. . . by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Zeta Tau Chapter and Zeta Tau Foundation
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Tau Chapter and the Zeta Tau Foundation, Inc., awarded four scholarships valued at $500.00 each to 2014 graduates of high schools here in Pasadena. Fraternity Basileus Johnie Drawn said the Fraternity continues to do its part to help our young high school boys "transition into the responsible men of the community that we know they are."
The four recipients are: Brenden T. Dickerson, German A. Fortin, Lance Allan Wyndon (John Muir High School) and Jorden Malik Tyler (Pasadena High School). Selection was based on scholarship, community service, uplift, perseverance, oral interview, and financial need. Speaking for the scholarship committee and the Zeta Tau Foundation, Harold Reese said, "It is our role and responsibility to demonstrate the care and concern that we as Omega men have for our prodigy."
Brenden Dickerson's John Muir High School activities included: 2014 Class Vice-President, Drama Club President, and participation in the Track and Field Team. Community service included, UCLA VIP Scholars and working with the Links program. His hobbies are coin collecting, theater arts and dance. He was on the counselor's honor roll and held a 3.0 – 3.9 GPA for the last two years. Brenden's counselor gave him outstanding marks in the area of intelligence, creativity, industry, leadership, dependability, human relations and character. Brenden will attend San Jose State in the fall, majoring in mechanical engineering.
German Fortin's John Muir High School activities included: Cross-Country Track, Passion Academy (Youth Group), Marching Band, ASB Secretary, ASB Representative, Puente President, The Blazer (Journalism). Community service included: El Centro De Accion Social – RYLA, JPSA, Ideal Youth Inc. and Levitt Pavilion Pasadena. Honors and awards: Perfect Attendance, El Centro Volunteer, JPSA, AEM Honor Roll – 9th-12th, AVID Program – 9th-12th, Ideal Youth Inc. Participant and Passion Academy. He earned a 3.85 GPA and did the extra work of an internship and volunteering to receive an academy medallion — above and beyond the requirements for graduation. His hobbies are running, writing short stories, volunteering, film production and leadership positions. His counselors gave him outstanding marks in creativity, intelligence, industry, leadership, human relations, dependability and character. German will be attending the University of Santa Barbara in the fall, majoring in Film Production and a minor in English Literature.
Lance Wyndon's John Muir High School activities included: Drama and Diversity (Student Advisor), Drama Club (Member), Associated Student Body – Class of 2014 Secretary/ASB President, College Access Plan (Member), Puente Club (Vice President/President, Link's Crew (Link's Leader), RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) he represented John Muir at a Leadership Camp with over 200 youth from Southern California. Community activities were: Outward Bound Adventures (Member), Plus + Program (Member). Honors and awards included: Certificate of Achievement (3.0 GPA Fall 2013-14); AEM Superstar (All A's and B's on 10-week progress report), Outstanding Student Award (Film & Video Productions), Certificate of Excellence (exemplary academic achievement 2012-13), Principal's Honor Roll (3.5-4.0 GPA 2013-14). His hobbies include: writing, acting, dancing cooking, reading and singing. His counselors gave him outstanding marks in intelligence, creativity, industry, leadership, human relations, dependability and character. One counselor said: "Our school has experienced a decline in test sores, enrollment, and campus spirit in recent years. Lance has stepped up to help restore pride and bring back campus activities to our school. Under his tenure the involvement in ASB has increased and student engagement is back on upswing." Another counselor said "Lance represents the best he has seen at John Muir High School" of students who have been selected as a UCLA VIP scholar. "He not only shines above his peers, but he also routinely encourages and assists his classmates to find success as well." Lance plans to attend San Jose State in the fall.
Jorden Tyler's Pasadena High School activities included: Varsity Basketball (Member), Varsity Golf (Team Captain), Fishing Club (Co-President), Black Student Union (Member), and the Class of 2014 Steering Committee Club (Member). Community service: Younglife Youth Christian Group (Member), Sunday School (Treasurer/Secretary) and Children's Church (Peer Member). Some of Jorden's honors and awards included: Kiwanis International, President's Education, Student Poll Worker, Athletic Boosters and Outstanding Achievement. His affiliation with the Pasadena Panthers as volunteer since 2010 where he helped in setting up equipment, checking field for hazards, handling food and money at the concession stand, making calls to parents and helping to keep track of the younger boys (flag football squad) during practice and on game days. Jorden was highly recommended by his principal to succeed in the areas of leadership, intelligence, creativity, industry, human relations, dependability, and character. His counselor's indicated that Jorden will be a success and have a positive impact at any college of his choice. Jorden earned a GPA of 3.36. His hobbies are basketball, snowboarding and Fishing. Jordan plans to attend UC, Santa Barbara in the fall to major in Political Science.