Each year, Helix honors two high school seniors who share our commitment to service, integrity and continuous improvement, and we award them $1,000 scholarships for college.

The scholarships were endowed by Dr. Lillian Childs, who was on Helix’s Board of Directors from 1979 to 1999, and Bob Friedgen, Helix’s general manager from 1980 to 1998. Both were present at our Board meeting on May 24th to meet this year’s recipients.

Nanse Mansor, a senior at Valhalla High School, is the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Lillian M. Childs Scholarship. Mansor plans to major in biology, chemistry or physiology at San Diego State University and continue on to medical school.

She is an honor roll student, a Unity Leader who mentors incoming sophomores at Valhalla, and she dedicates about eight hours a week to community service, tutoring low-income and non-English speaking students, teaching first and second grade students at St. Michael’s Catholic Church and volunteering at the El Cajon Public Library.

Lamees Sharif, a senior at El Cajon Valley High School, is the 2017 recipient of the Robert D. Friedgen Scholarship. Lamees will also attend SDSU next fall, the first step on her path to becoming an oncologist.

In addition to her many extracurricular activities, Sharif is an intern in the office of State Senator Joel Anderson, assisting with research, public speaking and media relations. Sharif is also a bilingual peer tutor for new Syrian refugees.

Photo: Dr. Lillian Childs, Nanse Mansor and Board President Joel Scalzitti.

Photo: Bob Friedgen, Lamees Sharif and Board President Joel Scalzitti.