The Peterborough Rotary Club is pleased to announce that ConVal High School seniors Kate Rogers and Christina Newell are recipients of the 2016 Peterborough Rotary Club Scholarship. Both students received a $2,500 scholarship.
Kate Rogers is the class valedictorian. She is currently studying abroad in Belgium as part of the Rotary Student Exchange program.   Kate is a talented and gifted young woman who had many leadership roles.  She was secretary of Interact, our community service group affiliated Peterborough Rotary.  In addition to her work with Interact, Kate was active with both the Youth and Government Club, History Club, soccer (JV Captain), lacrosse, National Honor Society, and the Revolution Ethics Project.   She combined her passion for volunteering with her love of animals, and worked with the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. For six years, she worked alongside young Girl Scouts to help maintain the playground garden.  Kate will attend Georgetown University and plans to study public health. Her parents, Deb Heath-Rogers and Paul Rogers of Peterborough, have missed her dearly this year but are so excited for the opportunities a year abroad has provided.
Christina Newell was an active member of Interact, the Spanish Club, Chemistry Club, Band, Chorus, Robotics and the National Spanish Honor Society.  During the last four years she has been a peer ambassador for a China-U.S. cultural exchange program through Spiral International. Christina has done over 80 hours of community service for the exchange program while working at their summer camp. Through internship opportunities at Monadnock Hospital, Christina has found her passion for nursing. She will continue her journey at the University of New Hampshire where she has been accepted into the Nursing program. This summer, she will complete an LNA program at Keene State College. Christina lives with her parents, Dennis and Karen, in Dublin.
The Peterborough Rotary Club works closely with the school district to sponsor programs like Operation Santa, Camp Quest, Teacher of the Year, Interact, Rotary Youth Exchange Program, and scholarships. Through fundraisers such as the Pancake Breakfast and the Cruz-In, the Rotary is able to offer scholarships to ConVal seniors to support them in their post-secondary plans.
In choosing the recipients, the Rotary reflects on the mission statement for Rotary International:  to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through fellowship of business, professional and community service. The factors considered in choosing the recipients were scholastic achievement, work and extra curricular activities, financial need and community service.