Brenda Rivera wrote in her essay, “My emotional state was not the best when I enrolled at Mountain View high school three years ago. I have always loved learning. I had the initiative to start school but my graduation would not be happening if it were not for the Mountain View high school staff. Both of my parents had died by the time I was ten. At the age of 15, I found myself alone in a new country where I did not speak the language. Although I had wanted to be in school I had to work day and night to support myself. When I turned 18 I realized I had to enroll in school. My counselor, social worker and teachers all supported me academically but more importantly they helped me deal with my emotions. If it were not for their support I would have given up.”
Ms. Fay commented that the combination of Brenda’s motivation, determination, and work ethic enabled her to complete high school and earn a Board of Education Seal of Excellence for her overall 3.850 Grade Point Average.
Mr. Johnson, Brenda’s English 12 teacher, described Brenda as “a goal oriented and self-assured student. She never lets herself be distracted by others. She edits and edits her papers until they are perfect.”
Mr. Chinn, Brenda’s Algebra 1 teacher, said, “Brenda never took a day off. She is self-motivated to achieve at the highest level at all times”.
Brenda is a model student! Brenda is planning to study Accounting in college and this scholarship will help open the door to Brenda being able to achieve that goal!
Eden Tekola quietly challenged herself at Mountain View like very few other students. She is a mature student who successfully evaluated classic literature, applied algebraic concepts, and studied self-improvement as way to boost her self-confidence. She wrote excellent major papers for every class unit. Eden is a wonderful student. She is a hard worker and very motivated to do well. When Eden was young she struggled at school and it seemed that her teachers thought she could not succeed. At Mountain View, her teachers immediately recognized her potential. Mountain View has high expectations for Eden as she has now for herself. Eden will begin at NVCC, and then transfer to a four year college to study Architecture.
Her high school career included 3 previous schools, but her time at Mountain View enabled MADISON VAN VOLKENBURG to reflect on her past and take charge of her future. She came here with clear goals and a renewed confidence that the Mountain View Community would provide her the support and independence she needed to achieve these goals. Maddie took charge of her personal priorities and quickly became a consistently active participant in the school and local community. She modeled good citizenship through service with a positive attitude.
When Maddie was presented with the option to become part of Mountain View’s service learning project, she led the way. In a budding service partnership with Centreville Elementary School Maddie did not hesitate to volunteer. On several occasions Maddie ended her day by driving to Centreville Elementary School and picking up food for delivery to a local Fairfax homeless shelter. She encouraged others to participate through the use of her strong and direct voice in the classroom as well as on The Mountain View Mirror. Maddie is confident about her future because she enthusiastically accepted the present challenges and opportunities offered to her at Mountain View.