Serena Yee

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High School
St. Mary’s High School


Nominated by
Alicia Crosson
Serena Yee's Youth Leader

I am a high school senior & teen photographer & mentor based in Galt, CA. The heart of my studio is my spokesmodel program where I invest in a group of teens all while marketing the studio. Serena walked in my studio as an 8th grader and has been a wonderful participant in my program throughout her high school years.

I have watched Serena grow and blossom in many ways, and she is truly a remarkable, outstanding teen. Serena has many gifts she shares with the world. Her kindness and gentleness attracts people in how she leads; she is highly respected by her peers, teachers, and coaches. Over the last 4 years, I have watched Serena perform in a number of dance recitals and competitions, play on the rugby field, and perform on her high school’s drill team; where she leads, composes routines, and is also Team Captain.

It is a privilege to nominate Serena Yee for this special scholarship and recognition. I can’t think of any high school senior more qualified, deserving, hard working, committed, dedicated, and filled with honorable characteristics and qualities like Serena has.

Thank you so much for considering Serena Yee for this special recognition and scholarship.

Nominated by
Julie Pilcher
Serena Yee's Youth Leader

It is with great pleasure that I nominate Serena Yee for Brookside Optometric Group’s $1000 student scholarship. I see that the scholarship is intended to go to someone who demonstrates a commitment to service, leadership, and character in our community and beyond. I can whole-heartedly tell you that Serena not only meets but exceeds your eligibility requirements.

I’ve been blessed to know Serena since she was a young girl in the 4th grade. Through the years I’ve helped mentor and providing guidance to her as she navigates through this beautiful world to pursue her interests and make her impact. As Serena approached her early teen years I quickly discovered that she was becoming a mentor to both her peers and those she came in contact with in her community.

Serena is an incredibly gifted young lady when it comes to both academics and athletics. However, I believe her greatest gift is her personal character. Her trustworthiness and ability to really listen to what people have to say allows her to connect on a personal level making people feel valued and appreciated. She is kind to every person she meets and always maintains a positive attitude, even when faced with adversities. When you combine her interpersonal skills with her strong work ethic and drive to always do her best and do what’s right, you definitely have a recipe for success.

I could write pages and pages on her amazing accomplishments but in an effort to condense and save your time I wanted to share the highlights I would personally want to see if I were evaluating a student for a scholarship.

  • St. Mary’s High School Senior Class Student Body Vice President
  • St. Mary’s High School Drill Team (4 years) - Drill Captain
  • St. Mary’s Sports: Varsity Rugby, Varsity Track & Field
  • St. Mary’s High School Honor Roll (4 years)
  • Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo
  • Competitive Dance (15 years)
  • Alicia Crosson Photography Model, Spokesperson, Community Service Team (4 years)
  • Omega Nu Lodi - Community Events Volunteer

I can whole-heartedly support Serena Yee for this generous scholarship. She has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in her school, extra curricular activities, and her community. I have no doubt this will continue at the university she will be attending.

 

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Guest - Cari Diaz on Monday, 21 March 2022 08:14

I wholeheartedly agree with every sentiment shared above! Serena is a beautiful person, inside and out. She is equally graceful and strong, smart and kindhearted, loving and generous with her time, talents and treasures. She has always dedicated herself to her studies, committed herself to excel in her passions for dance and athletics, participated with great leadership in student body government and has been a loyal friend to everyone who knows her. She would be an ideal recipient and incredible ambassador of this scholarship.

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I wholeheartedly agree with every sentiment shared above! Serena is a beautiful person, inside and out. She is equally graceful and strong, smart and kindhearted, loving and generous with her time, talents and treasures. She has always dedicated herself to her studies, committed herself to excel in her passions for dance and athletics, participated with great leadership in student body government and has been a loyal friend to everyone who knows her. She would be an ideal recipient and incredible ambassador of this scholarship.
Guest - Susan L. Boone on Monday, 21 March 2022 11:51

Serena is hardworking, mature, ethical, and just a beautiful person inside and out. She seeks to better the world and better her community, and just excels at everything she does. I believe wholeheartedly that she deserves this recognition and award so that she may pursue her goals!

