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2014 Link Crew Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 Link Crew Scholarship winners!


Bella Nguyen
Westminster High School, CA

Post Graduation Plans: Bella plans to attend the University of California, San Diego to study Biochemistry and Cellular Biology.

“The most valuable lesson I’ve learned as a Link Crew Leader is to be a leader all the time. Princess Diana once said, “Carry out random acts of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” Being a leader means doing the right thing, going big, providing total support and being optimistic regardless of the fact of whether or not others are watching. Every small gesture counts, and being professional and responsible generally benefits everyone. Because of Link Crew, I have learned how to become a better leader and person.”

Gerardo Santana
Northridge High School, CO

Post Graduation Plans: Gerardo plans to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder and study Psychology.

“The most valuable lesson I learned as a Link Crew Leader is simple, it is to help other people as much as you can, whenever you can. It is a good thing to do, making relationships with people better, and you really make a difference. When you help people, the other person appreciates it, even if they don’t express it, they do. Sometimes you don’t get anything out of helping others, but that’s not important. It doesn’t matter if you get something out of it, helping others is a thing in which the whole world could improve, if we all help each other, we won’t need help.”

Hanna Mullin
Tagwi Secondary School, ON, Canada

Post Graduation Plans: Hanna plans to attend St. Lawrence College and go through the Pre-Health Sciences/ Nursing program.

“The most valuable lesson I have learned as a Link Crew Leader is that, one person can change the world for the better. Having an openly gay link crew student made me realize the true effects of bullying. My student was hurt, and I decided that enough was enough and proceeded to involve the whole school in a week long anti bullying camping that was truly amazing and successful. Passion is contagious, and I hope that my Link Crew Students realize that one person can change the world for the better.”

Reiley Schraeger
Kamiak High School, WA

Post Graduation Plans: Reiley plans to attend California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and major in Mechanical Engineering.

“Smile. You never know how far a smile can go. Way too often students check out, plug in and do their own thing during school. I made connections with people I didn’t know.  If my eyes met yours, you know I would smile at you. By going out of my comfort zone, I learned a simple gesture makes a difference. In the Link program, I have seen a change. Since the start of the year, the Linkies are the first to greet their Link Leaders and do it with a smile. They no longer have to wait for us as leaders to notice them. Having younger students understand they are in control of their own life at such a young age shows how effective Link has been at my school.”

Gamilh Mohamed
Edsel Ford High School, MI

Post Graduation Plans: Gamilh will begin her post-secondary journey at Henry Ford Community College this fall and plans to major in Elementary Education with a minor in Islamic Studies.

“Before becoming involved with Link Crew, I would not classify myself as a leader. To become a leader, one must have the ability to be open-minded, initiative, a good listener and a hard worker. At first, I had none of those traits. I was not someone to look up to, but after being involved in Link Crew it helped me gain different skills. It has helped me become more outgoing, and has allowed me to share my knowledge and experience with the underclassmen.”

Jacob Garcia
Christopher High School, CA

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Dreya Cherry
Souderton Area High School, PA

Post Graduation Plans: Dreya plans to attend Syracuse University and study Music Industry.

“Link Crew has taught me how important it is to just be yourself. Who cares what other people think? I connected with certain freshmen because of my true personality. Through helping them understand that high school isn’t about fitting social stigmas, I think I realized that too. People will like you for who you are.”

Rohit Gupta
Grandview High School, CO

Post Graduation Plans: Rohit plans to attend Rice University to study Biochemistry and Cell Biology.

“As a Link Leader, the most valuable lesson I have learned is that providing meaningful, thoughtful help to someone is the foundation for establishing a positive relationship, trust, and leadership.”

Emily Kovalesky
Perkiomen Valley High School, PA

Post Graduation Plans: Emily plans to attend Allegheny College to study Biochemistry.

“I think before becoming involved with Link Crew I would consider myself a leader, but I lacked the confidence that makes a good leader a great leader. Link Crew was able to show me what being a true leader was all about and changed my outlook on what a leader really is. To me there are all types of leaders, and the Link Crew program is able to incorporate all of these types. Overall Link Crew gave me that confidence I needed to improve my leadership qualities. For this I am extremely thankful because now I have realized a lot about myself, and my capabilities that extend outside of the classroom.”

Spencer Davies
Mauston High School, WI

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“My senior year marked the transition from just the dubious worker to the vocal leader I try to be now. There was definitely a learning curve, and I struggled many times, though I never showed it. I now realize after befriending the kids in my group, but of others as well, that everyone has their own merits. Every person has something about them that sets them apart and good about them even though it may be hard to see. Being a Link Leader gave me a new perspective on people which now allows me to see the best in everyone. I gained as much from them, if not more, than they did from me.”