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Anaheim Mayor's TechScholar Winners Honored Today with Free Laptop Computers
ANAHEIM, CA - (May 18, 2010) - City of Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle today honored 53 high school students with laptop computers and internet service as winners of this year’s Mayor’s TechScholar program.  Today’s afternoon ceremony was held at the Anaheim Downtown Community Center.

"Of the many programs we have in Anaheim, the Mayor’s TechScholar program is one I am particularly proud of, because it directly rewards our young Anaheim residents for their hard work and determination to succeed in school and in life," said Mayor Pringle.

The Mayor’s TechScholar program was established in 2006 by Mayor Pringle to provide free laptop computers for students based on a wide array of factors including qualification, merit and desire to attend college.  The students also receive up to two years of free internet service, compliments of Time Warner Cable.  Since its inception, more than 200 students have benefitted from the program.

College-bound high school students in their sophomore or junior years attending a public or private high school and residing in Anaheim were eligible to apply.  This year’s essay question embraced technology by challenging the students to describe an app idea (mobile or Web-based) that will make Anaheim an even better place.

The judges for this year’s program were Mayor Pringle, Lorri Galloway (Anaheim Councilmember), Marcie Edwards (Assistant City Manager and Anaheim Public Utilities General Manager), the Honorable Andrew J. Guilford (U.S. District Court, Central District), Kristy Hennessey (Vice President, Government Relations, Time Warner Cable), and Richard Porras (Executive Director, External Affairs, AT&T).

The Mayor’s TechScholar program is sponsored this year by Time Warner, AT&T, Anaheim Public Utilities, HP, the Samueli Foundation, and Pricon.  This program is fully funded by private donations as a service to the community. 

The names of this year’s winners are listed below.

Anaheim High School: Rebecca Calvillo, Andrea De Guzman, Hazel Verdin, Miguel Trujillo
Canyon High School: Nathaniel Hom, Amanda Huntington, Michelle Kwon, Andrea Navarrette, Ali Tafreshi
Cornelia Connely: Jennifer Luong
Cypress High School: Helen Luu, Stacie Sanchez, Nichole Sevilla, Riddhi Vora
Esperanza High School: Poonam Gahlla, Kayle Karzen, Aaron Parker, Alyssa Redmond
Fairmont Prep Academy: Ajith Subhash
Gilbert South and Polaris High School: Jessica Sinohui, Alicia Arnaldo, Montana Pine, Julie Rietberg
Katella High School: Miko Batino, Gary Carreno, Tania Espinoza, Justis Esquer, Andrea Rangel
Loara High School: Carolina Chavolla, Brianna McKeon, Edward Nguyen, David Pham, Justin Williams
Magnolia High School: Nicholas Barbero, Denise Castro, Wing Huynh, Griselda Segura
Oxford Academy: Sarahi Carrillo, Judy Kim, Guadalupe Ruelas, Arely Silva, Cynthia Washicko
Rosary High School: Kristen Briggs
Savanna High School: Marbet Cruz, Eduardo Munoz, Faviola Perez, Eduardo Rivas, Rina Velasco
Servite High School: Heath Fontaine
Western High School: Justin Botejue, Jennifer Le, Nhu Nguyen, Kevin Ngo


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