Clewiston Rotary Club helps students achieve higher education goals

More than a dozen Clewiston High School students were awarded scholarships on behalf of the Clewiston Rotary Club on May 12.

More than a dozen Clewiston High School students were awarded scholarships on behalf of the Clewiston Rotary Club on May 12.

More than a dozen graduating seniors at Clewiston High School (CHS) received scholarships ranging from $250 to $6,000 on behalf of the Rotary Club on May 12.

The scholarships will help 17 seniors in their pursuit of higher education during their four-year stint at university.

All of the students presented with scholarship money have been accepted into a college or university for the 2014/15 school year. The students will also be staying relatively close to home, with all 17 attending school in Florida.

The students gathered inside the Clewiston Country Club on Monday and were presented their scholarships during the Rotary luncheon. Along with the Rotary Club members, CHS Principal George Duckstein, Assistant Principal Roberto Sanchez and guidance counselor Sherrie Llossas were in attendance to support their students and their incredible academic achievements.

“These students are the best that Clewiston High School has to offer in the graduating class of 2014,” said Rotary member Joe Whitehead, as he went down the list of students and their accomplishments.

Members of the National Honor Society, the class president and vice president, FFA members, 4-H members, a Sunshine State Scholar, STEM scholars, poetry contest winners, foreign language buffs and one drumline member graced the stage as the scholarships were awarded.

If studying hard and doing well in school weren’t time-consuming enough, add a plethora of volunteer and faith-based work to the mix of student achievement.

Four different scholarships were given out to the 17 seniors in varying amounts.

The Campbell and Frances Nall Scholarship was awarded to Sadie Awe and Brock Ramer in the amount of $6,000 each.

Sadie will be attending the University of Florida to study biology and Brock will be attending the University of South Florida to pursue a degree in international studies.

Melanie DeLaSalas, Jhander Garcia, Jenny Lopez, Mindy Paniagua and Victor Ramos were all awarded a one-time Campbell and Frances Nall Scholarship in the amount of $550 each. Melanie will be attending the University of Florida to study education, Jhander will be attending the University of Central Florida to study law, Jenny will be attending the University of Central Florida to study biology, Mindy will be attending Palm Beach State College to study education and Victor will be attending the University of Central Florida to study biology.

The 2014 Larsen Foundation Scholarship awarded both Ariana Rojas and Maria Martinez $750 per semester, totaling $6,000 in four years. Ariana will be attending the University of South Florida to study education and Maria will be attending the University of Florida.

Jessica Radcliffe was awarded a $2,500 scholarship on behalf of Weekley Asphalt Paving, which she will use towards her education at the University of Florida to study animal sciences.

Weekley Asphalt Paving also awarded seven students with a one-time $250 scholarship to use towards books and other college staples. Rachel Hoover, Maria Leon, Christian Rodriguez, Jalen Rushing, Katira Soto, Ti’Anna Thomas and Elizabeth Velasquez were each presented with the award. Rachel will be attending Southeastern University and plans to study marketing, Maria will be attending Palm Beach State College, Christian is still yet undecided, Jalen will be attending Warner University to study communications, Katira will be attending Keiser University to study medicine, Ti’Anna will be attending the University of South Florida to study education and Elizabeth will be attending Palm Beach State College to study nursing.

After the scholarships were awarded, Mayor Phillip Roland addressed the crowd to remind students of the importance of their education in the harsh reality of adult life.

“Education is the one thing they can never take from you,” said Mayor Roland.

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