Our 2020 Scholarship Program featured five amazing nominees. After extensive discussion, the Doctors of Brookside Optometric Group have selected Elyse Glover as our 2020 Scholarship Recipient.
To each of our nominees, thank you for participating this year. It has been an honor to read about each of your lives, volunteer efforts, academic achievements, goals for the future, and most of all your outstanding character. We wish each of you the best of luck as you graduate and pursue your education and careers!
Ben Holt Prep
Liam Tacla's Pastor
Liam is a motivated student. He thrives on overcoming challenges and learning new skills, talents. I have seen him lead worship for the youth group. Selecting songs, coaching over people on the set and encouraging them to do their best. While on our summer missions trip, Liam is a great motivator and helps with whatever task he can to get the job done. He is the campus life, president and puts on a 30 hour famine to raise money for compassion, does a night in a box to help students be aware of homeless and how to help have compassion for those. He is apart of a group called Peer Forward, to help educate his peers about the college application process and scholarships info. Giving that info to the seniors and also mentioning the junior class leaders to pass on that knowledge. He is a wonderful leader and puts his all into everything he does.
Liam is a young man who loves to overcome challenges. I’ve been going to school with him since elementary school, not only have I seen him grow as a student but as a friend. He not only shows responsibility in school by keeping his grades up but by interacting in several clubs. He shows responsibility in what is called “Peer Forward”. In Peer Forward Liam has took part in helping those around him, going out of his way to go to Florida, gaining knowledge from others and bring it back to our school. He is such a role model to those around him. Liam became soccer captain senior year and led the Ben Holt Bobcats to become League Champions.
Liam is the most self-motivated teenager I have ever met. He juggles school, a job, church obligations, and school positions all while maintaining a high level of academic success and personal growth. He is kind, compassionate, respectful, dedicated, and a true leader. He is the definition of a student who would be worthy of this type of recognition. I know his future is bright and full of success.
Liam is an incredible young man. He balances an incredibly hard schedule and still manages to excel in all that he does. I couldn’t think of someone more worthy of this scholarship.
Liam's Mom is a friend of ours. We love seeing all her posts about her sons. They are always studying and seem so dedicated to whatever they do...including family. My vote is for Liam!
Liam is amazing. He has so much drive and I have no doubt he will be a very successful and giving adult. He does SO much and is amazing at everything he does from academics to soccer to helping others. When asked to help someone he never questions it and is right there serving despite his already full schedule. Those who know Liam are blessed.
Liam is a hardworking young man dedicated to his church, family and friends. I have enjoyed seeing him mature into an outstanding young man.
Liam is all around great student and great person! He has an incredible work ethic, he gets straight As and is taking college classes at the same time as his high school classes. He excels in multiple sports. Involved in church youth groups. And works on top of all of this. As a neighbor he’s helpful anytime I’ve needed heavy lifting. He takes my older kids to/from school when needed. I’ve seen him driving around town and he’s a very safe and responsible driver. When his grandparents need help he’s over there in a hurry. He’s a great example to all and I would be proud for my sons to be like him when they’re older.
Liam is my younger brother and although I still live at home, I’ll often go days without seeing him, as he’s involved with countless activities: clubs, sports, church, peer forward, etc. You will be hard-pressed to find a more motivated, intelligent, and hard-working individual. He is a natural-born leader and is destined for success in higher education and life after.
I am so grateful to know Liam and for the leadership he provides to his school mates. Liam was recommended to our family to help my daughter, a Freshman at his school, with a math class she was struggling to understand based on the teacher's way of instruction. However, with just a little bit of time and an incredibly kind approach from Liam, she was back in the game and felt strong again with her math studies.
What Liam doesn't know is that I was in the room the entire time he was giving her instruction via a phone conference. The way he spoke to her was with complete respect and he made her feel smart, capable and successful. Not once did he make her feel like she was bothering him or unable to do the work. His skill and his leadership are commendable.
AND THEN, he checked back in on her on his own after a few days AND he reimbursed a portion of the money I paid him as he thought I was too generous.
I cannot tell you enough what a good man I believe Liam to be. He's a good guy that should be recognized for his character, intelligence, and his leadership.
