Scholarship Winner Mariana Rocha

Congratulations Mariana!

Congratulations to our Brookside Optometric Scholarship contest winner, Mariana Rocha! Chosen on the basis of her outstanding character and work ethic, Mariana will receive a $1000 scholarship awarded by Brookside Optometric Group.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our scholarship contest. Each of our nominees was very deserving, and choosing a winner from this outstanding group was a difficult task. Best of luck to each of you as you graduate High School and move on to your future endeavors!


Riley Richmond

Riley Richmond

High School
St. Mary's High School


Nominated by
Laura Howze
Riley Richmond's Teacher

There is absolutely no doubt that Riley will excel at any anything she does. Riley takes her academics extremely seriously and challenges herself with a rigorous academic schedule, which has includes numerous honors and AP classes. She ensures her academic success by being fully engaged during class, studying hard, and reaching out for additional help when needed. I had the honor of having Riley during her sophomore year in Honors Geometry/Trigonometry. Riley was unique in this class as she was the only student who had transferred in from another school. She quickly learned that there were some gaps in her studies, but that did not stop her from being successful. Where some students would make excuses or give up because the material was difficult, Riley proactively sought out help and worked hard to catch up. As a result of her determination, she earned top scores and has continued on to take honors/AP math courses.

Riley is a true asset to St Mary’s High School. Between being the captain of her water polo team, president of the most influential club on campus, Empowering Young Women, and a professional musician all on top of being a strong academic student, It is clear that she has the respect of her peers and many of them follow her lead. Riley Richmond has my strongest recommendation for this scholarship.

 

Comments 18

Guest - Mark Condit on Tuesday, 02 April 2019 11:53

I've known Riley her whole life, any school would be lucky to have her. She is a kind-hearted human, a great friend and driven to succeed in whatever endeavor she chooses. I give her my highest recommendation.

I've known Riley her whole life, any school would be lucky to have her. She is a kind-hearted human, a great friend and driven to succeed in whatever endeavor she chooses. I give her my highest recommendation.
Guest - Christina Foo on Tuesday, 09 April 2019 22:09

I’ve known Riley for ten years now and the for the past year have had the pleasure of teaching her. She is a talented and kind young woman who will no doubt find great success in anything she strives to achieve.

I’ve known Riley for ten years now and the for the past year have had the pleasure of teaching her. She is a talented and kind young woman who will no doubt find great success in anything she strives to achieve.
Guest - Dion on Tuesday, 09 April 2019 22:21

Riley is a amazing kid she has given up so much to follow her dream in music working shows and practicing when everyone else was out having fun she smart beautiful inside and out and so talented im her biggest fan if anyone deserved a scholarship for all she has sacrificed its her best of luck Riley on your next adventure in life

Riley is a amazing kid she has given up so much to follow her dream in music working shows and practicing when everyone else was out having fun she smart beautiful inside and out and so talented im her biggest fan if anyone deserved a scholarship for all she has sacrificed its her best of luck Riley on your next adventure in life
Guest - Linda Philipp on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 07:13

Riley Richmond is the epitome of a deserving scholarship recipient - academically successful, hard working, talented musician, great athlete and teammate, student leader, loyal friend, and dedicated community volunteer. Amazingly at her young age, she understands and appreciates the intrinsic value of time making the the most of every day and opportunity. Riley is goal driven and is able to maintain her focus despite distractions. Her intent is to eventually return to this region to serve our community for generations. Please give Riley Richmond your highest consideration for this scholarship.

Riley Richmond is the epitome of a deserving scholarship recipient - academically successful, hard working, talented musician, great athlete and teammate, student leader, loyal friend, and dedicated community volunteer. Amazingly at her young age, she understands and appreciates the intrinsic value of time making the the most of every day and opportunity. Riley is goal driven and is able to maintain her focus despite distractions. Her intent is to eventually return to this region to serve our community for generations. Please give Riley Richmond your highest consideration for this scholarship.
Guest - Harrison Brehm on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 07:45

Riley was a truly outstanding student in the time that I taught her. She was meticulous about doing her work well and staying focused in class. She was professional and courteous, qualities that are always welcome in my classroom. It is my honor to recommend her as the recipient of your scholarship.

