At its May 9 meeting, the Jacksonville Rotary Club recognized the accomplishments of three high school seniors by providing them with college scholarships.
The awards were made as part of the second year of the Rotary Club’s scholarship program, which is designed to provide two $2,000.00 college scholarships to high school seniors. This year, the Rotary Club received a donation from the Jacksonville Ministerial Alliance, which enabled the Club to award an additional third scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00.
In order to receive the scholarships, the recipients must be well-rounded students who engage in community service and leadership positions. The scholarships are open to all students who live within the boundaries of Jacksonville School District 117, regardless of the school that they attend.
Molly McGiles of Jacksonville High School was selected for the first $2,000.00 scholarship. Ms. McGiles was selected due to her extensive community service resume, which includes fundraising for such organizations such as the New Directions Heating and Cooling Center and Pennies for Patients in addition to volunteering to teach science and American Sign Language lessons to younger students. Ms. McGiles is also the president of the JHS National Honor Society, part of the JHS R.E.F. program, and co-captain of the varsity tennis team. She will major in chemical engineering and would like to focus her career on development of more accurate forensic techniques.
Brandon Hill of Jacksonville High School was selected for the second $2,000.00 scholarship. Mr. Hill is the captain of the JHS track team in addition to volunteering his time with the First Presbyterian Church Youth Group, including its Joplin Tornado Disaster Relief trip. Additionally, he is a part of the National English Honor Society and a past recipient of the Mayor’s Volunteer Award. Mr. Hill will major in journalism and has a career goal of writing for publications such as National Geographic.
Hannah Howard of Routt Catholic High School was selected for the $1,000.00 scholarship funded by the Ministerial Alliance. Ms. Howard is the captain of both her track and swimming teams at Routt in addition to volunteering at track, swimming, and goal ball meets at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired. She also volunteers at the Jacksonville Public Library and the Festival of Trees. Ms. Howard plans to major in either physics or engineering and intends to pursue a career in design and testing of commercial products.
“Ultimately, Rotary is an organization dedicated to making the world a better place,” said Jacksonville Rotary Club President Ryan Byers. “Our goal through our scholarship program is to find individuals in the next generation who will assist in making the world a better place and to provide them with support as they take the next step towards achieving their goals. Our recipients this year are three very fine examples of young leaders, and I look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the future.”
Brian Watson of Franklin is the recipient of the 2014 Rotary Scholar-Athlete Award. Watson, who received the award for Franklin High School, was recognized by the Jacksonville Rotary Club for outstanding leadership, athletic achievement and academic excellence during his high school career.
Ryan Byers, president of Jacksonville Rotary Club, said, “These students exhibit characteristics that will prepare them well for leadership in their communities, in future educational endeavors, and in their chosen careers. We are proud to recognize their achievements through our Scholar-Athlete Awards.”
Senior students from 26 schools in west central Illinois were recognized during the 30th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner in Jacksonville, Ill., on April 24, 2014. Students were selected based on the recommendations of school administrators and coaches.
The Jacksonville Rotary Club awards program was made possible through the generous sponsorship of: First National Bank of Arenzville; First National Bank of Winchester; West Central Bank; Bank of Bluffs; Brown County State Bank; Chapin State Bank; Franklin Bank; United Community Bank-Greenfield; Farmers National Bank of Griggsville; Bank of Modesto; Petefish, Skiles & Co. Bank; Warren-Boynton State Bank; Rushville State Bank; People’s Bank & Trust; The Farmer’s State Bank and Trust Company, Jacksonville; Bank of Jacksonville; Jacksonville Savings Bank; Premier Bank; US Bank; Passavant Area Hospital; Rammelkamp Bradney Law Offices; Illinois College; Hamilton's Catering; The Jacksonville Journal-Courier; Ryan Byers; Keith and Phyllis Lape; Diana and Glenn Olinger; Fred and Emy Osburn; Ed and Barb Wainscott; Tony Williams; Jim and Michelle Hinchen.
For more information, or to access a photo of Brian Watson receiving the award from Jacksonville Rotary Club President Ryan Byers, please contact Melissa Pantier at 217.741.8172 or.
Jacksonville Rotary Club awards Alan and Maureen Bradish with Paul Harris Fellow Awards
Jacksonville, IL, March 24, 2014: The Jacksonville Rotary Club recently honored Maureen and Alan Bradish for their extensive community service by naming them as Paul Harris Fellows.
The Paul Harris Fellowship, named for the founder of Rotary, is an honor established by the Rotary Foundation in 1957 to honor individuals who, though not necessarily members of Rotary, carry out activities that exemplify the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation. Members of Rotary earn the ability to designate either themselves or others a Paul Harris Fellow upon making a contribution of $1,000.00 to the Rotary Foundation.
Mrs. and Mrs. Bradish were presented with certificates, pins, and medallions by Rotarians Ernie Downey, Steve Holt and Todd Evans. The Bradishes were selected for their extensive contributions to education and social welfare within the community, including Mrs. Bradish’s work as an educator at Routt High School, and Mr. Bradish’s work at Lafayette Center, Salvation Army and New Directions Heating and Cooling Center.
More information about this topic can be obtained by contacting Ryan Byers at 217-649-2012 or . Included is a photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Bradish receiving their awards. Pictured L-R are Ernie Downey, Alan Bradish, Steve Holt, Maureen Bradish, and Todd Evans.