'The Coquitlam Optimist Club presented 10 Tri-Cities graduates with the 2012 annual Robert Simms Memorial scholarship awards.
Receiving the scholarship awards were Arturo Bustillos and Ho Yi Kwan, of Pinetree, Erina Cho, Tiffanni Hernandez, Maana Javadi and Zoya Jiwa from Dr. Charles Best, Nicole Leung, of Terry Fox, Juhae Oh from Centennial, and Sachin Phadkar and Romina Qurban from Port Moody.
The $500 awards were presented primarily based on the students' service to their communities, and is named in memory of Robert Simms, a long-time teacher in District 43 and a charter member of Coquitlam Optimist Club.
The scholarship recipients have chosen a variety of post-secondary schools both within and outside British Columbia. Arturo Bustillos, Erina Cho, and Zoya Jiwa are attending Simon Fraser University. Ho Yi Kwan, Juhae Oh and Sachin Phadkar are attending UBC. Nicole Leung and Romina Qurban are at Douglas College.
Tiffanni Hernandez and Maana Javadi have chosen universities outside the province: Hernandez is attending Florida International University on an athletic scholarship, and Javadi is at McGill University.