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Chione awarded scholarship by Volunteers for Minerals

FALLBROOK — On October 10, Zachary Chione was presented with a plaque and a college scholarship for $500 by the Volunteers for Minerals, an incorporated group that helps the Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society and their museum raise funds to pay for supplies and help on projects that increase the museums usefulness to the town of Fallbrook.

One of these projects is making grab bags to sell at the museum, county fair and the Fall Festival of Gems.

“Zach has been coming very faithfully to our museum for four years, on Thursdays, to help make grab bags,” said Garth Bricker. “He has learned all the steps and worked with a smile.”

Chione was accompanied to the scholarship presentation event by his parents, Jeff and Dee Chione, and his younger brother and sister.

Chione said he will use the scholarship money to help with costs for his first year at MiraCosta College.

Chione has been involved in a national program called Presidential Volunteering.

“I participated in the Congressional award program, which requires a certain number of hours of community service,” he said. “To reach my goal of receiving the Gold Congressional Medal, I have been volunteering at the Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Museum.”

Chione has not decided yet on a major but is interested in computer engineering, sound engineering and graphics design.

“We are all very proud of him,” said Bricker.


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