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At left, Friday, at the Town Crier’s new location on North Circle Drive, two $1,000 scholarships were awarded to two successful high school students, chosen out of 70 candidates. Mitchell Biley, who will be attending CalPoly San Luis Obispo in the fall, received his scholarship from Steve Espinoza, Rotary Club president. Danika Hitchcock, who will be attending the University of California, Irvine, in the fall, received the Mary Austin Grant scholarship from Suzi Capparelli, grant ambassador. From left, are Mitchell Biley, Joann Tomsche (Mitchell’s mother), Steve Espinoza, Patty Carratello (Idyllwild School liaison), Doug Austin (founder of the Mary Austin Grant Scholarship Fund), Suzi Capparelli, Danika Hitchcock and Dan Hitchcock (Danika’s father).
The occasion was celebrated with Local Color, dance, poetry, song, prayer, reverence for Mother Earth, humanity, and the light of the Sun.