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Serena is hardworking, mature, ethical, and just a beautiful person inside and out. She seeks to better the world and better her community, and just excels at everything she does. I believe wholeheartedly that she deserves this recognition and award so that she may pursue her goals!
Guest - Alison Wong Bertsch on Monday, 21 March 2022 18:31

Serena is an amazing young woman that demonstrates leadership, commitment and kindness in each area of her life. From student council, to over 15 years in competitive dance, her ability to focus on her passions through a rigorous sports and academic schedule is admirable. Her guidance with my daughter as a mentor and role model has been invaluable, and demonstrates Serena's positive impact on younger students and our community. Her future is bright, and this would be a well-deserved honor.

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Serena is an amazing young woman that demonstrates leadership, commitment and kindness in each area of her life. From student council, to over 15 years in competitive dance, her ability to focus on her passions through a rigorous sports and academic schedule is admirable. Her guidance with my daughter as a mentor and role model has been invaluable, and demonstrates Serena's positive impact on younger students and our community. Her future is bright, and this would be a well-deserved honor.
Guest - Alicia Crosson on Monday, 21 March 2022 21:14

I wholeheartedly agree with every word shared above in these nominations! Serena more than qualifies and deserves this special award and recognition. Even more so, Serena exemplifies exceptional character and qualities. She would be an incredible recipient of this scholarship. Thank you for your time and consideration!

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I wholeheartedly agree with every word shared above in these nominations! Serena more than qualifies and deserves this special award and recognition. Even more so, Serena exemplifies exceptional character and qualities. She would be an incredible recipient of this scholarship. Thank you for your time and consideration! :)
Guest - Chris and Mayra Frymire on Monday, 21 March 2022 22:01

Serena is truly a gift to anyone that knows her. She is kind, genuine, intelligent, respectful and wise beyond her age.
Her focus and drive are like no other, as she maintains the highest of academic honors while being involved in numerous activities simultaneously.
Serena has such a bright future ahead of her and I know she will accomplish anything she puts her mind to. She is more than deserving of this scholarship.

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Serena is truly a gift to anyone that knows her. She is kind, genuine, intelligent, respectful and wise beyond her age. Her focus and drive are like no other, as she maintains the highest of academic honors while being involved in numerous activities simultaneously. Serena has such a bright future ahead of her and I know she will accomplish anything she puts her mind to. She is more than deserving of this scholarship.
Guest - John Lo on Monday, 21 March 2022 22:15

We at Cutting Edge Martial Arts nominate Serena Yee for Brookside Optometric Group’s $1000 student scholarship. Serena dedicated 8 years of her life to Taekwondo amongst other activities and is a Certified Kukkiwon 2nd Degree Black Belt. Serena inspired other girls to be Black Belts because of her Indomitable Spirit and her courageous attitude towards being the best at what she does, by doing it gracefully, and with humility. Serena is a team leader as she always encourages those around her to persevere and not give up even when facing adversity. Serena would benefit from your scholarship and use it to impact everyone in the most positive way.

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We at Cutting Edge Martial Arts nominate Serena Yee for Brookside Optometric Group’s $1000 student scholarship. Serena dedicated 8 years of her life to Taekwondo amongst other activities and is a Certified Kukkiwon 2nd Degree Black Belt. Serena inspired other girls to be Black Belts because of her Indomitable Spirit and her courageous attitude towards being the best at what she does, by doing it gracefully, and with humility. Serena is a team leader as she always encourages those around her to persevere and not give up even when facing adversity. Serena would benefit from your scholarship and use it to impact everyone in the most positive way.
Guest - Georgia Kovich-Lee on Tuesday, 22 March 2022 08:41

Serena is an incredible, inspirational, and absolutely beautiful person. In addition to being an excellent student, as well as a member of the student council Serena, performs at a level of excellence in such a diverse number of extra curricular activities from the performing arts to athletics. I feel extremely fortunate that my daughter has had the opportunity to attend school and collaborate with Serena in several areas on the student council. Serena would make an absolutely excellent recipient of the Brookside Optometric Scholarship and she is so well deserving of this honor.

