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46th Annual Rotary Youth Awards Program Held on May 13

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On May 13, the Rotary Club of Madison honored 44 Madison high school students who received Rotary certificates and cash awards totaling $26,100 to recognize their scholastic achievements and contributions to the Madison community.  Awards were made in the following categories:

For their role in the selection process the following students will receive $180 and were honored for serving as Community Service Award Judges: Mills Botham from West High School; Olive Earley from East High School; Aaron Grode from Edgewood High School; Shivani Kumar from Memorial High School; & Erin O’Connell from La Follette High School.

Six sophomores received $200 Wilson Sophomore Academic Improvement Awards for outstanding improvement in academic progress while in high school: Tyra Ampe from Shabazz City High School; Philip Fochios from Edgewood High School; Chelis Lewis from East High School; Khariyhana Martin from Memorial High School; Rosa Nunez from La Follette High School; & Ray Walker from West High School.

Junior Academic Improvement Awards were awarded $300 to the following students: Joshua Bell from East High School; Jaishawn Boyd from Shabazz City High School; Elizabeth Conybear from Edgewood High School; Kelsey Gomez from Memorial High School; Anjahre Scott from La Follette High School; & Andrea Silva-Ramirez from West High School.

Six students received $500 awards for Senior Academic Improvement while in high school: Mateo Bohorquez from Memorial High School; Rayonna Hatcher from East High School; Jariah James from West High School; Tony Rehm  from Edgewood High School; Amanda Yang from La Follette High School; & Sandy Yang from Shabazz City High School.

The $600 Senior Academic Achievement Awards for top scholarship went to: Katherine Casey from La Follette High School; Thomas Luo from West High School; Ariana McMiller from East High School; William O’Brien from Edgewood High School; & Changning Shou from Memorial High School.

Receiving $1,400 awards for their participation in Community Service Projects were: Kaylee Alt from West High School; Robin Bazan from West High School; Chelsea Clark Edmiston from West High School; Joanna Martinez from Memorial High School;  Grace Peterson from West High School; & Alexandra Tiger from East High School.

Ayden Prehara from West High School received the $500 Fay J. Meade Community Service Award for use in furthering his education.

Four students were selected to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference, and their $200 participation cost were provided by our Madison Rotary Foundation: Veronica Bwembya from Edgewood High School; Seth Goldstein from East High School; James Neusen from Memorial High School; & Erika Sandoval from La Follette High School.

Five students received $1,300 Outstanding Senior Awards for academic achievement, leadership and community service: Charles Jetty from East High School; John Rottier from La Follette High School; Kevin Varghese Thomas from Edgewood High School;  Nathan Wang from Memorial High School; & Ethan White from West High School.

Congratulations to each of these students, and we wish them well in all their future endeavors!

Our thanks to Youth Awards Committee Chair Scott Strong and the following program presenters: Moses Altsech, Joyce Bromley, Sandy Gehler, Donna Hurd,  Elaine Mischler, Leigh Richardson and Nancy Young.   We also thank John Bonsett-Veal for serving as photographer. 

Interview With 2009 Youth Awards Recipient Lauren Rock

Lauren RockFor 46 years, the Rotary Club of Madison, in recognition of Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self,” has annually recognized area students who have shown great leadership and commitment to their school community as well as the community at large.  We will meet 45 outstanding students during our May 13 annual Rotary Youth Awards Luncheon at the Inn on the Park.  And, as we get ready to recognize this year’s group of awardees, we want to take a moment to look back at the success of one of our past recipients.

Our thanks to Youth Awards Committee member Maggie Peterman who submitted the following summary after an interview with Lauren Rock, now Assistant Director of Leadership Giving at United Way of Dane County, who received one of our 2009 Rotary Youth Community Service Awards:

Practice can help pave a road to significant professional pursuits.  Lauren Rock took that opportunity to heart beginning with her freshman year in high school when she volunteered nearly 500 hours – 150 of those hours at the United Way of Dane County in 2006 planning Youth Service Day activities.

Three years later, Lauren was among 34 students honored by the Rotary Club of Madison at the 2009 Youth Awards Program.  By then – her senior year at Madison’s Memorial High School – she had logged more than 1,000 volunteer hours and received a Rotary Community Service Award along with $1,250.

Today, Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Illinois Wesleyan University and is the assistant director of Leadership Giving at the United Way of Dane County!

And she’s still practicing the Rotary motto – “Service Above Self.”

Lauren serves on the YWCA of Madison Women’s Leadership Initiative Committee, the Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals and the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness.

Lauren is a believer in service learning and volunteerism for career exploration.

“It offers young people opportunities to realize why it’s good to give to their community,” she says.

“Young people discover they are always learning from their experiences. They find out they are actually receiving!”

“Madison is a great place to do that. There are so many volunteer opportunities here. It’s nice to know so many people are interested in wanting to make Madison a better place!”

We thank Lauren for continuing to provide service for the betterment of our community.  She is an inspiration to all of us, and we know that recipients of this year’s Youth Awards Program will also do many great things in future years.

