27th annual scholarship dinner and bingo night was a great success.
It was held on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at the Florin YBA hall.
The event was attended by 200+
members, their families and friends.
(96.9 The Eagle) was the bingo caller and he kept the bingo fun and
entertaining all night.
event was chaired by Kevin Nakano and planned by the scholarship dinner
committee: Andy Noguchi,
Uyeyama, Fumie Shimada,
and Sachiko Nagao. Also,
there were many volunteers, including seniors, members, friends, parents
youth, that helped with food preparation, event set up, event staffing
and clean up. The event was
a success because of all of the supporters that attended the event, made
monetary contributions and made donations for the bingo and raffle.
We'd also like to thank the
businesses that sponsored advertisements in the printed
Shiroma - SMUD
Eisner - Farmers Insurance
Nakano - Nakano Realty / Elk Grove Eats
Sage - Sage Pools
Morishima - SnoZone Ski and Snowboard School
Shimoda - Shimoda Law Corp.
Chu - Satori Sushi & Teriyaki Grill
Shioya - Law Office of Donna N. Shioya
Nauertz - WIN Home Inspection
Millie Bun - Family Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center
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Florin Japanese American Citizens League selected the following four
outstanding high school seniors as recipients of the chapterís 2008
Scholarship awards. Selection
was based on community and student activities; academic achievement;
leadership experiences; and involvement with the community and Florin
JACL. Candidates also
participated in a personal interview with the selection committee.
The winners were honored at the annual Scholarship Awards and New
Members Social on May 17, 2008 at the Florin Community History Center.
of Reverend Seicho and Noriko Asahi, takes his own advice to ďtry
everything you canĒ as he participated on the track and field and
football teams, marching band, Key Club, California Scholarship
Federation, student government, taiko, karate, volunteering, and pizza
maker at Papa Murphyís Pizza. He
managed to do all this while maintaining a 3.8 GPA in the rigorous C.K.
McClatchy Humanities and International Studies Program.
As a member and officer of the Japan Club at McClatchy H.S., he
has helped the Florin JACL publicize events, serve seniors at the Asian
Nursing Home, and attended the Mochi Tsuki in San Francisco with the
youth group. Masumiís
participation in Japanese cultural studies includes 12 years performing
with the Koyasan Taiko, four years in Shorin-Ryu Karate Dojo, learning
Japanese art and calligraphy through Sumi-e, and volunteering at various
Buddhist Temples. His other
community service activities included drum line instructor at Sam
Brannan Middle School, volunteer at the Sacramento Tree Foundation,
Kiwanis Family House, and Fairy Tale Town. He has been honored as a 2008
Horatio Alger Scholar, National Honor Society of High School Scholars,
2007; JV Football Student Athlete of the Year, and Ronald McDonald House
Charities Scholarship, 2008. Masumi
will attend UCLA with possible majors in Life Science or Film
of Larry Kanemoto and Marian Dolmseth, joined the Florin JACL ďto
attain a discount for the 2007 Manzanar PilgrimageĒ, but has been
amazed by the knowledge and perspectives he has gained through the
pilgrimage, helping with the annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser, and
attending the 2007 National JACL Youth Conference. His participation in
various JACL activities made his decision to join the 2008 Florin JACL
Manzanar Pilgrimage planning committee an easy one. In addition to JACL
activities, John was a member of the California Scholarship Federation,
Chess Club, Japanese Club, Link Crew, Mathletes, Manufacturing
Productions Technology Academy, and the Varsity Menís Golf Team at
Laguna Creek High School. Johnís
community involvement and volunteer activities included:
Elk Grove Harvest Festival, Link Crew Freshmen Orientation, Tree
planting with the Sacramento Tree Foundation, Family Fitness Day, Empty
Bowls Project, National Walk Kids-to-school Day, and Peer Math Tutoring.
