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Two Santa Maria High School students have a “Coke and a Smile” after winning $20,000 scholarships.

Isabella Blanco and Jennifer De Leon-Dominguez are Coca-Cola Scholars, making them two of 150 students from a nationwide pool of 95,715 applicants. The achievement-based scholarship is awarded to students who show the capacity to lead and serve, as well as, their commitment to making a significant impact to their school and community.

“I am ecstatic to be able to receive the Coca-Cola scholarship,’’ Blanco said. “This award represents a culmination of my efforts to create progressive change in Santa Maria and I am ready to represent my community in Atlanta.”

“I am so excited and honored to have been selected as a 2019 Coca-Cola Scholar,’’ De Leon-Dominguez said. “This program does not only provide me with financial support for college but also a network of 6,100 other visionary leaders who are the future. I know that this program will give me a family and countless opportunities that will help me succeed in the future. I am thankful for my Latinx community that has helped me get to where I am.’’

School counselor Margarita Guillen-Franco said the pair represent what being a “Saint” is all about.

“They are change agents, positively affecting others in their community,’’ she added.


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