Yucca Valley’s Vanessa Reyes honored as Greenleaf Scholar

Greenleaf scholarship finalists are, front row from left, Vanessa Reyes and Emmanuella Romano and back row from left Faith Cooper, Serena Logan and Orion Ricketts. Josiah Fontillas was unable to attend.

JOSHUA TREE — Yucca Valley High School senior Vanessa Reyes will use her full-ride Greenleaf scholarship to study business administration.

Reyes was named the 2019 scholarship recipient at a Copper Mountain College Foundation ceremony April 13.

She identifies herself as a second-generation Mexican-American and plans to major in business administration.

“Her faith, her family and her confidence show in all that she does and will certainly result in her succeeding as a young entrepreneur, a local business owner and a very successful alumna,” said CMC spokeswoman Jolie Alpin.

The scholarship will pay tuition, books, fees and living expenses while Reyes attends Copper Mountain College and then a state college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree.

Reyes was chosen from six finalists. The others in contention were Faith Cooper and Orion Ricketts from Yucca Valley High School, Josiah Fontillas from Joshua Springs High School, Emmanuella Romano from Twentynine Palms High School and Serena Logan, enrolled in the Independent Continuing Education program.

Endowed by banker F. Roy Greenleaf Jr., the scholarship is awarded each year to a student who is interested in learning, is success-oriented, has performed well in school and shows a desire to return to the Morongo Basin when he or she finishes school.

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