An honor student, John carried a 3.9 grade point average and has
been recognized with the following:
Academic Excellence in Manufacturing Productions Technology
Academy in Physics, Laguna Creek Scholar Athlete, Student of the Month,
Laguna Creek Academic Achievement, and nominee for Junior Prom royalty.
John will attend CSU Sacramento majoring in math with hopes of
becoming a teacher.
of Titus and Donna Komure Toyama, is ďaddicted to knowing thingsĒ
and it shows in the wide range of activities that fill her schedule and
enrich her knowledge and understanding:
honor student in the C.K. McClatchy High School HISP; President
of the Japan Club; organizer and president of Free PPINK (Political
Prisoners in North Korea); freshman class vice president;
homecoming float committee; varsity
tennis player and All-League Metro Conference Team; basketball player;
active member of the Parkview Presbyterian Church; and monorail usher at
the California State Fair. Her
volunteer work included helping at the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen,
organizer of church-wide fundraising, and visiting residents at the
Asian Nursing Home. Kaitlin
spent several weeks in Nigeria and Ghana in 2006 on a CSUS trip
sponsored through the AfriPeace and Development Foundation.
During the summer of 2007, she attended the California State
Summer School of the Arts program for Creative Writing and earned the
distinction of becoming a California Arts Scholar.
She has been part of the Florin JACL since infancy, attending
functions with her family and later actively participating in the youth
group. She is high school
representative; volunteer at the Installation Dinner, Scholarship
Social, Spaghetti/Bingo Night; she attended the National JACL Youth
Conference in Santa Clara and through the conference and other chapter
events, increased her awareness of political and social problems that
has led to activism and voicing her concerns of community and
international issues. Kaitlin
has studied koto, a classical Japanese stringed instrument, since third
grade and has achieved the level of Choden, first in the three levels of
koto mastery. Kaitlin will
attend Occidental College majoring in International Relations/community
of Joy and Randy Yee, chose a unique way to honor the memory of her
grandmother and other internees, and to give members of her church the
opportunity to experience the World War II internment of Japanese
Americans. She organized a pilgrimage to the Manzanar Internment Center
in Lone Pine, California as her Senior Project at J.F. Kennedy High
School. Jessica planned and
led the trip for 30 members of the Sacramento Japanese United Methodist
Church in March, 2008, There they explored the exhibits, toured the
camp, and participated in programs and worship and reflected on the
experience. In addition to
undertaking this ambitious project, Jessica kept a busy schedule in the
Kennedy High School PACE honors magnet (Program in American and
California Explorations), CSU Sacramento MESL program (Mathematics,
Engineering, Science, and Liberal Arts Honors Academy), California
Scholarship Federation, Kennedy H.S. Varsity Ladies Golf Team,
Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church Youth Group and basketball
team, and Intern for Mayor Heather Fargo and Vincene R. Jones.
Her volunteer work included trips with her SJUMC Youth Group to
an Indian reservation in Round Valley, California where they repaired
housing, and to Los Angeles to help the homeless.
Her honors include Outstanding Student Awards in the MESL
program, and her golf accomplishments as team captain, Most Improved
Player, Cougar Award, Most Valuable Player, and All Conference Player.
She is also the recipient of the Ronald McDonald House Charities
will attend University of Pacific majoring in English.
Scholarship Recipient Updates
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- I graduated from UC Davis in 2008 with a double major in Economics and
International Relations, and a minor in Japanese.
My future is still very blurry, but I have a general goal.
I am currently teaching English as a J.E.T. participant in Joetsu
City, Niiigata Prefecture, Japan. You
may not have ever heard of Joetsu City, but it is just an hour north of
Nagano, where the Winter Olympics were held in 1998.
I just started this job in August this year, and am planning on
continuing it for the next two years.
From there, I plan to further my education in Economics through
graduate school, and then search for a job in the stock market field
concerning Japanese companies in the U.S.
- I received the scholarship from JACL my freshman year in college.
Since then, I have graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University with a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Currently, I am a grad student at Purdue University aiming for a
M.S. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics.
