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May 30, 2014

Editorial: Cheers to some of our recent newsmakers

CHEERS to three graduating students at Lawrence High School who have earned full scholarships to some of the nation’s top colleges.

Yosvani Lopez plans to study computer science at Princeton. Migueyli Rivera has been accepted to Columbia University where she wants to study economics and philosophy. Leanna Pham will attend Tufts University to study biopsychology. Each of the three has earned a QuestBridge Scholarship for tuition, room and board -- valued at well over $200,000 each. QuestBridge is a nonprofit organization which connects low-income, high-achieving students with some of America’s top colleges.

“I would not be able to attend college if it had not been for the scholarship,” Lopez, 18, told reporter Yadira Betances. “There was no way my family could send me to college so I had to get a scholarship.”

Lopez’s mother, Narda, is a child care provider and his father, Mario, is a foreman in the Lawrence Water Department.

“This is my way of paying them back for everything they have done for me,” said Lopez, a student in the Humanities and Leadership Development High School. “They didn’t want me to work so I could concentrate on my studies and never said no when I asked for money for field trips. They always put education first.”

Lopez, Rivera and Pham will be among the 804 students to graduate from Lawrence High this Sunday.

Rivera, 17, also a student in the Humanities and Leadership Development school, said her father is a cab driver and her mother is disabled. She told our reporter that the scholarship will allow her to pursue her dreams in college.

“It was a big relief,” she said. “I didn’t want to burden my family with expenses. It’s very humbling and I even thought I wasn’t worthy of going, but I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter what school you go to, you can make your own future. You can dream and achieve.”

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