K&N Scholarship presented to San Gabriel High School student Steven Loc by K&N's Steve Gibson and Instructor Eli Jaramillo
School administrators, school board members, automotive instructors, and parents gathered to honor the achievements of the automotive technology students from Alhambra High School, Mark Keppel High School, and San Gabriel High School. The banquet has become a tradition in the Alhambra Unified School District. Local car dealerships, repair, and collision shops, automotive colleges, and members of the automotive aftermarket show support for the students by donating door prizes, tools, equipment, and even scholarship money so that they may continue pursuing a career in the automotive industry.
K&N's Steve Gibson attended the awards banquet to present a $500 scholarship to San Gabriel High student Steven Loc on behalf of K&N Engineering. "It was difficult to decide who to award the scholarship to," said Gibson. "We wanted to choose a student who showed that their love for working on cars was more than a skill, it was a passion. In working with the district and the instructors from the three high schools, we were able to narrow it down to Mr. Loc. We made the right choice."
The students were also able to hear a speech by guest speaker Mike Spagnola, CEO of Street Scene Industries, and Dave McClelland, the voice of NHRA. Spagnola is an alumni of San Gabriel High School, and himself received an award at this same banquet when he was a high school senior. McClelland has been the banquet's Master of Ceremonies for nearly 40 years. Both men encouraged the students to keep learning and keep growing. "There are so many doors that will open for you," said Spagnola. "You are truly in the right place at the right time."
All scholarships presented at the banquet allow the recipient to use to attend the college, university, or trade school of their choice. "It's great to be able to support school programs like the ones in the Alhambra Unified School District," said Gibson. "These students are tomorrow's automotive technicians and service advisors, and for K&N to be an active sponsor of their education, it makes you feel very proud."
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