Left to right: Amy Hanifan, Sidney Hernandez, Colin Garon, Josh Lange and Efren Mora.
Poway Scholarship Winners:
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Alex Henry, Mario Ramirez
Our featured Scholarship Winner (2010) - Mario Ramirez
Mario Ramirez is one of the 2010 Gregg Garon Scholarship recipients. Mario was born and raised right here in Escondido – attending Pioneer Elementary, Hidden Valley Middle School and Orange Glen High School. Mario grew up speaking Spanish at home, but quickly learned English when he entered school. He was a motivated student. .as his parents wanted him to be the first in the family to attend college and have a career focus, while he wanted to be a role model for his two younger brothers.
After high school, he attended Palomar Community College, where the Gregg Garon Scholarship helped him buy books and other needed supplies. By mid-semester, the Humboldt State coaches wanted a closer look, and after watching him work out with the team in Arcata . .. they knew they wanted him as a Lumberjack.
Mario has played organized soccer since he was 8 years old and has played with the Del Mar Sharks and Poway Vaqueros. He also played a key role on the CIF winning Orange Glen High School. Mario has played many positions, including sweeper and center midfield but now plays fullback. Mario’s coaches praise his team leadership, dedication, and enthusiasm for the game.
Mario Ramirez exemplifies the qualities sought for the Gregg Garon Scholarship recipients – he is a hard worker, good student and tireless player.