Meeting Highlights - May 3, 2018
It is hard to believe that May is already here and the school year is drawing to a close. One of the most rewarding aspects of Kiwanis membership is the ability to work with young leaders and young volunteers in our community. This morning it was our great pleasure to welcome a Student of the Month from Hearst Elementary School and three Patrick Henry High School Key Club scholarship winners.
Our Kiwanian of the Day was Hershey Guzman, Immediate Past President of SDSU’s Circle K Club. Hershey will graduate in a eight days, so today we asked her to take charge of our meeting before she moves on with her life! She quizzed us on some fun facts about her soon-to-be alma mater. We learned that SDSU was founded in 1897, making it the oldest university in San Diego. It is comprised of 7 colleges offering 160 programs. It was a very fitting presentation considering two of our three scholarship winners will be starting their freshman year at SDSU this coming fall!
Student of the Month - Jeremy Delehanty
Doug Grosmark introduced Jeremy Delehanty, his proud mom, dad, brother, principal Jamie Jorgensen and teacher Dorothy Iannuzzi. Jeremy is described by Ms. Iannuzzi as a genuine, kind, friendly all-around great student who goes above and beyond to try to do his very best. Because he has a natural curiosity, Ms. Iannuzzi said it is exciting to be his teacher. Ms. Jorgensen noted that Jeremy can always be counted on to do the right thing, saying “He is number 1 in behavior!” Over five hundred students attend Hearst, and Jeremy is one of only nine students this year who will receive this award. Jeremy obviously has a bright future ahead of him and we wish him all the best!
2018 Scholarship Winners - This year we are proud to award $7,500 in scholarship funds to the following three members of Patrick Henry High School Key Club:
William (Bill) Tran Huynh
Bill has been an active member of PHHS Key Club for the past 4 years. He was president during his senior year, and volunteer coordinator the year before. He has attended over 19 of our Kiwanis meetings and has volunteered over 66 hours of community service with Key Club.He is a member of the BadmintonTeam, the number one team in the division! He has a GPA of 4.28 thanks to his four AP/Honors courses. He is also very active with his church and the Vietnamese American Youth Alliance. Bill credits his success to his mom. She grew up in poverty in Vietnam and was finally able to immigrate to this country where she met and married Bill’s dad. Bill maintains “She’s shown me grit through everyday work and perseverance…she supplies me with the care needed to flourish.” Bill will be attending UC San Diego next year, so he will be staying close to home, here in San Diego. We hope to see him continue his volunteer work with the UCSD Circle K club.
Brandon’s three years in PHHS’s Key Club have been well-spent as club treasurer and Divisional Secretary. He has been involved in over 40 events, including 11 Division Council Meetings. These experiences “have given me a new perspective and appreciation of my life…Helping people has grown to become a passion through my years of Key Club and the core values stick close to me.” Earning mostly A’s and maintaining a position on the honor roll will make him well-qualified for the rigors of college. We are glad that he will attend SDSU next year so we can maintain our close relationship. Brandon hopes to pursue a career in nursing, following in the steps of his mom who is a nurse at Kaiser Hospital. He states that “My parents have made the biggest impact on my life…(they) were always there for me.” It is obvious that his parents succeeded in helping Brandon become the fine young man he is!
Khang Minh Le
During his four years in Key Club, Khang has served as Division 21 Newsletter Editor, PHHS Key Club Treasurer and Fundraising Chair. He has volunteered over 250 service hours during Key Club events, Buddhist temple summer camps, caring for endangered exotic animals at a ranch in Oceanside, feeding the homeless in Hillcrest and attending the March for our Lives. Khang has helped his fellow students through some difficult times. He provided physical and emotional support at a time it was needed most. This is the reason he has decided to pursue a career in psychology, specifically neuroscience and the study of mental illness. Khang is grateful for the support of his good friend Lena Phan. He maintains that Lena “taught me how to be honest with myself and others, and simply put , how to be ‘real’.” Khang believes “the wind is strong, my sails are fully hoisted, and I see success in the distance.” We definitely agree and look forward to watching him set sail to SDSU next year!
John Crawford with KOD Hershey Guzman, who will graduate from SDSU in 8 days!
Congratulations to Jeremy Delehanty, our Student of the Month!
Bill Huynh's mom is all smiles as Bill accepts his scholarship check from Gary Blume !
Dan Yelvington was happy to present Brandon Huynh his scholarship award!
Khang Minh Le receives his scholarship from Mickey Zeichick as his proud mom looks on!