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Dana Point Chamber of Commerce director Richard Deffenbaugh poses for a photo with Colin Hicks and Sophie Ripley, two of the five students awarded scholarships by the chamber. Photo: Courtesy of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce
Dana Point Chamber of Commerce director Richard Deffenbaugh poses for a photo with Colin Hicks and Sophie Ripley, two of the five students awarded scholarships by the chamber. Photo: Courtesy of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce

By Madi Swayne

Dana Hills High School class of 2015 graduates Taylor Carter, Colin Hicks, Bryana Koontz, Julie Lisle and Sophie Ripley were each awarded $1,000 scholarships by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. These seniors were chosen for their scholastic excellence and community engagement. The winners were celebrated at the Chamber’s July 16 monthly mixer.

Taylor Carter served as a student senator during her senior year and has plans to pursue a degree in education or nursing. Colin Hicks was president of the Dana Hills Interact Club among many other extracurricular involvements. He will attend CSU Fullerton for business management in the fall. Bryana Koontz will be attending Dominican University of California in San Rafael to study nursing with an emphasis in neonatology. Julie Lisle will be attending the University of Arizona as a student in the speech and Hearing Science program. DHHS valedictorian and scholarship recipient Sophie Ripley is going on to Santa Barbara City College to study environmental science.

“The quality of applications received this year was amazing,” Heather Johnston, Dana Point Chamber executive director, said in a press release. “We applaud our recipients’ achievements and aspirations and extend congratulations to each of them. We thank our members for their generosity and continued support of our scholarship program.”

The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce raises funds for the scholarship program year-round. Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors interested in pursuing higher education in the fields of business, community service, culinary arts, marine science and hotel management.

For information about donating to the fun, visit www.danapointchamber.com/chamber-scholarship-fund.

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