Local high school students awarded Rotary Club scholarships

Jun 14, 2013
Awarded $25,000 in scholarships from the Belfast Rotary Club on May 22 were, back row from left, Brianna Housman of Searsport District High School, Katrina Lapham of Belfast Area High School, Eve Norberg of Belfast Area High School, Anastasia Tsomides of Mount View High School, and Zachary Beaudry of Searsport District High School. In the front row from left are Grant Richards of Belfast Area High School, Jordan Bleakney of Searsport District High School, Robert Currier of Belfast Area High School, Noah LaForge of Mount View High School, and Aaron Kress of Mount View High School.

A group of local high school students were recently awarded $25,000 in scholarships from the Belfast Rotary Club. Besides the usual array of school related activities these students are also involved in their communities.

One student serves on a local search and rescue team, three are involved with their town fire departments, one was a Rotary Exchange Student to Slovakia last year, several are lifeguards, others help out at local food pantries and with holiday food baskets, one worked on the last Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County home, one is a dancer with the Robinson Ballet, and another has starred in local theater group productions. There was one who was a “spook” at the Fort Knox haunted house in October, there was the president of the local Liberian fundraising efforts and three Eagle Scouts.

One of the scholarship recipients was the statewide winner of an AmeriCorps competition with a project called “I Have A Voice,” designed to encourage middle school students to learn about writing while another volunteers in a hospital and at the Special Olympics and says she has learned “The joy of helping people.”

Members of the Belfast Rotary Club’s Scholarship Committee said the competition was tough for the scholarships they awarded. And it’s impossible not to agree with the Lee Woodward, the Scholarship Committee chairman, that “You can’t be a one-trick pony” and win one of the club’s scholarships.

Receiving scholarships were:

• Grant Richards of Swanville, who attends Belfast Area High School, received the $5,000 Rev. Frank Pitman Leadership Scholarship. He plans to study the performing arts in college;

• Anastasia Tsomides of Troy, who attends Mount View High School, received the $4,000 Frederick Romanow Service Scholarship. She plans to attend medical school after college;

• Eve Norberg of Belfast, who attends Belfast Area High School, received a $3,000 Rotary Leadership Scholarship. She plans to get an undergraduate engineering degree and then attend medical school to become a surgeon and join Doctors Without Borders;

• Katrina Lapham of Belfast, who attends Belfast Area High School, received a $3,000 Rotary Leadership Scholarship. She plans to attend the University of Maine and major in speech pathology;

• Brianna Housman of Searsport, who attends Searsport District High School, received a $2,000 Rotary Service Scholarship. She plans to attend the University of Southern Maine and major in musical theater;

• Aaron Kress of Liberty, who attends Mount View High School, received a $2,000 Rotary Service Scholarship. He plans to attend the University of Maine and major in mechanical engineering;

• Jordan Bleakney of Frankfort, who attends Searsport District High School, received a $1,500 Rotary Leadership Scholarship. He plans to attend the University Maine and major in mechanical engineering;

• Zachary Beaudry of Searsport, who attends Searsport District High School, received a $1,500 Rotary Leadership Scholarship. He has been taking college courses while attending high school;

• Noah LaForge of Liberty, who attends Mount View High School and the Waldo County Technical Center, received the $1,500 Lawson Scholarship. He will further his education in automotive technology at the University of Northwestern Ohio.

• Robert Currier of Belmont, who attends Belfast Area High School and the Waldo County Technical Center, received the $1,500 Hope B. and Jesse Rhodes Scholarship. He plans to attend Eastern Maine Community College.

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