Vision Source Announces its 2010 See the Change Scholarship Winners

Local high school grads receive scholarship for community service and academic excellence
By: Forte Creative Media
May 11, 2010 - PRLog -- LAS VEGAS - Vision Source Las Vegas presented three local 2010 high school graduates with the Vision Source See the Change scholarship, a $1,000 cash award granted to students based on a combination of outstanding academic performance and unique community service involvement.  All three of these students demonstrated creative thinking in the development of community service projects that address a health-related issue affecting the local Las Vegas community and each one is planning to pursue a health-, medical-, or science-related field at a four-year college or university.

“This year’s recipients are young adults who not only show academic excellence, but also a strong dedication to serving their community through volunteer work,” explains Dr. James Beckwith, of Vision Source Las Vegas Summerlin/Lakes. “It is an honor for Vision Source to award such outstanding students and help them in their journey.  We feel confident that each will be successful and will continue to do good in the community.”

These 2010 recipients include:

Amber Bennett, Advanced Technologies Academy
Daughter of Terri Bennet

With a cumulative GPA of 3.617, Amber Bennett has always understood the value of maintaining good grades while also being actively involved in school and community activities.  Throughout high school Amber was able to successfully balance sports, such as volleyball and the dance team, while holding positions as yearbook editor and student council treasurer.  She attended the Student Leadership Conference from 2007-2010, was involved in the African-American Recognition Program and was an active participant in Teen Town Hall meetings.   Academically she shined, receiving the all A’s award for her freshman year, Business Student of the Month her junior year, and an African-American High Achieving High School Scholar of Nevada from her sophomore year all the way through senior year.

Through all of her studying and after school activities, Amber has always found time to volunteer and giveback to the community.  She walked in the Susan G Komen for the Cure and helped wrap presents at Barnes and Noble and volunteer at Ci-Ci’s Pizza as a part of the student ambassadors club.  She also was a tutor and mentor to young cancer patients at the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, an experience that she will never forget and one that taught her the importance of volunteering.  “These ill children miss out on so much school, making them fall behind on their schoolwork and missing out on the fun that healthy children have.  As a volunteer I have the chance to increase children’s intellect, allow them to interact with others instead of being stuck within those walls, and put a smile on their faces,” said Amber.

Amber plans on attending Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona-Beach, Florida, and is interested in studying optometry.

Chelsea Kimpton, Palo Verde High School
Daughter of Lee and Tom Howard

While all of her peers were at the beach or at the mall enjoying their summers, Chelsea was hard at work at the Cheyenne Tonopah Animal Hospital taking care of the animals, or volunteering at the horse stable feeding and maintaining the horses.   Chelsea has a passion for animals and wants to someday turn that into a career.  Besides her work at the shelter and volunteering at the stable, she also volunteered at the Horses for Heroes, a horse ranch where children of military soldiers can ride horses.  While working at the stables, she learned the value of hard work and success.  “During my time as a volunteer stable girl, I was at the bottom of the pile, which I later realized that starting at the bottom is the best way to get to the top,” said Chelsea.

She applied her passion to her schoolwork when she enrolled in Zoology Honors her senior year and tackled the challenging coursework earning a B average in the class. Chelsea maintained a 3.17 GPA throughout her four years at high school, while also being actively involved in numerous school activities.   An athlete at heart, Chelsea played volleyball, basketball and lacrosse and was a part of the swim and track team.   She was an active member of the Palo Verde Forensics Team and College Prep Club, was cast in school production of Hamlet and was a member of the comedy team Pun Intended.

Chelsea plans on attending Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah where she will study pre-veterinary medicine and veterinary behavior.

Alec Madriaga, Northwest Career and Technical Academy
Son of Julieta and Alejandro Madriaga

Alec Madriaga has big dreams and has plans to go far, but he will always remember where he came from and how important it is to serve the community.  Graduating this year with a cumulative GPA of 3.386, he knows the importance of excelling at his studies but also always finds the time to volunteer, whether it be at Shadow Hills as a teacher’s assistant or at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission as a food server. “When I first volunteered at the Rescue Mission, it provided me insight and meaning of existence in the world I live in,” said Alec.  He has also participated in community fundraisers throughout high school such as the Opportunity Village Santa Run and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Throughout high school Alec excelled at academics and was a stand out student, earning straight A’s his first semester senior year.  He won the Heart of Experian Elite Award and Excellent Attendance award his freshman year.  Besides his community service work and studies, Alec was heavily involved in school activities including being historian and senior representative for the Key Club, a member of the multi-cultural club, break dance club and archery club.

Alec plans on attending University of Nevada Las Vegas where he will study biochemistry so one day he may become a pharmacist.

Vision Source Las Vegas, a network of board certified optometrists in Las Vegas, provides patients with personal care and service while offering advanced medical technology and innovative products to promote eye health. Vision Source doctors are committed to continuing education, offering patients the most cutting edge procedures to detect and correct eye conditions. As a group, Vision Source is dedicated to educating the community about eye health issues and the importance of annual eye exams through special events and programs. Founded in 1991, the Vision Source network includes more than 2,000 offices in all 50 states and Canada with 12 locations in Las Vegas and Henderson. For more information call 1.800.EYES.911 or visit

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Vision Source Las Vegas is a network of board-certified optometrists that provides patients with personal care and service while offering advanced medical technology and innovative products to promote eye health.
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