Priscilla Ng, a 2015 graduate of Casa Grande High School, has been awarded a scholarship worth up to $100,000 by Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

Ng will use it to study mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She would like to become a marine engineer; helping to design the next model of naval ships and submarines.

Throughout high school, Ng was active in athletics including swimming and rock climbing. She is a member of National Honor Society, AWANAs Ministry and Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.

The Bright Minds scholarship provides up to $20,000 per year for up to five years while Ng completes her undergraduate degree. She is one of 10 California students to earn this award.

Press Democrat Poll

What type of warning did you receive about last October’s fires? (Multiple responses allowed)

Official alert on my landline: 5 percent

Official alert on my cellphone: 17 percent

Neighbor warned me: 14 percent

Family member or friend warned me: 28 percent

Police or fire came to my home to warn me: 5 percent

None: 43 percent

Don’t know: 1 percent

In the future, how would you like to be notified about a fire or other impending disaster?

Phone call: 31 percent

Text message: 30 percent

Email: 1 percent

Air raid siren: 28 percent

Other (specify): 7 percent

Don’t know: 3 percent

Do you think Sonoma County is more prepared today to warn you about fires or disasters than it was last year?

Yes: 54 percent

No: 31 percent

Don’t know: 15 percent

SOURCE: The Press Democrat Poll/David Binder Research

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