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KIDS GET KIWANIS SCHOLARSHIPS.

Byline: Mark Kellam

valleynews.com

Two seniors from Granada Hills Charter High School received scholarships from the Northridge Kiwanis Club May 23.

Maeve Wang received a $1,000 scholarship and Kathleen Wong received a $500 scholarship.

Both of the students have been involved with Key Club since they were freshmen. The school's Key Club is sponsored by the Northridge Kiwanians.

Wong was president of the Key Club during the 2005-06 school year. Last fall, she was elected lieutenant governor for several Key Clubs in the San Fernando Valley.

At Granada Hills High School, she is also a member of the cross country and track-and-field teams.

She plans to attend University of California at Berkeley in the fall and double major in environmental economics/ policy and business.

"There's so much that Key Club offers," Wong said. "There's community service, leadership and social opportunities. I got to meet people from all over the world."

She's proud of all the projects the Granada Hills High Key Club takes part in, but two projects stand out for her.

The first is the club's participation in the Relay for Life at Birmingham High School last year, raising $4,000 for cancer research. The club plans to take part in the event again this year.

She also very proud of the club's participation in the AIDS Walk in West Hollywood last year, where club members raised another $4,000.

Wong, 17, is the daughter of Judy and Gordon Wong of Northridge.

Wang was president of the Granada Hills Key Club this past year and was vice president the year before. Like Wong, she is also a member of the school's cross country and track-and-field teams.

She plans to attend Harvard University in the fall and is considering majoring in neurobiology.

"I've wanted to be a neurosurgeon since I was 11," she said.

She said she's enjoyed her involvement with Key Club.

"It just amazing because you get to team up with Key Club members from all over the Valley, the state, the nation and the world," she said.

She is particularly proud that the Granada Hills Key Club partnered with the environmental group The Tree People this past year. Club members took part in several tree-planting projects in conjunction with the local organization.

"I just get so much satisfaction from doing manual labor," she said. "It's the ideal community service."

Wang, 17, is the daughter of James Wang of Granada Hills.
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