Wednesday, 06 June 2018 06:35

Graduating 2018 Oswego High School Seniors Honored by Oswego Rotary Club

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L to R: Laurel Plunkitt, Eleanor Lisec, and Rose Huang were recently honored by the Oswego Rotary Club with special awards. Not shown are Emily Bradshaw, Katie Smith, and Madalynn Swan. Five received scholarships and Madalynn Swan received the Ruth Mulford Occupational Education Award. L to R: Laurel Plunkitt, Eleanor Lisec, and Rose Huang were recently honored by the Oswego Rotary Club with special awards. Not shown are Emily Bradshaw, Katie Smith, and Madalynn Swan. Five received scholarships and Madalynn Swan received the Ruth Mulford Occupational Education Award. Submitted photo

The Oswego Rotary Club honored this year’s recipients of its scholarships and award and their parents at a recent luncheon meeting. The occasion marked the 91st anniversary of the club’s founding and continued the club’s collaboration with the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Pathfinder Bank, and the Tarandi Foundation whose financial contributions help support the awards.

Club President Carrie Penoyer presented framed certificates to the scholarship recipients and a $1,000 check to the Mulford award recipient. The scholarships will be paid to the students after the successful completion of their first and third semesters of college. President Penoyer declared this to be “My favorite meeting of the year when we celebrate some of Oswego’s most excellent students.” Also on hand to mark the occasion were Assistant District 7150 Governor Jenny Doane and future district governors Cheryl Matt and Randy Wilson.

The Richard S. Shineman Oswego Rotary Scholarship honors the memory of Richard Shineman, long-time member of Oswego Rotary Club and advocate for the philanthropic work of Rotary around the world. Regionally, his foundation now serves to improve the quality of life in Oswego County and Central New York by working with not-for-profit organizations.

The Shineman Scholarship was given to Katie Smith, daughter of Dennis and Karen Smith. Her school activities included the National Honor Society, varsity swim team, Oswego Laker Swim Club, and Upstate Med Case competition. She was employed by Broadwell Hospitality Group and St. Luke Health Services. She earned highest honors, scholar athlete honors, and Top 100 honors throughout her high school years. Smith plans to attend Nazareth College to study nursing.

The Charles E. Riley Oswego Rotary Scholarship remembers the founding president (1927–1930) of the Oswego Rotary Club and former superintendent of the Oswego City School District, and was presented to Laurel Plunkitt, daughter of Timothy Plunkitt. Her school activities included student council, Girl Scouts, Drama Club, Spanish Club, chorus, SADD Club, and varsity golf. She earned highest honors throughout her high school years. In the community she volunteered at St. Mary’s Church, Human Concerns, and has been employed by McDonald’s, Wright’s Landing Marina, and Barlow’s Concessions. She plans to major in business administration at the University of Buffalo.

Rose Huang, daughter of Zhen Huang and Liya Xheng, received the Ralph & Dorothy Faust Oswego Rotary Scholarship. Faust served as president of the Oswego Rotary Club (1934–1935) and was formerly principal of Oswego High School. Huang ran varsity cross country and varsity indoor and outdoor track. She captained cross country for one year, and indoor and outdoor track for two years. She played in the concert orchestra, symphonic orchestra, all-county orchestra, and all-state orchestra. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Math Club, and student council. Huang plans to study business administration and French at the University of Virginia.

The Manjula R. Shah Oswego Rotary Scholarship was presented to Emily Bradshaw, daughter of Timothy and Jennifer Bradshaw. The scholarship is given in memory of Dr. Manjula R. Shah; physician, philanthropist, and dedicated Rotarian and is provided with generous support from the Tarandi Foundation. Bradshaw participated in several school activities including Drama Club, musical theater, Acceptance Coalition, National Honor Society, Key Club, all county chorus, SADD Club, lacrosse, and prom committee. She was active in the community with Camp Rainbow of Hope, Blessings in a Backpack, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, Emily’s Mission, Leadership Oswego County Youth, and she was employed at Man in the Moon Candies. Bradshaw received many awards, including French award, Elks’ Lodge Student Award, Rotary Top 25 awards, and SUNY Oswego Hometown Hero Award. She intends to study human development at SUNY Oswego.

The Anthony J. Murabito Oswego Rotary Scholarship, is given in memory of the former principal of Oswego High School, an active member of the Oswego Rotary Club for more than 51 years, club president (1967 – 1968), and a leader and advocate for the Rotary scholarship program. The award is given to Eleanor Lisec, daughter of Laurie Lisec. She was active in school activities including National Honor Society, Travel Club, Interact, band, varsity soccer, jurior varsity and varsity basketball, varsity track and field, and served on the prom committee. Lisec volunteered at Harborfest, Doing It Our Way Soccer Clinic, and her church Bible school and nursery. She will study chemical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The Ruth Mulford Occupational Education Award honors the memory of Ruth Mulford, who joined the club in 1991. She was the first woman to join the club and the member who first proposed the creation of the award. The award was first given in 1993. Mulford was on the professional staff of the Center for Instruction, Technology, and Innovation, then Oswego County Board of Cooperative Educational Services. The award is given to affirm Rotary’s appreciation of the dignity of all useful work and respect for all productive occupations.

This year’s Mulford Award was presented to Madalynn Swan, daughter of Robert and Amy Swan. She excelled in the occupational program of New Vision Specialized Careers in Education at the Mexico Center for Instruction, Technology, and Innovation. Throughout high school she remained on the honor rolls and maintained perfect attendance. She received awards for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports and Girls Excelling in Math and Science. She has worked as a babysitter, lifeguard, camp counselor, and Leighton Elementary School volunteer. She participated in missions trips to the Dominican Republic and Washington, D.C. Swan plans to attend SUNY Oswego to earn bachelors and masters degrees in early childhood education and childhood education.

The Oswego Rotary Club, founded 91 years ago, raises money for scholarships through members’ dues and contributions, occasional memorial gifts, and fundraising projects. The club, with financial support from Pathfinder Bank, hosts the annual Top 100 Dinner to honor the accomplishments of the 25 top academic students in each of the four classes at Oswego High School. The club has established an endowment fund to help underwrite the scholarship program in the future. Gifts and bequests will be held in perpetuity, with only the earnings used for awards.

Members of the Scholarship Committee this year are Selma Sheridan, Carrie Penoyer, Randy Zeigler, and Vernon Tryon. Anyone having questions about membership in the Oswego Rotary Club or its scholarship program is invited to call Vernon Tryon, Membership Committee chairman, at 315-343-9692.

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