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2019 Kinecta Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to this year’s Kinecta Scholarship recipients!


ALICE HATTY LEE

ALICE HATTY LEE

Alice will be graduating from South Torrance High School and has a 4.87 GPA. She plans to attend UCLA to major in Computer Science and Engineering. She has won countless awards and was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Alice is a classically trained pianist and cellist and has won the Music Teachers’ Association of California’s Senior Medallion Award for piano and cello. Alice lives life with a passion and a relentless drive. She does not give up and is always ready to help someone in need. Alice’s volunteer work ranges from volunteering at the American Red Cross to playing cello music in the hospital lobby to tutoring elementary aged children.


ANGELINA QUINT

ANGELINA QUINT

Angelina will be graduating from Da Vinci Science High School and will be attending UCLA where she plans to major in Public Affairs and Sociology. She has a 4.05 Honors GPA and is a bright, hardworking and compassionate individual with a passion for math, science and helping others. She demonstrated her commitment to her studies by taking online enrichment courses through Brigham Young University’s Independent Study program and Harvard Medical School’s HMX Fundamentals program. She has contributed her leadership to several community service organizations, including those that help women, people with disabilities and those experiencing poverty. Motivated by her brother with Down Syndrome, she also created “Just Like Me”, a community service organization that helps special education students reach success.


AUSTIN XAVIER KOEHLER

AUSTIN XAVIER KOEHLER

Austin is a member of the graduating Class of 2019 from Redondo Union High School and will attend Villanova University’s School of Business. Austin has a 4.58 GPA and, in addition to his strong academics, has a passion for entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and computer science. He is also an avid athlete, lettering on the Varsity swim team. In 2016, Austin created G.O. Nuts, which sells a variety of candied and savory pecans. He donates 10% of profits, along with 100% of customer donations, to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, in honor of his Type 1 diabetic brother. Giving back to the community helped Austin earn the Cameron Impact Scholarship — a full-tuition scholarship to any US university from the Bryan Cameron Education Foundation.


COLIN ELLIS POOL

COLIN ELLIS POOL

Colin will be graduating from Calabasas High School and will be attending UC Berkeley, where he plans to major in Math and Physical Science. He is his school’s Valedictorian with a 4.35 total Academic GPA from 9th-12th grade, and 4.53 total Academic GPA from 10th-12th grade. For fun, Colin competed in his high school’s male talent pageant and won the Mr. Coyote 2019 gold crown! Colin also has a passion for helping others; he led a team-building activity with his water polo team making fleece blankets for less fortunate children for Project Linus, and his initiative was featured in the Acorn Newspaper.


IAN D ROSS

IAN D ROSS

Ian is currently a Junior at Westminster College in Pennsylvania majoring in Political Science with a double minor in Social Media and Broadcast Media Production. He has been on the Westminster College Dean’s Honor Roll for five semesters, since Fall 2016. Ian plays NCAA Varsity Lacrosse and is active in several community service groups and honor societies on campus. Ian has represented Westminster College at the Model United Nations Conference. After graduation, Ian hopes to attend law school and use his degree to continue to serve the community through social services and government.


MICHAEL JONATHAN HO

MICHAEL JONATHAN HO

Michael is a senior at Arnold Beckman High School with a 4.65 total GPA. He will attend Duke University and plans to study Economics and Statistics. He spends hours practicing piano and violin to make the lives of people in the Irvine community more enjoyable by sharing his music. When he entered high school, he took the initiative to lead the Beckman Chapter of the Young Musicians Guild and Young Musicians Ensemble of Irvine. Michael is a member of several clubs including the Beckman Avionics, part of the multi-high schools Irvine CubeSat STEM Program working jointly to build and send their third satellite into space.


ROBERT PEL TEKOV

ROBERT PEL TEKOV

Robert will be graduating from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and has a 4.91 GPA. He plans to attend UC Berkeley as a part of the MET (Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology) Program where he will double major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Business Administration. Robert is involved in several clubs and programs at his high school. He is the President of the Steller Xplorers and Technology Student Association programs, and he is involved in the Science Research Program, Vex Robotics Team and Link Crew. He led the school to win Third Place nationally in Stellar Xplorers and to win the World Championship Build Award in VEX Robotics. He is Team Captain of Cyber Patriots which is currently ranked second in the country.


SABRINA MARIE CHWALEK

SABRINA MARIE CHWALEK

Sabrina will be graduating from Vistamar School and has a 4.57 GPA. She will attend Brown University and plans to double major in Economics and Mathematics. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the school newspaper. Sabrina was also the founder of the Interact Club at her high school and has served as its President for the past three years. Interact is a Rotary leadership and philanthropy development organization for young adults, ages 12-18. Sabrina gravitates towards clubs and activities where she can initiate or advocate for change. After the Parkland shooting, Sabrina formed, “Never Again Vistamar” to promote awareness and dialogue about gun violence. Sabrina helped orchestrate a town hall meeting with U.S. Representative and gun control advocate, Ted Lieu.