Kylee Schwartz | 2021 Michelson Award Recipient

Kylee Schwartz is the 2021 Glenn Michelson Memorial Award recipient. Kylee is a Senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates, and a member of CSF Chapter 1138, South Central region.

Kylee’s essay earned her this honor and $1,000 award. Writing about joining the Asian Real Estate Association of America’s (AREAA) neighborhood project, planting trees throughout the community, Kylee gave personalities to the various trees that were planted as part of an experiment to see which would best survive the harsh coastal conditions.

Kylee wrote “While planting trees is a small act compared to others, it has taught me three things. The first was to slow down. All too often, I get caught up in my daily routine and the speed of life. The ease I felt from planting taught me to take time for myself, to slow down by doing an activity to help others or one to help myself. Secondly, from imagining personalities for the trees, and focusing on their unique characteristics, I learned to notice details. This goes hand in hand with slowing down, if I rush, I miss many things. This discovery has helped me with school projects, caretaking responsibilities, and with my job. Finally, I’ve discovered appreciation. I can walk down the street and feel grateful from the smallest creature to the largest tree. I now appreciate the time and effort it took people to plant trees throughout my community.”

Kylee’s “small” act of planting trees will benefit her community for many years. She continues to keep watch over her trees as they adapt and grow.

Many thanks to Betsy Okamoto, CSF Adviser at PV Peninsula for more than fifteen years, for the support and time she provides to CSF and to her chapter members; and to Brent Kuykendall, Principal, for supporting CSF at Peninsula High.

The Glenn Michelson Memorial Award was established in 2012 in memory of the late Glenn Michelson, past 20-year CSF adviser of Sequoia High School in Redwood City and deeply involved past CSF Board member. He was a strong advocate of our CSF motto promoting community service. This annual essay contest in Glenn’s honor is open to high school CSF senior Sealbearers who have a passion for service.

Jack Tian, 2020-2021 Michelson Award Recipient

Congratulations to Jack Tian, on receiving the 2020-2021 CSF Michelson Award. He is a member of chapter 786, Troy High School, Fullerton. His adviser is Roger Anderson.

Jack is a senior at Troy High School in Fullerton, California. He founded Aerovate with the vision of engaging youth in STEM through fun competitions, activities, and community service. He truly believes what drives the miracles of science is a fundamentally human intent that is at the core of what scientists seek to do—applying discovery to make the difference we hope for. In his free time, he likes to play basketball and travel down the YouTube rabbit hole.

Michelson Award Essay Contest for 2020

CSF members submit your essay between November 1st and December 22nd. This $1,000 award is available to all seniors who are members of a CSF chapter in good standing.
Write an essay in response to this prompt: Describe a volunteer experience you have had and its impact on you and your community.
Get all the details and submit your essay here: https://csf-cjsf.org/csf-awards/

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2019-20 MICHELSON AWARD

Congratulations Jasmine Kinney!

The Glenn Michelson Memorial Award was established in 2012 in memory of the late Glenn Michelson, past 20-year CSF adviser of Sequoia High School in Redwood City and past Board of Directors member who served as State President, CSF Registrar, Regional Vice-President, Historian, and Legislative Chair. He was a strong advocate of our CSF motto promoting community service. Glenn bequeathed funds to CSF for this annual essay contest open to high school CSF seniors who have a passion for service. 

Jasmine Kinney is a member of CSF Chapter 381, Hoopa Valley HIgh School; Vicki Kurtz, Adviser; Jennifer Lane, Principal; Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District.

EDWARD TRAN | MICHELSON RECIPIENT 2018 – GABRIELINO HIGH SCHOOL

The 2018 Glenn Michelson Memorial Award recipient Edward Tran is a member of Chapter 1170 in the South region and a Senior at Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel.

His essay about a service project he “spearheaded Project C.A.R.E. (Cambodia Aid & Relief Endeavor), a non-profit with the goal of creating an environment where Cambodian kids can finally be kids again” earned him this honor and $1,000 award. Edward’s project and essay demonstrated his passion for service and perseverance from “raising money, networking with companies, learning a new language, and exploring Cambodia” to achieve his aim.

Thanks are extended to Ruth Esseln, CSF Adviser at Gabrielino for the time and guidance she provides to CSF and to her chapter student members, and to Sharron Heinrich, Principal, for the support she gives CSF at Gabrielino.

The Glenn Michelson Memorial Award was established in 2012 in memory of the late Glenn Michelson, past 20-year CSF adviser of Sequoia High School in Redwood City and deeply involved past CSF Board member. He was a strong advocate of our CSF motto promoting community service. This annual essay contest in Glenn’s honor is open to high school CSF seniors who have a passion for service.