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News - March 13, 2013

Chris Zider Scholarship winners named

by Marjorie Mader

Two student-athletes — Kelley Eason of Menlo Park and Jack Heneghan of Atherton — are winners of the 2012 Chris Zider Scholarships.

Each has received a $15,000 scholarship that can be used for college, private high school tuition, or educated-related expenses, such as taking a summer course on a college campus during the next six years.

Since 1993, when the Zider scholarship program was established, 29 students have received these scholarships. The winners and six finalists this year represent four high schools: Menlo-Atherton, Menlo School, Woodside High, and St. Francis.

The annual scholarships are given in memory of Chris Zider, who grew up in Menlo Park and Portola Valley and was the oldest child of Bob and Cheryl Zider of Portola Valley. Chris died in a snowboarding accident at Lake Tahoe in 1992 when he was 15 and a sophomore at Woodside High School. He attended Menlo School after graduating from the Portola Valley School District.

Besides their accomplishments on the playing fields, in the classroom and in the community, the students' "love for their family comes across," said Chris' mother, Cheryl Zider.

The winners

Kelley Eason combines her interest in sports — cross country, soccer, and track at Menlo-Atherton High School — with community service. An active member of the National Charity League and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, she has been on mission trips to Mexico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. She also enjoys volunteering at Ronald McDonald House, Haven Family House and City Impact, helping the homeless.

Jack Heneghan thrives on participating in sports — football, basketball, and lacrosse — at Menlo School. He was Menlo's starting quarterback as a sophomore, received the most valuable player award as a freshmen and sophomore in basketball, and was named "County Sophomore of the Year." He is an instructor and volunteers at the Riekes Center in Menlo Park and volunteers with City Impact, helping the homeless. Jack also sings in the Menlo chorus and enjoys playing the guitar in his free time.

The finalists

Christopher Alvarado of Redwood City plays soccer at Woodside High School, where he was named "the Most Inspirational Player" on the JV Soccer team his freshman and sophomore years. He also plays club soccer. He received the Most Improved Player on varsity as a sophomore. He has volunteered at St. Anthony's dining room, helping the homeless.

Kate Dumanian of Los Altos attends Menlo School, where she played both lacrosse and soccer her freshman and sophomore years. She has been on the student council for the past two years and plays club soccer year-round. She also has written and published a wilderness cookbook. As a member of E3, a youth philanthropy board, she helps make grants to local nonprofit agencies.

William Hooper of Menlo Park goes to Menlo-Atherton High School, where he played basketball both his freshman and sophomore years. He is a part of the Second Mile charity, and is a camp counselor for Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and participates in WeServe, which conducts day projects to help people in the community.

Katherine Moore of Atherton played water polo in both her freshman and sophomore years at St. Francis High School and was on the school's swim team both years. She is a member of the National Charity League, serves on the student council at St. Francis, and sings in her church choir. She has been a Girl Scout member since the first grade.

Zach Plante of Menlo Park attends Menlo-Atherton High School, where he ran track and field and cross country his freshman and sophomore years. An Eagle Scout, he said he loves music and enjoys backpacking in the summer with his scout troop. He participates in Melodies for Charities (a school club) and is in the M-A jazz band. He also enjoys photography and coin collecting.

Madeline Price lives in Hillsborough and attends Menlo School. She played basketball, and ran track and cross country her freshman and sophomore years. She is a member of the student council at Menlo. She received the most outstanding defensive player award in basketball. She enjoys singing and racing cars and go-karts.

How to apply

Tenth-graders now attending a public or private high school and living in Atherton, East Palo Alto, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Stanford or Woodside may now apply for the two $15,000 Chris Zider Scholarships. Any sophomore who attends Menlo School or Woodside High also is eligible. There are two grants — one $15,000 to a female and one $15,000 to a male. Preliminary applications are available now at the schools' counseling offices or by contacting the Beta Group at (650) 233-8700. Postmark deadline for 2013 preliminary applications is March 18.

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