Brenna Owens (from left), Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated President Jeane Errea-Mills and Ani Bacilio-Olivera gather, as Owens and Bacilio-Olivera are awarded scholarships at the Republican Women meeting last Tuesday. (Sean Roney/Staff)

SALINAS VALLEY — Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated recognized the scholastic achievements of two area high school graduates during its Aug. 3 meeting at King Kora restaurant in King City.

Ani Bacilio-Olivera, from Greenfield High School, and Brenna Owens, from King City High School, each received a scholarship for $1,000 as they set out on their college journeys.

Bacilio-Olivera is enrolled in UC Berkeley and will double major in business administration and civil engineering. She plans to work in finance or construction when she finishes college.

Her family is from Oaxaca and she speaks English, Spanish and Mixteco. She mentioned her involvement in Future Farmers of America in her acceptance.

Owens will attend Cypress College, majoring in health science with a focus on dental hygiene. She has participated in Stage Hands and Sol Treasures productions.

She also mentioned her officer membership in FFA during her acceptance speech. She played three sports, volleyball, basketball and softball, while at KCHS, and earned Athlete of the Year.

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Sean Roney is a freelance reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.


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