The Citizens Environmental Council (CEC) has presented scholarships of $4,000 each to Olivia Johnson and Coraline Haggarty, who are both graduating seniors at Burlingame High School. These exceptional young women were honored for their past efforts and future promise in helping maintain a sustainable and livable planet.

Olivia Johnson participated in the county-wide Youth Climate Ambassadors leadership training program as a sophomore. This program culminated in a Community Impact Project for which Olivia and her partners dug out a section of water-wasting turf on campus and replaced it with succulents and California native plants. She served in a summer internship with the Stanford Environmental Engineering Department, and she also worked during one summer in Costa Rica with a sea turtle conservation and environmental restoration program. On campus she supported the Burlingame Environmental Club and was very active in drama, appearing in 13 productions in four years. Olivia will enroll at Barnard College, where she plans to major in Environmental Science. She is especially interested in human rights and environmental justice.

Cora Haggarty was the cofounder and president of Cascade Climate Action, a community nonprofit that encourages youth to take environmental action. In 2022 she was a summer research intern with Sustainable San Mateo County, where she researched public policy issues related to the environment, social equity and the economy. In middle school she and her partners submitted two short environmental films to CEC’s annual Student Film Fest. She participated in many student activities, competing at an elite level in track, soccer and cross-country and serving as student body president. She will enroll in the Honors Program of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan, and she will run with the Michigan track team. Her career aspiration is to become an attorney working in the field of public health.

This is the ninth year that CEC has presented scholarships to graduates of BHS. Both of these students have excellent academic records and extensive volunteer service, and they exemplify the values and service that CEC honors with these scholarships.

The CEC Scholarship program has been largely underwritten by the Morris S. Smith Foundation, Sterling Franklin, Trustee.