AVID is a college readiness program that’s designed to help increase students’ learning and performance through weekly elective courses that prepare them for higher education. Its mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and career readiness and success in a global society.
Every spring, eighth-grade students throughout the county are chosen by their middle schools for exemplifying the AVID program through their academic performance and community contributions. To be selected for the scholarship, students must submit an essay, a teacher recommendation and a summary of their academic and community accomplishments.
Angels owner Arte Moreno and Chairman Dennis Kuhl were joined by OCDE representatives including AVID Coordinator Dr. Denise Harshman; Curriculum, Instruction and Academic Enrichment Director Dr. Jonathan Swanson; and Humanities Administrator Trish Walsh, as they congratulated each scholar on the field.
“The generosity of the Angels Baseball Foundation over the past 17 years has changed the trajectory of our students’ lives,” Harshman said. “The students have not only been awarded scholarships, but they have become part of the Angels Baseball family.”
Approximately 49 scholars from previous classes of the Angels scholarship program also attended the event, including Orange County-based seniors Nellie Nguyen from Westminster High School, Mazen Nematalla from Ocean View High School, Hannah Karanick from Sage Oak Charter School in Redlands, Alexis Gonzalez from Savanna High School, Alondra Piñon from Godinez Fundamental High School and Haley Gavino from the Orme School in Arizona.
Graduating high school seniors who were among the class of 2019 honorees will receive their $10,000 scholarships from the Angels Baseball Foundation once they attend college in the fall.
Below are the eight students who earned the distinction as 2023 Angels 8th Grade AVID Scholars:
Aisleen Avalos, TeWinkle Middle School, Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Jaylene Cervantes, Esqueda Elementary School, Santa Ana Unified School District
Marlene Garcia Velasquez, South Junior High School, Anaheim Union High School District
Walter Martinez, Nicolas Junior High School, Fullerton School District
Arleny Moreno Garcia, Valadez Middle School Academy, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
Emma Nelson, Vista Del Mar K-8 School, Capistrano Unified School District
Mianna Thoma, Bell Intermediate School, Garden Grove Unified School District
Yanely Vargas, Orangeview Junior High School, Anaheim Union High School District