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for a lifetime

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Different paths
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placeholder August 12, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
Ana Ascencio
at her graduation.
Courtesy photo

FACE scholar is on her way to Amherst

If it takes a village to raise a child, Ana Ascencio, upon her graduation from high school, wanted to take a moment and thank the villagers who have helped her grow up.

Ascencio and her family hosted a dinner for her teachers, family, godparents, coaches and friends "who have all helped me get to where I am now" at Holy Names High School, from which she had graduated at the end of May. The event also featured a display of artwork by the student who completed the Advanced Placement Studio Art class.

FACE this fall

This fall, 684 students will be receiving a Catholic education — 343 in high school, 341 in elementary school — with an assist from FACE — Family Aid–Catholic Education. That's 476 families receiving tuition assistance to send their children to school.

Those numbers include more than 50 new to FACE grants this year.

In the 2012-13 school year, 549 received assistance from FACE.

The success of the annual gala, coupled with the generosity of individual donors and foundations such as the Crescent Porter Hale Foundation, which offered a $550,000 matching grant, helped put more students in the classrooms.

Planning is underway for the next FACE gala, which is on the calendar for May 3, 2014.

For additional information on FACE, which is now under the management of the Office for Mission Advancement, see www.faceofoakland.org.
This month, she will head to Amherst College in Massachusetts, one of the most highly selective liberal arts colleges in the United States, to begin her first year of college.

Ana Ascencio is one of 54 members of the Class of 2013 in Diocese of Oakland high schools whose education journeys have included continuing support in tuition assistance from FACE, Family Aid — Catholic Education.

FACE has been a form of financial support through her days at St. Elizabeth Elementary School and Holy Names.

"I have received a lot of support from my parents," said the second eldest in the family of four daughters. "My family would not have been able to send us to Catholic school. I wouldn't have had the same opportunities as I had at St. Elizabeth and Holy Names."

She has also been part of the Achieve Program at Holy Names High School. Achieve, a program dedicated to preparing young men and women for leadership roles, provides academic support as well as cultural and community service programs year-round.

Achieve assisted her in getting an internship at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, where she spent her summer guiding youngsters through Design Quest, a new exhibit.

Ascencio is interested in environmental science, and hoping to perhaps double major at the college.

"I really like science and math," said Ascencio, who doesn't envision herself sitting in an office all day, but rather doing research — "hands-on work" — and traveling.

Last summer, a hands-on research experience in the rainforest in Puerto Rico helped clarify her plan. "Catching frogs and lizards made me realize that's the kind of thing I want to do."

Ascencio said she started looking at colleges after her freshman year of high school. "Amherst felt like my idea of a small liberal arts college, lots of personal attention and interaction with students from around the country."

Invited to visit the school, at Amherst's expense, she stayed on campus this spring. "It was a really nice weekend," she said.

She looks forward to beginning her studies there, and, before that, she hopes to attend tryouts for the volleyball team and become a walk-on player.

Beyond that, she knows she will give back. Part of that determination comes from her mother. "A lot of her commitment to equal access to education passed on to me," she said.

Ascencio had a taste of mentoring last fall when incoming Achieve students sought her advice. "I was surprised how good it felt to be that person they could talk to," she said.

Whether she's a donor, tutor or mentor, she said, "Somewhere down the road I'll find my own way of giving back."

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