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Serena is an incredible, inspirational, and absolutely beautiful person. In addition to being an excellent student, as well as a member of the student council Serena, performs at a level of excellence in such a diverse number of extra curricular activities from the performing arts to athletics. I feel extremely fortunate that my daughter has had the opportunity to attend school and collaborate with Serena in several areas on the student council. Serena would make an absolutely excellent recipient of the Brookside Optometric Scholarship and she is so well deserving of this honor.
Guest - Lisa Hillstrom on Tuesday, 22 March 2022 09:15

Serena Yee embodies the commitment to service and excellence you’re looking for in a scholarship recipient. Serena puts forth her best effort in anything she commits to- dance, taekwondo, academics, sports, and community service. Serena never misses an opportunity to encourage others either. I have personally witnessed her compliment and encourage younger dancers when she could sense that they felt discouraged. Few teens are that perceptive of others! Serena Yee is a standout among teens and deserves this scholarship. Knowing her, she will use it to make a positive impact in our community.

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Serena Yee embodies the commitment to service and excellence you’re looking for in a scholarship recipient. Serena puts forth her best effort in anything she commits to- dance, taekwondo, academics, sports, and community service. Serena never misses an opportunity to encourage others either. I have personally witnessed her compliment and encourage younger dancers when she could sense that they felt discouraged. Few teens are that perceptive of others! Serena Yee is a standout among teens and deserves this scholarship. Knowing her, she will use it to make a positive impact in our community.
Guest - Jadell Lee on Tuesday, 22 March 2022 09:34

Serena serves as a thoughtful friend and confidant—always supporting her peers as well as maintaining an aspirational light for her younger brother. Her caring nature and personality allow her to work well with others in a team setting, as she always respects others. Her transparency acts as a foundation to her rapport building—establishing community, healthy communication and inclusivity. It has been my experience to witness Serena demonstrate openness and empathy for the opinions, feelings, and perspectives of others, along with shrewd powers of observation, all qualities that strengthen her human engineering. I am certain that Serena is going to continue to do well in her future. She is dynamically endowed, caring, intuitive, dedicated, and focused in her pursuits. Indefinitely, Serena consistently seeks out mentorship and community to remain self-reflective and grounded in purpose, which I have found to be a rare and affirming quality in a high school student. Serena Yee is truly a maverick who seeks not to impress but impress upon those she encounters.

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Serena serves as a thoughtful friend and confidant—always supporting her peers as well as maintaining an aspirational light for her younger brother. Her caring nature and personality allow her to work well with others in a team setting, as she always respects others. Her transparency acts as a foundation to her rapport building—establishing community, healthy communication and inclusivity. It has been my experience to witness Serena demonstrate openness and empathy for the opinions, feelings, and perspectives of others, along with shrewd powers of observation, all qualities that strengthen her human engineering. I am certain that Serena is going to continue to do well in her future. She is dynamically endowed, caring, intuitive, dedicated, and focused in her pursuits. Indefinitely, Serena consistently seeks out mentorship and community to remain self-reflective and grounded in purpose, which I have found to be a rare and affirming quality in a high school student. Serena Yee is truly a maverick who seeks not to impress but impress upon those she encounters.
Guest - Edith Sumaquial on Tuesday, 22 March 2022 11:01

I 100% agree! Serena is a talented, smart and shining personality. She is always open to growth from her peers and teachers. There has never been a moment when I have doubted her capabilities because she always brings her full heart and energy into everything.

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I 100% agree! Serena is a talented, smart and shining personality. She is always open to growth from her peers and teachers. There has never been a moment when I have doubted her capabilities because she always brings her full heart and energy into everything.
Guest - Anna-Sophia Seidel on Tuesday, 22 March 2022 12:59

Serena deserves everything and so much more! I’m from Germany and I can tell you, I have never met anyone (not even one German) who is this hardworking and driven to achieve their goals and to do only the best for the people in their community! Serena is a very special young lady with a strong mindset, happy soul, loving spirit and kind heart! I’m proud to know her and everyone can be happy to get some “Serena spark” in their lives!!

