2018 CRESTMOOR SCHOLARS
In 2018, the San Bruno Community Foundation recognizes nine outstanding San Bruno students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the San Bruno community with multi-year college scholarships totaling $120,000.
After graduating from Capuchino High School this spring, Kiersten Blair will study cosmetology and esthetics at Skyline College, with the ultimate goal of becoming a professional special FX makeup artist in the movie industry. She has cultivated this interest at Cap, where she has led the makeup team for the school’s musical productions, worked on the stage crew, and served as a lead instructor of makeup seminars as part of Capuchino Flex Days. Since 2014, Kiersten has volunteered as a counselor at a local Girl Scout camp that many San Bruno girls attend, teaching camping and outdoor skills. She also works at a small, locally owned ice cream shop in downtown San Bruno.
Headed to Colorado State University to study animal science, Muriel Butler aspires to be a first-generation farmer and manage her own agricultural company. As president of the San Bruno 4-H Club, Muriel organized community service activities, encouraged younger members, and built a culture of respect and integrity, while also successfully raising and showing livestock. She has also served as a summer recreational leader with the San Bruno Community Services Department. At Mercy High School, Burlingame, Muriel has run track and cross country, played in the school band, assisted senior citizens with Alzheimer’s, and is a member of the National Honors Society.
Julia Cordero is a Capuchino High School scholar in the International Baccalaureate diploma program, a two-sport varsity athlete, and a committed member of the San Bruno community. An officer in Cap’s Interact Club, she led a team that developed a mobile app for facilitating communication among local Interact clubs, helped organize the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards training program, and volunteered at countless community events. She also provides voluntary instruction to the children’s liturgy at St. Robert’s Church and has served as a cabin leader at the San Mateo County Outdoor Education program. Julia plans to major in computer science at the University of Southern California, where she will enroll this fall.
MARTHA MARQUEZ RAMIREZ
A lifelong love of nature and a childhood diagnosis of an autoimmune disease that has left permanent physical limitations have combined to inspire Martha Marquez Ramirez to pursue chemical biology at UC Berkeley, with the intention of eventually obtaining a Ph.D. Immigrating from Mexico, Martha has excelled at Skyline College, serving as a tutor and instructional leader for STEM classes and the TRiO program for first-generation college students from underrepresented communities, organizing STEM workshops for middle and high school girls at the Expanding Your Horizons conference, and spending countless hours providing computer literacy training to seniors through the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
This fall Lauren Meyer will begin her studies at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, on her way to achieving her longtime goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. In addition to serving as a peer tutor, public relations commissioner, rally commissioner, and yearbook editor at Capuchino High School, Lauren has volunteered weekly as an aide in her former fifth grade teacher’s class at Allen Elementary School. A varsity soccer player, Lauren has served as a field marshal for the San Bruno AYSO’s annual Turkey Tournament, coached younger players in the Summer Kicks program, and volunteered as a cabin leader for the San Mateo County Outdoor Education program.
A single mother, full-time student, and active San Bruno community member, Marjourie Quintanilla is an inspiration to those around her. An alumna of Capuchino High School who graduates from Skyline College this spring, Marjourie assists students and community members with obtaining and maintaining public benefits through the SparkPoint program, has assisted patrons of Skyline’s library, facilitated a classroom of first graders as part of the Big Lift Summer Camp, and worked with second graders through the Reading Partners program. She also supports her son’s activities as a volunteer with San Bruno Youth Baseball and his school’s PTA. This fall Marjourie will transfer to San Jose State University and pursue a degree in social work.
A lifelong resident of San Bruno, a graduate of Capuchino High School, and a business student at Skyline College, Vincent Ramsey has researched the challenges of the Bay Area’s housing crisis, which he hopes to address upon transferring to UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business this fall to study housing economics. Growing up in San Bruno, Vincent represented Cahill’s Academy at national judo competitions, served as recreation leader for the City’s Community Services Department, and played varsity football. More recently, he has interned at a local real estate brokerage, supporting the company’s engagement in the local community. With support from the San Bruno Rotary Club, Vincent coordinated a successful clothing drive for an orphanage in Nicaragua.
From Junior Giants to Pee Wee to Joe DiMaggio to Capuchino High School’s varsity team, Max Stines bleeds San Bruno baseball, a tradition he hopes to continue as a student athlete at Skyline College this fall. Max loves to support San Bruno’s kids, working as a recreation leader in the San Bruno Community Services Department’s after-school program, serving as an instructor at a San Bruno sports camp, and helping coach younger players at various San Bruno baseball clinics. Max also volunteers at an annual Special Olympics basketball tournament, refereeing games and supporting players, and is an active member of Capuchino’s Latinos Unidos Club. At Skyline, Max intends to study communications.
As Capuchino High School’s student body president, Girls State representative, and president of the Junior State of America chapter, Lauren Valles hopes to pursue a career in policy and politics. Lauren’s service to San Bruno began in earnest in middle school, when she joined the Youth Activities Committee, and she currently serves as a recreation leader for the City’s Community Services Department. At Cap, Lauren has served as captain of the cross country team, a peer tutor, a cabin leader for the Outdoor Education program, an active member of the Interact Club, and a cast and crew member of several musical theater productions. A Shinkyu Shotokan black belt, Lauren will begin her undergraduate studies at UCLA this fall.