Gardnerville graduates receive scholarships

Diara Navarrete Amaral gives a presentation to the  P.E.O. Chapter AN of Carson Valley.

Diara Navarrete Amaral gives a presentation to the P.E.O. Chapter AN of Carson Valley.

Douglas High School graduates Diara Navarrete Amaral and Zoey Quinn each received $1,500 scholarships from P.E.O. Chapter AN of Carson Valley. Amaral also received the Carson Valley Quilt Guild scholarship.

Gardnerville resident Amaral will be attending Dominican University in California where she will pursue both art and psychology, with an eventual goal of becoming an art therapist. At Douglas High School, Amaral earned a 4.0 cumulative GPA while also working 20 hours a week as a crew member at Sonic Drive-In in order to pay for college expenses. At Douglas High she was a three-year member of the Academic Team where she became a leader of the group, serving as secretary and head of the Welcoming Committee. She also earned a Gold Key in the Scholastic Art Awards competition for her incredible portraits. In the community Amaral has been an active member of St. Gall Catholic Church, where she has volunteered over many years in the education department.

Also, a Gardnerville resident, Zoey Quinn will be attending Oregon State University at Cascades where she plans to study biology after concentrating on biomedical and upper-level mathematics at Douglas. Her long-term goals are to become a medical scientist or biomedical engineer. She has obtained The Biomedical Certificate of Skill Attainment for Nevada. Also, a 4.0 student at Douglas, Quinn has learned to balance her challenging schedule with athletics as she is a student-athlete who has been involved in volleyball since the third grade. A two-year National Honors Society member, Quinn has also found the time to work 25 hours a week, first at Dairy Queen and now as a wedding florist. In the community, Quinn has volunteered as a tutor at Meneley Elementary and coach new volleyball players.

P.E.O. is an international sisterhood with a mission of educating women through scholarships, grants, awards, and stewardship of Cottey College, motivating women of all ages to achieve their highest aspirations.

This year’s scholarship committee was chaired by Nancy Edmundson, with help from committee members Nancy Stephenson, Irene Taylor, Betty Chase, Joanne Hall, and Barbara Walton.


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