Alumni foundation awards recent Milwaukie High School grads Kealani Petito, Max Penneck and Brenna Weiler

Three recent Milwaukie High School graduates got $2,500 scholarships for their college studies starting this fall, thanks to the Mustang Born Alumni Scholarship Foundation.

COURTESY PHOTO - Milwaukie High School graduates receiving $2,500 scholarships to attend college this fall include Brenna Weiler (from left), Max Penneck and Kealani Petito.Recipients include Kealani Petito, who is attending NYU's Tisch School of Acting; Max Penneck, attending Portland State University to study community development and Spanish; and Brenna Weiler, attending Oregon State University.

Petito, who was active in the MHS drama program, described the intense process of applying to acting schools, because of the necessity of auditioning in addition to the regular written application. Petito applied to a total of nine schools.

"I was doing prescreens in the fall and then waited to get called back for further interviewing and auditioning," she said.

Petito considers herself lucky enough to have her travels to a number of different auditions at schools across the country sponsored by a family relative. Her top three choices were NYU, Carnegie Mellon University and Boston Conservatory at the Berklee School of Music.

Although Penneck and Weiler were unavailble for comment, Mustang Born Alumni Scholarship Foundation Board Chair Kami Aguilar wrote to the Clackamas Review that all three recipients were "deserving of a scholarship in some way, shape or form. Once we narrow it down to the top finalists for interviews, the final recipient selection process is heart-wrenching. Every year, we are motivated to increase fundraising efforts to provide more scholarship opportunities for our young Mustangs."

Aguilar highlighted the work of MHS/MAA staff and community in "providing its students with the tools, support and resources necessary to become strong, independent citizens determined to make a positive contribution by passionately pursuing their college and career goals."

The foundation has two upcoming fundraisers this fall. Raffle tickets are on sale for a $2,500 vacation with Cara Nott of Dream Vacations. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 16-17, the MHS Holiday Bazaar will feature vendors, a raffle, silent auction and pancake breakfast. If you are interested in being a vendor, visit the "Events" page at

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