Three seniors will receive $1,000 toward college

The Tigard Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the first recipients of this year’s Shining Stars community awards.

The annual awards are given to Tigard residents who volunteer in their community.

Since January, residents have been nominating local people and businesses in several categories, including the First Citizen award, the chamber’s top honor.

On Monday, the chamber announced the winners of three $1,000 college scholarships, which will be given to high school seniors.

The students were evaluated based on their career plans, extracurricular and work activities, scholastic achievement and letters of recommendation.

The chamber’s three winners come from Tigard, Tualatin and Southridge high schools.

Timothy Borreca, Tigard High School

BorrecaBorreca is actively engaged in his community and has volunteered as a senior cadet with the Tigard Police Department for the past two years, volunteering 12 to 16 hours each month.

As a cadet, Borreca has logged more volunteer hours than anyone in precinct history, according to the chamber’s CEO Debi Mollahan.

Borreca is also actively involved in Young Life, works part time and has a full school schedule.

“Tim has proven that he is a well rounded and committed member of the community,” Mollahan said. “As noted by teachers and the School Resource Officer, Tim is dedicated to hard work, committed to achieving his goals, and is a role model. He is also a focused listener and builds up his peers with kindness and gentleness.”

The scholarships will be presented with other Shining Stars awards at a special dinner and ceremony Friday, April 25, at Embassy Suites, 9000 S.W. Washington Square Road.

The 1960s-themed dinner will include a silent auction, dessert dash and more. Tickets are $35 per person.

For more information about the scholarships and Shining Stars, call 503-639-1656.

Borreca plans to study engineering or architecture at Portland State University next year and attend police academy. After graduation, he plans to volunteer as a reserve officer in his spare time.

Tyler Snyder, Tualatin High School

SnyderSnyder is involved in Tualatin High School’s Future Business Leaders of America club and several activities around the community. He is an Eagle Scout, competes in cross country and tennis and is active in the Key Club and National Honor Society.

Snyder has volunteered with March of Dimes, Make a Wish, the Salvation Army and at local elementary schools.

“Humble, passionate and driven are words used by advisors and teachers who know him,” Mollahan said.

“Tyler has maintained a highly competitive GPA through his high school career in addition to all his other activities and has been in National Honor Society since his freshman year.”

Snyder plans to attend Oregon State University to study mechanical engineering and business. Snyder wants to work for a large construction company or major business, where he hopes to grow into a leadership role.

Kristin Wilcox, Southridge High School

WilcoxWilcox loves helping people, Mollahan said, whether it’s being a nanny 45 hours each week, teaching Sunday school, serving as a dean for a summer camp for first- to third-graders, organizing an American Sign Language club or serving at a retirement home for the deaf.

“Teachers and adults around her describe her as a leader who is passionate about (American Sign Language) and conducts herself with integrity, wisdom and maturity beyond her years,” Mollahan said. “She demonstrates care, kindness and empathy to those around her, regardless of age.”

Wilcox is a member of the National Honor Society, teaches special needs students and is active in her church.

Wilcox will attend University of Oregon where she plans to focus her study on family and human services. She plans to work in the nonprofit world, ideally with the hearing impaired or with children.

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