Rotary Scholarship winners

The Sidney Rotary Club hosted their weekly luncheon on June 7, where the meeting guest speakers were the winners of the 2017 Rotary Scholarships.

Mary Smith, superintendent of Christian Academy Schools presented the winners.  Each of the recipients were awarded a $1,000 scholarship and include Maria Herron, valedictorian of Russia High School, Micah Smock, valedictorian of Botkins High School, Christen Ware, valedictorian of Jackson Center High school and Jay Curlis of Christian Academy

Herron is the daughter of Jamie and Lynn Herron.  She plans to attend Otterbein University to study engineering.  A softball player, she wants to work in the bat making industry and create bats more efficiently.

Smock is the son of Phil and Mary Lee Smock.  He plans to attend Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois to study agricultural science before completing his degree at Ohio State. He will be part of the livestock judging team at Lake Land.  He plans to attend law school after earning his bachelor’s degree.

Curlis is the son of Bob and Kim Curlis.  He plans to attend Wright State University to study business.  He wants to attend law school after earning his bachelor’s degree.

Ware is the daughter of Dana and Diane Ware.  She plans to attend Ohio Northern University to study nursing.  She is currently on a mission trip and could not attend the meeting.

The criteria used in choosing the scholarship winners included academics, financial need, leadership and community involvement, as well as teacher recommendations. The Youth and Scholarship Committee members who assisted with the selection process were Sidney Police Chief Will Balling, Roger Mowery, senior executive recruiter at Pete DeLuke and Associates, Inc.; Tilda Philpot, director of the Shelby County Historical Society; Lisa Benanzer, manager of member services at Pioneer Electric Cooperative; Craig Albers, attorney with Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk; Ed Thomas, executive director of the Sidney YMCA; and Mary Smith, superintendent of Christian Academy Schools..

The Sidney Rotary club is a member of Rotary International, the world’s largest service organization.  The local club meets every Monday at the Sidney Moose Lodge at noon.  Anyone interested in learning more about this service club is invited to join them for a meeting.