Monterey Bay Academy is pleased to announce this year’s MBA Alumni Endowment Scholars. The scholarship rewards one student from each class with $2,500 for their exceptional academic (3.5 GPA or above), leadership, and service accomplishments. The scholarship was created by a group of MBA alumni and is part of a separate 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to benefit MBA students. The Scholars are:
NemesisRecent graduate, Nemesis Garcia, is remembered by both students and staff for her quiet spirit, “can do” attitude, and compassion for others. During her four years at MBA, Nemesis took part in two mission trips—Tijuana as a freshman, and Belize as a junior. She also participated in mission service closer to home—collecting clothes for the homeless and singing in retirement homes. A fan and player of all sports, Nemesis was on MBA’s basketball, volleyball, and football teams. During her last two years, Nemesis worked in the dorm as a resident assistant, serving as a mentor and counselor to other girls. This experience prompted her to pursue a career in marriage and family therapy. Nemesis is currently attending a local community college, majoring in psychology. She plans to transfer to San Jose State University to complete her marriage and family therapy degree.
KaitlynKnown for her caring personality and bright smile, Kaitlyn Wolfe is a natural born leader. This senior’s most recent leadership position is executive vice president for the Associated Student Body (ASB) and student representative to the MBA board of directors. Other leadership roles that Kaitlyn has held include: ASB religious vice president, resident assistant, and yearbook committee member for spiritual affairs. In addition, Kaitlyn also volunteers in the community, visiting hospital patients and assisting at a food bank. In her spare time, Kaitlyn enjoys reading, photography, and participating in MBA’s Impressions drama group. After graduating from MBA, Kaitlyn plans to attend Walla Walla University to study either nursing or medicine.
NathanMBA junior, Nathan Mataafa, is infamous for his warm, welcoming personality. An avid sports player, Nathan has participated in everything from football to volleyball. Academically, Nathan is an above average student who is also known for his musical talents. His favorite classes are AP history, religion, and English. In his spare time, he enjoys participating in Oceanaires is a bass singer and reading history novels. Nathan is involved in various community service activities and has preached during chapel and vespers. Last summer, Nathan worked as a colporteur and plans on doing so again next summer. After graduating from MBA, Nathan plans to study evangelism to become an evangelist.
ZacheryFull of energy, sophomore Zachery Burfeindt is somewhat of a musical aficionado, playing the bass clarinet for six years, and he piano for seven years. During his time at MBA, he has been a member of Westwinds, MBA’s instrumental touring group, and a participant in the drama group. Zachery is also involved in community service activities and serves as a part-time deacon in the local church. Academically, Zachery is a conscientious student and is known for working hard in his classes. His favorite class this year is history, taught by Mr. Zytkoskee (Mr. “Z”). Mr. Z’s enthusiasm and dynamic teaching style has inspired Zachery’s future career aspiration— medieval history professor—in which he hopes to continue inspiring young history lovers. In his spare time, Zachery enjoys reading and drawing.