Liam is an awesome young person! Very self motivated, talented, smart, charming, and a delight to be around. He has very strong leadership skills and never hesitates when asked to put those skills to work. If given the chance, he will represent this scholarship foundation in the brightest of lights! Please give this young man serious consideration!
I have had the pleasure of knowing Liam for four years now. I first had Liam as an Algebra 1 student; then I had him for AP Computer Science, AP Calculus and AP Statistics at Ben Holt College Preparatory School. Liam has always been very bright and in the top 5% of every one of my classes. Liam has impressed me with is diligence, dedication and hard work regarding his abilities as a student. Liam is one of the most motivated, focused, involved, and disciplined students I have had at Ben Holt in my 4 years of teaching here; he has my highest recommendation as a student, athlete, artist and citizen.
Liam always puts in hard work to understand and excel in his academics. Liam is currently showing up at during my prep periods to practice for the AP calculus exam; he often fills up my white board with calculus problems. Liam takes initiative when group projects are assigned and often leads thoughtful discussions about how to solve multistage problems. Liam always address’s me in a respectful and professional manner; he is a model student. Liam exceled in my math classes and earned some of the highest marks. Liam did very well in AP Calculus and often helped other students when they were having difficulties. Liam did very well on his AP Calculus final, which is an old AP test and he will take the AP Calculus test in May. He has spent hours in my class preparing for the AP Calculus exam.
Liam is also very involved in other things beyond academics also. Liam has played four years of soccer and has been the cornerstone of that team. He has also helped get the golf team started here at Ben Holt. Liam is very involved with his church and has helped lead the Campus Life club here at Ben Holt; when visiting their meetings, he is often leading the meetings and he also helps organize and carry out many of their events. Liam performing magic and music also, he is very talented and his skills reach above and beyond academics.
Liam has been participated in many competitions here at Ben Holt including the AMC and the MCM math competitions. The MCM competition is a 48-hour competition that the students work to solve real life problems and use math to model these situations. I have had the privilege of being the advisor for this competition and have observed how hard Liam has worked on these competitions and have seen the well-polished and well-thought out final paper for these competitions.
Liam has a great sense of humor and has great relationships with students in the classroom. I have full confidence that in his future, Liam will continue to do great things and will achieve at the highest level. I highly recommend him for this scholarship. He is talented, personable, intuitive, dedicated, conscientious and focused in his pursuits. Liam is a model student and will be successful at any task that is set before him. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at .
Ben Holt Academy
Liam is the most deserving young man I know and should receive this special gift of a Scholarship. He works so hard all year to achieve and meet all his educational goals and not only his own but he strives to lead by example and help tutor others who need the extra help and encouragement to meet their own educational goals. He is just a well rounded kid and I know he is destined to do great things! Team Liam!
Liam is an amazing young man and I have known him since he was in Kindergarten. He went to school with my daughter. Liam is kind, generous, and very helpful. I have been blessed by knowing him. He has many talents in music and is very athletic. He also is a very bright and respectful young man.
I am so happy that Liam has a possibility of earning this scholarship. Our family has known Liam since he was in kindergarten, as our boys have grown up together. We have watched him grow from an amazing little kindergartner who even then was always very helpful and thoughtful, to now as a senior - off to college. Liam has an amazing heart for all of those around him and offers 100% of himself in giving back. to others Liam is very deserving of all good things that may come his way.
Liam is a self motivated person who wants to succeed at everything he wants to do. Liam is kind and helpful to his fellow people. He's a hard worker. I think he has it in him to do thing he sets out to do.
Liam is a wonderful person all around. I've had the pleasure of working with Liam closely for almost a year now as his PeerForward Advisor as well as his Academic/College Counselor at his high school. To be a PeerForward Leader, Liam was one of only four people chosen from his graduating class. He was chosen because he's someone his peers and friends respect and listen to, he has innate leadership qualities, a team player, hence why he landed the position of Captain of his PeerForward team. Liam is methodical, a planner which leads to his tasks being carried through successfully and efficiently. Liam led his team into huge undertakings, such as leading 2 classes, each one with 50+ seniors, once a week for the entire school year, preparing college related lesson plans and activities such as personal statement workshops, financial aid nights and financial literacy activities. Liam never shied away from any task, on the contrary, often times he would intentionally step back from tasks in order to give others on his team the opportunity to shine in the leader's light. Liam is extremely respectful to everyone, regardless of age. He is extremely smart yet never hesitates to heed and follow someone's wise advice. He will be greatly missed when he graduates from our school but I'm very excited to see where his untapped potential takes him!
