Applause for jobs well done

Students will be recognized for a wide variety of achievements.

April 27, 2009|By Candice Baker

Some annual traditions don’t begin to tarnish with age.

Consider the 48th annual Scholarship Awards Breakfast, in which top students at Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar high schools will be honored at a Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event for their achievements.

A 4.0 GPA? Naturally. Hundreds of community service hours? But of course! Although everyone from President Obama to Kato Kaelin has the same 1,440 minutes each day, these students somehow find time to accomplish more feats in a school year than many adults could claim in a decade.


In between competing in national sports championships and academic decathlons, this year’s students have found time to intern at prestigious organizations, research at university cardiology labs, work on political campaigns, perform sketch comedy, teach piano to autistic children and volunteer at soup kitchens.

Oh, and many maintain a part-time job, too.

Read on to learn more about each student, and prepare for your jaw to drop.

Caitlin Ahearn

Activities: French Club president; National Honor Society president; Youth and Government; soccer and cross country

Community: Candy striper; Assistance League of Newport Beach; church volunteer

Honors: Academic Letter; Chemistry Olympiad; Excellent student in French

Employment: Pacifica Orthopedics, office assistant, baby-sitter

College Plans: Northwestern University

Vineet Baid

Activities: Philosophy Club

Community: Police Explorers lieutenant; Southern California Jain Temple, teacher at Jain Temple

Honors: Chemistry Student of the Year; Academic Letter

College Plans: UC Berkeley

Connor Carreras

Activities: editor in chief Trident Online 2006-09; editor-in-chief Trident Magazine 2007-08; section editor Trident Magazine 2006-07; Human Relations Council, 2007-09 press liaison; National Honor Society; Integrity Week Group leader 2008-09; Mock Trial; varsity track

Community: Bowers Museum junior ambassador; Location 3 Magazine

Honors: National Merit finalist; AP Scholar with Distinction; Sea King Pride Award; Academic Letter with Highest Honors; Principal’s Honor Roll; Trident Online website named Pacemaker finalist by National Scholastic Press Assn.; Trident Magazine won first place with Special Merit in American Scholastic Press Assn.’s annual contest.

Employment: Spectrum Pharmaceuticals clinical intern; (division of the OC Register, now defunct), freelance correspondent

College Plans: Princeton University

Ken Cooper

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