3 students earn GPF scholarships

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SCHOLARS—Student winners Megan Kerpan, left, and Soraya Davila share the spotlight with Thomas Stafford, Serra High’s director of marketing and admissions, who accepted scholarship honors for Justin Shepherd. Shepherd was taking a test and thus unavailable for the ceremonies. Photos by Gary Kohatsu
TOP STUDENT—Joining scholar Justin Shepherd, third from left, are Gene Hale, Elizabeth Hernandez, Steve Rogers, Chief Ed Medrano, and Thomas Stafford of Serra High. Shepherd missed the earlier ceremonies while taking a test at his school. Photo by Gardena Police Department

Through the Gardena Police Foundation, G&C Equipment Corp., and Southwest Offset Printing during a luncheon May 12 at the Gardena Transportation Dept.

Soraya Davila of Gardena High, Megan Kerpan of Pacific Lutheran High and Justin Shepherd of Junipero Serra High each received $4,000 scholarships to be distributed over a 4-year college career.

The following short bios are taken from the luncheon program.

SORAYA DAVILA

through the Gardena Police Foundation, G&C Equipment Corp., and Southwest Offset Printing during a luncheon May 12 at the Gardena Transportation Dept.

Soraya Davila of Gardena High, Megan Kerpan of Pacific Lutheran High and Justin Shepherd of Junipero Serra High each received $4,000 scholarships to be distributed over a 4-year college career.

The following short bios are taken from the luncheon program.

SORAYA DAVILA

Soraya currently attends Gardena High School and will graduate with a 3.4 gpa. She is a vice president of the Southern California International Business Academy (SCIBA), president of the Interact Club, co-president of the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and commissioner of Fundraising for Leadership and College Bound.

Megan plans to attend Cal State University, Long Beach in the fall and major in Community Health Care Education.

MEGAN KERPAN

Megan currently attends Pacific Lutheran High School and will graduate in June with a 4.08 gpa. She is a member of the North Torrance Youth Musical Ensemble as a violinist in the advanced strings orchestra, a member of the National Honors Society, her school’s yearbook editor for the past three years, and is a Sunday School assistant teacher at Journey of Faith. Megan plans to attend Biola University in the fall and major in English Literature.

JUSTIN SHEPHERD

Justin currently attends Junipero Serra High and will graduate this month with a 4.4 gpa. He is a member of the Model United Nations, Associated Student Body, and Harbor UCLA Volunteer program. He plans to attend UCLA in the fall and major in Biology (pre-med). Justin’s career goal is to become a cardiovascular surgeon.

Among those present at the scholarship presentation were Gene Hale of G&E Equipment Corp. and president of the Gardena Police Foundation; Lauren Miller-Cole of the GPF Scholarship Program, Steve Rogers of Southwest Offset Printing, Kim Reddy of the Gardena Junvenile Justice and Intervention Program, and Gardena Police Chief Edward Medrano.

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