EDMOND — Members of the Edmond Rotary Club recently honored four seniors with $2,000 scholarships.
The club honored Edmond Santa Fe High School students Annamarie Jiwa and Travis Christensen, Tessa Goetz of Edmond Memorial High School and Aubrey Haas of Edmond North High school.
Tessa Goetz has a great love of the arts with young children. She served as an art instructor to elementary students at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, and submitted her artwork for sale at an auction that benefited Limbs for Life. She has been a youth volleyball coach at the YMCA, helped a church in Louisville, Ky., to repair dilapidated homes and sponsored the education of a 9-year-old Filipino girl.
Travis Christensen is co-editor of the student newspaper, a First Christian junior deacon, recipient of the Kiwanis Leadership Camp Scholarship and is on the Youth Group leadership team and varsity tennis team. He has volunteered at the Breakfast on Boulevard outreach program for homeless and poverty-stricken clients and at the Tiger Club tutoring program of Central Middle School and distributed free school supplies to needy families in Edmond.
Annamarie Jiwa is a Character Counts recipient, won first place in the DECA state contest in entrepreneurship; was founder and president of the Santa Fe German Club and was selected for the United Methodist Young Women’s Leadership Conference. During her junior year, she moved to Washington state to care for her critically ill uncle. She quickly got involved in the community and school, and became a leader and tutor at Kids Kamp.
Aubrey Haas is a caregiver, not just in title, but in character. During times when her mother must stay for long periods at her stepfather’s side in the hospital, Aubrey cares for her five younger siblings, ages 2 to 13. She is senior class president, show choir social chairwoman and is a LifeChurch student leader.
David Nichols, Ida Freeman elementary school chess team teacher adviser, says, “She has the rare combination of inspiration, empathy, drive and creativity that only an old teacher can see in a young one.” Aubrey also plans to become a teacher.
The scholarships are awarded annually based largely on community service. For more information, go to www.edmondrotary.com. Rotary meets at noon every Wednesday at Henderson Hills Baptist Church.
Carol Hartzog is with Carol Hartzog Communications.