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Raley's Recognizes Achievements of Local Students
Ninth Annual Joyce Raley Teel Scholarship Awards Ten Outstanding Students
(Tuesday June 5, 2007)

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - Their experience and interests may vary - from horseback riding to molecular biology - but one thing remains common: they have all been selected as top finalists in this year's Joyce Raley Teel Scholarship!

Each year, Raley's celebrates the tremendous efforts of company employees and their family members by awarding outstanding individuals with a Joyce Raley Teel Scholarship. This scholarship program began nine years ago as a way to recognize aspiring individuals who strive to achieve their educational dreams. Since 1999, over $200,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to Raley's colleagues or their eligible dependents.

Join us in saluting these remarkable students from the Greater Sacramento area!

Congratulations to the $1,000 scholarship winners:

Adam Christensen of Orangevale has a passion for genetics and biotechnology. He has plans to one day become a lobbyist. His father, Lee Christensen, is the Assistant Store Director at Bel Air in Folsom.

Rebecca Christensen of Orangevale (Adam's mother) studies Nutrition and has an internship at Sutter Memorial Hospital in the Gestational Diabetes Clinic. Her husband, Lee Christensen, is the Assistant Store Director at Bel Air in Folsom.

Kasia Alvine of Hughson studies Speech Language Pathology at the University of the Pacific. Her brother was also awarded a Joyce Raley Teel scholarship in 1999. Her father, Jack Alvine, is a Pharmacy Supervisor at the Corporate Office in West Sacramento.

Brittany Luhrs of Oroville plans to become an elementary school teacher and hopes to integrate creative learning back into the classroom. Her mother, Julie Luhrs, is a Senior Clerk at Bel Air in Yuba City.

Congratulations to the $2,000 scholarship winners:

Adrian Dokey of Carmichael studies Molecular & Cell Biology at UC Berkeley and hopes to enter the medical profession. This is his fourth year as a top finalist! His mother, Janet Dokey, is a Pharmacist at Raley's in Fair Oaks.

Christine Goularte of Rocklin attends Chico State University and studies History and English. Seeing one of her close friends struggle through school with Muscular Dystrophy inspired her to go into teaching. Her father, Richard Goularte, is a Category Manager for Food Source.

Lauren Johnson of Citrus Heights studies merchandising and marketing at Long Beach State University. She looks forward to graduate school and working in the fashion industry. Her father, Joe Johnson, is a Merchant at the Corporate Office in West Sacramento.

And congratulations to the top three winners for 2007:

Samantha Pickertts of Martinez received a $3,000 award. Originally from Peru, Samantha and her mother moved to the United States to pursue a better life when Samantha was only 10 years old. Currently, Samantha is taking her interest in language and culture and applying it to her linguistics courses at Diablo Valley College. She hopes to attend UC Berkeley to earn a PhD and become a college professor. Her mother, Blanca D'Arrigo, is Head of the Floral Department at Nob Hill Foods in Martinez.

Kirby Chow of Merced was awarded a $4,000 scholarship. Kirby has been a semi-finalist twice but this year marks her first time in top ten! Kirby is determined to break barriers for low-income children and has already started to devote her time to a program that assists impoverished families with free tutoring. She will attend UCLA this fall for graduate studies in the School of Psychology. Her father, Henry Chow, is a Store Director at Raley's in Merced.

And this year's Grand Prize Winner is Albert Enemuoh of Roseville, a Clerk at Bel Air in Roseville, receiving a $5,000 scholarship. Albert loves his first job in the United States - working at Bel Air, which is a long way from his home in Nigeria. Albert is taking pre-pharmacy classes at Sierra College with hopes of attending the University of the Pacific and becoming a pharmacist at Raley's! He balances working a 40-hour week at Bel Air and taking a complete course load of college classes.

Congratulations to all of this year's scholarship winners! And a special thank you to the judges who served on this year's panel:

  • Bob Biko, Principal, RABINC Investments
  • Dr. Helen Chew, Director, Breast Cancer Program at UC Davis Cancer Center
  • Ron Cunningham, Artistic Director of the Sacramento Ballet
  • Claudia Dawn French, Executive Director of the California Museum
  • Robin Klomparens, Attorney-At-Law
  • Susan McClatchy, The McClatchy Company
  • Nancy Weaver Teichert, Reporter, The Sacramento Bee
  • DeAnne Thornton, Executive Director, Child Abuse Prevention Council