Our Club Distributed $24,350 in Youth Awards and $240,000 in College Scholarships to Local High School Students in May 2014

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45th Annual Rotary Youth Awards Program on May 14, 2014

On May 14, the Rotary Club of Madison honored 46 Madison high school students who received Rotary certificates and cash awards totaling $24,350 to recognize their scholastic achievements and contributions to the Madison community.  Awards were made in the following categories:

The $600 Rotary Senior Academic Achievement Awards for top scholarship were presented to Katie Alley from Memorial High School; Emmett Geisler from La Follette High School; Catherine Paulson from West High School; Megan Schomaker from Edgewood High School;  and Cora Wiese Moore fromEast High School.

Receiving $1,400 awards for their participation in Community Service Projects were Teresa Baymon from East High School; Adrian Conner from East High School; Alyssa Diaczun from Memorial High School; Desirae Fisher from East High School; Benjamin Gellman from Memorial High School; and Mathias Lemos Castillo at West High School.

Six sophomores receive the 12th annual $200 Wilson Sophomore Academic Improvement Awards for outstanding improvement in academic progress while in high school: Justin Collins from West High School; Sonam Dolma from Memorial High School; Shalita Hood from Shabazz City High School; Dakotah Kane from Edgewood High School; Ryan Lee from East High School; and Steven Mey from La Follette High School.

Junior Academic Improvement Awards were given to the following students in the amount of $200: Jamaine Butler from Memorial High School; Jack L’Heureux from Edgewood High School; Cortez McCree from La Follette High School; Arely Olguin from East High School; Noah Oswald from Shabazz City High School; and Era Zeka  from West High School.

Six students received $400 awards for Senior Academic Improvement while in high school: Sheniqua Bumpers from West High School; Nathan Graham from East High School; Dominic Hillestad from Shabazz City High School; Nicholas Kanoff from Edgewood High School; Tatiana Segura from La Follette High School; and Jonathan Tapia-Carrillo from Memorial High School

Samuel Shovers from Memorial High School received the $500 Fay J. Meade Community Service Award for use in furthering his education.

Five students received Outstanding Senior Awards for academic achievement, leadership and community service: Jeremy Gartland from Memorial High School; Nathaniel Graham from Edgewood High School; Shoshaunah Jacob from West High School; Khaleah Monger from La Follette High School; and Isabella Newman from East High School.

For their role in the selection process, the following students received $130 University Book Store gift certificates and were honored for serving as Community Service Award Judges: Abbigail Cotter from La Follette High School; Anna Fallon from Edgewood High School; Connor Gregorich-Trevor from Memorial High School; Raphaella Hurd from West High School; and Brennan Murphy from East High School.

Five students were selected to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference, and their $200 participation cost was provided by our Madison Rotary Foundation: Ari Davis from West High School; Henry Gaylord from East High School; Julia LaBonte from Edgewood High School; Naomi Makesa from Memorial High School; and Robin Mwai from La Follette High School.

Congratulations to each of these students, and we wish them well in all their future endeavors!

Our thanks to Youth Awards Committee Chair Scott Strong and the following program presenters: Moses Altsech, Richard Entenmann, Kathryne McGowan, Elaine Mischler, Stacy Nemeth, Katie Ryan, Jessica Schock, Tim Stadelman and Nancy Young.   We also thank John Bonsett-Veal for serving as photographer.

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Annual Madison Rotary Foundation Scholarship Program

The Madison Rotary Foundation has awarded college scholarships totaling $240,000 to 23 graduates from Madison area high schools, and we honored the students, along with their guests, at our May 28 luncheon.

Students who received these scholarships are listed by donor:

Nathan F. Brand Scholar: Austin Coppernoll
Frederic Brandenberg Scholar: Shamell Long-Homesly
Harry L. French Scholars: Gregorio Abrajan, Victoria Cooper, Laura Her, Lilian Kenitz, Hloua Vang
Perry & Virginia Henderson Scholar: Eleazar Wawa
Louis Hirsig Scholar: Samuel Park
Thomas Leonard Scholar: Ayla Hammill
Irving & Dorothy Levy Family Scholars: Iffat Bhuiyan, McKenna Crossen, Anna Grassy, Irene Katana, Mathias Lemos Castillo, Jo-Nathan Wesley, Shaneice White
Andrew McBeath Scholars: Tenzin Chonzin, Marie Nofodji
Regina M. Millner Scholar: Brett Stratton
Synergy Scholar: Gabriel Gugielmina
Mike & Patty Wilson Scholar: Dale Blassingame
Worzala Family Scholar: Caroline Liu

Our Madison Rotary Foundation Scholarship Committee annually selects students from each high school in accordance with the wishes of the donors.  The chosen applicants are students with high academic standing and with character and leadership ability who have made contributions to their schools and communities and have financial need.

DSC_0001This year’s group of scholars had the benefit of hearing from a past recipient, Amadou Fofana (pictured at left), who received an Andrew McBeath scholarship in 2008.

The Rotary Club of Madison and the Madison Rotary Foundation wish to thank the members of the Scholarship Committee for their hard work in selecting this year’s recipients: Bob Shumaker (chair), Robyn Kitson, Regina Millner, Tom Popp,Ellie Schatz, Wes Sparkman, Cheryl Weston and David Worzala.  We also thank Rotarians who will be serving as mentors to these scholars during their upcoming college years.

We appreciate the efforts of our photographer John Bonsett-Veal who provided us with a group photo of this year’s recipients.

As always, the awards program is a motivation for all Rotarians to provide financial resources for the Madison Rotary Foundation Scholarship Program.

Our congratulations to the 23 students receiving this year’s scholarships and best wishes for success in their college careers!