Six seniors were each awarded $500 scholarships from the Rotary Club of Huntley. Parents, along with their students attended a virtual zoom meeting to talk about dreams and goals for this summer, their advanced education and how they have contributed to our community.
Julianna Ghanayem, volunteered at NW Community Hospital to learn about the medical field since prior to her freshman year she was inspired by many doctors and care givers. She attended the Medical Academy and Police Academy and worked 15+ hours a week at Woodman’s for the last two years. Other volunteering included Habitat for Humanity since 2016 and Grafton Food Pantry. She plans to be a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, beginning her studies at Carroll University, Waukesha, WI this fall.
Hadley Giovacchini’s interest in medicine began with a biology class where she was fascinated on why and how the body works. She attended HHS Medical Academy, National Student Leadership Conference at NW University, and received CNA certification for service at Crystal Pines Rehabilitation. She also helped at Heritage Woods, worked with Peer jury and Dream Riders and was employed at Tom’s Market. Hadley will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI for pre-med/ bio-chemistry and Spanish to learn how to treat and prevent illnesses.
Samantha Martel will study to be an ER doctor or surgeon in Pre-med/Neuroscience at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She attended Medical Academy with youth residency at NW-Huntley and was on the board for Buddies Club and VP of National Honors Society. For three years Sammy has had the same “little” at Big Brothers Big Sisters and she had the most volunteer hours in her graduating class which included Huntley Park District, Heritage Woods, Horizon Camp, Advocate Sherman and classroom assistance.
Victoria Smolen plans to study computer science and Spanish at DePaul University in Chicago . She enjoys theatre, having volunteered 500 hours at HHS theater, plus helped at Heritage Woods, Huntley Park District, Horizon Camp, Advocate Sherman and in classrooms. She was in IHSA theater at IL State, was in GEMS (girls in engineering) plus participated in NHS, yearbook and speech team. Tori designed an App for seniors for Huntley Fire Department, which Apple is expected to approve soon.
Heather Strait will train at McHenry County College to be a Vision Itinerate Certified Teacher to ensure children are able to fully meet their potential within their educational setting. She has worked with two “littles” at Big Brothers Big Sisters for two years while being employed at Alden Nursing Home, working 3 to 4 days a week in 8 hour shifts, averaging 32 hours a week.
Maryam Syed enjoys Biology which sparked an interest on her first day in class and changed her career path from being a teacher. “It struck me that the true value of biology is that it’s a lens through which healthcare professionals can understand and assist patients by listening to their concerns and correctly diagnosing medical conditions.”. She plans to study at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI as a physician assistant. She is secretary of Future Business Leaders of America, competes in Broadcast journalism, participated in Summer leadership conference plus volunteers at Grafton Food pantry, tutors in middle school, at her mosque and the Huntley Area Public Library.
Rotary Club of Huntley raises funds for civic support, including scholarships through the annual Memorial Day Carnival (when we don’t have a pandemic) “Huntley’s Got Talent” variety show and the Fresh Sweet Corn booth at Rockin’ Ribfest. You are invited to visit us for programs, leadership opportunities, breakfasts at Pinecrest, socials at local attractions, virtual meetings and opportunities to give service. Contact Jim for information.