Optimist Club of Coronado scholarship winners Mariella and Natalia Avanni (seating) and Tahay Bubulka and Austin Miller pose with their checks on June 1. Staff photo by Craig Harris.

The Optimist Club of Coronado on June 1 awarded four $3,000 scholarships to graduating seniors of Coronado High School.

The winners were Tayah Bubulka, twin sisters Mariella and Natalia Avanni and Austin Miller.

The students were presented with their checks and honored at an awards breakfast among family and friends at the Coronado Community Center.

Optimist Club of Coronado President Paul Lull praised the parents for their involvement in the lives of their children, and he said all the scholarship winners provided optimism and showed what it took to be successful.

Here are the winners:

Tayah Bubulka

Tayah Bubulka, one of the top swimmers at Coronado High School and a Military Child of the Year semifinalist, received the Octagon Club Scholarship.

Bubulka will attend USC and major in architecture. She also is a Gold Award winner, the highest honor among Girl Scouts who set themselves apart from their peers through perseverance and grit.

And Bubulka is involved with the Junior Optimist Club.

Austin Miller

Austin Miller has participated in the Boy Scouts for 10 years, and he plans to study business and E-commerce at Cal Poly Pomona and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

Miller received the Eagle Scout Scholarship, and he also has an online sneaker business and his own YouTube channel.

Mariella and Natalia Avanni

Twins Mariella and Natalia Avanni each were awarded the NJROTC or Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship.

This sisters play golf and have excelled in the classroom.

Once the Avanni sisters start college this fall at the University of California San Diego, they plan to use the scholarship money toward their cognitive science major.

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Craig Harris has 31 years of daily journalism experience and is editor and associate publisher. He most recently worked at USA TODAY as a national investigative business reporter, and he’s a two-time Polk Award winner. You can catch him at the Coronado dog beach with his beagle, Daisy, who has her own Twitter account. He can be reached by email or at 602-509-3613.