I am one of the pastors at Liam’s church. He has been a youth mentor for several years. He uses his time very productively and very intentionally toward important matters. He serves in several ways going on mission trips, student leader in the youth group, available and fills in for our church praise team, and is regularly noticing people who just need a friend or need a hand. I don’t think it’s purely habit it is a life choice he has made to be available and be grateful.
There is no doubt that Liam would be a worthy recipient of your scholarship. I was his instructor for two courses: AP Psychology and Anatomy & Physiology. Liam is curious, hard-working and mature. He is an excellent speaker and presenter. He was among the top achievers in each of those two classes. He is self-motivated and very helpful to those around him. What a great student and young man. I can second my colleague above, Russell Hess, who said it perfectly: Liam has my highest recommendation for your scholarship.
Ben Holt Academy
Liam is a great kid. He is hard working, focused, and discipled. He sees the things he wants and puts in the work to achieve it. He is self motivated. Liam stays extremely busy with school, church youth group, church band, soccer, golf, drums, guitar and a host of other school activities all while holding a job. He excels at almost everything he dedicates himself to. He now has a new focus, College. I’m positive he will excel in this as well.
You couldn’t choose a better kid for this scholarship.
Liam is a smart individual who always finds a way to overcome. He is overall an amazing person as he is a great speaker, writer, mathematician, and a great friend. He is always there for me no matter what and that is why he is one of my beat friends and truly a great person
Liam is one of my closest friends, and has been since middle school. He is always ready to offer help to others, whether in academics or outside of school. Not only is he an exceptional student and athlete, but a great friend as well. This scholarship would be a perfect fit for Liam!
Liam Tacla is the hardest working and the most dedicated person I know. Liam always chooses to keep himself busy with numerous activities, clubs and sports while choosing to take difficult classes such as AP classes and even dual enrollment classes. Liam is also a great mentor for his peers as he has participated in the peer forward program in which he helped his entire senior class understand how to apply to college and how to correctly complete the Fafsa Application. Liam has also maintained his great grades while partaking in numerous sports such as golf and soccer and participated in several clubs. I don’t think there would be a better candidate for a scholarship than Liam Tacla!
Liam is one of the most hardworking people I know. He schedule is filled with activities throughout the day, and he manages to always be successful in the activities he participates in.He is a natural leader taking leadership positions throughout school and church. Liam is a genuine and great person to be around. I recommend him for this scholarship.
Liam shows great responsibility and leadership in every challenge and aspect in his life. Through thick and thin Liam shows strong character and a great hardworking attitude in solving problems to being a great friend.
Liam is a hard working dedicated student. He keeps himself busy with his studies and extra curricular activities. It is fun to watch him learn and grow!
Liam is very kind, inspiring and helpful. Having him on the peerforward team with me at our school has been a blast! He always has many ideas, a positive attitude and can always lighten up the mood. He has inspired many students at our school to try out for the soccer and golf team, let alone is always willing to help others. I would like to thank Liam for helping me throughout my 4 years of high school. I could always go to him if I ever needed help weather it was school related or personal.
i have grown up with liam and always knew he would be something great in life. I've seen him make so many sacrifices in order to help others it's incredible and if anyone is deserving of this it's him. Not just is he an amazing friend,brother and student. He has been able to exceed anyone's expectations of him during extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs and just helping around the community. He is an amazing person and is truly deserving of this scholarship.
