2014 High School Graduates Honored by JACL

Photo: Twin Cities JACL 2014 local senior high school (HS) scholarship awardees.

Front row (l-r):  Quinn Coyle, Blake School; Karen Edwards, Lakeville North HS; Megumi Rierson, Blake School; Shawn Ramberg, Math and Science Academy-Woodbury.  Back row (l-r):  Roy Ramstad, Cannon Falls HS; Vincent Belsito, Mounds View HS; Kyle Tsuchiya, Eden Prairie HS; and Matthew Dulas, Edina HS.  Not pictured:  Matthew Murakami, Eden Prairie HS.

Photo credit:  Cheryl Hirata-Dulas.

The Twin Cities JACL’s 51st Annual Scholarship Awards Program was held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at The Chateau in Medicine Lake.

The evening began with dinner followed by greetings and introductions by JACL board representative, Dan Motoyoshi. Fred Tsuchiya acted as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. Kyle Tsuchiya performed an original song on the snare drum during the program.

Scholarship awards totaled $17,000.00. The following scholarships were awarded:

  • Vincent Belsito, Dr. Norman Kushino and Kay Kushino Memorial Scholarship
  • Quinn Coyle, Reiko H. Ohno Memorial Scholarship
  • Matthew Dulas, Tom Ohno Memorial Scholarship
  • Karen Edwards, Annie Sakai Girard Memorial Scholarship
  • Matthew Murakami, Earl K. and Ruth Tanbara Memorial Scholarship
  • Shawn Ramberg, Tom and Martha Oye Memorial Scholarship
  • Roy Ramstad, Shigeko Kirihara Memorial Scholarship
  • Megumi Rierson, Tsuyano Sakai Memorial Scholarship
  • Kyle Tsuchiya, Susan Matsumoto Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations and best wishes to the 2014 graduates!

If you know of any 2015 high school graduates, please contact Pam Dagoberg at 763-557-2946 or dagob001@tc.umn.edu. Local scholarship applications will be sent in January. JACL membership is required of scholarship applicants. Some of the known 2015 high school graduates are: Maya Coyle (Blake School), Sam Hidani (Wayzata High School), Maddy Honda (Mounds Park Academy), Reed Morehouse (Buffalo High School), Leanna Sako (Bloomington Jefferson High School), C. Luke Soucy (Wayzata High School)