Saint Mary’s student earns Gates scholarship

first_imgSaint Mary’s freshman Clarisa Medina stands at 4-foot-11 but her short stature does not hinder her plans for a big future.  “There’s not a doubt in my mind that I’m going to be successful,” she said.  In May 2012, Medina found out she was accepted to become a Gates Millennium Scholar. Of the 26,000 high school seniors who applied for the distinguished scholarship, she was one of the lucky 1,000.  “Students apply annually from all U.S. territories and states.” Medina said. “The program is more prestigious than any university’s admission process, including Harvard.”  Medina applied online in December 2011 and wrote nine essays discussing community service, activities she engaged in during her weekends and summers and the type of courses she had taken to prepare herself for college.  “We also had to write about things that have happened in our lives that we had to overcome to get to the point where we want to be, she said. “There are three rounds and in the final round they determine if you can become a Gates Scholar based off of socio-economic need. If you are chosen you get up to 10 years of education at any university of our choice.”  Medina is the first Gates Millennium Scholar to enroll at Saint Mary’s College. The financial aid office had never heard of the scholarship before Medina.   Medina was first introduced to Saint Mary’s through her sister and current sophomore, Cecily Medina.  “She loved it so much here and she strongly encouraged me to come,” Medina said.  “When I came to visit I liked the classroom size, it was very appealing to me. I feel as if I have so many opportunities here. I get to double major and go abroad. It’s the ideal place to master the basics and go on to a higher level of education, perhaps a PhD.”  Medina, a double major in global studies and political science intends to minor in justice education and Spanish as well as earn her MBA from Notre Dame during her last year of college.  Medina finds another advantage of Saint Mary’s is her ability to participate in two different sports. “I run cross country and play softball here,” she said. “It’s a great stress reliever for me and my team provides me with an additional support system.” The second of eight children, Medina relies on her sports family to help her transition from her home environment. “It is really difficult coming from a Hispanic family because we are very close knit and dependent on each other,” she said. “It’s so loud at home and here everything has been pretty quiet. I know I just have to remind myself to sacrificed that for a reason and that reason was to get an education and to have an opportunity that my parents never had.”  “I am very proud of [Clarisa],” Cecily Medina said. “When she won the scholarship it wasn’t just her winning, it was our entire family winning.”  Despite engaging in an enriched athletic and academic life, Medina has not forgotten her background in service. “I plan to open a camp here that I created back home,” Medina said. “It’s called Run the World and I believe that it is the reason why I got the Gates Scholarship.” Contact Rebecca O’Neil at roneil01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

Dodgers notes: Josh Beckett on track to start Wednesday in spite of latest injury

first_imgDodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Hyun-Jin Ryu might start the game on normal rest Wednesday in case Beckett can’t pitch.“I think we have to leave him as a possibility,” Mattingly said. “He’d be healthy for it.”Other than a lousy first inning in which he allowed three runs — and his miscue in the field — Beckett was encouraged by his rehab start. He said his fastball read 92-94 mph on the radar gun in the 75-pitch outing.“I felt like I had good power stuff,” he said. “The changeup was good. The cutter was suspect. It was all and all pretty good. The first inning I was all over the place. After that I settled down.”Mondesi returns Josh Beckett is on track to make his 2014 debut Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers after throwing a normal bullpen session Sunday at Dodger Stadium.The veteran right-hander has been on the 15-day disabled list with a right thumb contusion since the season began. The thumb wasn’t an issue when Beckett pitched a minor-league rehab game Friday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, but he aggravated something in his right calf/ankle area fielding a bunt attempt after his final pitch.“I had some swelling in my ankle. My calf was barking a little bit too,” Beckett said Sunday. “We kind of ruled that out. The calf got better with some treatment yesterday, some ice last night. … The ankle feels perfect.”Beckett threw for about 15 minutes with head athletic trainer Stan Conte watching. He described the session as “pretty normal.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Former Dodgers outfielder Raul Mondesi said he hadn’t been to Los Angeles for four years prior to Sunday, but might need to come back sooner.Mondesi is nearly four years into a six-year term as mayor of San Cristobal, his home town of 275,000 people on the south coast of the Dominican Republic. In addition to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, Mondesi organized a clothing drive outside Dodger Stadium to benefit the people of San Cristobal.“I hope (the fans) bring a lot of clothes,” he said. “There are a lot of poor people back home. I’ll try to do this. I’ll probably go back to Toronto next month, try to do the same. It’s tough back home. We don’t have ambulances. A lot of people die because of that.” Mondesi said he would return for an encore if Sunday’s clothes drive went well.The 43-year-old Mondesi entered into politics after he retired with the Atlanta Braves in 2005. He played for the Dodgers from 1993-99, winning the National League Rookie of the Year award in 1994. Could he have imagined being mayor of his hometown when his baseball career began?“No,” Mondesi said. “It feels like a dream to me.”Minor tradeIn a move designed to add depth to their left-handed relief corps, the Dodgers acquired left-hander Colt Hynes from the Cleveland Indians for minor-league pitcher Duke von Schamann on Sunday.Hynes, 28, was assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque. To make room for Hynes on the 40-man roster, outfielder Mike Baxter was designated for assignment.Baxter appeared in parts of four games with the Dodgers, going 0 for 7 with a walk, before being optioned to Albuquerque to make room for Matt Kemp on the active roster.Hynes appeared in 38 games last season for Triple-A Tucson last year, a San Diego Padres affiliate, all in relief. He posted a 1.82 earned-run average and struck out 42 in 35 innings. In 22 major-league appearances with the Padres, he allowed 17 runs in 17 innings; lefties batted .156 off him (5 for 32) while righties batted .476 (20 for 42).The Padres traded Hynes to Cleveland for cash last October. In six Cactus League appearances with the Indians, Hynes allowed seven runs in five innings, walking three and striking out five.Hynes adds depth to a depleted Dodgers relief corps. Mattingly said that left-handed relievers Scott Elbert and Onelki Garcia haven’t had any setbacks as they attempt to return from elbow surgeries. However, both pitchers began the season on the 60-day disabled list and can’t be activated before May 19. Hynes gives the Dodgers an immediate option in case of an injury to J.P. Howell or Paco Rodriguez, the only left-handed relievers on the active roster.AlsoPitcher Chad Billingsley faced six batters in a rehab start for Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday before, according to multiple reports, he was removed complaining of pain in his right elbow. Billingsley was scheduled to throw two innings in his first rehabilitation start since undergoing Tommy John surgery on the elbow last April.Billingsley allowed two runs (one earned), with one walk and one strikeout.last_img read more

