From a Trinidad Civic Club release:
Cecelia Eggleston is Trinidad Civic Club’s Carmen and James Kidder Academic Scholarship recipient for 2020. She is an outstanding student at Arcata High School and has been accepted at UCLA for the Fall 2020 semester with the ultimate goal of becoming an obstetrician/gynecologist. Biology will be her undergraduate major.
Cecelia has maintained a high grade point average while volunteering at St. Joseph’s Hospital and as a weekly peer tutor. She also was a varsity rower for the Humboldt Bay Rowing Association for three years and captain of the team in her junior year. That year the coach and many of the members had quit or graduated. Funds and morale were low. Cecelia coordinated efforts to bring on board new members, raise money to buy equipment and increase the bonds between team members, a crucial part of rowing.
Trinidad Civic Club received applications from a number of highly qualified students and the Scholarship Committee’s decision was difficult. One of the qualities, which made Cecelia stand out, was her accomplishments under adverse personal circumstances. She left home in her junior year because of adverse conditions and has been “couch surfing with friends.” She found part time work to support herself first in a cleaning service and then in a veterinary hospital. She received the School House Youth Connection Award in 2020 for academic achievement while facing homelessness. She is one of ten students nationwide who were chosen to travel to Washington, D.C. with School House Connection to represent homeless youth. She wrote in her scholarship application that because of her experience, she views financial responsibility and higher education as ways to escape poverty and attain success.
Max Myrick is the Trinidad Civic Club Trade School Scholarship recipient. Max plans to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a successful chef by attending the Oregon Coast Culinary Institution at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay.
As a child Max watched television cooking shows and by age eight he and his brothers were having mock cooking competitions. He helped with the overall production of jams and in customer service at his family’s business, Mad River Farms.
For the past two years Max has taken classes in Culinary Arts at McKinleyville High School. His teachers describe him as “responsible, collaborative, creative, attentive to details and enthusiastic to learn.” Last year Max interned at The Pub in Arcata where he learned how to make wood-fired pizzas and various sauces and salad dressings. He won a cooking competition in the savory division at the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute which is accredited by the American Culinary Federation. Max is looking forward to obtaining a quality education at this school, which has small class sizes and a good internship program. In addition, he will be afforded the opportunity to participate in collegiate culinary competitions at the national and international levels.
Trinidad Civic Club has been awarding Carmen and James Kidder Annual Scholarships since 1977. Cecelia Eggleston and Max Myrick will receive $1,000 each. Trinidad Fish Festival cake sale and other contributions add to the scholarship fund. The Scholarship Committee carefully reviews every application and is deeply moved by the wealth of talent demonstrated by local high school seniors. Martha Sue Davis is chairman of the committee, which includes Katrin Homan, Joey Wauters and Penne O’Gara. For more information about Trinidad Civic Club, formed in 1913, and the Scholarship Program, email email@example.com.