July 2005: The Connie Wei-Luen Kao Memorial Fund Scholarship
awarded to Mesa Robles Elementary and Jr. High School
Mesa Robles, CA -- July 16, 2005: The Connie Wei-Luen Kao Memorial Fund Scholarship was awarded to Mesa Robles Elementary and Jr. High School for 2005. Mr. Calton and Ms. Montpas presented the awards this year at a promotion on the morning of June 16 to the following students.

Memorial Fund Scholarships:

Carol Wei - 5th grade
Ryan Chi - 5th grade
Sonia Tellis - 8th grade
Tina Chen - 8th grade


Choral Scholarships:

Matthew Banes - 6th grade
Janet Lee - 8th grade
Kimberley Wong - 8th grade


    In addition to continuing the scholarship awards to students in the Hacienda La Puente School District in 2005, the memorial fund has recently joined force with the world renowned California Institute of Technology in Pasadena for the "Connie Kao Initiative". The goal is to help the Caltech Public Events bring school-age children in the greater San Gabriel Valley communities to the campus during the school year for a wonderful experience and learn more about science and arts while enjoying a variety of programs offered on campus. For details, please contact the Office of Public Events of Caltech.

 
June 2004: Hacienda La Puente Unified
announces winners of new
Connie Wei-Luen Kao Memorial scholarships
City of Industry, CA -- June 10, 2004: The Board of Education for the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District recognized student winners of the new Connie Wei-Luen Kao Memorial Scholarships at the June 7 Board Meeting. Starting this year on an annual basis, students from every HLPUSD elementary, K-8, middle and high school are eligible for this generous scholarship that was created in celebration of the life of Connie Wei-Luen Kao, who attended Mesa Robles School from Kindergarten until her sudden death in April of 2002.
    Kao was active in student body, choir, conflict management and many other extra-curricular activities, including swimming. The Kao Family created scholarships to reward well-rounded students in the District who have achieved a strong academic record of performance (a minimum 3.5 grade point average) who are actively involved in athletics, community service, extra-curricular activities, and who demonstrate outstanding character and leadership skills at their school.
    "For the past two years our family has given scholarship awards to Mesa Robles. We decided to increase our giving to all District schools in order to celebrate Connie's love for friends, teachers and schools in the District," said father Ching Hsing Kao.
    As part of the application process, middle and high school students had to submit a 500 word essay along with two letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member and the other from a peer. Elementary students had to write a 200-word essay along with a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.The following are the student winners of the Connie Wei-Luen Kao Memorial Scholarships for 2003-04:

5th Grade Winners - $100

Lauren Reeley Bixby Elementary
Wendy Garcia Glenelder Elementary
Kaci Calton Mesa Robles School
Kaylen Clifford Valinda School of Academics
Dolores Leon Valinda School of Academics
Carlos Lerma Valinda School of Academics
Eric Bai Wedgeworth Elementary
Carina Ramirez Wedgeworth Elementary
Stephanie Vargas Wedgeworth Elementary
Wendy Valdez Wing Lane Elementary


5th Grade Winners
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8th Grade Winners - $200

Simeon Koh Cedarlane Middle School
Diana Huang Mesa Robles School
Sylvia Tang Mesa Robles School
Amy Liu Orange Grove Middle School
George Ceniceros Orange Grove Middle School


8th Grade Winners
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12th Grade Winners - $1000

Nancy Xu Los Altos High School
Grace Wu Glen A. Wilson High School
Nancy Yao Glen A. Wilson High School


12th Grade Winners
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    In celebration of the life of Connie Wei-Luen Kao, her family has also created a website for people to visit: www.conniekao.com.
    The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is one of the largest suburban school districts in California, serving a total of 54,000 students, 24,000 Pre-K-12 and 30,000 adult education students at two main facilities and 32 satellite sites in the cities of Industry, La Puente and the unincorporated Los Angeles County areas of Hacienda Heights and Valinda. In addition, the District has the largest correctional education program in the nation, serving an additional 33,000 students at eight correctional facilities throughout Los Angeles County. The District includes 20 K-5 elementary schools, four K-8 schools, six middle schools, four comprehensive high schools, one alternative high school, a learning center, an orthopedic unit for students with disabilities, an Instructional Services Center, a Multilingual Assessment Center, a Curriculum Lab and an extensive child development program. For further information, visit www.hlpusd.k12.ca.us

 
June 2003: Based on the recommendation of the faculty
at Mesa Robles School, the following scholarships
were presented to Mesa's students
Choir Awards: Christopher Arakawa, Erica Pu (8th grade) and Laurice Shern (6th grade) for demonstrating the all-around characters of academic achievement, citizenship and participation in chorus activities.

Outstanding Achievement Awards: Christopher Arakawa, Kelly Highland, Vincent Chan, Veronica Roh, Catherine Chen, Joan Park, Jessica Chu, Stephanie Su (8th grade) and Rebecca Guzman, Melissa Molinaro (5th grade) for demonstrating the all-around characters of academic achievement, citizenship, and participation in outside activities.

 
October 2002: Connie Wei-Luen Kao Memorial Fund
donated $1000 to the
Industrial Hills Aquatic Club (IHAC)
IHAC is in the process of setting up a general scholarship fund to support swimmers in need. Connie's Fund is committed to support this good cause in the years to come.

 
October 2002: Hacienda La Puente School District
announced its plan to set up a non-profit
Education Foundation for Visual and Performing Arts
Connie Wei-Luen Kao Memorial Fund indicated its intention to participate in this good cause. For details, please contact the school district directly.

 
September 5, 2002: Connie's Garden
was dedicated at Mesa Robles
A beautiful rose garden in Connie's memory was dedicated at the Mesa Robles School next to the cafeteria on her birthday. Funding for this garden was entirely raised by Connie's schoolmates upon her passing.

 
June 2002: Based on the recommendation of the faculty
at Mesa Robles School, the following scholarships
were presented to Mesa's students
Citizenship Awards: Doris Lee (8th grade), Stephanie Su (7th grade), Arthur Stepanian (6th grade), Sonia Tellis (5th grade), and Jenny Wu (4th grade) for demonstration the five pillars of good citizenship, responsibility, caring nature, trust worthiness and respect.

Outstanding Achievement Awards: Amanda Yang (8th grade) and Laurice Shern (5th grade) for demonstrating the all-around characters of scholarship, citizenship, and participation in outside activities.

Choir Awards: Christina Lin (8th grade) and Jenny Tankersley (6th grade) for demonstrating the all-around characters of scholarship, citizenship and participation in chorus activities.

 
May 2002: "Swim for Connie" fundraising
was held at Industrial Hills Aquatic Club
Thanks to the efforts of coaches, parents and all Connie's teammates of IHAC, more than $5000 were raised for Connie Wei-Luen Kao Memorial Fund.