Dream It Be It


MARCH 2017:
l/r - Sue Galliani, member SIHB, Rachel Sidoti, Carson Schulz, and Donna Wright, president of SIHB

On March 15, Soroptimist International of Humboldt Bay honored Carson Schulz and Rachel Sidoti as Girls of the Month.
Carson Schulz, a senior at St. Bernard’s Academy, is the daughter of Kelly and LaWana Schulz.  She has been on the Honor Roll all through high school and was selected as a Rhododendron Youth Ambassador.
Her activities include varsity soccer all four years and JV and varsity basketball in her freshman and sophomore years.  Carson also worked on the yearbook and is co-editor this year.  Her community service includes working as an assistant coach for the Freshwater Girls basketball team and fish painting at the Shelter Cove kayak tournament.
Carson’s loves the outdoors and plans to attend HSU to become a wildlife biologist.
Rachael Sidoti is the daughter of Roberta and Mike Sidoti.  She is a senior at Eureka High School and has been named Student of the Month.  Her other honors include Honor Roll, captain of the volleyball team and most inspirational player.  Rachel is also active in FFA and received the Greenhand Chapter and State FFA degrees and is the student body representative for her chapter.
Some of her community service hours also revolve around FFA and their Christmas Toys for Tots Drive.  Other activities include St. Joseph’s Hospital volunteer and a math tutor for Zane Middle School.
Rachel is planning on attending either College of the Redwoods or UC Davis next year with a  major in nursing.  Her goal is to eventually become a nurse practitioner.

l/r -  Donna Wright, president SIHB, Rachel Barnett, Jenna Osenbaugh, Chanina Thao, and Janice Stewart, member SIHB

Soroptimist International of Humboldt Bay honored the following young ladies as Girls of the Month for February: Regina Osenbaugh from Academy of the Redwoods, Chanina Thao from Eureka High School, and Rachel Barnett from St. Bernard’s Academy.
Jenna Osenbaugh is the daughter of Regina Osenbaugh.  She is an active volunteer at Teen Court and served as a leader, juror and attorney and was honored as Volunteer of the Month.  Other accomplishments of note are being nominee for Girls’ State, Volunteer of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club, and serving as the Executive Vice President of the Associated Students of College of the Redwoods.
Other activities and community service for Jenna include: The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission; 2nd-3rd grade classroom teacher for MOPs (Moms of Pre-schoolers) at the Faith Center; Zoo Interpretation Program (ZIP); Teacher’s Assistant in English and study hall; and Faith Center volunteer in the Kidzone.
Jenna’s goal is to become an international business attorney and will attend the Hult International School of Business and as a business major with a focus on international business and finish up with law school.
Chanina Thao is the daughter of Pao Thao and Bao Vue.  As a senior at Eureka High School, she has been on the honor roll every semester, took 3rd place in the Soundpost Youth Foundation Express-to-Distress video contest, and received the NSHSS (National Society of High School Scholars) Award.
Other activities that Chanina participates in are:  Playing the guitar and ukulele, drawing and other arts and crafts; makings films  and editing videos, graphic designing/video art, photography, dance, cooking, embroidery, and crocheting.  She is also a member of AVID,
K-POP Hip Hop Club and the Multicultural Club.  Her community service include decorating and organizing Winship Middle School Haunted House (2015), cater/serve meals at the Senior AVID Honorary Ceremony, and volunteering at the Senior Award Night.
Chanina says about her future, “I don’t have an idea of what my future occupation s going to be nut I would love to have an occupation that has some traveling.  I would love to travel around the world to work.”  To help her develop a clearer picture of the future, she will start at College of the Redwoods and move on from there.
Rachel Barnett is the daughter of Janet and Scott Barnett.  As a senior at St. Bernard’s Academy she has been a Scholar Athlete and on the President’s Honor Roll every year, received the Varsity Softball Coach’s Award, Varsity Softball, Golden Glove Outfield Award, and outstanding academic awards in algebra II, English honors, and ceramics.
She’s been active 4 years in:  Softball, volleyball, and cheerleading, 2 years of basketball; class president 3 years; a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation; International Club secretary; and, student ambassador.  In her spare(?) time, she worked at a movie theatre, as an ASA softball umpire.
She plans to stay in California for college and attend a UC to major in biology and study neuroscience with a goal of becoming a neurologist.

l/r - Kelly Sanders, Jacqueline Holmes, Taevia Salazar, Donna Wright, Madison Sylvia

