Fernanda’s world is her mission field. For this, PAA teachers and the NPUC conference affirm her spirit of compassion with a Caring Heart Award and scholarship.

Congratulations, Fernanda Rinza, class of 2018!

Fernanda is PAA’s winner of the Caring Heart Award and Scholarship from the North Pacific Union Conference and was presented to her at PAA’s graduation last month.

Ask anyone who knows Fernanda Rinza and they’ll tell you she sings like an angel. She participated in every music class and club she could join at PAA. Her talents have been frequently affirmed with awards and scholarships. She was even a featured musician at La Sierra University’s 2018 Promising Young Artist concert.

But there is so much more to Fernanda. Her world is her mission field. She quietly advocates for others, reaches out to those in need, leads with a servant-heart, and helps others rise. Fernanda is a forever friend. “Her caring heart has been seen in consistent participation in all facets of PAA life and a willingness to go deeper than ordinarily expected,” said Pastor Monte Torkelsen, PAA Chaplain.

From her involvement in athletics, to the international student mentorship club, campus ministries, mission trips and service projects, Fernanda used each opportunity to be a friend to others. Her teachers said she is mature beyond her years and demonstrates what it means to be Christ-centered and character-driven.

The Gleaner NPUC news source says this: “Thirteen other Northwest academy students were each recipients of the $500 Caring Heart Award scholarship. The award is made possible through three-way funding from the North Pacific Union Conference, local conferences, and academies. Students were selected by their schools for exemplifying the spirit of the Caring Heart — a willingness to serve others. The North American Division provided each student with a plaque and an engraved Bible. The scholarships may be used toward tuition at an Adventist school or on a short-term mission trip.”

We wish Fernanda well as she will soon continue her education at Washington Adventist University with a major in vocal performance and a minor in psychology. She hopes to become a music therapist so she can support others in their recovery from mental health challenges. Until then, she uses her love of art and music as a way to extend God’s love to others.