2014 Legacy Awards Recipient
University of California, Los Angeles—Theatrical Set Design Major
Sponsored by Sun City Ariz., Lodge No. 2559
Elks scholars are well-rounded and dedicate their time to the things they are passionate about. For Anastasia Pineschi, she balanced her interests in athletics and the arts while also giving back to her community.
At 9 years-old, Anastasia began taking fencing lessons at the encouragement of her father. Through practice and dedication, she became an internationally ranked fencer and a team captain by high school and continues to develop her skills.
She was also a soprano soloist for the Mira Costa Vocal Ensemble, while serving as Artist Council President at the National Children’s Chorus and performing the principal part in several operas at the Los Angeles Opera.
She also had a strong performance academically, being a member of the National Honors Society and the California Scholarship Federation, an organization that recognizes academically motivated students and encourages involvement in community service.
Anastasia took this encouragement and volunteered her time as a day counselor at the Tumbleweed Day Camp, a camp that allows children to enjoy nature within Los Angeles, and serving as student teacher at the Learning Garden, a community garden located at her high school that allows students to learn about and be close to nature.
She now looks forward to continuing her interest in theatre as she studies theatre set design and combines her interests and passions into a career.
“I’m extremely grateful to the Elks for their generosity, sense of community and kindness,” says Anastasia. “I want to return my heartfelt thanks to the Elks for the potential they saw within me when I was awarded the status of an Elks scholar.”
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