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Olga Flores Scholarship
Isabelle Dom

It was 1988, and as their twin daughters prepared to enter kindergarten, Olga Flores and her husband Richard Petronella searched for a school that would provide a good education in a loving and caring environment. In their search, they discovered Annunciation Orthodox School and determined it was the right choice. They enrolled Georgina and Leanna who would remain at AOS through the sixth grade.

Although it looked different than it does now, the warm and nurturing spirit of the school remains the same. Georgina remembers celebrating with the third-grade teachers after she finished the SRA kit, playing competitive rounds of Science Jeopardy with Ms. Murphy, and romping in a rare Texas snowfall after the principal dismissed all the classes so the students could play outside. Leanna remembers water balloon tosses at Olympics, playing four square in the old, blue-tiled courtyard, and how Mrs. Utley and Mrs. Guffey encouraged her love of reading and writing.

Both Richard and Olga were active within AOS. Olga was an enthusiastic advocate for her little
pony-tailed twins, and Richard served as a member of the Board of Trustees. During his time on the board, he was instrumental in the acquisition of the property where the current school buildings are now located. Leanna would go on to attend Harvard University, and Georgina attended Georgetown University. Sadly, in early 2005, Olga was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away in September of the same year. As Olga’s friends and families wanted to honor her life and her love for education, a scholarship fund was established in her name to benefit girls wanting to attend AOS. The fund, now valued at over $100,000, has provided scholarships to three girls (and counting) at AOS.

Since their college graduation, Leanna has earned a MFA in creative writing and a PhD in English. Her first book of poetry will be published in October 2019. Georgina, who is following in her mother’s footsteps, is currently working towards a graduate degree in social work.

If you would like more information or are interested in contributing to the Olga Flores Scholarship,
please contact Jill Buja in the Advancement Office at jbuja@aoshouston.org.

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