BRAWLEY – On the second anniversary of Captain Scott Pace’s death and the 70th anniversary of D-Day, four Brawley High young people each received $1,000.00 scholarships to use towards their college educations.
They had taken the time to do the paper work and to write an essay addressing how two building blocks of the Pyramid of Success had helped them with their high school education.
The Pyramid was developed by legendary UCLA basketball Coach John Wooden and was very important to Scott when he played basketball at BUHS and later at West Point.
Receiving scholarships are Kalynn Gutierrez, Brooks Hamby, Meriah Overton, and Abby Phillips.
Their essays best reflected the qualities taught by the Pyramid.
Kalynn will be attending Notre Dame de Namar, Brooks will be at Stanford, Meriah at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, OR and Abby will be at UCLA.
All were active in many activities at school and in the community. They supported several service projects and were class officers.
Overton and Gutierrez competed athletically for four years. Overton was Captain of the Girl’s basketball team and Gutierrez was a long distance runner for the BUHS track team. Both will continue with athletics at their respective colleges.
Hamby and Phillips are the class salutatorians and led the BUHS winning Mock Trial team as captains.
Andy Burnett, representing the Scholarship Committee, congratulated them for their achievements and expects them to do well at their chosen schools.
Pat Pace, Captain Pace’s father, spoke briefly to the young people about his son and the significance of D-Day.
It was fitting that the presentation was held at the Veteran’s Wall in Brawley. Phil Grant, Scott’s high school coach, shared that the last email he had from Scott was about the Pyramid and how Scott had found someone who was familiar with it in his outfit in Afghanistan.
The students and their families were congratulated on jobs well done and wished every success as they begin an exciting new chapter in their lives.
The committee hopes the memory of Captain Pace will encourage them as they face the challenges of college life.