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2018 Scholarship & Graduation

Since I am not skilled in social media, especially on Facebook or Websites, it takes a long time for me to update the KPA page with past events. Therefore, please don't be surprised if you just hear about our events. On Saturday, June 2, 2018, the Health Enhancement Center room on the first floor of the Parr Health Enhancement Center Building in St. Mary Medical Center housed approximately 200 people who came to celebrate the success of the 16 selected Southeast Asian high school graduates from different high schools in the LBUSD who received scholarships from the KPA Scholarship Committee. For over two decades, KPA Board of Directors, the scholarship committee and many generous donors in the community, sponsors and volunteers joined hands together to carry this annual event to support qualified high school graduates for their pursuit of a higher education. This support will give them an opportunity to strive and thrive in college and obtain their college degrees. The investment from all donors and sponsors will be fruitful in the future after they get out of college, start a good career and give back to society. For over 20 years I am very grateful to the endless and generous support from everyone in the community, in the city and elected officials who stood by my side to embrace and value the education of the children. Your personal commitment to youth education means more to me than any other gift in the world because I know that only education will make their lives productive and prosperous.

The celebration was kicked off with the welcoming remark from Carolyn Caldwell, Hospital President & CEO, Dignity Health, St Mary Medical Center.

For two years in a row, we are very blessed to have Attorney Minh T. Nguyen, from Nguyen Lawyers, who gracefully matched every dollar that KPA received for the scholarship awards. Also, I would like to express my gratitude to St. Mary Medical Center for providing the beautiful venue, the T-shirt sponsors, lunch sponsors, flower sponsors, door prize sponsors and program booklet sponsors. Thanks to Mr. Sean Devereaux for providing the recipients with 2 tickets each to the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Forever Grateful,

Chan Hopson,

KPA, Executive Director

Congratulation to the Khmer Parent Association, under an excellent leadership of Mrs. Chan Hopson and its Board members, for organizing another successful 2018 Southeast Asian Scholarship Awards event at St. Mary Hospital today.

It's a great honor for us to have the following dignitaries in attendance:

- Honorable Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell.
- President and CEO, St. Mary Medical Center, Ms.Carolyn Caldwell.
- LBUSD Board President, Megan McGuiness Kerr.
- LBUSD Board member, Dr. Felton Williams.
- Westminster District School Board member, Mr. Jamison Power.
- Field Representaive of Mayor Robert Garcia, Ms. Abigail Mejia.
- Field Representative of Congressmember Alan Lowenthal, Mr. Phong Ly.
- Former Executive Director of UCC, Dr. Sara Pol-Lim
- A principal lawyer at Nguyen Lawyers, Mr. Minh T. Nguyen, Esq.
- Attorney, Belinda Theam, Esq. and
- Former Chair of the Pacific Islander Caucus, USA Sir. John Taeleifi.

Big congratulation to all Scholarship recipients and our sincere appreciation and gratitude to all of our event donors, sponsors, volunteers, Khmer translators, parents and guests who came out to support this great cause. We are forever grateful. God bless.....

MC: Charles Song, Facebook

Chandara Lee It was an opulent event endowed with dignitaries and distinguished speakers, especially Mr. Minh T. Nguyen, the keynote speaker. His message was encouraging and appreciated.
Ms. Chan and Mark Hopson and the KPA are outstanding.
You, as well for the energetic Emcee.
The HS graduate’s message was interesting.
Congratulation to all!!!

Planning Committee

Chan Hopson, Chair Sophya Tran Darith Ung

Mark Hopson Lillian Herrera Lindsay Gervacio

Mario Gonzalez Jocelin Padilla Kimthai Kuoch

David Kem Abigail Meja Victor Chhay

Phoumea Hong Karla Estupinian Sinara Sagn

Charles Song Dr. Suely Saro Vattana Peong

SGM. Wright Olivia Maiser Sean Devereaux

Herlinda Chico Brenda Caloca Marisol Barajas

Selection Committee

Dr. Christina Lee, Kanika Prom, Camille Keo Campos, David Kem, Sophya Tran


Brandon Yi,    Trish Do, Sophya Tran,   Jaylene Thach, Keatha Kong, Roth Prum, Kheang Phung

ROTC Cadets under SGM Wright:

Lenny Khan, Nelson Oun, Michele South, Yulianna Hernandez, Shaina Tudayan, Rian Tran

Sofia Amores, Andrew Orosco Cherice Sankeralli Jasmin Jallorina Calvin Boonlua

Sreyla Chea Carlos Rodrigues Roxanne Gallendo Karla Ramirez Irma Maldonado

Volunteers form Wilson High under Darith Ung:

Amalee Chan, Sokkunsah Kong, Angelina Tran, Andrew Yom

LBUSD Board/Counselors/Teachers

President: Megan Kerr, Board Member: Dr. Felton Williams,

Kimberly Johnson-Agulto, Russ Anderson, Kelly Meade

Vivian Jacqueline Williams Malauulu Congratulations to all of the worthy recipients and thank you to Chan and the KPA for providing this excellent opportunity!

Rossesnny Khlot Congratulations to all students thankful Khmer parent Nak bong Chan Hopson & Mark Hopson especially for all Boards members....good luck everyone

The Khmer Parent Association will award 15 Scholarships to Southeast Asian Students today. Congrats to KPA for continuing to invest in our young generations & to all the recipients.

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