CL Woman’s Club awards $42,000

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Since 1995, the Woman’s Club has awarded more than $300,000 to local students and philanthropic organizations. This year, the club awarded a total of $42,000 to 16 organizations and nine students.

This year’s recipients are Animal Friends of the Valleys, Canyon Lake Bosom Buddies, Canine Support Teams Inc., Cops for Kids, Lake Elsinore Dream Center and HOPE, Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee, Friends of the Canyon Lake Library, Girl Scout Troop 1017, Helping Hands Group, Honor Flight Southland, Hospice of the Valley, Michelle’s Place, Safer, 4 Paws 4 Patriots, One Legacy – Donate Life and Wounded Heroes of America.

Scholarships were awarded to Keeley Arendt, Giana Barry, Rachel Menendez, Savannah Olszewski, Claire Perez, Jessica Rink, Ashley Warner, Chloe Wells, Alexis Zander, Karina Bowen, Donica Loney, Monica MacDonald and Alexa McKee.

Keeley Arendt, a graduate of Temescal Canyon High School, will be pursuing liberal arts studies at Riverside City College. During high school, Keeley was captain and MVP of the varsity tennis team. She was also involved in ASB for four years.

Giana Barry, a graduate of Faith Baptist Academy, will be attending Golden State Baptist College in Santa Clara. Gina aspires to be a physical therapist or an elementary school teacher. She has volunteered in the nursery and children’s ministries at her church.

Elsinore High School graduate Rachel Menendez aspires to be a nurse. She will be attending California State University, San Marcos. In high school, Rachel was involved in the Peer Counseling Program and took multiple AP classes, while playing on the volleyball and track teams. Outside of school, Rachel has volunteered at the Canyon Lake Library, Animal Friends of the Valleys and an orphanage in Mexico.

Savannah Olszewski, a graduate of Temescal Canyon High School, plans to attend California Baptist University in Riverside. She aspires to work a registered nurse at a hospital in the trauma center or in the emergency room.

In high school, Savannah was a member of the junior varsity volleyball team for two years and the varsity volleyball team for two years. She was also involved in the Health and Medical Career Academy where she received various awards and accolades. Savannah assisted nurses with patients during an internship at Life Care Center of Menifee.

Temescal Canyon High School graduate Claire Perez plans to attend the University of California, Santa Cruz, and then apply to medical school to become a physician’s assistant.

Claire served as senior class president and president of the Interact Club, was involved in ASB for four years and was a member of the swim team and the National Honor Society.

Jessica Rink, a graduate of Temescal Canyon High School, will be attending Illinois State University. She aspires to be an elementary school teacher. In high school, Jessica was involved in the Interact Club, received honor roll certificates every semester and participated in softball.

Jessica has served as a volunteer for the Woman’s Club Home Tour, the Lake Elsinore 4H Club and the snack bar at Ronald Reagan Sports Park.

Ashley Warner aspires to be an elementary school teacher and will be attending California State University, San Marcos. The Temescal Canyon High School graduate was a member of the varsity cheerleading team for four years and was involved in ASB. She is a two-time Student of the Month recipient. Ashley has served as a volunteer for youth cheer clinics and car wash and garage sale fundraisers.

Temescal Canyon High School graduate Chloe Wells will be attending University of California, Riverside as the first step of many toward completing medical school. She aspires to specialize in pediatrics.

In high school, Chloe was involved in the Health and Medical Career Academy where she served as president and received the Executive Board Chair award. The honor student has served as a volunteer for the Family Matters Club and the Junior Women’s Club.

Alexis Zander is a graduate of Temescal Canyon High School where she participated in color guard and winter guard and was a member of the volleyball and track teams. Alexis plans to attend Fullerton College and pursue a career in emergency services where she feels she can lend a kind and efficient ear to those in need.

Karina Bowen is in her fourth year at Pepperdine University. She aspires to be a creative marketing director in the entertainment industry, preferably with the Disney Corporation.

Donica Loney plans to work as an EMT while attending her senior year at California Baptist University in Riverside. She is applying to the Physician Assistant Program at CBU and hopes to be trained as a surgical specialist. She aspires to work in an operating room.

Monica MacDonald is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at California State University, Fullerton. She aspires to be a pediatric nurse.

Alexa McKee is in her last year at the University of California, San Diego. She will be studying abroad at the University of Sydney in the fall. She aspires to work in the field of human resources.

The members of the Woman’s Club wish the students continued success as they pursue their career goals and extend a sincere thank you to the many Canyon Lake residents who continue to support the various fundraisers throughout the year that enable the club to continue this vital program of awarding scholarships to young women in the community.

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