December 2018 Photo Gallery
Photos courtesy of Saints Yuan
A dramatic start line for the 2018 Tinsel Triathlon
The kids are ready to roll. Notice the big guy on the left wondering what these little guys are doing up front. (They're up front because they can run faster than he can!)
UCSD-graduate Nik has returned as an important mentor for kids like college-student Jesus.
The Alvarez family. The kids are headed for college one after the other.
The Arellanos family. High-school senior Andrew (right) already has one early college acceptance offer, with others sure to follow soon.
Gilbert & Nik. Nik works with the kids on and off the playing field.
Santa Paws 5K
After finishing in the top twelve in the main race, Ahris and Richard totally dominated the Elf Dash, finishing first and second.
Exceeding Expectations won the trophy for the largest team at the event; nearly 50 EE team members.
Ricardo, Arian, Ahris and Richard placed 7th, 8th, 10th and 12th overall, out of 600 racers!
2018 Awards & Scholarships Party
A standing room audience this year
UCSD-graduate Marlene and her baby, Eliana
Jesus' little one, Galilea
San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools and great friend of EE Dr. Dale Marsden, here with Mauricio, told the crowd how proud he was of the kids and the progress they're making.
Recognition for outstanding athletic accomplishments during the year, in school and with EE
Ahris describing how he did at the USA Track Federation junior nationals in Las Vegas. He and Richard competed, and both placed very high up in the standings.
And Richard has the sweatshirt to prove it.
Recognition for outstanding academic accomplishments during the year
Everything you need to know about EE right here. These are our college students: graduates on the left (Ashley standing in for Nik, who couldn't attend), current students on the right.
Meli's niece Marisol, who came from the same background as the kids and will graduate Stanford this Spring, giving our high school juniors and seniors some sage advice for their upcoming college years
Nik's fiancé Ashley attended in his place to receive a brand new award -- the "Full Circle" award -- for an EE kid who comes back as a successful adult to be a coach, mentor and role model .
Jose (left) and Karen (right) won the Coach's Award for outstanding effort even if it didn't result in podium finishes. Aramiz and Fernando (middle) are our two youngest team members.
Our master violinist and original EE kid Josh is the poster boy for an upcoming recital!
Ana Campo receives a scholarship check from Molly Thorpe, in memory of Molly's mother, Goldie. Molly and husband Jay have committed to helping Ana through her college years.
John accepts a scholarship from our good friends John and Lizzie Brenkus. The Brenkus family supported Marlene through her college years and are doing the same for John.
John also received a scholarship from the McFarland Family Foundation. The McFarlands also helped Marlene through her college years and are now helping John.
Nancy Alvarez received a scholarship from our friend David Martin, in memory of his partner, Steven.
Moses and Andrew are the 2018 recipients of the Blazeman Scholarship, honoring the memory of the "poet warrior" Jon Blais, the only person to finish an IRONMAN after being diagnosed with ALS. The scholarships are awarded by Jon's parent, Bob and Mary Ann.
Cherie holds up a check from our wonderful sponsor, Boingo. to be used in furtherance of higher education for all the EE kids.