Canyon Lake Woman’s Club awards 2017 scholarships


Since 1995, the Canyon Lake Woman’s Club has awarded scholarships in the amount of $204,900 to 160 local high school graduates and $57,400 to 56 continuing education students.  This year, the Woman’s Club continue this vital program with awarding scholarships to five recent Canyon Lake high school graduates and five Canyon Lake continuing education students.  The members of the Woman’s Club wish them continued success as they pursue their goals.

Additionally, the Woman’s Club would like to extend a sincere thank you to the many Canyon Lake residents who continue to support the various fundraisers held throughout the year that enable the club to recognize outstanding young women in the community.

The following students were presented with scholarships:

Meagan Brown graduated from Temescal Canyon High School and will attend the University of California, Santa Barbara in the fall. Meagan plans to work towards a master’s degree in environmental science to help create a sustainable environment for present and future generations. During this past year, Meagan served as the AVID Club President, was named U.S. History Student of the Year, recognized as an Honored Titan and volunteered at Animal Friends of the Valley.

Taylor Hankins is a graduate of Murrieta Mesa High School and will be attending California Baptist University. Her focus will be a degree in nursing with a specialty in trauma medicine. In the future she would like to travel with an organization such as Doctors Without Borders and perhaps be a transport nurse for an emergency room. While at Murrieta Mesa, Taylor participated in a number of activities and received several awards and volunteered in both church and community projects.

Claire Johnston is a recent graduate from Linfield Christian School and will be attending the University of Oregon in Eugene. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree, Claire would like to attend law school and become a criminal justice lawyer. She has a keen interest in and talent for ASL, speech, debate and English. Claire has participated in track, musical spring events and served as vice-president of the National Honor Society as well as volunteering for several Canyon Lake community events.

Donica Loney  will be attending California Baptist University after her recent graduation from Santa Rosa Academy in Menifee. Donica would like to complete four years at California Baptist with a bachelor’s degree in health science with a minor in nutrition. Loma Linda University would then serve as her four years of medical school to follow her path of becoming a surgeon of a specific specialty at a local hospital. While at Santa Rosa Academy, Donica earned numerous academic awards and participated in a variety of school activities. Participation in community and church were also high on her list of accomplishments.

Jordyn Strange graduated from Temescal Canyon High School and will be traveling to Rock Island, Illinois, to attend Augustana College with the goal of becoming a professor of European History at a college level and coaching high school or college basketball. While at Temescal Canyon High School, Jordyn  participated in a number of athletic venues, assumed leadership roles in numerous extracurricular activities and earned a number of academic awards and volunteered in several community service endeavors. Jordyn is the 2017 Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce Youth of the Year.

Baylee Barckley will continue her studies at the University of Montana majoring in marketing and management in the sports field. However, Baylee’s goal is to become a professional golfer – a  goal no doubt  she will attain as evidenced by the numerous tournaments she has won. She is a member of the University of Montana Women’s Golf Program, volunteers at the Missoula Food Bank and does a variety of volunteer work on campus. During summer vacation, Baylee worked in the local Pro Shop and helped with the Canyon Lake annual Junior Golf Clinic.

Brandi Bemoll, upon her completion of studies at Mt. Jacinto College, will transfer to California State University at San Marcos were she will major in business with the goal of earning her BSBA in the spring of 2019. She would like to continue her education in hope of earning a master’s degree and then work for a non-profit or a sustainable resource company. Brandi is a certified pharmacy technician and continues to work in this field as she pursues her studies.

Kaitlyn Hofmeister will be in her second year at California Lutheran University studying biochemistry and molecular biology with the goal to ultimately becoming a geneticist. Kaitlyn was very active in a variety of organizations during her high school years at Temescal Canyon High School and is continuing that enthusiasm and desire to help others in college. She is a member of the HEV Campus – a nationally recognized college club.

Monica MacDonald attends California State University Fullerton majoring in business entrepreurship with the goal of owning her own business. Monica also has a strong interest in education and coaching. While at Temescal Canyon High School, Monica was very involved in competitive dancing, winning several awards, and is currently a member of the Fullerton Junior College dance team. She continues to maintain a high grade level and enjoys participating in various philanthropic events on campus and is a member of Alpha Chi Omega.

Sarah Potter-Smith is attending the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services in Boston and is in her third year of a three year Physician Assistant Program. Sarah continues to maintain over a 4.0 grade point average she had at Calvary Murrieta Christian School and at the University of San Diego where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience biology in 2014. She was recently inducted into Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. In addition to her studies, Sarah is a  peer tutor and volunteers in a host of student run activities which benefit the communities around the university.