Woman’s Club donates $42,000

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Since 1995, the Canyon Lake Woman’s Club has awarded nearly $300,000 in scholarships to local graduates and women continuing their education. This year, the Woman’s Club continues this vital program with awarding scholarships to four recent Canyon Lake high school graduates and three Canyon Lake continuing education students.

In addition to student scholarships, the Woman’s Club donated $20,500 to local organizations: Animal Friends of the Valley, Canine Support, Cops for Kids, Emergency Preparedness, Friends of the Library, Honor Flight, H.O.P.E., Hospice of the Valley, Michelle’s Place, SAFER, US Vets Inland Empire, 4 Paws 4 Patriots, Bossom Buddies, One Legacy, Wounded Heroes of America and the Canyon Lake POA. The $4,500 the club donated to the POA will go toward a new sound system for the Holiday Bay Room.

This year’s high school recipients are Kaitlyn Basham, Ashlyn Dowell, Taylor Ogden and Natalie Schwarz. This year’s continuing education recipients are Baylee Barckley, Donica Loney and Monica Macdonald.

Kaithlyn Basham is a graduate of Temescal Canyon High School. She will be attending California Baptist University in Riverside. As a result of Kaitlyn’s 2014 African mission trip and working within communities there, she aspires to become a traveling nurse and help people all over the world.

While at Temescal Kaitlyn served on the Associated Student Body Board for four years, was a member of the cheer team for four years and served as varsity cheer captain this past year. She has received a number of academic awards, participated in community activities, received community awards and continually volunteers in her church – being a part of Serving Orphans Worldwide.

Ashlyn Dowell, also a graduate of Temescal Canyon, will attend San Diego State University in the fall. She plans to major in biology. Her focus will be to learn more about diseases and how to cure them. Ashlyn hopes to join the medical field in search of better medicine to help those less fortunate. Ashlyn participated in a number of activities at school, including Parent Teacher Student Association, Associated Student Body, swim and water polo, and received a number of academic awards. She is active in her church and participates in local community activities.

Taylor Ogden is a graduate of Lakeside High School. With a focus and goal of earning a doctorate and pursuing a career in the medical field, Taylor will begin her educational journey on the University of California in San Diego campus. In addition to being a top scholar and receiving numerous academic awards throughout her years at Lakeside, Taylor very successfully participated on basketball, volleyball, track and field and other athletic teams receiving awards for those endeavors as well. Her commitment to her community is reflected in her on-going participation in volunteer opportunities in Canyon Lake.

Natalie Schwarz received her diploma from Temescal Canyon High School and will enter California Polytechnic University, Pomona, in September with the goal of becoming a fashion buyer for a large retail company. Natalie was a member of the school varsity dance/competition team and served as the junior varsity captain during her junior year. Her interest in fashion design led her to be a four-year member of the fashion club and serve as president this past year. In the past few years, Natalie has competed in the FCCLA, in fashion design, and won first place at the regional competition two years in a row as well as placing on the state level Baylee Barckley will be a senior at the University of Montana where she is majoring in marketing and management in the sports field.

A member of the University of Montana golf team, 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.

Maintaining a high GPA during high school at Temescal High and the University of Montana, she has also received many academic awards. In addition to her studies and athletic endeavors, Baylee volunteers at the local Missouia Food Bank, LOLO Elementary School, Poverclio Center and the animal shelter.

Donica Loney will be continuing her studies at California Baptist University as a sophomore in the fall. Donica is on a path to become a surgical physician’s assistant with a focus on working as a PA at the Loma Linda Medical Hospital. She is currently registered to complete an emergency medical technician course at West Coast EMT and will pursue applying for a job as an EMT while still attending California Baptist University.

Maintaining a high GPA, Donica also participates in a number of college activities including CBU health science team and Recreation Center Health and Nutrition Education and Fitness Training. As during her high school years at Santa Rosa Academy, Donica continues to participate in numerous community volunteer programs.

Monica Macdonald will continue her studies as a junior at California State University Fullerton in the fall. She is currently a Kinesiology major and is passionate about her career goals and aspires to be a middle school math and science teacher or a high school anatomy teacher and a dance/cheer coach.

Maintaining a high GPA, Monica extends that high level of commitment to the Cal State Fullerton dance team and was on the National Champion CSUF team for the 2017/2018 school year. She is very active in her sorority and devotes time to teaching dance to children. Monica volunteers at a church near campus and helps to support women’s shelters in the area.

The members of the Woman’s Club wish the students continued success as they pursue their goals. 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.

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