The Rotary Club of Weston and Wayland hosted the second annual Scholarship Celebration Dinner for Weston High School graduates on June 14.
Judy Gaughan of the Women’s Community League, along with Linda Angelucci and Laura Dubin of the Weston Boosters, represented their respective organizations at the celebration.
The Women’s Community League, Weston Boosters, and Rotary Club recognized Andrew Daphnis, Sophia Gilbert, Garrett Lualdi, Connor McCoy, John McMann, Nick Steedle and Taniya Williams for their scholarship, commitments to community service, athleticism and leadership.
Marla Schay, Eunice Feller and Anthony Parker, all from Weston High School, were special guests.
Andrew Daphnis received scholarship support from the Rotary Club. Daphnis volunteered in the Dominican Republic to serve a rural youth literacy program in Monte Christi and attended a selective pre-college leadership institute at Brown University where his most rewarding course was “Leading with Empathy.” On the diamond, Daphnis was a starting pitcher and captain of the varsity baseball team. He plans to attend Furman University to study sustainable science.
Sofie Gilbert is one of three Women’s Community League of Weston scholarship recipients for 2018. In the fall, she will attend Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she plans to major in environmental studies with a minor in business and social entrepreneurship. Gilbert’s decision to follow this career path was influenced by her science teacher’s passion for the importance of protecting the environment and in doing so becoming a custodian of it.
In addition to maintaining her academic focus that included membership in the National Honor Society, Gilbert was a four-season athlete, participating in soccer, basketball, varsity volleyball and rowing. Aside from sports, she loves all things outdoors, including biking, hiking and sailing, to name only a few.
When it comes to volunteering and personal interests for Gilbert, the two couldn’t overlap more. She adores and takes great enjoyment from animals, spending time not only with her own pets but volunteering for various shelters such as the Animal Care Club and Save-a-Dog shelter in Sudbury. She hopes to continue either fundraising or volunteering for animal shelters while she is at Rollins.
Garrett Lualdi was named a winner of the Payson Corbiere Memorial Award and Scholarship. Payson Corbiere was an accomplished swimmer, becoming an All-Scholastic in high school and an All-American in college. Fun loving and described as having a “zest for life,” Corbiere excelled in the water and life despite having contracted the HIV virus via a blood transfusion while in seventh grade. Over the course of the last four years, Lualdi showcased similar heart, determination and dedication both to the sport of swimming and to his school community. Supportive and a friend to all, Lualdi taught so many of the swim team athletes how to truly love the sport. He brought a unique combination of loyalty, effort and honesty to the team. Additionally, he was an eight-season athlete, rowing for the Wayland-Weston Crew from his freshman fall through senior spring. Hamilton College will benefit from Lualdi’s presence these next four years.
Conor McCoy is a recipient of the Weston Boosters Scholarship Award, created as a way to honor a student athlete for his or her outstanding accomplishments on the field, in the classroom, and as a part of the school community.
Part of the track and field, lacrosse and soccer teams at various points in his four years at Weston High School, McCoy is a well-rounded, talented athlete. He is also an incredible musician and has shared that talent as a mentor to aspiring musicians.
A member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, McCoy has worked as a camp counselor and volunteered throughout his high school career, all while maintaining an impressive grade point average. He will attend Bates College.
John McMann received a scholarship award from the Rotary Club in recognition of his community contributions. McMann volunteered to renovate an abandoned building in Detroit into a community center and regularly volunteers for local community events including Spring Fling and the Pumpkin Festival. McMann volunteered to be a stage and set designer for Weston High School Theater Company. He also was a three-year member of the cross country team after spending a season rowing with Wayland-Weston Crew. He plans to study engineering at Utah State University.
Nick Steedle is a recipient of the David. A. Perry Memorial Scholarship. Steedle’s athletic achievements as part of the Weston swim and dive team were impressive. He was part of two state championship teams and knocked off a number of personal “bests” off of his list this year. He’s also talented in the building department, having volunteered his time as a set builder for the Weston High School Theater Company for several years. A member of the Weston High School Chorus, Steedle is an active volunteer and an accomplished student with an impressive grade point average. This year he also achieved the top rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. Steedle will be attending Purdue University this fall to study engineering.
Taniya Williams received a scholarship award from the Rotary Club. She volunteers extensively through her church, including years of singing in the church choir, taking on the role of church camp counselor, and acting as the secretary of her church youth group. She was a cornerstone member of the Concert Choir and managed the challenging schedule of a three-sport varsity athlete who played volleyball, basketball and softball. Williams plans to study special education at Franklin Pierce University.
Rotary Club scholarships are provided through the Hector J. Osmond Rotary Scholarship Program. Osmond was an exemplary model of the Rotary motto “Service above Self,” striving to help educate the young, support the elderly when needed, and inspire those down on their luck.
The third annual Scholarship Celebration Dinner is scheduled for June 13, 2019. To learn more visit WestonWaylandRotary.org.
Source: Weston Town Crier - June 28, 2018