Riley was a truly outstanding student in the time that I taught her. She was meticulous about doing her work well and staying focused in class. She was professional and courteous, qualities that are always welcome in my classroom. It is my honor to recommend her as the recipient of your scholarship.
Guest - Adam Lichter on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 07:45



Riley has exemplified what it is to be a leader in high school. She has been involved in many clubs on campus and is the president of one of them, Captain of our water polo team, fantastic musician and still can maintain an amazing GPA. She truly leads by example. As her athletic director I am proud that she is a St. Mary's RAM and I recommend her for this scholarship.

Riley has exemplified what it is to be a leader in high school. She has been involved in many clubs on campus and is the president of one of them, Captain of our water polo team, fantastic musician and still can maintain an amazing GPA. She truly leads by example. As her athletic director I am proud that she is a St. Mary's RAM and I recommend her for this scholarship.
Guest - Harry Stoner on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 09:58

Riley is a student in my AP Literature and Composition class, who frequently goes beyond the class expectations. Both her individual and group performance in class exemplify her strong work ethic and self-direction. Riley is one of the few students I can consistently rely on to engage in the class discussions and remain focused on the task at hand. Riley also exhibits successful strategic skills to adapt to obstacles and situations that would otherwise hold her back. Major assignments that will be due at a future date are completed and submitted early due to a foreseen absence. She challenges herself constantly, accepts disappointments graciously, and gives of herself generously.

Riley is a student in my AP Literature and Composition class, who frequently goes beyond the class expectations. Both her individual and group performance in class exemplify her strong work ethic and self-direction. Riley is one of the few students I can consistently rely on to engage in the class discussions and remain focused on the task at hand. Riley also exhibits successful strategic skills to adapt to obstacles and situations that would otherwise hold her back. Major assignments that will be due at a future date are completed and submitted early due to a foreseen absence. She challenges herself constantly, accepts disappointments graciously, and gives of herself generously.
Guest - Margo Kozina on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 10:21

She is a wonderful student and a caring, kind human being. Very deserving.

She is a wonderful student and a caring, kind human being. Very deserving.
Guest - Bart Dykzeul on Thursday, 11 April 2019 06:49

Riley is an empathetic, inquisitive, and driven. She is, by far, one of the top students in our AP US Government Courses.

Riley is an empathetic, inquisitive, and driven. She is, by far, one of the top students in our AP US Government Courses.
Guest - Jennifer Duggan on Friday, 12 April 2019 17:46

Riley is an amazing girl! She deserves all the recognition in the world. She’s smart, kind, sweet and talented. ❤️

Riley is an amazing girl! She deserves all the recognition in the world. She’s smart, kind, sweet and talented. ❤️
Guest - Annette Knowles on Monday, 15 April 2019 07:35

I have had the pleasure of working with Riley as a high school counselor. She not only excels in her studies but also in her extracurricular and community involvement. Her grades are exceptional however what sets her apart from others is her character and integrity. Riley has my highest recommendation for your scholarship.

I have had the pleasure of working with Riley as a high school counselor. She not only excels in her studies but also in her extracurricular and community involvement. Her grades are exceptional however what sets her apart from others is her character and integrity. Riley has my highest recommendation for your scholarship.
Guest - Liliana Hagen on Monday, 15 April 2019 08:23

I’ve been blessed to know Riley for most of her life. To say she is deserving of this scholarship is an understatement. Riley exemplifies what you’d want in a student, an athlete and a friend. She is a great role model for all young girls. Riley is going to continue to excel in all that she does and I know she will continue to inspire all that she is around. I am honored to give such a deserving young lady my highest recommendation for this scholarship.

