On Feb. 12, Ocean View High School (OVHS) seniors, Laura Chavez and Vanessa Moran were each awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Girls Inc., a program that exists to educate girls in being strong, smart, and bold individuals.

The organization offers classes meant to empower women in subjects such as math, science, safe-dating, health, sports participation and much more.

Out of 115 applicants, just five girls were selected for the $5,000 award – two of which were OVHS Seahawks, Laura and Vanessa. The girls have been involved with the organization for many years and had to complete an extensive application and essay process to be selected to receive these scholarships.

Mrs. Taylor’s English class was shocked as a large group of Girls Inc. representatives, OVHS administrators, and family members rushed into both Laura and Vanessa’s classroom to break the exciting news. In front of their cheering classmates, the girls were presented with a bouquet of flowers and certificate of achievement to commemorate this distinguished accolade.

Next month, Laura will additionally attend a luncheon in New York to be honored as a “Girls Inc. National Scholar.” She will share her story of how Girls Inc. has supported her in being strong, smart, and bold.

Great job, girls!