I would love to teach acting techniques in the future. Lastly, I believe that acting, above all, can inspire. Have you ever watched a particularly inspiring movie, and walked out counting your blessings and just yearning to help others? Extremely talented actors who master the skill totally are so convincing and inspiring through a totally different persona. One day, God willing, I hope to inspire others as so many others have inspired me.

All in all, I personally believe acting is the most unique and creative way of self-expression, and that it plays a large role in society. Acting fascinates me from every perspective, and I believe that it always will. I know that even if in my future I don’t attain a career in acting, it will always be a part of my life in some way. Acting is my one true passion.


Jun 202012

The deadline for the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship has come and gone.  Although we received an overwhelming response, we selected 4 finalists.  We will be announcing the winner soon.  We will announce the four finalists next week, starting Monday, on our blog and Facebook Page – so make sure to “Like” us on Facebook to find out whom the four finalists and the winner of our first annual Share Your Passion Scholarship are.

Here are the four prices that the four finalists will win:

1st Place – $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship

2nd Place – $50 Share Your Passion Scholarship & $20 gift card from Amazon

3rd Place – $15 gift card from Amazon

4th Place – $10 gift card from Amazon

While we will be selecting the winner of the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship, we wanted to offer a second scholarship – the $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest – in which our Facebook followers would be able to help us pick the winner for that scholarship.

The individuals that were asked to participate in the Facebook contest were our four finalists and our two previous Scholarship Winners, Julia Schemmer from Norco High School, and Jennifer Aneke from Roosevelt High School.  Three of the six contestants have already posted their essays on Facebook, and the votes keep increasing by the minute.  We still need Alex Bernstein and Jessica Senior to submit their essays.

Help us pick the winner of the $100 Facebook Scholarship Contest by picking the best essay.  Show your support for these impressive scholars.


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Jun 142012

$250 Share Your Passion Scholarship – The deadline for the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship is finally up.  We received quite a few entries and we will be announcing the winner of the first annual Share Your Passion Scholarship soon.  We were excited to receive so many wonderful entries from dedicated, intelligent, and passionate young students who are bound to have bright futures and will make the world a much better place. Although we received an overwhelming response, we have narrowed it down to four finalists for the $250 Share Your Passion Scholarship Essay Contest.  We will be announcing the winner on Facebook, so make sure to “Like” us on Facebook to find out the winner of the first annual Share Your Passion Scholarship.

$100 Facebook Contest Scholarship – In addition to winning the $250 Scholarship, the four finalists, plus our two past winners, Jennifer Aneke and Julia Schemmer, have an opportunity to win our $100 Facebook Contest Scholarship.  We will soon be posting the essays on Facebook and Facebook users will be able to vote for the one they think is the winning essay.  “Like” us on Facebook so that you will be alerted when the time comes to vote for the winning essay.  Help us pick a winner by selecting the most qualified essay and voting for them.

GATE Together – We were excited to participate in the GATE Together workshops again this year. On Saturday, May 19th, we presented a workshop on the benefits and reasons for becoming a blogger.  Most students walked in having a vague idea on blogging, but they walked out excited to start their own blog on topics ranging from animals, to video games, to music.  There is nothing more rewarding than presenting a new and fun topic to intelligent students who are eager to learn.  We really appreciate the Chino Valley Unified School District for inviting us to present again this year.

Macaroni Kids – We wanted to take this opportunity to share with our readers a wonderful website and blog called Macaroni Kid.  If you are not familiar with Macaroni Kid, be sure to click on the link and check them out, they are a group of moms that provide their readers with information on kid-friendly family events and activities that are happening in our communities every week.  They provide great opportunities for parents to take their kids to fun activities and spend quality time together as a family.

Our Prominent Articles – If you have visited our blog yet, please be sure to do so.  This month we wrote articles on the different types of intelligence, we looked at different learning styles, we took a closer look at the STAR test, we tackled the bullying problem, and we covered how to improve your child’s self-esteem in 3 different articles – learning to listen, teach your children about their culture and history, and remind them that you love them every day.  We always strive to open communication between parents, tutors, students, teachers, counselors, and anyone else invested in children’s education, so please feel free to comment on our articles and share your opinions.

