Tigard, Tualatin seniors named 2016 Shining Stars winners
Alex Lesinski, Zachary McFall and Alexandra Adriano win college scholarships.
The Tigard-Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the first in a series of winners for the 2016 Shining Stars community awards.
The annual awards are given by the Chamber every year to recognize community achievements.
On Friday, the Chamber named the recipients of its Shining Stars Scholarship Award.
The three high school students will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Tigard High School students Alex Lesinski, Zachary McFall and Tualatin Highs Alexandra Adriano
The scholarship is made possible by donations from Pride Disposal and about 80 businesses who are members of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce, according to Chamber CEO Debi Mollahan.
According to Mollahan, applicants were judged based on career plans, extracurricular and/or work activities, scholastic achievement and letters of recommendation. Please join us in congratulating the following students for earning this highly competitive scholarship:
Congratulations again to all three of our recipients, she said.
The scholarships will be formally presented with other Shining Stars awards at 2016 Shining Stars Community Awards Celebration, on April 29th
Tickets are $45 per person.
Adriano, a senior at Tualatin High School, is actively engaged in her community, Mollahan said. She;s community service officer for Future Business Leaders of America and serves as editor in chief of the Tualatin High School student newspaper, The Wolf. She is also involved with the School Café, Latin Ballroom, National Honor Society, Speech and Debate and Rotary.
Outside of school, Adriano volunteers with SOLVE, and serves on the advisory board for Abbys Closet, a Portland group which provides formal gowns and prom dresses to high school girls.
If that wasnt impressive enough, Adriano speaks three languages, has kept up a 4.0 grade point average and co-founded her own nonprofit organization, Everybody Dance Now!, which offers free dance classes to underserved Portland-area youth.
(Adrianos) experiences as a product line manager at the School Café, starting and then running a local non-profit and begin actively involved in FBLA have all fueled her passion and interest in business, Mollahan said.
Adriano plans to pursue a degree in business and administration management and wants to work with organizations whose primary goals are to improve our communities or the world.
Lesinski is a senior at Tigard High School and a member of both the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.
He has participated in Future Business Leaders of America, is a varsity football athlete, participates in recreational track and basketball programs
Lesinski, who works at Rocket Fizz candy shop on Barrows Road, manages the accounts for his mothers business, Mollahan said.
Lesinski plans to study business and accounting at the University of Oregon.
McFall, a senior at Tigard High, plays on the varsity lacrosse, cross country and snowboard teams and is a member of the schools Outdoor Club.
McFall volunteers as a youth lacrosse coach and volunteered at Camp Howard, a Catholic youth organization, and volunteered as a LINK Crew Leader, a Screen tech for Infinity Impressions, an event assistant for the Tigard High Athletic Department
This is even more astounding given the fact that he battled cancer for 18 months during his sophomore and junior year, Mollahan said.
McFall plans to study international business at the University of Oregon this fall.