PHOTOS: Highline High Senior Receives Surprise $5,000 Scholarship Check

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At an assembly Thursday afternoon (June 10), Bikram Subba, a Highline High School senior, received a great surprise at a school assembly that featured performers from Cirque de Soleil – a $5,000 scholarship check from Sun Life Financial.

Subba is one of three Seattle-area students to receive the Sun Life Rising Star Award. A total of $165,000 in grants and scholarships was awarded to area students and non-profits by Sun Life.

Bikram is a recent immigrant from Nepal, where he lived amid daily violence and extreme poverty. Bikram looked to dancing and singing as a source of joy and strength and started a dance group to share this gift with children and youth in Nepal. He brought his passion and talent with him to the U.S. and has started a Nepali dance group here involving more than 50 Nepali students. The group has performed in numerous shows around South King County.

Sun Life provides scholarships to help at-risk students continue their education. Winning students receive a $5,000 scholarship and participate in the Sun Life Rising Star National Summit held in Boston. Students attending the Summit may participate in an essay contest with the winners qualifying for a 4-year scholarship worth up to $50,000.

Scott Schaefer was on hand, and he took these photos:

Cirque du Soleil performer Roger Tompkins juggles in the Highline High gym prior to the surprise scholarship award.

Janet Rayor hides before it's her turn to perform for the students.

Janet Rayor rides a unicycle as Tricia Jennings does magic tricks.

Sun Life Financial Regional VP Rey Castro awarded the $5,000 scholarship check to Bikram Subba.

We're doubtful the oversized prop check was negotiable, but we're sure that Bikram was surprised.

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One Response to “PHOTOS: Highline High Senior Receives Surprise $5,000 Scholarship Check”
  1. Lori Alden says:

    Congratulations Bikram! Great Job!

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