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Port Chester Student Works To Win $10,000 Scholarship

Port Chester High School student Astrid Vargas is a semifinalist to win a $10,000 scholarship and another $10,000 to create a swim team at her school.
Port Chester High School student Astrid Vargas is a semifinalist to win a $10,000 scholarship and another $10,000 to create a swim team at her school. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Port Chester School District

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Port Chester High School senior Astrid Vargas needs your help to win a $10,000 scholarship and another $10,000 to improve her community.

Vargas is one of 17 semifinalists in the MetroPCS #makechange competition . She and her fellow semifinalists have already each won a $2,500 college scholarship and are now competing for another $7,500 in tuition money and a $10,000 community grant.

If she wins, Vargas would donate the $10,000 to create a swim team at Port Chester High School. She is an avid swimmer, but the school has no swim team. She would like students who follow her to have that opportunity.

“Talented swimmers are at a disadvantage since our high school funds do not cover the expenses for a swim team,” Vargas wrote in an essay for her “#makechange” application. She has reached out to District Health, Physical Education and Athletics Director Joseph Durney for help in budgeting her proposal. “The $10,000 grant would provide for a year’s program and would set it in motion."

Vargas is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the honor societies for math, science, Spanish and music. She plays on the softball and tennis teams, and is a member of the Color Guard, the Winter Guard, the student senate and the chorus. She also volunteers at the Carver Center and the 21st Century after-school program.

To vote for Vargas, go to the MetroPCS Leaders and Scholars website and "like" and retweet her idea. Vargas is located in the first column of the second row of students. The last day to vote will be March 31.

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