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Serena deserves everything and so much more! I’m from Germany and I can tell you, I have never met anyone (not even one German) who is this hardworking and driven to achieve their goals and to do only the best for the people in their community! Serena is a very special young lady with a strong mindset, happy soul, loving spirit and kind heart! I’m proud to know her and everyone can be happy to get some “Serena spark” in their lives!!
Guest - Coach Marcus Fields(Rugby) on Wednesday, 23 March 2022 06:51

Serena is an amazing student-athlete, she is really going to be irreplaceable for us next year. Her sheer presence made us a better team. Serena possesses the qualities all coaches look for in their athletes, she's coachable, has an amazing work ethic and just has a presence about her that exudes positivity, tremendous character and is a fierce competitor. Serena would make the perfect recipient this scholarship.

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Serena is an amazing student-athlete, she is really going to be irreplaceable for us next year. Her sheer presence made us a better team. Serena possesses the qualities all coaches look for in their athletes, she's coachable, has an amazing work ethic and just has a presence about her that exudes positivity, tremendous character and is a fierce competitor. Serena would make the perfect recipient this scholarship.
Guest - Jenny Kanter on Wednesday, 23 March 2022 16:58

It has been a pleasure getting to know Serena Yee and her family over the past few years. In 2019, our family relocated from Canada and we were in search of role models for our children within the community. I can assure you that Serena has been at the top of our list regarding youth for our children to emulate. Some people juggle bowling pins but Serena juggles not only academic honours, but leads her drill team at school, has achieved black belt status in martial arts, and performs at the top of her game in track & field between dance competitions and community service projects. Even through the pandemic, Serena remained vigilant and found ways to serve within the community. Her leadership in every faucet pours over onto younger generations of dancers, athletes and academics who she inspires every day. Serena’s family celebrate their culture and maintain strong family values that have attributed to her success and true appreciation of diversity. Aside from her accolades which are truly too many to list, Serena shows impeccable character as a classmate, team member and friend within the community showing thoughtful discretion, and integrity in all that she participates in. It is no surprise that Serena has accomplished such excellence with the three fantastic humans she has at home supporting her. Make no mistake that we will see incredible things from Serena Yee!

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It has been a pleasure getting to know Serena Yee and her family over the past few years. In 2019, our family relocated from Canada and we were in search of role models for our children within the community. I can assure you that Serena has been at the top of our list regarding youth for our children to emulate. Some people juggle bowling pins but Serena juggles not only academic honours, but leads her drill team at school, has achieved black belt status in martial arts, and performs at the top of her game in track & field between dance competitions and community service projects. Even through the pandemic, Serena remained vigilant and found ways to serve within the community. Her leadership in every faucet pours over onto younger generations of dancers, athletes and academics who she inspires every day. Serena’s family celebrate their culture and maintain strong family values that have attributed to her success and true appreciation of diversity. Aside from her accolades which are truly too many to list, Serena shows impeccable character as a classmate, team member and friend within the community showing thoughtful discretion, and integrity in all that she participates in. It is no surprise that Serena has accomplished such excellence with the three fantastic humans she has at home supporting her. Make no mistake that we will see incredible things from Serena Yee!
Guest - Michelle Cross on Saturday, 26 March 2022 13:57

I could not agree more with all the comments noted above. I have known Serena Yee since she was in the 4th grade and have watched her grow into a beautiful young lady. Serena is a phenomenal student-athlete that can successfully balance all her activities. Serena is always willing to go out of her way to help others in any way she can. She has been an excellent role model and mentor for not only my daughter but her teammates and classmates. Serena Yee is destined for a bright future and would be an excellent recipient of this scholarship.

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I could not agree more with all the comments noted above. I have known Serena Yee since she was in the 4th grade and have watched her grow into a beautiful young lady. Serena is a phenomenal student-athlete that can successfully balance all her activities. Serena is always willing to go out of her way to help others in any way she can. She has been an excellent role model and mentor for not only my daughter but her teammates and classmates. Serena Yee is destined for a bright future and would be an excellent recipient of this scholarship.
Guest - Alejo & Sally Castillon on Saturday, 26 March 2022 20:07

It gives us great pleasure to support the nomination of Miss Serena Yee for the Brookside Optometric Group scholarship. Her academic record speaks for itself - she is an incredibly strong student as evidenced not only by the courses she has taken throughout high school, but also the grades she has earned and her cumulative grade point average. Serena is not one to shy away from a challenge and her laser focus disposition when it comes to her academics is one of the things that most impressed us about this young lady.

