Last evening, 87 Carlsbad High School Seniors and their proud families gathered for the Annual Seniors Award Ceremony. Also sitting in the audience were folks like us - those present to honor their departed loved ones with financial scholarships awarded to deserving teens.
$128,000.00 was given out through Memorial Scholarships, School, Community, Service Clubs and Foundations. Stefan would be so proud to to know that he awarded a $1,000.00 Scholarship to both Taylor Bantle and Olivia Choi.
Taylor will be working toward her BA in Film Media at the University of La Verne, Broadcast Journalism and Film Academy. Four years of dance, two years of broadcast journalism, two years of CHS film academy, and a paid internship at KOCT, not to mention a stellar academic record, pave the way to her dreams.
Olivia will be attending Laguna College of Art & Design in Laguna Beach, to obtain her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Game Art. Olivia is an award winning CHS band member, multiple art shows winner, and an academic standout. Stefan always held Laguna Beach, where he was born, art and music close to his heart.
We wish both young women well in their future academic endeavors and artistic futures.
Thank you to all who have made this Stefan Edgerly Scholarship Memorial a financial possibility. A very special Thank You goes to Stefan's cohorts in education; Walter Konieczko, who graciously stands up and memorializes Stefan and presents the awards and Corey Espeleta, scholarship committee member and emotional support extraordinaire.
"Then, gradually, bit by bit, the binding thread of grief somehow transmutes, reconstitutes itself as a thread of treasured memories - a tilt of the head, a laugh, a way of walking, a touch, a particular conversation as gifts from the life we shared with the one we have lost, gifts that can never be taken away." Martha Whitmore Hickman