We are tutoring students in Chino, Chino Hills, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Alta Loma, Ontario, Corona, Norco, and Rancho Cucamonga at Sky Country Elementary, Oxford Preparatory Academy, Townshend Junior High School, Roosevelt High School, Alta Loma High School, Norco High School, Centennial High School, Chino Hills High School, Ontario Christian High School and Ayala High School.

Please be sure to take advantage of summer tutoring and sign up with us today.  We provide one-on-one in home tutoring in Southern California and we would love to help your children succeed in and out of school.

Apr 252012

The word passion comes from the Latin root pati, which means to suffer. What is worth suffering for? I am deeply passionate for justice. Justice is something my race has been fighting for many years, something we are still fighting for till this very day. I have seen unjust acts not only in racism but in all parts of our society happen before my eyes. There have been unjust acts that have happen to me. I know what it feels like to not have justice served, and I am passionate to help others get what they justice that they deserve. I plan on becoming a lawyer so that when I see unfair actions take place, I have the knowledge and power to make justice. Justice is a passion worth suffering.

Roosevelt High School Student Wins Tutoring Scholarship

I am passionate about having justice because it is something people of my race have fought for. I am someone who takes pride in the patriotic acts done for the bettering of our country. Martin Luther King Jr. was and still is someone who I believe has done great things for America. He was one of the few that stood up and made apparent the unjustly acts that were being done to African Americans. Being aware and educated of what happened during that time period is very disturbing, yet inspiring. Knowing that a man and a few others received justice for a whole race inspires me to help obtain justice for people of America who were also wronged.

I am willing to suffer for the liability of justice because I know what it feels like to not have impartiality. When I was a bit younger, I attend a school where the upper grades felt superior to the lower grades. They use to bully us and rip our homework assignments because they felt it was “fun”. When I would tell the teacher she would side with the upper classmen because they “seemed right”. I still do not know if she did not help me because I was young, or because I of skin color. However, I do know that what they were doing was undeserved and cruel. I look back and what they did and I realized things like this are happening in more mature environment. They are happing in our society. Unjust acts like the one that happened to me is the reason why I have become so passionate about getting the fair dealing that is justified.

I plan on using my passion for justice to aid other by becoming a lawyer. Lawyers are people of the court system that conduct lawsuits for the right of people’s justice. Becoming a lawyer in my eyes, is legally being able to restore justice to those who were mistreated. As most know our country has endless acts that are unreasonable, unmerited, and unfair; having this as my career is serving those who have encountered these specific acts. I feel that this job is perfect for my passion for justice.

Being passionate about something is saying it is worth suffering for. I greatly believe justice, is worth suffering for. As seen in history, people like MLK suffered for the justice of African Americans, justice that is still being fought for. I intend on becoming a lawyer to express my passion for justice in the most legal way possible. I will do whatever it takes to bring justice, because justice is my passion worth suffering for.

Apr 092012

Norco High School Student Wins Tutoring Scholarship

Passions stir in all direction, demanding the best of you in every circumstance. As every person is different, so their passions are unique from others. My passion for medical research formed when my sister Jayden was diagnosed with Leukemia in the year of two thousand and eight. Seeing her in unimaginable states led me to a new curiosity for how our body works and functions. As an Honors Biology student and a prospective doctor, I love hearing about the way our body functions under extremities just to keep us alive and well. I become excited when my class does hands on labs to enhance our learning of the body and demonstrate our learning.

Of course, no passion would be worth it if it wasn’t practiced using the right way. To utilize my passion to enrich our community, I aspire to become a medical doctor in the slums of India and Kenya, working with underprivileged children and adults to fully satisfy their medical needs. People with goals and dreams like mine die before it is their time because of the lack of proper sanitation and medical supplies. I would come fully educated, for my dream is to go to University of California Los Angeles for pre-medical studies, and Harvard Medical School for medical school. Like Dr. Seuss once said in The Lorax, “Unless people like you care an awful lot, its not going to get better, its not.” My heart burns with compassion for these people in the lost and unreached areas of the world, and through a proper college education, my passions can become take flight.