Umtiti sends France to World Cup final

first_imgIn a World Cup replete with set-piece goals, a corner again proved decisive when Umtiti timed his run perfectly to meet Antoine Griezmann’s delivery six minutes into the second half.France were thankful for fine saves from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris either side of half-time.Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne warned Kylian Mbappe was ready to take the world by storm on the eve of the game and the most expensive teenager in the history of football showed why inside the first 60 seconds.France defender Samuel Umtiti celebrates his winner against Belgium in the World Cup semi-finalHe skipped past Jan Vertonghen with ease and only a last-ditch tackle by Vincent Kompany prevented Griezmann from latching onto his cross.Thibaut Courtois rushed from his goal just in time to save Vertonghen again from Mbappe’s pace on 12 minutes, but it was Belgium who started the better in possession.One of the Red Devils’ many French connections was the biggest danger as Eden Hazard, who began his career with Lille in Ligue 1, pulled the first attempt of goal just beyond the far post.The Chelsea forward’s next effort was arrowing into the top corner until it flicked off Raphael Varane’s head and deflected just over.Lloris and Courtois played a huge part their sides’ quarter-final wins and it was only thanks to two of the best ‘keepers in the world the game remained goalless at half-time.– Goalkeepers impress –Hugo Lloris had to be at full stretch to parry Toby Alderweireld’s snap shot around the post following a Belgium corner. Photo/COURTESYFirst, Lloris flew to his right to turn Toby Alderweireld’s shot on the turn behind.At the other end, Mbappe demonstrated the subtler side to his game to play in Benjamin Pavard, but Courtois used his massive 6ft 5ins (199 centimetre) frame to deny the Stuttgart full-back his second goal of the tournament.Didier Deschamps’ men ended the opening period on top, but again Olivier Giroud looked short of confidence as the focal point of the French attack. Giroud has not scored in eight games and is yet to even have a shot on target in Russia.His best chance arrived via more good work from Mbappe with a cushioned cross, but the Chelsea striker could only slice horribly wide on his favoured left foot.Giroud did at least have a part to play in the decisive opener as, after his shot was deflected wide, Griezmann’s corner was flicked in at the near post by Umtiti.Once in front, France had even more space to exploit Mbappe’s pace, but it was a majestic piece of skill that nearly created a second with a backheel that again freed Giroud only for Mousa Dembele to block.Deschamps embraced his central defender on full time after the French held off a late rally from the Belgium teamRoberto Martinez introduced an extra attacker in Dries Mertens in an attempt to turn the tide and he nearly had an immediate impact as his cross was headed inches wide by Marouane Fellaini.That was as close as Belgium came to taking the game to extra-time, though, as Lloris parried a long-range piledriver from Axel Witsel.But for Courtois, France’s margin of victory would have been even greater as he made saves from Griezmann and Corentin Tolisso in stoppage time.For the generation of Hazard, De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, beating Brazil in the quarter-finals was meant to be the breakthrough on route to winning a major tournament.Instead, it proved to be another false dawn as France march on to Moscow.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Umtiti headed France into the lead after jumping across Marouane Fellaini before glancing his finish homeSAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, July 10 – Samuel Umtiti headed France into the World Cup final in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday with a 1-0 win, consigning Belgium’s ‘golden generation’ to another bitter disappointment.France’s own supremely talented young squad will aim to make amends for defeat on home soil in the final of Euro 2016 in Sunday’s showpiece against England or Croatia.last_img read more