Alexander Espinoza - 2022 Ordinary Extraordinary Award
My name is Alexander Espinoza. I live here in Arizona but was also raised in Florida for about seven years. I come from a big family so being part of huge groups is
nothing new to me. I’m a huge extrovert which makes me love meeting and talking to new people. I’m very excited to be the first in my family to go to a university and proud to say I’ll be part of
Arizona State University studying Interior Design program.
Nadine Makarem - 2022 Johnston/Lesar Scholarship
I have chosen to study political science at Arizona State University because
I have always been passionate about government and policy, such as gender equality and education. I am interested in learning more about how the American legal system works and how I can be a part of
it. I have other interests, as well. For example, last summer I enjoyed volunteering at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. There I worked with children in the exploration station, an exhibit
dedicated to hands on activities that help spur children’s interest in science.
Desirae Childers - 2022 Westwood Future Educator Award
I have been inspired to
become a teacher because of the teachers I had at Westwood High School and Carson Junior High. The teachers around me always showed compassion and understanding for their students. They
weren’t just teachers; they were a listening ear when needed and a helping hand when I failed. I hope to pass that on when I become an art teacher and create an open classroom where students
can express themselves in a safe environment. The art teachers I have had always let me express who I am and directed me to a brighter future.
Monica Carpenter - 2021 Ordinary Extraordinary Award
My name is Monica Carpenter and I will be a
2021 graduate of Westwood High School. I plan on attending Colorado College in Colorado Springs as a Business major this fall. I am currently an International Baccalaureate (IB) student as well as a
member of the Drama Club and the Young Athena group. My outlook on life can best be explained by Dr. Martin Luther King's most persistent and urgent question: "What are you doing for others?"
As the oldest of 6 children I understand the importance of sacrifice and helping others as I assist my parents in caring for my siblings. I want to thank the committee for this great honor as I move
forward in my college career.
Evelyn Nonthe Sanchez - 2020 Johnston/Lesar Scholarship
Hello my name is Evelyn Nonthe Sanchez. I am
a latina first generation college student. My motto is “Do Good & Be Better”. I love my family and consider myself a music enthusiast. I will be majoring in psychology. My schooling plan is to
start out at Mesa Community College for two years and then transfer to Arizona State University. Something I believe that makes me ordinary extraordinary is my community engagement as well as my
leadership resume. My most proud accomplishment was during the holiday season of 2020. As Silent Friends Club President I was able to raise over $1,300 dollars for Westwood Families in need of
Holiday cheer. We were able to shop and deliver gifts that the families had written on a wishlist prior. I loved being able to give back. My ambition and drive come from my two childhood friends who
during my junior year of high school committed suicide due to their mental health. My heart was broken and the reality of mental health problems hit me even harder. My days would go from recovery to
sad to confused to stressed then back to recovery. With the help of friends and family, I was able to grief healthily and find peace. I found myself heavily interested in the human mind regarding
mental health. In the future, I want to help teenagers in need of my services and help save a life as well as help them see their own beauty. As a professional, I will continue to give back to my
local community with my services. Remember always to look for the light in darkness.
Arthur J. (AJ) Levario - 2020 Ordinary Extraordinary Award
I am a 2020 Westwood High School graduate. I
joined AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, a college prep program, and I played baseball all four years and loved every minute of it. Both
of these experiences taught me to push myself on and off the field. Now I look forward to the next level of play— college. I will be attending Mesa Community College first and Arizona State
University second, with the goal of completing a degree in business with an emphasis in real estate. My mission in life is to help people find their dream home where they can build families and
Midory Otáñez - 2018
Johnston/Lesar Scholarship Award
Midory Fernanda Otáñez Murrieta is currently a full-time college student at Scottsdale Community College.
She happens to be a DACA recipient and has taken full advantage of the benefits it has brought to her. Midory states,
"Yes, it can be hard at times but it will be worth it in the end." She is attending school in the hopes of
completing her Hospitality and Tourism bachelor's degree. She has worked hard to get where she is. Not only is
she attending school, but she also works as a chef at the catering company ChefaGogo. Here she pursues her
passion in the kitchen and hopes to advance her culinary art skills.
Midory would love to eventually run a restaurant and start her own someday. In order to prepare for her
future she is constantly working and studying. Not only has she done all of the above, but she competed in and achieved 8th place in the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) cake
competition. She has done projects to help her community as well, by helping teachers during summer school and organizing events through the Culinary club. Midory hopes to continue to grow and excel
in both her culinary and hospitality aspects of her career.
Janet Romero - 2017 Johnston/Lesar Scholarship
My name is Janet Romero and I am a senior at Westwood High
School. My goal is to attend a two year community college and then transfer to a state university where I plan to major in biology and minor in chemistry and then attend medical
I want to be a pediatrician. The reasons for this choice
are first, I love science and I’ve wanted to become a doctor, and second, because I love kids. They have the most creative and imaginative minds and having a career in which I am with them all day
and helping to insure they have happy and productive lives would be a dream come true.
Thank you again for your support.
Micheala Roberts - 2016 J.D. Bowman Award
My name is Micheala Roberts, and I want to thank you so much for your
donation to this scholarship. I plan on attending Arizona State University after graduating from Westwood High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program. As of now, I do not have a determined
major, but my hope is to find an area of study that will allow me to find a career that gives back to the community and helps people, in general.
I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to go to college, mainly because
I did not know how I was going to be able to afford the costs associated with attending college that tuition doesn’t cover. Your generous help insures that I will have an opportunity to meet my
college graduation goal.
Thank you again for your support.
Habigail (Abby) Nonthe - 2016 Ordinary Extraordinary Award
My name is Habigail, and I want to thank you so much for your donation to
this scholarship. Your generous help will allow me to realize my dream of a college education after graduating from Westwood High School.
As a Mexican-American I am strongly committed to giving back to my community
whose heritage I so strongly embrace, volunteering weekly through my school, church and family. I have been involved with the Westwood community, as well as a member of clubs and the Early Education
program. I also play violin in the school orchestra.
I plan on attending Mesa Community College this fall after graduation,
eventually majoring in Business through NAU's unique 90/30 program.
Thank you again for your support.