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Market Scholars
Jeff Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive - Leslie Robson | Farmers Market

from left: Nattapon Thitathan, Paola Medina, Fabian Huertas, Christina Phillips, “Clarissa” Qing Wang. Photo Leslie Robson.
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Panny Nhia Yi Ly.
Photo Leslie Robson.
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The Del Mar Farmers Market, finally in its new home at the Civic Center, has announced the recipients of its annual academic scholarship awards for vendors attending institutions of higher education. Those selected must work at least half time at the market and be at least a part time student.

1. Fabian Huertas, DMFM market manager, is completing his degree at CSU San Marcos, in Business Marketing. This is his fourth year to receive a scholarship.

2. Paola Medina helps her mother at the Valle Products stand, making quesadillas and selling honey. She is enrolled at SD Mesa College and is studying nursing and French, with a goal of becoming an RN.

3. Panny Nhia Yi Ly sells the beautiful breads and pastries her father makes at Le Rendez-Vous Bakery. Panny is actually still in high school at Mission Vista High but takes college classes at Mira Costa Community College.
She plans to study engineering in biology or in medicine at the University of Sacramento, where she will be able to enjoy the cultural influences of a large Hmong community.

4. Christina Phillips (fiance of Fabian!) runs Kombucha Culture, and attends Mira Costa Community College. Christina is completing her prerequisites to apply for a masters degree in Occupational Therapy, with an ultimate goal of helping children with physical and mental disabilities. She acts as “Assistant Rule Enforcer” for the market manager.

5. Nattapon Thitathan, who owns and runs The Pad Thai Stand, attends Mira Costa College and SDSU and has long held goals in medicine. Nat works full time building his businesses and working toward his Masters degree.

6. “Clarissa” Qing Wang, a repeat awardee, farms with her husband, Ray, and sells their produce at Ray’s Subtropical Farm. Clarissa is completing the requirements to apply to nursing school, always maintaining her 4.0 GPA!


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