Special to the Times

1Most Valuable StudentsNefi J. Perez and Debra L. Kingston have been named as the local winners in the Elks National Foundation “Most Valuable Student Contest” for the 2015-2016 award offer year, according to Ely Elks Lodge #1469.

Perez and Kingston will each receive a $1,000 one-year scholarship award from Ely Elks Lodge.

Perez will also receive a one-year scholarship award of $1,000 from the Nevada State Elks Association.

The 2015 schedule of awards includes 500 scholarships awarded to the highest rated boys and girls in the nationwide competition. Financial need, leadership and scholarship are the criteria by which applications are judged.

Experience shows that students who qualified for final consideration usually have a scholarship rating of 90 percent or better and stand in the upper 10 percent of their classes. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditioned upon the enrollment of the winners in an American college or university.

Perez and Kingston graduated with the Class of 2016 at White Pine High School.  Nefi J. Perez and Debra L. Kingston