2017 Scholarship Winners
I live in a suburb of San Diego and will graduate from Poway High School in June. I am headed to Saint Louis University in the fall to study Nursing, with hopes to continue to graduate school and become a Family Nurse Practitioner. I spend my all-too-little time away from school hiking and going to the beach with friends. I enjoy doing community service like building houses in Mexico, helping the other kids at school through Peer Counseling and many projects through Boy Scouts where I earned my Eagle Rank.
The inspirational quote that I live by is “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller
Maya Thompkins, a senior at Somerset Academy Canyons High School in Boynton Beach, FL, is the daughter of Tricia & David Thompkins (deceased). She plans to attend the University of Miami and major in the biological sciences and attend medical school. Maya serves as Vice President of her inaugural graduating class and co-founder/Vice President of Somerset Peer Leadership Club. She has volunteered at a local hospital, served as Treasurer, then Vice President of the SGA and is a founding member of the school’s Science National Honor Society. Maya’s hobbies include traveling internationally and watching and critiquing movies.
Favorite Quote from Maya Angelou: “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.”
I plan on attending Tennessee State University to study Mass Communications/Journalism. My ultimate goal is to be a sportscaster for ESPN. I have had the opportunity to hone my skills through the Rockdale Career Academy's Sports Broadcasting Institute where we film and provide commentary on different athletic events. I also create highlight videos for different athletes who are trying to get recruited. I love basketball. After being cut from the team during middle school twice, I worked really hard the summer before my 9th grade year. I am happy to say that I subsequently made the 9th grade team, JV team, and Varsity team. I played all 4 years of high school which was no easy feat considering I am 5'7 which is not exactly NBA height.
Favorite Quote: You have to sacrifice who you are for who you can be.
Joe will graduate from Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, NJ on June 4, 2017. He plans to attend Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY to pursue an engineering degree. Joe works as a waiter at a local Italian restaurant, Luca’s, where he really enjoys the family owned restaurant’s atmosphere. In his spare time Joe enjoys reading, spending time with friends and spending time with his dogs, D.C and Brownie. Joe is also a volunteer with Comfort Zone Camp, a camp for grieving children.
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
Emma Lewis is from Saint Clairsville, Ohio and graduated from Saint Clairsville High School on May 26, 2017. She plans to attend Muskingum University in the fall of 2017 and major in Business Management. Emma enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys volleyball and will continue her volleyball career as a "Fighting Muskie" for Muskingum University.
Favorite Quote: Proverbs 22:1 "A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold."
oey Stenson is from New Lexington, Ohio. She is a 2017 graduate of New Lexington High School. She is the daughter of Tim and Jennifer Stenson. She plans to attend Muskingum University in the fall of 2017 and major in either Business or Art (or both) and continue her bowling career as a Muskie. During high school she was active in Student Council, Renaissance Club, National Honor Society, Class Officer (President 4 years), she was on the Varsity Bowling Team and a member of the Drama Club. Outside of school she participated in 4-H, St. Rose Youth Group, and volunteered for the American Red Cross. She enjoys hanging out with her friends, painting and attending concerts. The quote she used to stay positive is:
"If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." Fred DeVito
I plan on continuing my education at George Mason University in the Fall of 2017. I will be majoring in Biology and minoring in Neuroscience.
I enjoy making choreographies and participating in dances that would be performed at an event. I mainly choreograph Bollywood dances or traditional Afghan dances, as well as participating in them. Besides dancing, I love being around family and going to the parks to have a picnic and play outdoor sports: Football, Soccer, and Volleyball. Another hobby that I enjoy is speaking, having the opportunity to give speeches at events. I am also very fond of traveling. Seeing parts of the world, excites me because this world has so much to offer and we as a humanity are only able to see a small portion of the world.
One quote that sticks to me very often is about the idea of spreading light. Edith Wharton once said, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it”. A light can be seen as wisdom and happiness, however, light can only go so far in this world. When one is a reflection of wisdom and happiness, they will be able to reflect that light for others for eternity.