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Liberty Ranch High School co-valedictorian Sierra MacLeod receives scholarship for overcoming challenges

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 12:00 am

Sierra MacLeod recently learned she is one of only 10 students in Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Northern and Central California service area to receive a $30,000 college scholarship. There were more than 8,000 applicants.

The recipients not only overcame personal adversities, but are passionate about serving the communities they live in, according to Ezra Garrett, PG&E’s vice president of Community Relations.

MacLeod specifically overcame a speech impediment as a young child and says she was teased for that and a gap in her teeth. With the help of teachers, she says she gained confidence and began to become more outgoing. Through speech therapy as a young girl, she was able to overcome her childhood speech impediment and considers the fact that she delivered her eighth grade graduation speech as a personal milestone.

Her “Bright Minds” scholarship was awarded to MacLeod based on a combined demonstration of community leadership, personal triumph, financial need and academic achievement.

MacLeod, who will use the money at University of California, Los Angeles, where she plans to purse a bachelor’s degree in math, is one of two Class of 2013 valedictorians for Liberty Ranch High School. She earned a 4.372 grade point average this year.

She has served as the associated student body president, as well as junior class president and sophomore class president.

She was the National Honor Society secretary, JV/varsity volleyball team captain, track and field team captain and a California Scholastic Federation Gold Sealbearer. Other honors include: Lettermen’s Honor Society, Students with a Purpose Club president, FFA, Architecture, Construction, Engineering competition team, club volleyball, Salvation Army meal server, convalescent home volunteer, Love Galt volunteer, house builder in Mexico, volleyball coach and math tutor.

MacLeod is also active ion her church youth group and youth band. Her parents are Devon and Kristi MacLeod.

While she plans on majoring in math, MacLeod said she plans on investigating the mechanical engineering major. After college, she would like to either teach high school math and be the activities director, or work as a mechanical engineer.

Before starting high school, the lifelong Galt resident attended Marengo Ranch Elementary and McCaffrey Middle schools.

On May 31, Sierra MacLeod had been told to come to PG&E’s West Sacramento office for some final interview questions.

Instead, she found out alongside her mom that she was among the scholarship winners. Ed Bedwell, PG&E’s vice president of state governmental relations, was on hand as an oversized check was presented to her.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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