Casas Adobes Rotary Club presented $28,500 in scholarships to 10 high school seniors at its 24th annual Eighth Grade Honors program. The seniors had been honored when they were eighth-graders. Scholarship winners were chosen based on leadership, community involvement and character as well as scholastics. Rotary is all about leadership.
Craig Simmons of Ironwood Ridge High School received the Michael J. Harris Memorial Scholarship for $5,000. The Raymond and Margaret Vicker Scholarships, for $3,000 each, went to Madeline Dunlap and Brent Wilson, Canyon Del Oro; Colin Eischeid, Ironwood Ridge; Tyler Parker, Marana; and Nikolina Vojvodic, Flowing Wells.
Benjamin Weaver of Marana High School received the $2,500 John Westover Memorial Scholarship. Scholarships of $2,000 went to Luis Esquier, Amphitheater (Fran and Ivan Russell Scholarship); Cassidy Martin, CDO (Grace Ciotti Memorial); and John Lazzeroni Jr. Green Fields Country Day School (Military Education Support Scholarship).
More than 550 persons attended the event, including the 10 seniors and 168 honorees from 15 middle schools north and northwest of Tucson. Special guests were parents, teachers, superintendents of the four school districts involved (Amphitheater, Catalina Foothills, Flowing Wells and Marana), six officials in the Rotary districts that serve Southern Arizona, and Dr. Manuel Valenzuela, Sahuarita Unified School District superintendent, a former member of the club and recipient of the Milken Family Foundational National Educator award.
Chris Woodard, a motivational speaker, gave the keynote address, “Revolution Starts with You.”