2019’s Berea High ’62 Scholarship awarded to Thai Truong

On May 30th, classmate Don Auble represented the class and presented the Class of 1962 Scholarship to Thai Truong, a Berea Midpark High ’19 graduate. Thai is an impressive young man, as conveyed in his Common Application essay, which is presented below.

Regrets? I’ve Had a Few by Thai Truong

I’ve regretted a number of things in my life—I mean, who hasn’t?—from
overestimating my spice tolerance and putting too much Sriracha sauce in my Pho
(probably the best Asian noodles out there, hands down) to telling a McDonald’s
cashier I wanted “two McDonalds” instead of “two McChickens” (I must have been
really tired that day). However, what I regret the most is slamming the bathroom
door closed on my ninth birthday and screaming, “Con ghét me!” (Mom, I hate you!),
all because she didn’t give me a Nintendo DS. Looking back at it now, I realize that
she just couldn’t afford the hefty $149.99 price tag.
About a year before my outburst, my parents and I left Vietnam—our home
country where I spent the first eight years of my life. My parents gave up
everything—friends, family, and stable jobs—to move to a country where they had
nothing and understood only three words, “hello,” “yes,” and “no.” They made this
move, not for their own benefit, but for mine so that I would have more opportunities
for success. My dad worked seven days a week, for minimum wage, operating a
cutting machine in a printing company where he was eventually injured; my mom
was pregnant and couldn’t find work then.
At the time, I was an unappreciative eight-year-old brat. All I cared about was
trying to blend in with my American peers. I hated being the only kid who brought
weird Asian food to lunch, hated being pulled out of class for private ESL lessons,
and hated not understanding my teachers. The day I slammed the bathroom door I
unleashed all my anger and frustration on my parents, blaming them for all my
misfortunes. Amazingly, when they later spoke to me, it was not with their usual
angry disciplinary voice, but rather with soft-spoken apologetic feeling. This was
mind-blowing since my parents have never been emotionally expressive people. In
fact, I still recall the first time I told my parents that I loved them. They stared at me
like I was crazy and waved me away, not because they didn’t love me, but because
that’s just not how my parents display their emotions. Their way of showing
affection was by creating the opportunity for me to succeed. They would sacrifice
everything to ensure that I had a chance for a bright future, and never ask for a
thank-you—that’s just how my parents are.
As time passed, my English improved as did my self-confidence. I made
friends, laughed at jokes I now understood, and, most importantly, was able to
perceive my parents in a different way, to understand what they had done for me. I
can’t pinpoint the exact moment when I finally understood their sacrifices, but that
realization became the fuel that now drives my ambition and desire to succeed.
I discovered my interest in computer programming after being accepted into
the HyTech Club at Hyland Software, a large software company near my home. I
spent Wednesday evenings there for three years, learning different computer
languages. I self-taught in my free time and enrolled in college-level programming
classes. All this led to the most gratifying moment in my life: being offered an
internship at the NASA Glenn Research Center. When I told my parents the news,
there were smiles on their faces. There was no need for a hug or an “I’m proud of
you”; their smiles said it all.
Regrets? Unlike Frank Sinatra, I have had more than just a few. I know that I
can’t take back that thoughtless blunder I made ten years ago. But I learned from it,
and I now know that I can make it up to my mom—not by apologizing, saying a
simple “Con xin loi,” but rather by making the most of what she and my father have
tirelessly worked to give me.

Thai Truong BMHS '19

Thai Truong Berea Midpark H.S. ’19 with Don Auble ’62

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BHS ’62 scholarship to Isabelle Senoyit, 2018

On May 24th I presented our Class of ’62 scholarship of $500 to Isabelle Senoyit, who plans to attend Ohio Northern University (Ada, Ohio) in their Pharmacy program. Isabelle (and her family) are very nice… and appreciative of our gift. The presentation was at Berea Midpark High School as part of the Senior Scholars Recognition Program. At the microphone I mentioned to the gathered scholars of the Class of 2018 “how quickly it goes” and that my wish for them is that they might enjoy a good life, a fulfilling career,                             perhaps a good marriage, children, etc.   — Don Auble ’62

BHS Don Auble 2018 photo

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2017 ’62 Scholarship awardee, Joshua Wright

The 2017  recipient of the ’62 Scholarship is Joshua Wright, Berea/Midpark class of 2017.

