High honors went to Nick O’Brien, Diane Huang and Abe Song on Wednesday as the three South Pasadena High School seniors were awarded college scholarships from the local Kiwanis Club.
O’Brien earned the Kenneth Yamanaka Memorial Scholarship for academics, Song was presented the Maus Family Arts Scholarship for the arts and Huang was awarded the S. Paul Ward Award as a Key Club member.
The three students were guests of the Kiwanis Club, provided lunch along with family members and answered questions from the audience.
A composer and musician, Song was a pianist in the past two South Pasadena High spring musicals. He has served as an AYSO referee and volunteered at the Union Rescue Mission.
He served as the senior class president at South Pasadena High School.
Song participated in soccer, track, and tennis at SPHS and served as president of the Ping Pong Club on campus.
In addition, Song, who holds a 3.7 GPA, is headed to Boston University to study music composition. He showed some of his musical talents by performing on the piano for Kiwanis Club members.
Active on campus, Nick O’Brien served as the commissioner of assemblies this year at South Pasadena High, took part in the YMCA Youth and Government program and was a four-year member of the SPHS baseball and water polo teams.
With a 3.94 grade point average, O’Brien looks forward to studying business administration with an emphasis in marketing at USC in the fall.
Huang has been a member of the Key Club since the 10th grade, and currently is chair of public relations and divisional task coordinator for the organization. She’s also a volunteer with the American Red Cross, Helping hands Club and Ability First.
Huang, who holds a 3.5 GPA and intends to go to UC Irvine in the fall, was the 9th grade president at SPHS, a four-year member of the swim team, involved in virtual business and manager of the boys’ basketball team.
: By Bill Glazier, South Pasadena Review Editor