Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Awards Scholarships to Four High School Seniors

 
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Scholarship winners, with Rev. Jon Fancher, scholarship committee chair, are (from left) Joseph Czechanski and Amira Nasrallah (both from Lakewood High School) and Amy Lam and Robert Hendricks (both from Rocky River High School).

 
Four college scholarships were awarded by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its weekly luncheon on Monday, June 10.

Graduating seniors Amy Lam and Robert Hendricks from Rocky River High School and Amira Nasrallah from Lakewood High School each received $2,500 awards from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation. Lakewood High School senior Joseph Czechanski received a $1,000 grant.

In addition to their outstanding academic records, the four scholarship winners were chosen for extracurricular and community involvement.

Joe Czechanski was a four-year varsity baseball player and a member of the National Honor Society. Earlier this year he was recognized by the Rotary club as the outstanding student in the Construction Trades program of the West Shore Career-Technical District. Joe will study engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

Amira Nasrallah contributed more than 100 service hours through her school’s H2O (Help to Others) Service Program. She also was recognized by the Rotary club as the outstanding Health Careers student in the West Shore Career-Technical District. This National Honor Society member will study exercise science/pre-physical therapy at Baldwin Wallace University.

Amy Lam was a four-year member of Rocky River’s tennis team, and captained Rocky River’s Relay for Life event for three years. She was a member of the National and French honor societies. She elected to forego her senior year at Rocky River in order to pursue the post-secondary education program at Cleveland State University. This fall Amy will continue her collegiate studies in health policy and administration at The Ohio State University.

Rob Hendricks was a four-year member of the Rocky River football team and was selected West Shore Conference Scholar Athlete. He served on Student Council throughout high school. Rob is probably best known as the founder of “Hoops for Hunger,” an annual fundraising program that has raised over $125,000 for the Cleveland Food Bank’s Harvest for Hunger through a varsity basketball competition between Rocky River and Bay high schools. Rob will begin studies in pre-medicine and pre-law at Cornell University this fall.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River is part of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs (known as Rotarians) provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto “Service Above Self,” Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. To learn more, visit www.rotary.org.