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Putnam County Rotary Presents Senior Awards – Shaw Local

Putnam County Rotary presented five awards to high school students at the PCHS Awards Assembly on May 11.

Each award recognized academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and community service.

The Club’s Knute Hammel Memorial Scholarship recognizes a student who wishes to further their education in business practices. This year’s $500 award was presented to Isac Alvarado, who will be pursuing studies in accounting at CCSVI.

The Club’s Bill Klein Memorial Scholarship recognizes a student whose qualities include the drive and determination that former club president Bill Klein demonstrated as the keys to personal and professional success in his lifetime. The $500 prize was won by Eli Postula, who plans to pursue a college education and a career in electrical engineering.

A third scholarship was added this year in memory of Dan Ramirez, Rotarian and volunteer. Ramirez’s service to schools as Chief Technology Officer has become invaluable to teachers and students who have relied on remote learning and innovative approaches to teaching over the past two years.

Ramirez died in a single-car accident on October 23, 2021, after a full day of volunteering with Rotary and other projects. Ramirez’s family, friends and community members have helped raise funds to launch this new scholarship fund.

The $500 prize recognizes a student’s vision to use computer technology to make the world a better place. The Faith Pack recipient intends to study Computer Aided Engineering and Design at CCSVI. The scholarship is renewable as the student progresses.

Committed to Professional Service, Rotary also annually recognizes a student who has excelled in the school’s work-school cooperative program.

Linzee Fay received this year’s $500 scholarship for her internship experience at Route 71 Auto Body in Granville. The employer is recognized by a plaque in recognition of its advice to students and its participation in the cooperative project.

Rotary’s final award recognizes a student whose achievements in community service and student leadership earn him the club’s highest honor for “superior service to self.”

Erin Brooker earned this honor, having participated in numerous student service and leadership activities while participating in sports, working part-time, and maintaining the school’s highest academic honors. In her senior year, Brooker served as president of PCHS Interact.

The club also donated to the Rotary-sponsored PCHS Interact Club.

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