Senior Madeline Chin was selected as one of nine students across America to receive $20,000 for the Samsung American Legion Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes academic achievement and outstanding participation in school and community activities.
Chin is a member of Youth and Government, Virtual Business, and the varsity girls cross country team. She also founded an American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad (AYUDA) club on campus after working with the program in Ecuador this summer.
“She takes all the opportunities given to her and runs with them,” said math teacher Mrs. Ruth Moonesinghe. “She strives to give back and share what she has learned with others because of her enthusiasm.”
Chin applied for the American Legion Scholarship this past summer while attending Girls State, a nationwide summer leadership and citizenship program. At the end of the camp, Chin was named the California Girls State Program finalist and entered into the scholarship. She was then selected as one of the nine scholarship recipients from 100 national finalists based on several essays.
“It’s such an honor to know that I was chosen to receive the scholarship, but it really took me by surprise,” said Chin. “I did not at all expect to be selected.”