Westlands Water District Announces Recipients of the Six Westside Scholarships
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kathryn Boren
FRESNO, CA – June 18, 2019
Westlands Water District awarded scholarships to six high school seniors in recognition of the students’ exceptional academic achievement. Each recipient, all of whom are from west side communities, will receive $1,000 towards their community college or university expenses. Applicants were judged on their academic performance, school activities, community leadership and each applicant submitted an essay on an agricultural-related topic.
The District congratulates the following 2019 scholarships winners:
Joe Cardiel III, a senior at Firebaugh High School. Cardiel plans to attend Fresno State University where he will major in Agriculture Education with plans to pursue a career as an Agricultural Educator.
Cardiel is a varsity basketball, varsity baseball player and FFA chapter secretary. As a Firebaugh high school student, Cardiel was honored with the Eagle Baseball award, FFA State Degree and FFA Outstanding senior.
Marvin Cornejo, a senior at Mendota High School. Cornejo is an honors student who plans to attend Fresno State University to pursue a degree in Chemistry. Following college, Cornejo aspires to pursue a career as a Pharmacist.
Cornejo is a Mendota School Board student representative, a West Side Youth volunteer, an avid athlete involved in track &field, cross country wresting and soccer and a FFA Greenhand and Chapter degree holder.
Myriam Castro, a senior at Tranquility High School. Castro will graduate in the top five of her class. Castro plans to attend Fresno State University where she will major in Criminology.
During her time at Tranquility High School, Castro was involved in the Honor Guard, the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) and obtained the ROP Criminal Justice certificate of completion and the State Seal of Biliteracy.
Peter Hawken, a senior at Lemoore High School. Hawken was honored as the Chemistry Student of the Year. Following graduation, Hawken will attend the University of California, Santa Cruz where he will major in Environmental Science. With his degree, Hawken aims to pursue a career as an Environmental and Agricultural Irrigation Specialist.
Hawken is the Varsity Soccer team captain, both the soccer and tennis club president and is involved Jesus Club and California Scholarship Federation life member.
Jazmin A. Murillo, a senior at Coalinga High School. Murillo plans to attend West Hills College Coalinga where she will major in Political Science and film. Following college, Murillo plans to pursue a career as a Paralegal and as a Film Director.
Murillo is the editor in chief of the Coalinga High School Magazine, President of the After School Program Leadership Club and VIDA club, and on the Principal’s Honor Roll from 2015 to 2019. Murillo has also been honored with the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award, first place in the Chevron Robotics Challenge and as a National Hispanic Scholar.
Emma Andrade, a senior at Riverdale High School. Andrade is an honor roll student who plans to attend Fresno State where she will major in Physics and plans to pursue a career as an Experimental Physicist.
Andrade plays varsity basketball and tennis, and has been involved with Rural Route 4h since 2010 continually holding leadership positions, such as Corresponding Secretary and Camp Director. Andrade has been honored with the Academic All League Team and Letter, County Heartbeat Artistry Award and All League First Team Varsity Tennis.
Westlands is honored to recognize and assist these outstanding students; as reiterated by Tom Birmingham, general manager of Westlands, “these scholarships represent a small gesture of thanks and support to the communities on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley that make our region productive and vibrant. Our hope is that these students will continue to contribute to their communities and make them even better for future generations.”
Westlands Water District is the largest agricultural water district in the United States, made up of more than 1,000 square miles of prime farmland in western Fresno and Kings Counties. Westlands provides water to 700 family-owned farms that average 653 acres in size.