The Rotary Club of Maple Valley Awards $27,000 in Scholarships
The 2014 Maple Valley Rotary Scholarship recipients joined us for breakfast on Friday. Pictured from left to right are President Elect Bill VanRuff, Allegra Sundstrom, Interact President Jon Cantalini, Interact Treasurer Caleb Krafsky, Tavares DeLeon, MacKenzie Galloway, Madelyn Burt, Emily Lewis, Nicholas Pennington, Past President Kirk Lantier, and Sarah Lewis. Other recipients who could not be present were Karly Gordon and Alyssa Schnell. Photo by Sandra Hixson-Matthews
See a transcript of the presentation written by Kirk Lantier, below.
2014 Senior Award Night Presentation
Tahoma High School
May 29, 2014
My name is Kirk Lantier, and I have the pleasure of being a
Past President of the Rotary Club of Maple Valley.
What would it take to change the world? Rotary’s 1.2 million
members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above
Self. In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you’ll find
members volunteering at home and abroad to support
education and job training, provide clean water, combat
hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.
Founded in 1905, Rotary is recognized as the world’s first
volunteer service organization. The Rotary Club of Maple
Valley was chartered in 1985, and has had a long legacy of
making a difference through our contributions both locally as
well as internationally. Since its inception, one of the
hallmarks of our club has been the awarding of scholarships.
Including the $27,000 we are awarding this year, the Rotary
Club of Maple Valley is proud to have awarded well over a
quarter of a million dollars to graduating seniors in the
Tahoma School District since 1985.
The awards we are presenting tonight can be broken into
three categories: Vocational or Career and Technical
Education Scholarships (of which there are five), Academic
Scholarships (we have five of these to present, also), and finally
one Interact Scholarship (Interact being Rotary International’s
service club for young people ages twelve to eighteen).
Our club is well aware of the data compiled from experts who
say that there is a growing need of a work force throughout
our area and the nation as a whole with training and education
obtained through vocational and technical facilities. In
response, this year we have increased the number of
scholarships to students who want to pursue a post high school
path which does not begin with attending a four year
university, and we will continue to do so in the future.
The Rotary Club of Maple Valley is proud to present
Vocational or Career and Technical scholarships to the
A scholarship in the amount of $500 is being presented to
A $1,000 scholarship is being awarded to Karly Gordon.
Our third scholarship in the amount of $2,000 is being
awarded to Madelyn Burt.
We are pleased to present a scholarship in the amount of
$2,000 to MacKenzie Galloway.
Our fifth scholarship, also for the amount of $2,000, goes to
To present the remaining awards, it is my pleasure to
introduce Bill VanRuff, our club’s President- Elect.
BILL: At this time, we would like to recognize the following
students who are recipients of the 2014 Rotary Academic
Scholarships. All of these students are planning on beginning
their post high school education at a four year college or
A scholarship in the amount of $2,500 is being awarded to
Our next $2,500 recipient is Jon Cantalini.
Also receiving $2,500 is Emily Lewis.
A $4,000 scholarship is being awarded to Alyssa Schnell.
We are pleased to present another $4,000 scholarship to
The Lloyd Burki Memorial Interact Scholarship is presented
in honor of a long time Maple Valley Rotarian who was
instrumental in starting the Tahoma High School Interact
Club. Lloyd was a treasure to our community, and the
Tahoma’s Interact Club is part of the rich legacy he left
behind. Because Interact is a club which emphasizes
service, an extra emphasis is placed on the applicants’
community service contributions in addition to the criteria
measured for all other Rotary Scholarship applicants.
It is with great pleasure that we are able to award the Interact
Scholarship in the amount of $4,000 to Allegra Sundstrom.
The Rotary Club of Maple Valley wishes to thank everyone
who applied for these scholarships. We also wish to thank the
Tahoma Counseling Center and the Tahoma High School PTA
for putting the scholarship packets together for us. Thank you
all, and best of luck to all Tahoma High School graduates in
your future endeavors.