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Six students receive scholarships from Kiwanis Club
|Messenger photo by Sean V. Lehosit
(Back row, left to right) Natalie Stepp, Nicole Brown and James Rin; (front row, left to right) Casey Hammond, Jeannette Magdaleno, and Kayla Mathews are 2012 Hilltop Kiwanis Club scholarships winners.
For the last 65 years the Hilltop Kiwanis Club has distributed more than $368,000 in scholarships to distinguished students.
According to Paul Pennell, president of the HKC Scholarship Foundation, the first scholarships were handed out to West High School students in 1948.
As new schools opened, the program expanded, with scholarships being awarded to Bishop Ready High School in 1966 and Briggs High School in 1978.
Since its inception the program has rewarded 315 four-year and two-year scholarships, and 12 scholarships in special fields ranging from music to preparation for the ministry.
On May 3, the Kiwanis continued its tradition – six students received scholarships equaling $1,200 per year.
Bishop Ready senior Nicole Brown received a two-year scholarship and will attend Ohio Dominican University on a cross country grant. Brown plans to major in exercise science and hopes to continue her passion for athletics.
Natalie Stepp, senior at Bishop Ready, received a four-year scholarship and is bound for Ohio University, where she will study business management. Stepp is active in volunteerism and school band.
Jeannette Magdaleno, senior at Briggs, will use her two-year scholarship to attend Columbus State Community College and major in psychology. Her interests are playing tennis, studying karate and photography.
Casey Bay Hammond, also a senior at Briggs, received a four-year scholarship to attend The Ohio State University and major in nursing. Hammond served as president of Key Club where she helped organize numerous service projects – of which she received special recognition at the scholarship luncheon.
West senior James Rin was awarded a two-year scholarship and will attend DeVry University to major in network system administration. A member of the National Honor Society, Rin also enjoys playing tennis and guitar.
Kayla Mathews, senior at West, was given a four-year scholarship and wants to major in nursing. Mathews volunteers regularly with the American Red Cross, is a member of the Key Club and plays basketball and tennis.
The scholarship foundation is funded through donations by the Hilltop community and the club’s annual newspaper sales and auction.
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