State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki presented 2014 Warsaw Community High School graduate Sandra Granda with the John S. Martinez Closing the Achievement Scholarship for $3,000 Monday afternoon. The award was created by the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislatures to pay homage and honor in memory of Connecticut Representative Martinez. Pictured (L to R) are: Kubacki; Jonathan Macias, Granda’s brother; Granda; Luis Macias, Granda’s brother; Maria Acosta holding Liam Acosta, Granda’s mother and brother; Warsaw Area Career Center Principal Ronna Kawsky; Wendy Wildman Long, Warsaw Community Schools director of communications and language programs; Dr. David Hoffert, WCS superintendent; and Troy Akers, WCHS principal. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union
State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki presented 2014 Warsaw Community High School graduate Sandra Granda with the John S. Martinez Closing the Achievement Scholarship for $3,000 Monday afternoon. The award was created by the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislatures to pay homage and honor in memory of Connecticut Representative Martinez. Pictured (L to R) are: Kubacki; Jonathan Macias, Granda’s brother; Granda; Luis Macias, Granda’s brother; Maria Acosta holding Liam Acosta, Granda’s mother and brother; Warsaw Area Career Center Principal Ronna Kawsky; Wendy Wildman Long, Warsaw Community Schools director of communications and language programs; Dr. David Hoffert, WCS superintendent; and Troy Akers, WCHS principal. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union
Sandra Granda, a 2014 Warsaw Community High School graduate, will be attending Manchester University this fall and a national scholarship will help her pay for it.
State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki presented Granda with the John S. Martinez Closing the Achievement Gap Scholarship Monday afternoon at WCHS. The $3,000 scholarship is funded by the Comcast Foundation through Comcast NBC Universal.
The award was created by the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators to pay homage to the late John S. Martinez, according to information provided by Kubacki. Martinez served Connecticut as a representative and the NHCSL as president from 2001-02.
For Martinez, service meant transcending boundaries, empowering individuals and making an impact on those who are underserved and underrepresented, according to information provided. In his memory, students who demonstrate some of the things he valued most – leadership, innovation, compassion and public service – are awarded.
“In this way we are able to continue Martinez’s legacy and his efforts in ‘closing the achievement gap’ for Hispanic students,” the information states.
At a young age, Granda has already displayed adamant leadership, academic excellence and an unmatched commitment to the community, Kubacki said during a brief ceremony at WCHS Monday. Granda finished this year at the top of her class, with a strong academic record, while juggling both high school- and college-level courses.
Additionally, she worked throughout the year as a teller for Teachers Credit Union through the Work-Based Learning program.
Outside of academics, Granda played soccer.
“In addition to playing for and being captain of the WAVE soccer team at her high school, Sandra dedicated a large portion of her time as a volunteer coach to 8 to 13 year olds through the Kosciusko County Soccer League,” according to the information.
Warsaw Community Schools Superintendent Dr. David Hoffert said Granda is “a great representative of our school” and a perfect example of the WCS mission statement. He said she is a role model for other students for years to come.
Kubacki said the scholarship is a national award that every Latino bound for state college across the country applies for, but Granda stood out among the applicants.
Troy Akers, WCHS principal, said Granda maximized “every bit of her learning potential. She was involved in many different activities.”
Akers said he vividly recalls Granda’s name being called for every other award on scholarship night this past year. “She had a pretty good evening,” he said. “She definitely embodies our mission statement.”
The Indiana CPA Society named Granda as an Indiana Certified Public Accountant Society Scholar. She was the first student from Warsaw to be a part of that.
The highly competitive INCPAS Scholars program was designed to promote the CPA profession to minority high school students with high potential and an interest in accounting/business. The goal is for them to become INCPAS scholars.
Granda said she will major in accounting at Manchester.