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Rotary awards scholarships for service

Each of the 14 scholarships given out recently by the Marietta Noon Rotary Club were given to local high school students who excelled in community activities and service.

“When we give the scholarships, because Rotary is a service club, we weight heavily on the community activity and community service they have demonstrated,” said Laura Miller, scholarship committee member. “That plays a big part in what we do as well (as an organization).”

Candidates were evaluated on community service, school activities, academic performance and financial need.

Each of the scholarships were worth $1,000 and winners who were to attend Marietta College or Washington State Community College would receive a matching $1,000 from the college.

The students are attending a variety of colleges and universities. Four are going to Marietta College and two are going to Washington State, while others are going to Ohio University, Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, Lipscomb University and Marshall University.

Two Marietta High School students were awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Rotary Club of Marietta’s Safetytown Trust.

Maria Paff, 18, has volunteered with Safetytown for the last three years.

“I really liked interacting with the kids,” she explained. “My favorite time was during snack time when the volunteers would sit with the kids and talk to them.”

She said as a volunteer, she helped group leaders with crafts and activities, and at the end of the day, she would help make sure the children got safely back to their parents.

In the seventh grade, she broke her tibia and had to go to physical therapy. Her time spent in therapy made her want to major in exercise physiology at Ohio Northern University in Ada, she said.

Samantha Zumwalde, 18, received a Safetytown award along with one of the $1,000 Rotary scholarships.

Miller said Zumwalde was in a four-way speech contest and won $300 in that as well.

“I’ve (volunteered at Safetytown) for seven summers,” she said.

Her mother, Suzy Zumwalde, is a Rotarian and when she volunteered with Safetytown, Sam helped out.

“I liked getting to see the kids,” she said. “I got to (volunteer) seven times out of eight summers.”

She will be majoring in biochemistry at the University of Cincinnati.

“I want to do medical research and go to grad school or medical school,” she said. “I had a close family friend who had cancer and died and I already had an interest in science and math. One of my goals is to cure cancer.”

Miller said the scholarship committee read through about 40 applications and chose the top 10 who best demonstrated the Rotary values.

The 12 winners of the Rotary club’s scholarships are Dylan Brown from Washington State Community College (non-traditional); Gwendolyn Brammer from St. Marys High School; Victoria Humphrey from Marietta High School, who won the Ted Chapman Award; Sarah Holbert from Warren High School; Kristen Winstanley from Frontier High School, who won the Wesel Family Award; Sam Zumwalde from Marietta High School; Brooks Suprano from Waterford High School; Sierra Sinclair from Warren High School; Summer Saboley from Warren High School; Madilyn Morgan from Williamstown High School; Ryan Kerns from Warren High School; and Caspen Ford from Warren High School.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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