I’ve been blessed to know Riley for most of her life. To say she is deserving of this scholarship is an understatement. Riley exemplifies what you’d want in a student, an athlete and a friend. She is a great role model for all young girls. Riley is going to continue to excel in all that she does and I know she will continue to inspire all that she is around. I am honored to give such a deserving young lady my highest recommendation for this scholarship.
Guest - Bella Phipps on Monday, 15 April 2019 09:12

I’ve only known Riley maybe just under a year and I can’t even explain how glad I am to have met this light. She is so determined and a natural leader. We don’t go to the same school so I can’t say what kind of student she is in class but I think all of her college acceptances speak for her self. She’s handled working, sports, and keeping up with all of her academics. She performs in front of crowds and has no problem being out going. Riley really is one of a kind.

I’ve only known Riley maybe just under a year and I can’t even explain how glad I am to have met this light. She is so determined and a natural leader. We don’t go to the same school so I can’t say what kind of student she is in class but I think all of her college acceptances speak for her self. She’s handled working, sports, and keeping up with all of her academics. She performs in front of crowds and has no problem being out going. Riley really is one of a kind.
Guest - Jennifer Ender on Monday, 15 April 2019 10:38

I’ve known Riley since she was three years old, she’s a beauty... inside & out. Not only does she excel in the classroom, but as a student athlete as well. She’s musically gifted too. A very well rounded young lady. With all of her talents, she remains humble & kind. She leads by example and is a great role model for my 15 year old daughter.

I’ve known Riley since she was three years old, she’s a beauty... inside & out. Not only does she excel in the classroom, but as a student athlete as well. She’s musically gifted too. A very well rounded young lady. With all of her talents, she remains humble & kind. She leads by example and is a great role model for my 15 year old daughter.
Guest - Janelle Wilkinson on Monday, 15 April 2019 12:41

Riley Richmond has volunteered her time and talent for several years for the American Cancer Society Moonlight Gala. Riley has been instrumental for the success of the event and is truly a pleasure. The Society has been very fortunate to have her time and support.

Riley Richmond has volunteered her time and talent for several years for the American Cancer Society Moonlight Gala. Riley has been instrumental for the success of the event and is truly a pleasure. The Society has been very fortunate to have her time and support.
Guest - Lisa Richmond on Monday, 15 April 2019 21:33

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Riley . She has a quiet strength that propels her towards her dreams . Riley is smart , kindhearted and a role model among her peers .

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Riley . She has a quiet strength that propels her towards her dreams . Riley is smart , kindhearted and a role model among her peers .
Guest - Colleen Hughes on Monday, 15 April 2019 22:00

I’ve had the privilege of being Riley’s very first teacher in pre-school. Riley has always been one to want to learn new things and has always given it her all. She has grown to become a leader in all she does whether in academics or athletics. She is great role model for all young ladies to pursue their dreams.

I’ve had the privilege of being Riley’s very first teacher in pre-school. Riley has always been one to want to learn new things and has always given it her all. She has grown to become a leader in all she does whether in academics or athletics. She is great role model for all young ladies to pursue their dreams.
Guest - Diana Heard on Monday, 15 April 2019 23:22

Riley is one of the most grounded young ladies I know. She is a brilliant artist yet always humble and so delightful to be around. This beautiful young woman is such a wonderful role model to her peers and so many others. Riley is wise beyond her years and I can't think of anyone more deserving of this scholarship!

Riley is one of the most grounded young ladies I know. She is a brilliant artist yet always humble and so delightful to be around. This beautiful young woman is such a wonderful role model to her peers and so many others. Riley is wise beyond her years and I can't think of anyone more deserving of this scholarship!
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This scholarship is open to students currently enrolled as a senior in high school in San Joaquin County for the 2019 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 31, 2019.

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 April 1-15, 2019.

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 2019—exact date to be determined by the winner.

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