Rotary Club of Maple Valley

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.Image


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

following individuals:

A scholarship in the amount of $500 is being presented to

Sarah Lewis.

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

Tavares Deleon.

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

Caleb Krafsky.

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

Nicholas Pennington.

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.