Gladstone's Emme Grisa honored by OnPoint Community Credit Union as Outstanding Athletic and Activity Scholar
OnPoint Community Credit Union and the Oregon School Activities Association announced on June 13 the names of six graduating seniors — including Emme Grisa of Gladstone High School — who won scholarships through the 2022 OnPoint Community Credit Union Scholar Program.
OnPoint and the OSAA's partnership recognizes graduating Scholar Athletes and Activity Scholars from OSAA member schools with two $5,000 scholarships and four $1,000 scholarships. The two winners of the $5,000 scholarships are Stella Blaha of Cleveland High School and Neel Jain of Westview High School. The four winners of the $1,000 scholarships are Emme Grisa of Gladstone High School, Jackson Lopiano of St. Mary's School, William Seggerman of Pine Eagle High School, and Johanna Peeters Weem of Forest Grove High School. OnPoint received more than 350 applications from 151 OSAA member schools.
"Oregon's Class of 2022 faced a year of great obstacles and came out the other side even stronger. This outstanding group of students returned to in-person learning and a full slate of activities without missing a beat, showing a level of adaptability and perseverance that will serve them well in the future," said Rob Stuart, President and Chief Executive Officer of OnPoint Community Credit Union. "We are proud to partner with the OSAA to honor exceptional students for their hard work, dedication and spirit. This year's winners inspire us all and we look forward to seeing them continue to make a difference in their communities."
OnPoint's Scholar Program honors graduating Oregon high school seniors who have earned a 3.50 or higher unweighted cumulative grade point average, and have earned a varsity letter in an OSAA-sanctioned sport or competed in an OSAA-sanctioned activity. Winners were selected based on letters of recommendation and personal essays that described their community leadership, classroom success, and how participating in OSAA activities helped them achieve their goals.
"I commend our 2022 scholars for staying committed to their studies and finding ways to give back to their local communities," said Peter Weber, OSAA Executive Director. "We're excited to recognize their accomplishments and grateful to OnPoint for partnering with us to honor some of Oregon's finest high school seniors."
Grisa is a social justice and equity advocate, dancer, actor and musician who maintained a nearly perfect grade-point average. Grisa frequently volunteers through Key Club and National Honor Society, and helped organize a Day of Silence to raise awareness about discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.
Diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune disorder that impacts how the brain processes information, Grisa has continued to perform well academically. A member of the Gladstone choir and band, Grisa plans to continue playing the trumpet at the University of Oregon, where she will major in music with a goal of becoming a session player and musician for movies, television and video games.
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