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A RHS student has a “Coke and a Smile” these days after winning a $20,000 scholarship.

Zoi Urban is a Coca-Cola Scholar, making her one of 150 students out of a nationwide pool of 89,000. 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 schools and community.

Urban, who has been admitted to a slew of universities, has not made a final decision yet. She has a 4.4 GPA.

“It’s a dream come true,’’ said Urban, adding she now routinely Facebooks with the President of Coca-Cola. “It’s an amazing feeling to have this opportunity and to have my accomplishments recognized.’’

The Warrior has been busy this year to earn the recognition. She’s a member of the California Scholarship Federation for academic excellence, Key Club, helps with the Special Olympics, tutors kids through Fighting Back Santa Maria and has made countless other selfless efforts.

School Counselor Eric Blanco and Principal Karen Rotondi say Urban’s dedication to Righetti and the community is “unmatched”.

“Zoi has such a big heart and her smile could light up any room in the world,’’ Rotondi said. “We are very happy for our outstanding young lady.’’


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