The Peterborough Rotary Club presented scholarships to two outstanding Conval High School students on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, during the annual Conval Awards Night. The recipients, Cierra Zaslowe-Dude and Bailey Englert, were recognized for their exceptional leadership, commitment to service, and high academic achievement.

What follows are the presentation remarks made on behalf of the Peterborough Rotary Club at the awards event.

Remarks by Dennis Allen, Peterborough Rotary President:

Rotary International is a worldwide group of 1.2 million like-minded professional and business men and women, who—among many endeavors—have led the way in ridding the world of childhood polio. A year ago, polio existed in only four countries—Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Nigeria. And I am happy to report this year the World Health Organization removed India from that list and certified that country as “polio-free.” Just three more to go!

Locally, the Peterborough Rotary Club provides scholarships, awards a Teacher of the Year, sponsors an international student exchange program, and more. We also sponsor the Conval High School Interact Club, which is a kind of Rotary club for young men and women attending this school.

On behalf of the Peterborough Rotary Club, I am pleased to present our first $2500 scholarship award to a student who has volunteered to lead students at a summer learning camp, work in a New York City soup kitchen, and repair roofs and drywall for low income families in Pennsylvania. Her many extracurricular activities include being president of the Interact Club, and training to be an emergency medical technician for the Peterborough ambulance service.  And oh yes, she also worked a part-time job—and still achieved good grades. She is a role model and leader with a get-things-done attitude. We wish her well as she goes off to Goucher College to study law and international relations.

This award goes to Cierra Zaslowe-Dude.

Remarks by Rick Hartman, Peterborough Rotary Scholarship Committee Chairman:

The objective of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service to one’s community and to the wider world by promoting high ethical standards in one’s business or profession, by recognizing the worthiness of all useful occupations and by helping to advance international understanding and goodwill.

On behalf of the Peterborough Rotary Club, I am pleased to present our second $2500 scholarship award to a student who has demonstrated this sense of service to her community through an innovative program that has touched the lives of many young people in our town. In addition to her many extracurricular activities, participation in sports programs until sidelined by a knee injury and holding down two jobs, she has managed to achieve a GPA of 3.82 and a rank of 13 in her graduating class. We wish her well as she goes off to Loyola University where she plans to major in psychology and entrepreneurship.

This award goes to Bailey Englert.