• Five WHS Grads Receive Peierls Scholarships


    Five Westminster High School graduates who received Peierls Scholarships, had a kind of homecoming last week, and they plan to keep coming back.

    Nayely Alvarez, Nadya Gallegos, Abigail Macias, Juan Carlos Martinez, and Keren Owusu are attending college, financed in part by Peierls Scholarships. They came back to their former school to be honored by the Board of Education and to say “thank you.”

    To be eligible for the scholarships, Adams 50 students had to have faced and overcome challenging situations in addition to being committed to earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree. The scholarship is available to first generation African American and Latino students who demonstrate need.

    There is one other requirement that they are all more than happy to fulfill. The recipients must serve as mentors and role models for younger Adams 50 students through the newly established Future Center at Westminster High School.


    Nayely Alvarez
    is attending the University of Colorado Denver. Nayely is an artist and donated the artwork used in Adams 50 School District’s first ever Dare to Dream Conference poster last year. Nayely says she is looking forward to helping more District 50 students navigate the college process. Nayely’s literacy teacher described her as a dedicated, respectful, hard worker who never shies away from sharing her personal experiences.

    Nadya Gallegos
    helped create the Latin American Student Association that is now the Multicultural Ambassadors for Peace (MAP) at Westminster High School. Nadya credits her parents for inspiring and motivating her to go to college. She attends Metropolitan State University in Denver and is deciding on whether to pursue a career in medicine or law. Nadya’s math teacher applauded her excellent leadership skills and her composure in public speaking and during club meetings.


    Abigail Macias
    is hoping to become a Spanish teacher. A student at Metro State University, Abigail already performs a great deal of community service through her church and as a peer and sports mentor. She serves as a role model for her siblings. Abigail’s math teacher noted how having Abigail in class was like having another teacher to help her and noted her ability to be a student-athlete, an employee, and a care provider to her grandmother and siblings all while keeping up in school.


    Juan Carlos Martinez
    was inspired to go to college by his mother. He would like to become an immigration attorney and is currently at Metro State University where he plans to major in criminal justice. Juan Carlo’s math teacher noted that he managed marching band, Boy Scouts and being a LINK leader along with his classes very well and described him as a positive, collaborative and hard-working student.


    Keren Owusu’s
    family came to the U.S. from Ghana. As an English language learner, Keren said she felt isolated but because she wanted to make her parents proud, she made it a goal to improve her language skills. A student at Metropolitan State University, she wants to become a pediatrician. Keren’s math teacher noted that Keren is a very humble person who really wants to make a contribution to other people’s lives.

    Each scholar may receive up to $10,000 towards the cost of financing his or her education. Additionally, each student works with a college coach to navigate higher education and help improve grades, resumes, cover letters, and additional scholarship, internship or work applications.

    The five are being honored at an awards dinner this week.

    Posted September 28, 2015