Junior Coordinator Marilyn Beal presented the awards to Emily Gomez and Rithvik Kotla at a recent board meeting.
Each year the Auxiliary of Community Memorial Health Services award scholarships to outstanding graduating seniors who have participated in the Auxiliary’s Junior volunteer program. The Maria Cavallo Scholarships are given to students whose education and career goals are to enter the medical field.
Emily Gomez attended Ventura High School and contributed 300 volunteer hours at CMH, while earning a 4.15 weighted GPA. She was active in Key Club, Interact Club, California Scholarship Federation, Red Cross Club, and was a medical assistant intern. In addition, she received a National AP Scholar Award, and was in National Honors Society. She plans to attend Ventura College majoring in biology with a goal of becoming a physician.
Rithvik Kotla attended Adolfo Camarillo High School where he achieved a 4.88 unweighted GPA. He volunteered 227.75 hours at CMH. He was captain and programming lead for the Adolfo Camarillo Robotics Team, president of the Math Club, Logistics and Web director of the Red Cross Club, and a tutor for “School on Wheels,” a program which helps unhoused students. He received the Gold Award for Volunteer Service, Congressional Silver Medal Award, Academic Decathlon 1st place in Science in LA Star Competition, and 1st place in Ventura County Regional Science Fair for Zoology. He will attend U C Berkeley in the fall majoring in bioengineering with the career goal of physician scientist.
In addition to the officers and board of the Auxiliary, hospital CEO Mick Zdeblick was on hand to offer congratulations to these outstanding students.