BRAWLEY – The Brawley Elementary Teachers Association or BETA held their annual banquet at the Stockmans’ Club on Friday night for retiring teachers and the presentation of the BETA scholarships to high school seniors.
Three different scholarships were given to the six students at the banquet; the Vicki Lunceford scholarship, recipients Fidel Arizaga and April Castorillo, the Mary Merritt scholarship, recipients Sara Steimel and Samantha Ramos, and the BETA scholarship, recipients Connor Trimm and Jazmyn Gonzalez.
The recipients were chosen through a committee of teachers within the BETA association headed by Dixie Smith, a retired 4th grade teacher from Hidalgo. The scholarships funded through donations as well as fundraisers within BETA and outside sources.
“It was just an honor to look through those letters,” said Smith, “It was very hard to pick.”
“Teachers are an inspiration and it’s great to be recognized by those who inspired me,” said Connor Trimm.
“I feel like it helps, especially to pay for books and college,” said April Castorillo.
This year’s single retiree was Adelina Gonzalez, a kindergarten teacher at Miguel Hidalgo Elementary School who has taught in Brawly for 31 years. Colleagues and friends were there to see her off with a standing ovation and speeches at the end of the night.
“I have made connections with students and their families too,” said Adelina Gonzales during her speech, “I hope I have made a difference in their live because I know they have made a difference in mine.”
The students will also be recognized for the BETA scholarships Monday evening at the BUHS Senior Awards Night.