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Livermore High Alumna and Former Teacher Leaves a Legacy to Students

August 31, 2021- Livermore, CA – Class of 1950 graduate and former Spanish teacher of Livermore High School, Isabelle Mary Henriques, bequeathed $100,000 from her personal Trust to create the Isabelle Henriques Valedictorian Award for students of Livermore High School. Awards are designated for the Valedictorian(s) of Livermore High School who are also lifelong members of the California Scholarship Federation. $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to each recipient.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled that the highest achieving Livermore High students of this generation and beyond will be the beneficiaries of Ms.Henriques’ generosity. Her legacy as an alumna and distinguished teacher will live on through her support of future generations,” expressed Helen Gladden, Principal of Livermore High School.

Henriques, who passed away on June 17, 2021, is fondly remembered by former colleagues and students as a passionate educator. She had high educational expectations for her students and helped them achieve their potential through her command of the subject matter, her compassion, and her positive, inspiring attitude. Former student, Mary Coehlo Wilson shared, “Ms. Henriques was a wonderful teacher who had a profound influence on my life. Largely due to her influence, I decided to become a Spanish teacher. Now my daughter teaches high school Spanish and one of my grandchildren is bilingual.”

“Mary Henriques truly valued public education and was an inspiration to many. Establishing a scholarship was a lifelong dream of hers, and we are so fortunate that she chose to support the students from her alma mater,” stated Superintendent Kelly Bowers.

The establishment of an account in the LVJUSD Foundation Fund for this award was unanimously approved by the LVJUSD Board of Trustees at the August 17, 2021 Board Meeting.