The other impressive fact about Serena is her ability to manage multiple responsibilities and activities while ensuring that her academics remain strong. As previously articulated by others who’ve also endorsed Serena, she has participated in sports, dance, student leadership, community service and even held part-time employment and she still maintained a high GPA.

If we were to describe Serena in three words those words would be determined, focused, and hard-working. She knows what she wants and is willing to do the work that it takes to reach her goals. A high school student who is able to manage all of these responsibilities is one that will succeed in college, career and, ultimately, in life. She is self-motivated and well-rounded - two needed qualities to increase her chances at continued success.

It is without reservation that we support the endorsement of Miss Serena Yee for the Brookside Optometric Group scholarship. The opportunity you would be extending to her by selecting her as your recipient would be well worth your investment.

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It gives us great pleasure to support the nomination of Miss Serena Yee for the Brookside Optometric Group scholarship. Her academic record speaks for itself - she is an incredibly strong student as evidenced not only by the courses she has taken throughout high school, but also the grades she has earned and her cumulative grade point average. Serena is not one to shy away from a challenge and her laser focus disposition when it comes to her academics is one of the things that most impressed us about this young lady. The other impressive fact about Serena is her ability to manage multiple responsibilities and activities while ensuring that her academics remain strong. As previously articulated by others who’ve also endorsed Serena, she has participated in sports, dance, student leadership, community service and even held part-time employment and she still maintained a high GPA. If we were to describe Serena in three words those words would be determined, focused, and hard-working. She knows what she wants and is willing to do the work that it takes to reach her goals. A high school student who is able to manage all of these responsibilities is one that will succeed in college, career and, ultimately, in life. She is self-motivated and well-rounded - two needed qualities to increase her chances at continued success. It is without reservation that we support the endorsement of Miss Serena Yee for the Brookside Optometric Group scholarship. The opportunity you would be extending to her by selecting her as your recipient would be well worth your investment.
Guest - Julie Yee on Wednesday, 30 March 2022 23:23



Serena’s impeccable drive towards success has always been self motivated. What makes me most proud is her staying humble and grateful through it all.

I have seen the sides of her that people don’t always see. She came home tired from a long day at school, rigorous sports & dance practices. She would walk in the house wrapped with ice packs to cool down her knees. She still managed to work late hours into the night to finish her school work for the next day.

When she served as the captain of the drill team, she didn’t always place herself front center. She assigned her fellow dancers where they will most shine, which in return boosted the morale of the team and made the routine itself that much more amazing.

She is creative, during quarantine 2020 when we all sheltered in place, she started an online page by making beads jewelry and beads accessories for her friends and families. She also painted a beautiful mural on our backyard fence which I will forever cherish! She is inclusive, I have seen her gesture and move to make room for others to join the circle. She is proud of her culture, always striving to learn more about others by including diversity in her everyday life. She is adventurous, whenever someone suggests something new, whether it’s food or an activity, she is always willing to try.

I am so proud to be her mom and beyond happy to endorse her! She is definitely deserving of this scholarship! Thank you for your consideration!

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Serena’s impeccable drive towards success has always been self motivated. What makes me most proud is her staying humble and grateful through it all. I have seen the sides of her that people don’t always see. She came home tired from a long day at school, rigorous sports & dance practices. She would walk in the house wrapped with ice packs to cool down her knees. She still managed to work late hours into the night to finish her school work for the next day. When she served as the captain of the drill team, she didn’t always place herself front center. She assigned her fellow dancers where they will most shine, which in return boosted the morale of the team and made the routine itself that much more amazing. She is creative, during quarantine 2020 when we all sheltered in place, she started an online page by making beads jewelry and beads accessories for her friends and families. She also painted a beautiful mural on our backyard fence which I will forever cherish! She is inclusive, I have seen her gesture and move to make room for others to join the circle. She is proud of her culture, always striving to learn more about others by including diversity in her everyday life. She is adventurous, whenever someone suggests something new, whether it’s food or an activity, she is always willing to try. I am so proud to be her mom and beyond happy to endorse her! She is definitely deserving of this scholarship! Thank you for your consideration!

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This scholarship is open to students currently enrolled as a senior in high school in San Joaquin County for the 2022 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 20, 2022.

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 21 - April 10, 2022.

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 2022 — the exact date to be determined by the winner.

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