Colby Sawyer Progressive Scholarship Recipient: Kenia Maldonado

Senior Kenia Maldonado poses for a picture. Photo by Megan Downer.
Senior Kenia Maldonado poses for a picture. Photo by Megan Downer.

What inspired you to apply for this scholarship?

“I knew that I wanted to keep my options open so I decided to give this scholarship a try since my guidance counselor really encouraged me to do so.”

How did you react when learning that you received the scholarship?

“When I found out that I had received the Progressive Scholarship I was ecstatic, I couldn't believe that out of everyone who applied I was one of those chosen.”

What excites you about going off to college?

“Going into college I'm excited about learning to become self sufficient and independent. The new environment I will be in is also very exciting since I will have the opportunity to learn new things.”

Are there any clubs, sports or activities you plan on joining in college?

“I still haven't decided if I want to start playing soccer again in college but i'm definitely thinking about it.”

Are you nervous about being away from family?

“I am definitely a little nervous about being away from family but if I do end up choosing Colby-Sawyer I would only be 2 hours away.”

Do you have any friends attending college here too?

“I know some people that attended Malden High last year that go to Colby-Sawyer now.”

What inspired you to consider attending this college?

“I'm not entirely sure that I will be choosing this school but it's a very high possibility. The campus is beautiful and they have a lot of great and fun activities to do there.”

Megan Downer

Senior Megan Downer has been in the Blue and Gold since her freshman year and is now the newspaper’s Editor-In-Chief. Before coming to Malden High, she went to Ferryway for middle school. When Megan has any free time she likes to motivate herself to either read or write. Writing for her is an “outlet for raw emotions” which is what motivates her to pick up some paper and a pen and let the words flow. Megan’s other hobbies include hiking and being outside. She also enjoys watching shows such as Pretty Little Liars and One Tree Hill. She is part of Malden High’s varsity field hockey team as lucky number 7. If she could only eat one meal for the rest of her life it would “probably [be] some good chicken, mac and cheese and a biscuit.” and if she had to wear only one color for the rest of her life, she would choose maroon or black because it “goes with everything.” After high school, her goals are to finish college, become a successful writer and to go into a career that helps others.

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