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 40 High Schoolers Win New Laptops as Part of SDCOE, MTS, and Coca-Cola Essay Contest

The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) introduced the 40 winners of the annual SDCOE, MTS and Coca-Cola Laptop Scholarship Contest in a ceremony at the 12th and Imperial Transit Center on Friday, May 11. MTS had a record 400 students from 90 different high schools enter the contest.

The top 40 scoring students were awarded a 15.6” HP Touch-Screen laptop and a Storm Contender laptop backpack by Under Armour. Students in grades 9-12 were required to submit a persuasive essay between 750 and 1,200 words to present why people should choose public transit instead of driving a personal vehicle.

“These students are very insightful. Their essays presented convincing ideas in favor of transit that focused on reducing emissions, saving money and meeting new people,” said Georgette Gómez, MTS board chair. “We appreciate the partnership with Coca-Cola and the San Diego County Office of Education in making this contest a success. It’s a great learning experience for the students.”

The laptop scholarship contest is a long-standing event partnership between MTS, Coca-Cola Refreshments of San Diego, and the San Diego County Office of Education. To be eligible to win, students had to be San Diego County residents and enrolled in a San Diego County high school.

Winners of the 2018 Laptop Scholarship Contest are:                 

  • Maria Aguirre (The Preuss School UCSD)

  • Ryan Altenburg (Escondido Charter High School)

  • Sarinajoy Amon (Hilltop High School)

  • James Arehart (El Capitan High School)

  • Elisabeth Beesley (San Diego High School)

  • Max Beesley (San Diego High School)

  • Anthony Belen-Gonzalez (San Ysidro High School)

  • Yadira Calderon (Hoover High School)

  • Alyssa Chavez (Westview High School)

  • Nicholas Ciepley (La Costa Canyon High School)

  • Megan Costello (Canyon Crest Academy)

  • Bibiana Garcia Leon (Fallbrook High School)

  • Isaac Hawkes-Teitelbaum (Grossmont High School)

  • Melanie Hughes (Chula Vista High School)

  • Alan Lin (Eastlake High School)

  • Dayna Linh Pham (Otay Ranch High School)

  • Anahi Lopez (San Ysidro High School)

  • David Maldonado (The Charter School of San Diego)

  • Dustin Merrill (Madison High School)

  • Garrett Moore (Serra High School)

  • Christina Nguyen (Madison High School)

  • Daniel Nguyen (University City High School)

  • Nhi Nguyen (Patrick Henry High School)

  • Kendall Ota (Academy of Our Lady of Peace)

  • Michel Pantoja (The Charter School of San Diego)

  • Sean Perry (Kearny High School)

  • Anael Picazo (Helix High School)

  • Serena Ponce (San Diego High School)

  • Jungwoo Seo (Torrey Pines High School)

  • Mallory Smith (Grossmont High School)

  • Caroline Soderstjerna (Mount Carmel High School)

  • Isai Soto (Fallbrook High School)

  • Sarah Teruya (Santa Fe Christian High School)

  • Phu Tran (Hoover High School)

  • Audrey Vargas (Sweetwater High School)

  • Jessica Visconti (Health Sciences High and Middle College)

  • Nicole Wang (Westview High School)

  • Kyra Warshaw (Rancho Bernardo High School)

  • Kamiyah Wing (El Camino High School)

  • Juan Zuniga (San Diego High School)

MTS operates 95 bus routes and three Trolley lines on 53 miles of double-tracked railway. Every weekday more than 300,000 passenger trips are taken on MTS bus and Trolley services in 10 cities and the county. In fiscal year 2017, MTS served more than 88 million riders.