The two winners of this year’s Westside Neighborhood Association Scholarship are both seniors at J.W. Sexton High School. Heather Simpson, coming in her freshmen year to Sexton from Our Savior Lutheran School, excelled from day one and has now achieved a graduating grade point average (GPA) of 4.267. Not only has Heather maintained an exemplary record while at Sexton High School, she has been concurrently attending LCC where she has also achieved a 4.0 GPA. While many students might view this achievement as challenge enough, Heather is also a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, the Japanese Club, the Our Savior Lutheran Youth Group, and the world-class Robo-Reds robotics team, of which she is co-captain and lead programmer. Last summer, Heather participated in an elite group of students doing cancer research at Michigan State University. Heather is going on to Hope College this fall, where she will undoubtedly make J.W. Sexton and the City of Lansing proud.
Keshabi Chapagai transferred to J.W. Sexton her sophomore year from Jhapa, Nepal, where she lived in a refugee camp after being forced out of her home country of Bhutan in 1992. Spending the majority of her life in the refugee camp, Keshabi learned the value of basic medical care, which she saw too many refugees fail to receive. She knew then she wanted to dedicate her life to medicine. While living in Nepal, Keshabi volunteered with childhood reading and sanitation programs. When she came to Lansing in 2008, Keshabi hit the ground running, immediately overcoming the language difference to achieve a 4.0 GPA her first semester. Keshabi hasn’t slowed down since, tackling every science, math, and AP class she can fit into her schedule. She will be continuing her studies this fall at Michigan State University where her incredible determination will stand her in good stead.
Congratulations to both winners! Please join us tomorrow, April 28th at the Irish Pub for our Fiesta Fundraiser. Proceeds from this event fund our scholarship, and your attendance will help assure that we can continue this great Westside tradition.