I am very thankful for the people who have helped me to get where
I am today; JACL and everyone involved are among those people.
Thank you JACL, this organization continues help the leaders of
our future, today. Congratulations
to all the new scholarship winners!
- Greetings from Scripps College in Claremont, CA! I can hardly believe
it is already October of my senior year! Set to graduate in May 2009
with a Bachelors of Arts in Politics and International Relations and a
minor in French Studies, I'm feeling anxious but excited about the
unknown road ahead! Though I plan to attend graduate school in the next
3-5 years, for now I've been writing personal statements and polishing
my resume for jobs and fellowships in politics and education. School and
extracurricular activities keep me busy as well (I'm still very involved
in the Asian American Student Union), but lately I've been trying to
take time to just reflect on the incredible journey college has been. My
last year especially, was filled with so many life-changing experiences.
I studied art, history, and sociology in Paris, France last fall
semester, and in the spring I participated in a political management
program at The George Washington University in D.C. Then, to top it all
off I spent eight weeks of my summer teaching two 8th grade U.S. history
classes with the Breakthrough Collaborative back in Sacramento. Indeed,
these years have been the best ever, and I am constantly humbled by the
tremendous support of my family and the community. Thank you so much,
and best wishes to the current JACL scholarship recipients who are just
beginning their college endeavors!
graduating from San Diego State University, I came back to Sacramento
and received my teaching credential.
I am now in my second year of teaching First Grade in the Elk
Grove Unified School District. Along
with teaching, I am also the assistant basketball coach at our school.
Last year, our boys (5th
graders) went undefeated!
am now a sophomore at UCLA, hopefully pursuing a major in history or
psychology or possibly both. Last
winter, I took an introductory course in Asian American Studies.
As part of the class, I conducted a research report on the
attempted takeover of Little Tokyo by American corporations.
I am an active member of UCLA's Nikkei Student Union (NSU), and
am a member of the Cultural and Community Service committee (CACS)
within NSU. Last spring, I
visited Manzanar again with NSU (the first time was with Florin in
2006). This year, the CACS
committee plans to volunteer at JA community events, such as the
upcoming Little Tokyo Health Fair and to continue our annual pilgrimages
to Manzanar. We also hope to
continue volunteering at a local Asian American nursing home.
Kim Noguchi (2007) -
I am currently in my sophomore year at UC Berkeley, where I am majoring
in Ethnic Studies and minoring in Public Policy and Education. In
addition to studying, I am also the External Managing Editor of
hardboiled, UC Berkeley's largest Asian American newsmagazine. I am also
active with the Nikkei Student Union where I am Issues Chair. I continue
to drum with EGO, UC Berkeley's traditional Korean drumming group and am
a Representative in the Asian Pacific American Coalition. This past
summer, I was fortunate enough to work in San Francisco Japan town at
the National Japanese American Historical Society through the program
Nikkei Community Internship. I would like to thank JACL for their
generous scholarship and my parents for their continued guidance
throughout the years.
Fong (2006) -
I have just begun my third year as a civil engineering major at the
University of California, Davis. So far it has been a great experience
as I am involved in several organizations at school. I am quite
dedicated to the American Society of Civil Engineers, and through them,
I have been able to participate in Concrete Canoe which is just one of
the student run projects that they have. The past year was my first year
participating in the project, and this year I am proud to be one of the
co-captains for our team. This past summer I was accepted for an intern
position with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management
District, and I look forward to continuing my internship this fall. I am
grateful for the support that the JACL has given to me through this
scholarship and would like to wish this year's recipients the best of
luck with their college endeavors.
- I have been attending Sacramento State for the past couple of years.