l/r - Makenna Schoenhofer, Donna Wright, Sydney Arnold

December Girls of the Month for Soroptimist International of Humboldt Bay were Sydney Arnold from Eureka High School and Makenna Schoenhofer from St. Bernard’s Academy.
Sydney Arnold is a senior at Eureka High School,  Her parents are Nicki Arnold and Todd Arnold and we can’t forget her beloved grandma, Janice Stewart.  Sydney has a little different resume than most of the Girls of the Month because one of her “claims to fame” is that she has played football all four years and was voted team captain by the coaches and players when she was a sophomore.  Other than football, she competed in softball for three years and wrestled for two.  She was a good enough wrestler to receive 3rd place in the North Coast Sectionals and got to go on to compete on the State level.
She has maintained a 3.0 GPA thru school and is presently sporting a 3.7 GPA.  When not playing sports, she is most likely to be engaged in some other school activity, hanging out with friends and family, or working in the weight room for her next event.
Sydney plans to attend a junior college in either Santa Rosa or San Diego where she will continue with her sporting adventures.  After that, her goal is to attend a four-year university and major in criminal justice.
Makenna Schoenhofer is the daughter of Don and Stacey Schoenhofer and a senior at St. Bernard’s Academy.  She has been an honor student all four years and has also been recognized for her athletic ability winning the Yvonne Rocha Award, named MVP and HDN recognition for basketball, softball and soccer multiple years.  She was also named Channel 3 TV’s Athlete of the week several times.  Other than sports, Makenna enjoys working and spending time on the family ranch, participating in school activities, and various foundations of the Catholic religion.
Community service projects for Makenna include preparing meals for the Betty Chinn Center, delivering food and gifts with the Santa Sleigh Program, FFA activities such as food drives, and helping with youth activities like assisting at sports camps, refereeing, and providing personal training.
Her future looks bright with a four-year, full-ride scholarship offer to play basketball at Seattle University.  Makenna would like to continue after college and play basketball overseas and then pursue a career in the athletic field as a coach or trainer.

l/r - Tori McConnell, Tonatzin (Nani) Villa, Donna Wright

Soroptimst International of Humboldt Bay honored the following Girls of the Month for November:  Tonatzin “Nani” Villa and Tori McConnell
Nani is the daughter of Honorina Villa, and a senior at Eureka High School.  She is an outstanding scholar and been on the honor roll every semester; received a “Star Student Award” her freshman, sophomore and junior years; and was a candidate for the Eureka Chamber of Commerce Youth Ambassador Program.  Currently she is a WA, PEO Star Scholarship Candidate.
Her activities include the Interact Club, Secretary of the Multicultural Club, and Commissioner for the AVID Club.  She also participates in the Folklorico Dance Group and works part-time job at a local market.  Nani’s Interact Club does community service in many areas including organizing park clean-up days and volunteering at elementary school carnivals.  They are also active in “Toys for Tots” at Christmas and volunteering at STEAM family maker nights.
Nani plans to attend a four-year university and is interested in UC Santa Cruz, HSU, or Sonoma State.  At present, she isn’t sure what major to select, but she says, “I’m passionate about doing my best to help others.  I’m considering the social work field of study.”
Tori McConnell is the daughter of Jeff and Tammy McConnell and attends Academy of the Redwoods.  Her accomplishments are many, and include:  First place winner of Godwit Days Art Contest in 2014, 2015 and 2016; member of National Society of High School Scholars; and a first place in the senior division research paper in the Humboldt History Day/California History award at State.
She is a journalist, editor and cartoonist for their newly established school newspaper; yearbook staff; member of the Eureka Chorus; toured with the Western Apostolic Youth (WAY) Choir and was part of a live recording; and loves to cook and bake.  Tori is very active in her church and volunteers in the ministry band, choir and praise team and serves on the youth committee.
Future plans for Tori are subject to change, but her present interests are in journalism and neuroscience with a career in the medical field with no specific college in mind.

l/r -  Maria Garcia-McCormack, Delores Haskamp, Sariah Bugnacki, Donna Wright, president SIHB, Alison Hodges, Heather Bitner, member SIHB

Soroptimst International of Humboldt Bay had the pleasure of celebrating the Girls of the Month and their families at the October 20th meeting.  St. Bernard’s Academy chose Maria Garcia-McCormack as their first Girl of the Month for this year and Eureka High School selected Sariah Bugnacki.  We were also honored to have as guest speaker, Alison Hodges, Academic Advisor and Foundation Teacher at the Academy of the Redwoods. 
Sariah Bugnacki is an outstanding student at Eureka High and been on the honor roll every semester.  Her parents are Paul and Jenny Bugnacki who accompanied her to our awards breakfast as did her Eureka High counselor, Dolores Haskamp. 
Sariah is an AP scholar, received a Personal Progress Award and the Level 5 Certificate of Merit.  In sports, she earned a varsity letter for participating in track & field and tennis.  Her other activities include membership in the Interact Club, CSF, the LDS Church; plays the harp and piano; and works at Ace Hardware.  Volunteer activities include participating in the Salvation Army dinner, tutoring for math & Spanish, Toys for Tots, Coats for Cold, and she has organized the Walk for Water to aid to Africa.
Sariah hasn’t decided on the university she will attend but plans to major in biology, pre-med, and neuroscience and is intent on becoming a cardiovascular surgeon in pediatrics who will work in a hospital and not private practice.  
Maria Garcia-McCormack is an outstanding student from St. Bernard’s Academy.  Her grandmother is Cathy McCormack and she was accompanied to our breakfast by her aunt and uncle Liz and Ed Cable.
At St. Bernard’s, Maria has been an Honor Roll Student of the Month and received academic achievements in many subjects.  Her passion is dance and she has had lead roles in the Nutcracker and Thumbelina.  In addition to dance, Maria enjoys knitting, crocheting, sewing, baking and cooking.
Maria’s volunteerism includes 4-H; making sandwiches for the Betty Chinn Shelter and serving the homeless; and, tutoring 4th graders in reading.  She has also received an award for service as a volunteer Income Tax Assistant.  She would like to become a CPA and will start College of the Redwoods after graduation and make her decision on a university at a later date.