Eighty two Selma High students took part in the fifth annual 4.0 and Above program at the Big Fresno Fair earlier this month.
The program is for students with a grade point average of 4.0 or higher from 49 schools in Fresno County. They can win college scholarships and various prizes, such as iPads and even new Toyota cars. The program has now extended from eighth to 12th grades.
“All of our students and teachers are very hard working,” said Deborah Richardson, Selma’s senior class learning director. “We strive to provide them with an excellent education program.”
Selma freshman Brianna Antunez received the Meyers Farms Family scholarship. She plans to enter the medical field and attend University of Southern California after she graduates in 2019.
“The scholarship is helping me to start saving for college,” Antunez said. “I want to continue to work harder in school so I can gain the same level of GPA success next year.”
Scholarships were made possible by the donations of local residents. Four scholarships awarded to Selma students were worth $3,000. Richardson said that a Selma family offered three scholarships worth $8,000.
“Scholarships are icing on the cake,” she said.
For Antunez, she was most rewarded by being invited to the fair. She said it was a great experience.
“I loved all their different programs and exhibits,” she said. “It was a lot of fun, and I hope to come back next year and maybe get more prizes.”
Richardson said the most rewarding thing of chaperoning the event was the positive reactions of the students who were in attendance.
“The students were thrilled,” Richardson said. “Even the ones who didn’t win prizes cheered on their fellow classmates. It was a great way to show school spirit.”
Richardson feels that this event will continue to encourage students with high academic achievements to keep aiming for success. She hopes to return with students for next year’s event.
“Students with a 4.0 GPA will continue to maintain that average,” she said. “They are internally driven to succeed.”
The event was sponsored by Toyota and Fresno County Educational Employees Credit Union.