At the Berea School System awards ceremony last month,  classmate Don Auble represented ’62 and reported:

Hi all… Thought you’d like a quick report on the Senior Scholarship Recognition evening at Berea Midpark High School. The recipient of our BHS Class of ’62 scholarship was Joshua Wright, who will be attending Ohio University with studies focused on math and statistics. He’d like to become an actuary. Nice young man… and appreciative of the $500 award.

At the microphone I was able to announce that we expect that our Class of ’62 scholarship funds will this year be sufficient to become an ongoing, perpetual scholarship.

BHS class of 1976 is the only other class that awards a scholarship.

Cons took the attached photo.

Best,
Don

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55th Reunion Announcement

For the Registration Form, click on this: 2017 Reunion Registration Fillable Form

 

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Thank you to John Gardner BHS ’62

Dear John,

Thank you for all your volunteer work on the BHS ’62 Scholarship. The Class of ’62 really appreciated your initiative last autumn, when you drafted the very thoughtful, personal appeal and distributed it to our classmates. That was a major undertaking and the scholarship fund benefited substantially.

As best we can tell from the data The Education Foundation has provided, your outreach resulted in approximately 30 gifts to The Education Foundation totaling $4-$5 thousand. It is especially impressive that many of the gifts were from first time donors. The ’62 scholarship fund is now approximately $14,000, essentially “endowed” for an annual $500 scholarship, a goal since we began fundraising about 5 years ago.

Again, our most sincere thanks for undertaking that large and important project.  Well done!

Berea High ’62

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Year end 2015 update

Attention BHS ‘62 classmates! As year end approaches and you’re thinking about gifts, please consider a donation to the Berea High Class of 1962 Scholarship fund at Berea’s The Education Foundation (TEF). This fund was started just before our 50th reunion in 2012 and has now made annual $500 grants to BHS seniors in the classes of 2012-2015. Recipients are chosen on the basis of need, community service, and grades, and all went off to college and are continuing.

Thanks to several consistent donors from ’62, the fund is now just over $10,000. As you may know from the TEF newsletter, in addition to scholarship aid, there are many worthy Berea School District projects for which TEF provides funding.

To learn more about the scholarship or to make a donation, go to http://www.educationfoundationberea.org/bhs-class-of-1962-donation.html

P.S. We’ve asked the 4 scholarship recipients to update us on their activities & plans, and to let us know if ’62 might be of any help with their career. If/when we hear some news, we’ll pass it on.

Happy Holidays!

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Berea High ’62 Scholarship Update

Thanks to all classmates who have donated to the Berea High ’62 Scholarship fund, which is housed at and administered by The Education Foundation in Berea. As of this date the BHS ’62 fund stands at $8814.20, up about $700 from two years ago and after three $500 scholarship awards to graduating Berea High Seniors.

2014 Scholarship
Our May, 2014 awardee is Sarah Strinka, Berea High ‘2014. Sarah is now a freshman at Ohio University, Athens, pursuing a Global studies: War and Peace major and planning to double major in Political Science.  At Ohio U., she’s a member of the Marching 110.  She’s written to the ’62: “This scholarship helped me broaden my horizons from my academic focus and allowed me to participate in the 110 where I have made lifelong connections and incredible memories.”

2013 Scholarship
Our May, 2013 awardee is Samantha Carson, who was a cheerleader and dance group member at Berea High before graduating from BHS in 2013.   Samantha matriculated at Ashland University in Ohio and is majoring in biology.  At Ashland she’s a member of  Delta Zeta sorority whose purpose is to promote the values of sisterhood through scholarship, community service and social events.

2012 Scholarship
Our first awardee, Danielle Wolfe, BHS ’12, is at Heidelberg University in Ohio where she has excelled by being named to the Dean’s List consistently.  Majoring in English, she’s served as a Resident Assistant and a member of the Executive Board of Heidelberg’s chapter of the Ohio Student Educators Association. The chapter’s purpose is to improve the teachers of the future, the Heidelberg community and the local community through professional development opportunities and community outreach activities.

The Class of 1962 should feel good about these recipients and the role the Class is taking in helping to advance the educational opportunities of the younger generation in Berea.

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