Four Los Alamos High School seniors have been awarded $2,500 scholarships by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries, scholarship chairman Maire O’Neill announced Wednesday.
The scholarship recipients include Astrid Hengartner, Madeleine LeScouarnec, Kimberly Pestovich and Sarah Wallstrom. Senior Sopahn Kellogg, was selected to receive the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.
The students each submitted a personal narrative of about 500 words, on a book which was not required for school and which has not been translated into a visual medium. They were asked to tell their readers in what ways the book has added to their understanding of the human condition or has enhanced their life.
Volunteer readers for the Friends were Patty Kokesh, Ruth Cox, Candee Haskins and Art Brown, along with Joanna Gillespie of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. The readers independently read 19 essays and the five top-scoring writers were awarded the scholarships.
The Friends raise money for the annual scholarship through their all-volunteer bookstore at Mesa Public Library and by public donations. For more information, stop by the bookstore.