HERMISTON — The Hermiston Education Foundation recently announced it awarded nine $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Hermiston High School.

The students were evaluated on academic achievement, leadership and service activities at school and the community, and financial need. The recipients are:

Alexandra Varela Lepe, who plans to major in education with the goal of becoming a teacher. Teaching is also the dream of Naxely Jaime, who will attend Pacific University. Isel Tejeda Urenda is pursuing a career in animal science at the University of Idaho. Hanna Arey will study biomedical engineering at Washington State University. Emily Mendoza plans to pursue a degree in business administration and marketing. Valedictorian Madison Anderholm will attend Stevens Institute of Technology, studying biology for a career in medical research. Alyssa Duron will enroll at Western Oregon University to prepare for a career in nursing. Valedictorian Gideon Fritz will study at Blue Mountain Community College prior to attending either Oregon State University or the University of Idaho to major in natural resources with a goal of working as a fish and wildlife officer. And Robert (Bobby) Bellinger plans to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in animation.

Separate from the school district, the Hermiston Education Foundation is committed to preparing students for the future. Its mission is to encourage lifelong academic, artistic and cultural learning experiences and opportunities for students and educators of the district. In addition to awarding scholarships each spring, the organization provides grants to teachers in the district to enhance and provide additional educational opportunities for students.

HEF’s primary fundraisers include a fun run/walk (Aug. 24, 2019), Dancing with the Hermiston Stars (January 2020) and the Beef & Crab Feed (Feb. 1, 2020).

For more information, visit www.hermistoneducationfoundation.org or write Hermiston Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1096, Hermiston, OR 97838.

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