August 4, 2000

Sweetwater Seniors Win Creaser Foundation Scholarships

During its 14-year history, Sweetwater District's Creaser Foundation has awarded over 70 scholarships to seniors graduating from district high schools. Students are recognized based on their academic achievement and community service.

Honors all around: Scholarship founder, Phil Creaser, is surrounded by this year’s Creaser Foundation winners. L to R: Aaron Saladino Arboleda, Hilltop; Jose Juan Barraza, Hilltop; Phil Creaser, founder of the awards; Arietta Fleming-Davies, Bonita Vista; Adriana Sanchez, Eastlake and Frederick Santa Ines, Castle Park.

Established by local philanthropists Phil and Alice Creaser-and now named in their honor-the foundation has given more than $325,000 in awards. This year, five winners each received a $5,000 scholarship.

Arietta Fleming-Davies, Bonita Vista High School, is a National Merit finalist who plans to attend Stanford University and major in science. Arietta won a statewide Science Fair competition for her genetics study of orchids. Valedictorian at her school and a full International Baccalaureate candidate, she also earned a perfect 1600 score on her SAT exam for college entrance. In addition to excelling in science, Arietta belongs to the San Diego Flute Guild and has mastered a difficult merit program sponsored by the Music Teachers' Association of California. She was also a Metro League finalist for her varsity swim team.

Frederick Santa Ines, Castle Park High School, is a full International Baccalaureate candidate selected to participate in a number of national and state leadership conferences. Frederick's honors and awards include a National Science Merit Award, National English Merit Award, United States Achievement Academy, National Honor Roll and Lifetime Seal Holder of the California Scholarship Foundation. Frederick volunteers with Sharp Hospital and Psychology and Consulting Associates of San Diego, plays on the baseball and basketball teams and is active in his church. He plans to attend the University of California Berkeley and earn a degree in computer science.

Adriana Sanchez, Eastlake High School, is a National Merit Hispanic Scholar Award winner and has received the Epsilon Association's Phi Beta Kappa Book Award and an Award of Special Congressional Recognition from Congressman Bob Filner. She was also a Stanford Youth Environmental Science Program finalist and a representative to the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference and to Girl's State. Adriana has served as president of the pep club, the French club and the California Scholarship Federation. She plays club soccer and has a second-degree black belt in Tae-Kwon Do. Adriana speaks three languages and plans to major in international relations, business marketing or advertising when she attends Stanford University next year.

Aaron Saladino Arboleda, Hilltop High School, is a National Merit finalist and a leader on Hilltop's Academic Decathlon team which won first place countywide this year. Individually, Aaron earned 14 competition medals. He also scored a near-perfect 1590 on his SAT college entrance exam and took University of California San Diego courses in advanced calculus and Japanese. Aaron is a concert pianist who has also played varsity tennis for three years. He volunteers at Sharp Hospital and delivers for the Meals-on-Wheels organization. Aaron plans to attend the University of California Berkeley and complete a double major in electrical engineering and East Asian studies.

Jose Juan Barraza, Hilltop High School, is salutatorian of his class and plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received coveted early admissions status. Jose was selected to participate in a mentorship program with the Salk Institute of Biological Studies where he worked as part of an HIV research project. He also volunteers at Caritas del Sol, an organization that aids orphanages in Tijuana, and has earned Prudential's Spirit of Community award for exemplary service. In addition to his many academic achievements, Jose currently works two part-time jobs.


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