Lab Employees Give $566,750 In Scholarships: EVHS’s Evelyn Juarez Earns Silver-10k

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EVHS Scholar, Evelyn Juarez, To Study Pediatrics At UNM

By Robert A. Naranjo

When a couple has a child that begins to “talk before she could walk,” the parents likely have an idea that their child will grow up to be something special. EVHS co-valedictorian, Evelyn Juarez, one of six “Silver Scholars” awarded $10,000 at the LANL Foundation’s presentation of the Los Alamos Employees’  Scholarship Fund (LAESF), did just that–talk before she could walk, her mother, Angelica, told the Valley Daily Post, immediately after the scholarship awards ceremony, when she was asked when she knew that her daughter was going to be an outstanding student. She added that Evelyn had set a goal for herself of being her class valedictorian at a very young age, and this spring, she was the co-Valedictorian at EVHS. The proud mother added that Evelyn never received a “B” from kindergarten through high school, an amazing accomplishment.

With 95 students receiving scholarships on July 14 at the Lab Foundation patio, it is certain that they all had a motivation for excelling in academics. As each student was announced and spoke to the guests gathered, mostly comprised of family members, the careers mentioned were exceedingly impressive. Here are some examples (not a complete list) of the career tracks that these LAESF recipients will pursue: Bio Chemistry, Computer Science, Math and Nuclear Engineering, Pediatrician, Bio Physics, Global Health and Nursing, Social Work, Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, College Professor, Musical Theatre, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Law, and many more loftly careers that these high school graduates will eventually be part of. All said that the scholarship will help tremendously and thanked that Lab employees for making it possible.LAESF Scholarship recipients from Rio Arriba County, including a couple from Pojoaque (Santa Fe County), pose for the camera, after receiving scholarships that will be used to pursue their varied careers. Evelyn Juarez is standing to the right, wearing a black dress and heels. The EVHS Co-Valedictorian will attend UNM and plans to study pediatrics.

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Juarez was asked who was her motivation and inspiration to reach the outstanding level of excellence she has demonstrated.  She said that naturally her parents were an inspiration to her throughout her life. And, she added that her Godbrother, Edward “Big Dawg” Quintana, (His mom, Sennie Quintana baptized her at Confirmation) had a lot of awards, trophies and ribbons, in the Quintana home that she found incredibly fascinating and alluring. Juarez, then an elementary school student, set her mind on getting her own awards and trophies, just like her Godbrother’s. Big Dawg, now deceased, would have been proud, and Juarez is not done yet. In her statement to the LAESF she wrote, “I am inspired to help the children of today who are the future of tomorrow. I will make an impact by promoting the physical, mental, and social health of children as I pursue a career in pediatrics. This scholarship will help me focus on my studies at UNM by removing financial barriers. This has truly been a blessing in my life.”