Edmond Rotary Club honored four senior students with a $2,000 scholarship each recently. The club honored Santa Fe High School student Damilola Lajuwomi, and Rebecca Hatton, Sameem Malakouti-Nejad and Amber Pentz , all North High School students.
Damilola Lajuwomi/Santa Fe will be attending University of Oklahoma with future plans to study law at Baylor University. She has a heart for volunteerism, serving daily as a teacher’s assistant for an elementary special needs class, for Special Olympics and through National Honor Society activities. She works for a drug-store chain.
Rebecca Hatton/North will be attending University of Arkansas, studying psychology toward becoming a nutritional therapist, minoring in Spanish. She serves on the Special Care Teen Board, volunteered for the all-school philanthropic BALTO week for two years in various chair capacities, and is on the music worship team for her church and for FCA. This summer, she’ll be a Kamp Kanakuk “princess,: and has worked as summer life guard and school-year nanny.
Sameem Malakouti-Nejad/North volunteers at the Edmond Library, TOP Soccer, elementary-school family fun nights for Key Club, the Bahai Center and the Interfaith Alliance. “It’s 10 times more beneficial to see someone have a better day,” he said. He plans to get his basics at Oklahoma City Community College, then on to the University of Oklahoma ROTC program and, afterward, medical school in radiology. This summer, he will be interning at Emory University in Atlanta in biomedical research.
Amber Pentz/North is an OU Academic Achievement Scholar, where she plans to major in journalism, then law, working for those who have a “diminished voice,” she said. She is a cheerleader, top-three medalist in state DECA contest, freshman student advisor; volunteered at TOP Soccer for those with mental/physical disabilities, and has served on mission trips to Jamaica and Kentucky, among other activities. Also, she works in childcare.
The scholarships are awarded annually and a good portion of the selection is based on community service and need. For more information, go to www.edmondrotary.com.
The service organization meets at noon every Wednesday at Mercy Edmond I-35, located south of 15th on the west I-35 Service Road.
The Edmond Rotary Club welcomes any interested party to attend its weekly meetings. Lunch is available for $15.00. Reservations may be made by contacting club secretary Allison Calhoun at firstname.lastname@example.org.