I work with Liam at a golf course and Liam is a very hard worker. I never have to worry if he is on task or not. He is very dedicated to the work that he does. He stays focused and works efficiently to get the work done properly. Also, I never have to worry about Liam missing a shift. Being very dependable is what I know him for. If something ever comes up, he is sure to cover his shift. I have no issues ever granting a favor for Liam because he has done more than prove himself. Liam will make an excellent college student and has a bright future ahead of him.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Liam since the beginning of middle school, and there is no one more deserving for a scholarship than him. A hard worker, Liam has always pushed himself to be the best he can be, sometimes more than he should. This ranges from his endeavors in higher math, his passion for youth leadership at his church, and his many musical talents. He shows the dedication and puts in the time in order to be one of the top students in our grade. When people need help on a math subject, they come to Liam for help, knowing that he will be able to accurately explain and detail the problem in a way that they can understand. Liam is willing to make sacrifices for others, but what puts him above others is his ability to sacrifice with a smile on his face. Liam never once complains about having to stay after school to wait for his brother, never once blames someone else for his mistakes. It is always, "what can I do better to help myself and others?" In addition to this, Liam is a great friend to have. He has stuck with me through my ups and my downs, a kind of loyalty that is rare. He is caring, understanding, and overall a great person to have in my life. I treasure the times spent together and hold the highest honor to recommend him for this scholarship.
Liam is a very good leader and has many great qualities that are wanted in a person or student. He is hardworking and never gives up on things he puts his mind to. He is always there to give a helping hand. He excels in anything he does, especially in academics.
Liam is one of my best friends. He is very a caring and responsible person. He is also involved very much in the school community. He plays golf and soccer. He is also a peer four leader who guides the seniors to their next steps in life. Overall he is a great person who has done a lot in the school community.
I have known Liam for almost my whole life and really haven’t met someone so dedicated in what they do. Liam is always up for new challenges academically or anything else he does. I believe he will be the perfect person for this scholarship.
No one is more deserving of this scholarship than Liam! He is kind, considerate, and always willing to step up to be a leader and role model when needed. You can give this scholarship to Liam, knowing that it is going to go towards someone who will use his college education to better his community and the world.
As a coworker, I find working with Liam results in a stress free environment. He brings A positive attitude towards the group and always shows his good work ethic through hard work. Can always rely on him and has great promise towards his future.
As Liam Tacia’s supervisor at a local golf course, I have had the opportunity to work with Liam for many months. Liam is hard working, energetic and conscientious. In addition, he is very respectful to myself, customers, and co-workers.
I am happy to have Liam as one of my employees and would recommend him to anyone who is looking for a great employee.
Liam is an incredibly smart student at Ben Holt. He is an example to all the other students and excels in all that he does, from math competitions to sports to clubs to all his classes
I’ve known Liam since middle school and he has demonstrated very high qualities of responsibility and leadership. Not only has he had a high involvement in our school but he has left his mark as a student, athlete and person here at Ben Holt.
It would be very easy for Donald and me, Liam’s maternal grandparents, to say all that the others have already said before us, because we happen to feel that it is all true! 😉😊. But what we want to emphasize the most is something of which we are most proud; his character.
We have had the honor and pleasure to be able to watch Liam grow up and to be pretty involved in his life. We have watched him many times he did not know we were watching. There are a few times, among the many, that stand out in our memories that made us smile especially big, because it reflected the truly admirable quality of his character.
He has always been active in our church, starting at an early age. We call him our “old soul” for many reasons. One of these to us is the fact that we often watch him either before or after church in deep discussion with others of all ages. He greatly respects those much older than himself, and we will see him smiling and talking with his Elders. We have had more than a few approach us later about how much they enjoyed talking to Liam, and how special it made them feel. And he doesn’t even realize it! Other times I see him playing with the children at church, parties, and when their family has guests over.
Once when he was younger, about 13-14, he was running errands with me, his “Nana.” I had to go into the bank, and he waited for me in the lobby. As I glanced over at him, I saw him talking to a small boy and his Mom. The boy was mentally challenged. The little guy was mesmerized with Liam showing him a small toy (a small rubic’s cube or similar) that Liam had in his pocket. After a few minutes when the boy and his mother had to leave, Liam handed the toy to the little guy and told him to keep it. That little boy left with a huge smile on his face! Liam didn’t know I was watching. I wondered how many other times Liam did things like this. I think I knew!
One Sunday not long ago in church Liam’s “Papa” gave the Sunday prayer. When he was done and had to walk down a few steps from the stage, it was somewhat difficult since “Papa” is somewhat handicapped. Liam immediately jumped up from his nearby pew and helped his “Papa” down the stairs.
