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2024 CRESTMOOR SCHOLARS

In 2024, the San Bruno Community Foundation recognizes 10 outstanding San Bruno students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the San Bruno community with multi-year college scholarships totaling $160,000. 

Thank you to Allan and Mary Lou Johnson for their support of the 2024 program.

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CELINA BUNCAYO

 

Having grown up in an underserved community in the Philippines, Celina understands the importance of political empowerment. As a political science major at Skyline College, she founded the Politics and Civic Engagement Club, served as a student senator, tutored other students in reading and writing, and has been a leader of the Honors Club. Celina has also worked at an elementary school afterschool program, volunteered on a local county supervisorial campaign, and interned at a voter outreach nonprofit. This fall, Celina will transfer to UC Berkeley, with the goal of becoming an immigration attorney.  

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CAMILLE CATOLOS

As a woman in STEM, Camille is a trailblazer dedicated to helping women and students of color achieve their potential in the sciences. At Skyline College, Camille has been a leader of the Women in Science Engineering Represent and Computer Science clubs, served as a peer tutor at Skyline’s STEM Center, led a Scratch programming workshop at the Expanding Your Horizons conference for teen girls, and volunteered with Girls Who Code. Transferring to UC Santa Cruz, Camille plans to major in computer science and explore uses of artificial intelligence in health care and the environmental sciences.  

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JUSTIN CHAN

 

Captivated by technology from a young age, Justin will study computer engineering at UC San Diego. At Capuchino High School, where he is a scholar in the International Baccalaureate diploma program, Justin has served as president of the Coding Club and mentored other students interested in artificial intelligence and programming. Motivated by a desire to minimize school lunch waste, he became president of the Environmental Club, educating classmates on recycling and composting and leading community cleanup efforts. Justin also played on the badminton team and led the Chinese Culture Club.

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XENIA GOMEZ IÑIGUEZ

 

Xenia is a leader committed to a life of service. As student body president and a member of the School Site Council at Capuchino High School, Xenia has spoken out against hate speech, gun violence, and sexual harassment and helped to foster a safe, supportive, and creative place for student learning. To motivate young girls to pursue STEM interests, she founded the SAGEx Club at Parkside Intermediate School and served as a Mathnasium tutor. She was captain of the track and field team, specializing in shotput and discus. This fall, Xenia will begin her undergraduate studies in astrophysics at UC Berkeley.

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EDEN HUANG

Eden is passionate about data science and exploring how data-driven technology can provide innovative solutions to benefit local communities. As a math major at Skyline College, Eden founded the Data Science Club and has been active in the Computer Science and Engineering and Robotics clubs. He participated in the 2023 Winter Research Scholars Internship program, returning the following year as a mentor for other participants. Eden has also regularly volunteered at the weekly Second Harvest food distribution on the Skyline campus. Eden will transfer to UC Berkeley as a data science major this fall.

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THET MON KYAW

Thet’s journey from a childhood spent in refugee camps on the Myanmar-Thailand border to Skyline College, where he studied public health, to UC Berkeley, where he will enroll this fall, fuels his drive for public service. Thet aspires to become a physician serving underrepresented communities in refugee camps and war-torn areas. At Skyline, Thet founded the Myanmar Students Union, served as a peer instruction leader at the STEM Center, tutored ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students in writing and English courses, and promoted mental health service awareness as a health ambassador. 

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EMILIO RAMIREZ

 

Family members’ battles with cancers have inspired Emilio’s dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon and providing care to families in need. A scholar in the International Baccalaureate diploma program at Capuchino High School, Emilio has served as co-president of the Leos Club, vice president of the Environmental Club, volunteer for the San Bruno Period Drive, and member of the Interact, Samosa, and Women’s Advocacy clubs. He also played on the high school baseball team all four years. Emilio plans to study biology at San Francisco State University.

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SAREENA ROBINSON

 

Sareena is a Capuchino High School scholar in the International Baccalaureate diploma program and a dedicated member of the San Bruno community. As president of the Math Club and a peer tutor, Sareena loves helping other students. She co-founded the Samosa Club in an effort to educate others about Desi culture, and as a black belt, Sareena supports other youth as a karate instructor. Sareena is also an entrepreneur, providing administrative support to one Etsy shop and launching her own sticker business. Sareena plans to study electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley.

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JESSILYN RODRIGUEZ

 

Jessilyn is determined to become a doctor and, utilizing her Spanish-speaking skills, provide compassionate medical care to underserved communities. In pursuit of that goal, Jessilyn volunteers in the emergency department at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, participated in Kaiser Permanente’s Summer Careers Pathways program, interned with cardiothoracic surgeons at Stanford, and is in the International Baccalaureate diploma program at Capuchino High School. Jessilyn has also been active in the Latino Unidos, Folklorico, and Interact clubs. Jessilyn will begin her studies at UC Berkeley this fall.

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KALEY SHUM

 

A self-described “people person,” Kaley loves giving back to her community. She particularly enjoys nurturing and engaging with children, which she has done as a swim instructor, lifeguard, and Junior Giants coach. An International Baccalaureate diploma student at Capuchino High School, Kaley has served as president of the Environmental Club, vice president of the Leos Club, and as captain of both the tennis and badminton teams. Kaley is passionate about addressing the causes and impacts of climate change, and she plans to major in cognitive science at UCLA.  

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