The 11th Annual Karen Minner Scholarship has been awarded to Carlyle Tagalog, 16, of Silver Spring, Md. Carlyle is acting president of HVA's National Honor Society, and is the first male student to win the scholarship since it was established in 2002. He is a junior.
Born in the Philippines, Carlyle also lived with his missionary family in Sudan and Mongolia before coming to the United States for the first time in the fall of 2010. Except for a few years of elementary school in the Philippines, he was homeschooled until the fall of 2011. Adjusting to the demands of academy life has presented few problems to Carlyle, who hit the ground running at HVA and immediately won a spot in the hearts of both faculty and students.
"Carlyle often shows up early for classes just to tutor other students who may be having difficulty," says Jennifer Payne, English teacher at HVA.
He wasted no time involving himself in school life, joining choir and serving as photographer for the yearbook. He also plays the piano. His favorite genre for pleasure reading is historical fiction.
Having given much thought to life as an adult, Carlyle is undecided whether he will ultimately remain in the United States or return to his Philippine homeland, but he does envision a career in the field of medicine.
Carlyle is the son of Phide Tagalog, who works with accounting software for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) at the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, near Washington, and Annelee Tagalog, who helps a friend care for her elderly mother. He has two older brothers, Aldrich, who is beginning a career in nursing, and Brian, a student at Andrews University.
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