Finally, when we moved into a new place, Liam spent the entire day helping his family pack our moving truck, unloading the truck, setting our furniture in place, and helping to hang some things on our walls. Before that, we had lived two years with his family. Liam was never too busy to stop and talk to us as he came home just long enough to put his books down, grab a snack, and head back out the door for soccer, golf, his jobs, club meetings, church, or any one of the many activities of which he was involved. He showed his love for us in the small ways, but in the ways that mattered most to us!
Thank you, Liam, for always being a “class act!” We love you!
Liam is a very intelligent, bright and thoughtful person. Liam is a curious learner. He is an explorer of knowledge. Liam is a talented and disciplined musician, athlete and student. Liam has a tremendous work ethic. Liam is kind, thoughtful and caring towards others. Liam models leadership by his servant-hood and example. A very bright future awaits Liam.
I have been blessed to have been able to watch Liam grow up. He had always had an amazing compassion for others. His love for his church, family and friends shows in everything he does. Liam is an amazing leader as well. He encourages other along the way and works hard to help them to learn along side of him. No matter which school he chooses he will be a blessing to those around him.
Liam is my son and I have a lot of good things to say about him in regards to this scholarship but I will attempt to keep it short, which is very difficult. Liam has all the qualities this scholarship is looking for in a student. He is a natural born leader and does not shy away from leading tasks, speaking in public or taking on responsibility. He is also very giving of his time and regularly volunteers at school, church and with friends and family. His character is top notch as he is very respectful, helpful up front and behind the scenes and shows great sportsmanship during the many competitions he is a part of. I'm so glad he was nominated for this scholarship and beyond proud that so many people think so highly of him and are willing to share those feelings in support of him. Liam will represent Brookside Optometry very well if he is selected as this year's scholarship winner. Thank you!
Liam is one of our students in the church youth group. There are so many incredible qualities that I have seen Liam display during just a short tenure that I have known him. He continuously serves as a drummer for our youth band and occasionally on our Sunday service band, participates in our church mission trips and camps, and always presents an eagerness to serve wherever there are needs. These are just a few qualities I have seen from our relationship at church.
I also had the opportunity to see his activity on his high school campus. Seeing his passion for math through an annual competition, love for God through the campus' faith-based organization, and participation in multiple sports, Liam's activities are endless. He also participated in his campus' peer forward organization, which seeks to encourage high school students to better plan for their collegiate future and to promote success in the process. He continuously seeks to grow and be involved in a multitude of ways, encouraging the different people he meets, and always giving his all to these commitments.
To see Liam nominated for this scholarship brings much joy to my heart. I can firmly say that Liam is one of the most well-rounded, leadership-oriented, heart of a servant, and fully committed students that I have ever met. This scholarship will benefit his future as he looks forward to college and the next steps of education. I believe that Liam has all the qualities that this scholarship is targeting. Thank you for his consideration, and hope he gets the opportunity to represent Brookside Optometric Group.
I have had the pleasure of watching Liam grow up since he was in elementary school. The thing that jumps out even then was and is how respectful he is. There have never been a time where I have seen him a church, around town, at his home, school or anywhere where Liam didn’t stop what he was doing and great me with a hug and a smile. Liam is a great young man ! When he puts his mind to something there is no stopping him. He has a faith that will carry him through life and keep him striving for what God has in store for him. I am blessed to know him and recommend him foe this scholarship.
Liam has always been an upstanding young man. I have had the pleasure of knowing Liam and his family for the past 10 years. I have seen Liam grow up in our church and youth program. I have been a youth leader for Liam in our jr. high and high school ministries. Some of my favorite memories of Liam are watching him adapt to different situations and over come challenges. He is a very articulate young man who when he sets a goal for himself he will find a way to achieve it no matter how long it takes. I have personally enjoyed building houses in Mexico with Liam as he is always willing to work hard, learn new things and find ways to challenge himself and his peers. Liam has a great heart for his community and his faith. He is a leader amongst leaders and I know that he will continue this throughout his life. Liam is very deserving of this scholarship and I have no doubt he will make Brookside optometry proud to have him as a recipient.
This scholarship is open to students currently enrolled as a senior in high school in San Joaquin County for the 2020 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 29, 2020.
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 30 - April 13, 2020.
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 2020—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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