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Rose Wine, 2016                

Rose has a love for working, serving others, and exploring the world. She has been involved in a variety of extracurricular activities and events, such as the Student Advisory Board on Legislation in Education, Varsity Swimming, Academic Decathlon, Renaissance Academic Leadership, California Scholarship Federation, National Spanish Honor Society, and so forth. She also enjoys photography, traveling, reading, and outdoor activities like kayaking and biking. However, she dedicates a majority of her time to her schoolwork and has further pursued her love for learning at Columbia College by taking extra courses since she was a freshman. She is the Valedictorian of her class and will attend Clark University in Massachusetts. Rose aspires to become an English professor at the university level as well as start an educational organization that builds schools in foreign countries and will allow families to work at the site in order to send their children to school.

Alex Durante, 2011

Photo by Ashley Wriggle

Jessi Lynn Gonzales is originally from Angels Camp, CA, and is a 2012 graduate from Bret Harte High School. She is currently a student at Seattle Pacific University, and majoring in English Literature, as well as pursuing a New Media Art minor. She is most passionate about writing, and she has always found stories to be immensely important, both the hearing and the telling of them. Her favor for writing is adamant, however, she also has a strong heart for education. She studied American Sign Language for her foreign language and grew deeply attracted to the language and the mechanics of learning it, and hopes to continue growing in it. Once she has completed her undergrad, Jessi Lynn hopes to pursue her Masters in Education and pursue teaching.
Danielle attends the University of California at Berkeley, pursuing an English major and working on a minor in Music. She also dedicates a lot of time to the Daily Californian as the design editor for Fall 2016 - a full-time position producing & facilitating infographics, illustrations, and layout design for print and web.

"I know that I will do great things, whether I change the world or if I spend my life as an unknown English teacher with a couple of kids, I will do great things because America will give me the chance to do great things."

"I wanted to study something that I loved - something that fascinated and captivated me."

Danielle Sundell, 2014

Photo by Amber Rack

Hannah Cantrell, 2014

Loretta was in her 80s when she died - sadly, the result of an accident when she was crossing the street and hit by a truck. Pam Shoemaker recalls the day she received a phone call from Loretta's lawyer: "Are you sitting down?" he asked. Then he told Pam that Loretta had left her entire estate (worth about $500,000) to Murphys Volunteer Library!

In her honor, MVL created the scholarship program in Loretta's name, and also dedicated the garden next to the library as a memorial.

Hannah Cantrell grew up in Murphys, CA and attended Bret Harte Union High School. Craving to live life in a city, she moved to Portland, OR in Fall 2014. After taking a year to gain residency, Hannah is back where she started school at Portland State University studying Communications and Advertising. When she is not in school, Hannah works for an international Fitness Company as their social media manager. She also pursues photography, specifically fashion, editorial and live music photography. After she graduates college, she plans to pursue a career in a Marketing, Advertising, and/or Public Relations field. For now she enjoys being a student and appreciating all that the beautiful Pacific Northwest has to offer. 

Jessi Lynn Gonzales, 2012

Delaney has been involved in various extracurricular activities such as membership in the California Scholarship Federation, National Spanish Honor Society, Renaissance Academic Leadership, Varsity Volleyball, and Girl Scouts of America. Her interest in her community has led her to volunteer for the Humane Society, earn her Bronze and Silver Award in scouting, and volunteer as a Girl Scout camp counselor every summer. Her love for higher learning dominated her High School career and resulted in her graduating as Valedictorian of her class.  She has found her passion in molecular biology and genetics and is now working toward a degree in Bioengineering at Santa Clara University to do research in oncology and genetics.

About Loretta Fox
Loretta Fox was a devoted patron of the library when it opened in its new building.  She would come in all the time, and always said that she was going to put the library in her will. Loretta was good friends with Barbara Hurlbut - a volunteer and  board member at the time. They corresponded on a regular basis after Loretta moved to Oregon to be closer to family. Loretta always wanted to know how the library was doing, and continued to say that she would remember it in her will.

Delaney Gray, 2015       Hometown: Murphys, CA * High School: Bret Harte * Major: Bioengineering


              Hometown: Copperopolis, CA * High School: Bret Harte * Major: Double Major in English and International Development & Social Change 

Alex graduated from University of Puget Sound (UPS) in 2015, earning his BA in English with emphasis on Creative Writing, and also in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture.

Recipients of the Loretta Fox Memorial Scholarship