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Village Students Receive Juanita Haugen Scholarship

Original post made by Ken mano, Willow West, on Jun 14, 2021

Community of Character Collaborative announces Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship Recipients for Village High School

Two high school seniors have been selected by the Community of Character Collaborative as recipients of the 2021 Juanita Haugen Memorial Scholarship. Applicants were selected by the high school administration based on the six characteristics adopted by the Pleasanton Unified School District, City of Pleasanton, the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and other faith and organizations: compassion, honesty, respect, responsibility, integrity, and self-discipline.
The scholarship was created to honor the memory of Juanita Haugen, founder of the collaborative, who died in 2007 due to cancer. Mrs. Haugen was a former president not only of the local school board, but also of the California School Boards Association. Students from Amador Valley High School and Foothill High School were announced previously.

Isaiah Valderrama

Isaiah had a difficult childhood and a rough start at Village. He entered Village as a junior with many challenges in front of him and a tough road ahead. In a short amount of time, he has proven that he is hard working, friendly, responsible, respectful, smart and an amazing young man. In every class he attended he has always been cordial and respectful. He has been upfront in everything he has done this year. He has surely demonstrated his character quality of Integrity. His teachers are impressed with his ability to communicate his ideas in a way that is instantly relatable to his peers, proud of how he rises to every challenge put in front of him. Isaiah is extremely respectful and kind, he gives constant encouragement to fellow students and staff, he is hard working and he overcomes every obstacle put in front of him.

Keyri Fernandez

Keyri has overcome so many obstacles since she started with us her freshman year. She has combated poor attendance, a negative attitude toward school and issues with her peers. Since her junior year at Village, Keyri has made an incredible turn around and has been an inspiration to so many. She is determined to prove that she can do it all, mom, student, career woman, sister, daughter, partner. She is hard working, respectful, gracious and resilient. Keyri is a great participant in class, goes above and beyond to have her voice heard, adds an important and mature perspective to every conversation and is relatable for her peers. She changed completely over the years here to be very mature, hard working, and dedicated to the school and her peers. By the time she graduated she was turning in very high quality work and showed she will be very successful after village.

Recipients from Amador Valley High School and Foothill High School were previously announced and are posted on the website (

The Community of Character Collaborative is a non-profit committee of volunteers representing a cross section of the community including the PUSD, City of Pleasanton, Chamber of Commerce and other organizations working to create a community culture built on values, goodwill and these character traits. We strive to inspire, encourage, recognize, and reward good character! We believe these six character traits can impact the culture of our community.
DONATIONS: The goal is to increase the fund such that: (1) Scholarship amounts may increase and more students may be assisted (2) We may honor the memory of Juanita Haugen and her dedication. Those who would like to participate are invited to donate to the fund (please visit our website,, “Scholarship Info” page).


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