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 Padres Introduce 13th Class of Padres Scholars Prior To Padres-Mariners Game at Petco Park

Twenty-five seventh graders from throughout San Diego County were introduced on the field at Petco Park as the 13th class of the Padres Scholars program.

In a pre-game ceremony that featured future Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddox, Padres manager Bud Black, and dozens of students from prior Padres Scholars classes, the new Scholars were escorted to the first baseline by players and coaches, and then introduced on the public address system to the Petco Park crowd.

The new class of scholars brings the total number of Padres Scholars to 359, and the financial commitment of the Padres organization to more than $1.9 million. Each scholar receives $5,000 upon high school graduation, provided they maintain their grades and behavior. Half the funds for the program are donated by Padres players, the other half by club management.

 "We're very fortunate to have the Padres as a partner for San Diego County public schools and students," said County Superintendent of Schools Randy Ward. "The Padres Scholars program will enable our young people to attend a four-year college or university, and that will open up a world of opportunity for them. The Padres will reward students who maintain outstanding grades and citizenship."

Students selected as Padres Scholars are required to be part of the AVID program, the highly successful college-preparatory program administered by the San Diego County Office of Education.
The Padres Scholars program was devised in 1995, the brainchild of team executives and Padres players Tony Gwynn, Steve Finley and Brad Ausmus. Padres representatives met with local education officials to design the specifics of it, and the program has since become one of the cornerstones of the Padres well-known community relations effort.

The Padres Scholars Class of 2007:

    Ricky Acosta, Bear Valley Middle School
    Eden Aklile, Farb Middle School
    Maricela Altamirano, Rancho Minerva Middle School
    Carolina Calvin, Oak Valley Middle School
    Juan Ceja, Montgomery Middle School
    Materno Hassan, Aviara Oaks Middle School
    Deziray Hernandez, Greenfield Middle School
    Jessica Jarrett, Lincoln Middle School
    Shauna Kim, Potter Junior High School
    Nicholas Martinez, Washington Middle School
    Cassandra Marusa, Carlton Hills Elementary
    Monica Melendez, Calavera Hills Middle School
    Hector Peralta, Montgomery Middle School
    Berenice Pineda, Keiller Leadership Academy
    Isaac Rodriguez, San Ysidro Middle School
    Traonte Scales, Farb Middle School
    Aldair Serrano, Southwest Middle School
    Seraphina Solders, Tierra del Sol Middle School
    Felix Teran, San Marcos Middle School
    Victor Vargas, De Portola Middle School
    Sonia Vasquez, Rancho Minerva Middle School
    Edgar Vega, Rincon Middle School
    A'zhane' Williams, San Elijo Middle School
    Leslie Zepeda, Palm Middle School
    Beatrice Zuniga, Jefferson Middle School

For more information, go to: http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/community/padres_scholars.jsp