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Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary awards eight scholarships

From a pool of more than 50 applicants, the Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary selected eight hard working students pursuing higher education in the health care field for its annual scholarships.

This year, the Auxiliary awarded $10,000 worth of scholarships to its eight recipients.

The Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary earns money for the scholarships through its yearly poinsettia sale during the Christmas season, proceeds from the gift shop and the recent scrub sale.

"We have some very impressive young men and women in our Valley," Scholarship Committee Chair Debbie Amos said. "We are proud of all of them and happy to announce our eight recipients this year."

Sarah Hazzard of Grandview and Luis Ortega of Toppenish will both receive $2,000 scholarships.

Hazzard works at Sunnyside Community Hospital, but will look to complete her nursing degree from Heritage University.

Ortega works as an X-Ray Technologist at Sunnyside Community Hospital. He plans to attend the University of Washington to become a Physician Assistant.

Six other recipients will receive $1,000 scholarships.

Tiana Baker, a senior at Prosser High School, plans to attend Seattle University to pursue a nursing degree.

BreAnna Lee Breiele will also graduate from Prosser High School this year, but will pursue dentistry at Washington State University.

Zillah High School student Rossetti Celis' career goal is to become a primary care practitioner. She plans to attend Washington State University.

Meanwhile, Holly Jo Goodnight will graduate from Bickleton High School and then pursue a degree in Physical Therapy at either Boise State or the University of Idaho.

Jessie Correa lives in Sunnyside and works at Sunnyside Community Hospital while she pursues her nursing degree at Yakima Valley Community College.

Irma Mejia lives in Sunnyside and works part-time in the hospital clinics. Mejia plans to attend Washington State University as she seeks a degree as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner.

The winners were all invited to the annual Auxiliary Installation Dinner on May 25 at Bon Vino's Bistro and Bakery.

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