Canyon Lake Temescal Canyon High School graduate Chloe Wells has been named the recipient of the Carolyn Knight Memorial Scholarship awarded by The Friday Flyer.
“I became aware of this outstanding young woman through her mother, Gina, who works in our office,” Chuck Golding, The Friday Flyer publisher, said. “She is the epitome of what Carolyn was looking for in a recipient of this scholarship. She is not only a great student, but one who has already served her community and looks to continue to do so via a career in medicine. She is a resident of Canyon Lake and has been influenced by the great people of this community. We truly wish her well in her educational, career and service future.”
Carolyn Knight, who passed away June 13, 2017, was the Executive Editor of The Friday Flyer from 1990 until her death, the last few years in an emeritus status. The scholarship is awarded to a Canyon Lake student who best epitomizes the standards Carolyn stood for, particularly a young woman involved in community service and advocating community improvement.
Chloe was named TCHS Health and Medical Careers Academy’s 2018/2019 Student of the Year. She served as its president and received the Executive Board Chair award. HMCA is a program that incorporates exercise, charity, volunteering, mentorship, internships and creativity in a family environment.
An honor student, Chloe earned an overall grade point average at TCHS of 3.67. She received the Academic Excellence award, the Glory award in beginning drawing and painting, the Department award in AP Government, the California Scholarship Federation Lifetime Membership award, honor cord and honors in health education.
Through her high school years, Chloe held the positions of chair of HMCA and vice president of HOSA Future Health Professionals. She is a member of California Scholarship Federation, leader of Link and a community service liaison of the Interact Club.
Chloe has been accepted to California State University San Marcos, where she will be attending in the fall to pursue a Bachelor of Science in biology.
Each year The Friday Flyer awards a $500 scholarship to a deserving graduate, a promise Chuck made to his dear friend and business partner. Twelve years ago, the two sat in Carolyn’s living room and chatted about her pending retirement. It was there, in the spring of 2007, that Chuck made a promise he thought would be decades before he’d have to make good on.
“Upon my death,” Carolyn asked Chuck, “Please have the newspaper sponsor a scholarship in my name to a graduating high school senior. I don’t care the amount or the qualifications of the recipient, but I want my name associated with the promotion of education.”
Throughout her life she battled a life-threatening allergy to sulfites, and had many brushes with death. As a breast cancer survivor, she was one of four Canyon Lake women who founded the Bosom Buddies Support Group, advocating for others facing the same battle.
Carolyn always valued education, and although her plans were placed on hold when she married at age 18, she never gave up her dream of earning a college degree. After 14 years of study and raising her two girls, she obtained her BA from California State University Fullerton.
Carolyn moved to Canyon Lake with husband Vick Knight in 1981. After working with the Canyon Lake POA and editing newsletters that went to Canyon Lake residents, she became editor of the community’s newspaper, The Friday Flyer. Later, she and Chuck became co-owners.