North High School Honors Late Assistant Principal Melville McKay by Creating a Scholarship Fund in His Name

Posted by Community Relations on 5/25/2016

Last summer, North’s Assistant Principal for Instruction, Melville McKay, passed away.  The school decided to honor him by creating a scholarship fund in his name. Through several events, including a memorial pot-luck, two salsa contests, a pie bake-off, and a cookie contest, the North High staff and friends of Mr. McKay raised $2,500.00 and awarded $500.00 scholarships to five college-bound NHS seniors.

Here are the winners:

Briseyda Perez will attend Grand Canyon University. She will major in medicine and plans to become a pediatrician to help families who are unable to receive medical support.

Kiara Pena will attend Northern Arizona University. Kiara will major in secondary education and plans to become a high school IB English teacher. She is thankful for family, friends and teachers who have helped her along the way. Kiara is also a recipient of the Dorrance Scholarship.

Anna Deogratias will attend Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. Anna is the first of her eight siblings to attend university. She would like to become an ER nurse and create a global foundation to help those in need of food, shelter and clothing.

Hanzhang “Riley” Niu will attend Cornell University. She will be in the college of engineering, and major in computer science and minor in fine arts. She would like to develop an advanced online education system to benefit those who do not have first-hand access to higher education.

Ariana Fierro will attend Northern Arizona University. She will major in social work to promote better living conditions and increase the universal well-being of children.