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Local students receive Soroptimist scholarships

Laurie Brazil
Special to the Tribune

Provided to the TribuneSoroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra hosted an award breakfast May 27 to award 16 scholarships. Pictured from back, left to right, is Josh Peterson, Julian Washalesky, Phil Gielow, Michael Pesci, Steve and Kevin Shirley. Front row is Wendy, Ileana Novotny , Corinne Novotny, Amy and Catherine Cervantes. Not pictured is Victoria, Ashley, Sarah, Melissa and Lauren.

The Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra hosted an early morning breakfast on May 27 to award 16 scholarships and most improved distinctions to local students. Schools were represented by St. Theresa’s, South Tahoe Middle School, South Tahoe High School and George Whittell High School.

The early risers attending included awarded students, family, faculty, administrators, counselors, local dignitaries and Soroptimist members. Each award recipient was chosen based on nomination, while the senior college-bound scholarships were based on applications submitted with academic achievements and honors, athletics, extra curricular activities, community service, grade point average, letters of recommendation and national test scores.

Meritorious awards went to most-improved: Steve Huerta, Wendy Cervantes, Ileana Novotny and Michael Pesci from South Tahoe Middle School; Catherine Montgomery from St. Theresa School, Kevin Shirley and Amy Fullbright from South Tahoe High School, and Corinne Novotny, Josh Peterson, Julian Washalesky and Phil Gielow from Whittell High School.

Monetary scholarships were awarded to Victoria Lenstrom, Ashley Killeen, Sarah Breisacher and Melissa Ewing from South Tahoe High School and Lauren Andrew from Whittell High School.

This last group of awardees were incredibly accomplished, gifted and well-rounded and will be attending colleges from University of Nevada Reno, University of Santa Cruz, University of California, San Diego, and St. Mary’s.

The annual Elegant Evening fundraiser that is a spring highlight for our community is the event that garners the majority of the funding for these valuable and necessary programs for our youth.

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For more information on any of the Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra programs visit http://www.sitahoesierra.org or become a fan on Facebook http://www.facebook.com to stay informed of all events and club happenings.

– Laurie Brazil is a member of Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra.

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