A high school student originally from Rota is asking for financial support from businesses and other generous individuals in the CNMI to pay for her expenses when she takes part in a special summer program in California.
Magdalena Ann Inos Mendiola, 17, is one of 250 students selected nationwide for the prestigious Junior Statesmen of America Summer School Program to be held at Stanford University from the end of July and throughout August.
After graduating from the Sinapalo Elementary School, Mendiola and her family moved to Salem, Oregon in 2007. She is currently a junior at South Salem High School.
Mendiola is the oldest of three children of Rodney Cabrera Mendiola and Christine Inos Mendiola. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Juan Q. Inos (Julie), the late Magdalena Maratita Inos, Mr. and Mrs. Victorino and Alfra Mendiola, and Mr. Crispin Taitano.
The younger Mendiola was accepted into the prestigious program for her outstanding academic record and potential for leadership, according to her mother Christine Mendiola.
“Magdalena is not only a good student, she is also active in extra-curricular and community activities. She is in the International Baccalaureate Program in her high school and is in the French National Honor Society. She has also been volunteering in a preschool for two years,” said Christine Mendiola.
She said that Magdalena Mendiola, who hopes to study law and politics in college, will participate in nightly student debates on public policy issues, meet with high-level leaders from the government, business, and media during the program.
But the promising lass needs to raise $4,750 to pay for her travel, room and board, and other expenses.
Christine Mendiola, in a phone interview, said Magdalena and the entire family are working hard to come up with the funds for the trip. While they plan to do hot lunches and car washes, Christine Mendiola noted that they only have “very little time” to raise the amount. They are now asking for the business community in the Northern Marianas to extend any help they can to allow Magdalena the opportunity of a lifetime.
“Magdalena is not only representing Oregon. If they ask her where she's from, she'll proudly say that she's from the CNMI,” Christine Mendiola told Saipan Tribune.
Anyone wishing to make individual sponsorship may send a check to: Admissions Director, The Junior Statesman Summer School, 800 S. Claremont St. Suite 202, San Mateo, CA 94402. Checks should be made payable to the Junior Statesmen Foundation and include a note that Magdalena Ann Inos Mendiola is the intended beneficiary.