On April 10, 2018 the Knuth Family Foundation presented the 2018 Yoga Strong Scholarship recipient. This years winner, Isabella VanBuren received a $5,000 scholarship to put towards her college education.
We wanted to share a portion a letter of recommendation describing Bella. We think this best describes her accomplishments, her commitment to the community and her personality.
“Bella is a GREAT part of Brighton High School. She is an active member AND leader
of our Leadership class at Brighton High School. She has served as a BKOM mentor (a mentoring program from incoming Freshman) and as a LINK (a peer mentor for special needs students) at Brighton High School. She is simply one of my ‘Go To’ students in this great high school. She is also a high level athlete who has been running competitively her entire Iife. She is currently a Captain of our talented Cross Country team and has been a leader on that team for years! She has also been a Ieader on our class councils in her time at BHS, leading committees on those councils! Finally, Bella has taken it upon herself to start a committee in NHS called the Military Appreciation Committee! SHE led this initiative and SHE has solicited support from our School Board, Iocal organizations and me to support her club and its goals of celebrating our men and women in service. This is not normal high school behavior, obviously. Bella cares about what is right, not about what is popular. She is involved in many, many activities and still has found time to do new things that benefit the greater good. She is an incredibly involved and compassionate person who gives her time and self to help others! Most importantly, she is a mature and moral young woman who is always smiling, always an adult and always caring for others first!
Academically, Bella is gifted. She currently carries a 3.84 GPA and is ranked high in the Class of 2018. She is ready to take on the rigor of the best universities and I personally and professionally guarantee you that she will exceed your expectations if you award her your scholarship!”