Iím majoring in Business with a concentration in Management
Information Systems (MIS). I still have not decided what I want to do
for a career, so Iím trying to keep my options open. I have been
working for the Department of Social Services for the last two years, as
a student assistant. Iím getting my foot in the door and figuring out
what it feels like working for the state. During my free time, Iím
keeping in touch with basketball. I have not been able to play for the
last year and a half because I tore my ACL, but I have been doing some
coaching. I am helping my dad coach my little sisterís Barons
basketball team, trying to learn coaching skills from him. I also
coached fourth, fifth, and sixth graders this past summer for the
Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation (SASF) summer league. Overall, Iím
really enjoying my college experience, and even though I didnít go
away for college, Iím meeting a lot of new people. Iím looking
forward to graduating and finding a career that Iím passionate about.
Iím definitely excited about my future.
- Hello JACL, I am happy to inform you that I am doing great at college.
Although I still have a long road ahead of me I am proud to say that I
finished last semester with a 3.65 GPA. I am currently part of many
clubs, such as the Pride of Pacific Islands Club and the Advertisement
Club. I have also taken a year of Asian American studies that helped me
to understand more about the Japanese American culture, and other Asian
American cultures as well. Through my first year I have decided to
switch my major from engineering to marketing. As it may come as sort of
a surprise, I am also planning on transferring to University of Hawaii,
because of its well known business program. Hopefully I will be
attending UH starting fall 2009. In other news I have also been part of
the San Jose State Men's Water Polo Team spring semester. I am still
very thankful for the scholarship I have received, as it helped to give
me a head start for the long road ahead. Thank you and best wishes.
- I am currently in my junior year at the University of California,
Berkeley, majoring in Sociology. I have been enjoying the rigor of my
liberal arts education and the politically active atmosphere on campus.
We have here many passionate students organizing their resources for a
better world. In the past two years, I have been exploring student
groups like the Korean drumming team and Alumni Student Association.
However, I have found myself rooted in Liberty in North Korea, a
humanitarian NGO benefiting North Korean refugees, and Gracepoint
Fellowship Church, a home away from home where I have discovered truth
worth living my life for. Currently, I am applying for internships and
fellowships to gain experience in law and/or public policy, as I have my
sights set on graduate school in these areas. I wouldn't be here without
the tremendous, generous, and visionary support of JACL. I thank JACL
for its decades of labor and courage not only to financially provide for
students like us, but also to give us a cause worth supporting.
- I am currently attending Sacramento City and Cosumnes River Colleges.
This past February, I started working Blomberg Window Systems so
since then, it has been difficult trying to balance work and going to
school. At this point in my
educational career, I am a full time student trying to finish all the
pre-requisites for a Biological Sciences major.
I'm currently looking to transfer to UC Davis in the Spring of
2010. I would like to thank
JACL once again for helping me to achieve my educational goals and to
everyone, good luck!
- I am a sophomore at New York University studying Politics and History.
Between studying and spending time with friends, I am an e-board
member of NYU's Asian Cultural Union and Workshop Coordinator for the
New York City Asian American Student Conference.
This past summer I interned in the office of state senator Elaine
Alquist. The support from
JACL has helped me in more ways than I can imagine just by shifting my
focus to my intended area of study rather than on paying for college.
Thank you again for your help.
Nobuo Nakano (1993)
- I transferred to UC Santa Barbara and graduated with a degree in Film
& Asian American Studies. I
moved to Los Angeles to work in the independent film industry where I
worked on three films. I
moved back to Sacramento, earned a second bachelorís degree in
Business with an Accountancy concentration (magna cum laude), then
worked as an auditor for Ernst & Young LLP.
After auditing, I fell into the real estate industry and I am in
my seventh year as a broker. I
provide residential real estate and property management services through
out the greater Sacramento area and have offices in Roseville and Elk
Grove. I hold the positions
of member services, webmaster and scholarship dinner chair for the
Florin JACL. Iím also the
president of the Sac State Business Alumni Chapter, chair of the
Ambassador program for the Sacramento Asian Chamber and founder of the
Elk Grove Hub (a small business chamber).
I currently reside in Elk Grove with my wife Connie and our two
pets: Pixie (Yorkie) and Smokey (bird).
In my spare time I enjoy mentoring college business students,
fishing/crabbing, watching movies and watching the UFC mixed martial