Carlos A. Meza
Connor Wright's Teacher
It is with great honor that I nominate Connor Wright as the student for your 2021 scholarship. Over the last four years, I have been privileged to know Connor as a student, athlete, and friend. I have had the pleasure of having him in my Spanish classroom and as an athlete on Venture's Soccer team for the last three years.
In the classroom, Connor is a blessing to have. He maintains his focus on the topics and motivates students to engage in our curriculum. His relationship as a leader to the students in the classroom is unlike any student I have ever had. Connor can encourage students to pay attention in class, complete work on time, and push themselves to do great things. It is this ability that I have witnessed in Connor that presents itself advantageously on-and-off the field. In Soccer and Mock Trial, Connor pushes his teammates to maximize efficiency and aim to be the best version of themselves. Connor is an icon in his character seeking to learn about his colleagues to strengthen his connection to the group and influence his peers.
Not only have I had Connor on Venture's Soccer Team, but I have personally witnessed Connor express his passions in the San Joaquin County Superior Courthouse in Downtown Stockton. He approaches juries with a humble intimacy that accurately demonstrates his character as an individual and as an advocate. Venture's Mock Trial Team's success is indicative of this talent, but I find more extraordinary fascination in Connor's reasoning behind it all. Outside the courtroom and off the soccer field, Connor is a great personality wishing to connect with those around him. I have personally driven Connor and other individuals living in Valley Springs (where I reside) home, and in those hour-long trips, I have been able to see a side of Connor that we rarely see on campus. Connor seeks to advocate. I have spent countless hours hearing his stories and learning how he thinks. Connor engages in conversation and is incredibly interested in hearing stories related to injustice. Our school is located in south Stockton, with 67.6% of students being of Hispanic origin. The relationships Connor has made with his peers have positively shaped how he views the world, and I believe this is a factor in his passion for Mock Trial and other related programs/activities. Similarly, Connor's participation in the Soccer team has furthered his interest and righteous indignation attached to social injustices. From wearing black armbands with the team to engaging himself on the field, I know that Connor will pursue his passion in this field and be a leader in whatever way he chooses to combat injustice.
There were days during the mid-school year, where I saw Connor in my class at 9 A.M., on the soccer field with the soccer team at 2 P.M., and by the end of the day, in the courtroom presenting before a judge and jury from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M., Connor takes his passions seriously. He dedicates his time wisely, ensuring he maximizes efficiency and benefits from his time. From founding organizations stemming from his love to furthering his interests at the highest education levels, Connor Wright truly exemplifies a leader, advocate, and student-athlete. Venture Academy has been privileged to witness his growth and share in his development, and with great anticipation, we await the changes he will make in the world.
I have watched Connor day in and day out study harder than anyone I know to ensure his grades were top notch. Connor is an excellent student and I nominate him for this scholarship!
Connor is one of the most qualified students for any academic honor in the entire Central Valley. He's more than just hard working. Throughout Connor's highschool career he has maintained above a 4.0 GPA while participating in Varsity Soccer and competing as part of the Venture Academy Mock Trial team. It is with the aid of Connor's skills and leadership that Venture Academy won multiple world championships for Mock Trial, and continually brought attention from all over the world to right here in our city. He's beaten hundreds of competitors in highly prestigious legal competitions across the United States and redefined the level of talent necessary to achieve that success. But beyond Connor's accomplishments he cares. He cares about our community and the people who live in Stockton. Beginning in his freshman year, he founded a junior high program to teach Mock Trial to junior high students. That program has expanded now to maintain more than a dozen teams within San Joaquin County and Stanislaus County. Students right here in our community are able to learn legal concepts at an earlier age, enabling their success as they transition into highschool, and granting them the ability to look for other students who share those interests so that they may have an early start at making friends during a fairly new and confusing time in their lives. Put simply, Connor demonstrates all of the characteristics that you would look for in a well-rounded and high achieving individual. He continues to impress his friends, family, and advisors, and will continue to do so as he transitions to UCLA to pursue a career in law.
Connor has always been an impeccable student and a great person to have in the classroom. Working with him over the years has been amazing.
Connor is outstanding. I have had the pleasure of watching him grow and excel in mock trial, earning many honors from local, state, and national tournaments. This scholarship will have a great return if awarded to Connor as I know he will go on to make a difference.
I highly recommend Connor for this scholarship! I’ve never witnessed a kid put as much as he does into his studies, his mock trials and his family.
I am proud to recommend Connor for the Brookside Optometric Group scholarship. Connor is a hardworking, kindhearted young man with a vision for community service. As a student at Venture Academy, Connor has achieved a 4.4 GPA and followed the most rigorous academic route available, including AP and college courses. And while Connor shines in the academic arena, his true passion has been working with kids in the community. As a freshman, Connor was quiet and reserved, until he joined the Venture mock trial team and achieved honors as a witness and an attorney. Connor realized the value of participating in this sport for other students like him and wanted to open the experience to younger kids so when they went to high school they would already have a group of friends to be with and the skill set necessary to compete. To that end, Connor created a program at Venture to teach 6th - 8th grade students about mock trial. This program eventually expanded to include a Junior High Mock Trial Competition for San Joaquin County run through the county office of education and open to hundreds of students from San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Contra Costa counties. During his 4 years of high school Connor has volunteered hundreds of hours working with both junior high and high school students on speech writing and public speaking. Even during the pandemic, Connor took to Zoom and ran workshops for students and hosted the first virtual junior high mock trial competition. Because of Connor's dedication, many junior high students have gone to high school without the fear of being alone. They come with a friend group and a place to belong. Several of our county high schools that did not participate in mock trial before Connor's influence have had students start their own clubs on their campuses and the team participation at the county competition has grown from 11 to 16 during Connor's high school career. Connor is truly a remarkable young man and I look forward to seeing what he does next.
I am very proud to recommend Connor Wright. I am a former coach of the moot court team. Connor has demonstrated excellent oratory skills. He is a very intelligent young man who has worked very hard in all aspects of his life, specially in academics. Connor is a kind and humble young man, committed to the progress of others. I know he will move on to a great career in college and be a resource to his community. Therefore, I highly recommend Connor Wright.
This scholarship is open to students currently enrolled as a senior in high school in San Joaquin County for the 2021 graduating year. Students may be enrolled in public or private schools, or be home-schooled. Nominations must be successfully uploaded to the entry page by midnight on March 28, 2021.
To be considered for the scholarship, all students must be nominated by a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, pastor, or youth leader (immediate family members and relatives are not eligible to submit nominations). Nominations will be posted on the contest website and receive community feedback during the period from March 29 - April 15, 2021.
One scholarship winner will be chosen by Brookside Optometric Group doctors based on their nomination and community feedback. The scholarship and funds will be presented to the winner in person in early May 2021 — the exact date to be determined by the winner.
Brookside Optometric Group doctors are committed to you and your eye health, and to the community we share. From college scholarship contests like this one to medical mission trips around the globe, we believe in giving back and making a difference.
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Stockton, CA 95219