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Clark Center awards $10,000 in scholarships to local students

From left, Clark Center scholarship award winners are Michaela Ferrogiaro, Paige Deeds, Amanda Skillman, Robert Kiner and Ashur Gharavi.
From left, Clark Center scholarship award winners are Michaela Ferrogiaro, Paige Deeds, Amanda Skillman, Robert Kiner and Ashur Gharavi.

Arroyo Grande

The Clark Center for the Performing Arts awarded scholarships for further studies in the arts to four Arroyo Grande High School students and one Nipomo High School student.

The scholarships were funded through an endowment conceived to recognize young performers and made possible through the bequests of the Melick and Arlene Mendel estate, the Bernie Kautz Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Clark Center Scholarship Fund.

Nipomo High senior Paige Deeds received the Bernie Kautz Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Arroyo Grande High senior Amanda Skillman received a $2,500 Melick and Arlene Mendel Scholarship. Both students will attend Southern Oregon University in the fall.

Arroyo Grande High seniors Michaela Ferrogiaro and Ashur Gharavi both received a $2,000 scholarship from the Clark Center Scholarship fund, and their classmate Robert Kiner received a $2,000 Melick and Arlene Mendel Scholarship as well as a $1,000 scholarship from the Clark Center Scholarship Fund. All three students will attend Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts’ Actor Training Program in the fall.

Atascadero

Class of 2016 Cal Poly graduate Amber Harbottle — who also was a 2012 Atascadero High School graduate — was selected as the Top Performer from the Southern California Region at the Oracle Live Event Conference in June. She was chosen to speak to other sales development representatives on the subject of “Building Your Brand and How I Have Taken Steps To Be Successful.”

Harbottle started at Oracle Corp. in September of 2016. She now lives in Santa Monica.

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