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 40 High Schoolers Win New Laptops Through MTS and Coca-Cola Essay Contest

MTS laptop winning students

The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) recognized the 40 winners of the annual MTS and Coca-Cola Laptop Scholarship Contest in a ceremony at the 12th & Imperial Transit Center on May 10. MTS had students from 70 different high schools enter the contest.

The top 40 scoring students came from 27 different campuses and were awarded a 15.6” HP Touch-Screen laptop and a North Face laptop backpack. Students in grades 9-12 were required to submit an essay about lowering the cost of student transit passes and how this can help increase ridership. MTS also asked students to provide strategies for how MTS can encourage more students to ride.

“It was great that winners came from so many campuses. Their essays presented convincing ideas. Students were required to think critically about the way public transit shapes our communities,” said Paul Jablonski, MTS chief executive officer. “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.

Congratulations to:

  • Bezalel Aboye, The Preuss School UCSD
  • Maria Aguirre, The Preuss School UCSD
  • Ashley Asadi, Del Norte High School
  • Bryan Quezada-Ayala, Diego Hills Central Charter School
  • Kate Calhoun, Fallbrook Union High School
  • Cherish Clarkson, Grossmont High School
  • Holly Day, El Capitan High School
  • Aleia Dela Cuadra, High Tech High Chula Vista
  • Robert Dennett, River Valley Charter School
  • Fulton Elkins, Valley Center High School
  • Lindsey Flores, Clairemont High School
  • Mandy Frazer, El Capitan High School
  • Alexsandra Garcia, High Tech High Chula Vista
  • Nephtali Garcia, Sweetwater Union High School
  • Arianna Girmai, Hoover High School
  • Melissa Hernandez, Granite Hills High School
  • Bennett Hochner, Sage Creek High School
  • Isaiah Irizarry, Bonita Vista High School
  • Christabelle Junaidi, Del Norte High School
  • Nicholas Lam, Helix Charter High School
  • Mark Lindgren, Canyon Crest Academy
  • Alexis Lona, Mater Dei Catholic High School
  • Valeria Montemayor, East Village High School
  • Emett Morrow, Rancho Buena Vista High School
  • Derek Murchison, High Tech High Chula Vista
  • Karoshi Nanavati, Rancho Bernardo High School
  • Jose Padilla Tapia, The Preuss School UCSD
  • Faith Pilbin, Fallbrook Union High School
  • Ethan Prom, Carlsbad High School
  • Jed Quiaoit, Rancho Buena Vista High School
  • Rusty Rinehart, Rancho Bernardo High School
  • Isaac Rivera, High Tech High Media Arts
  • Olivia Root, Helix Charter High School
  • Evelia Rosas, Vista High School
  • Neha Sahota, San Marcos High School
  • Juan Serrano, The Preuss School UCSD
  • Lauren Sherburne, Christian High School
  • Matthew Skimina, Fallbrook Union High School
  • Julia Starkey, Mira Mesa High School
  • Melissa Tamarkin, Valley Center 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 FY 2018, MTS served more than 86 million riders.