From left, Gavri Grossman, Silvija Grossman, Parker Wallace, Kaylen Hebert, Zachary Fijal, Samantha Nault, Zack Crawford, Clara Berman, Lake Hughes, Monty Pruss. Not pictured, Carol Robertson, Shae Perritt and Alex Grubb.
“Award’s Night,” held June 7, was a happy event as Dollars for Scholars awarded 17 scholarships to assist with the cost of college tuition. Graduating high school seniors Silvija Grossman, Kaylen Hebert, Lake Hughes, Shae Perritt, Parker Wallace, and Monty Pruss each received $1,000 scholarships.
Outside awards gave continuing college students each $500: All Point Bulletin, Carol Robertson; Whidbey Telecom, Zachary Fijal; The Market Place, Alex Grubb; the Calder family, Clara Berman; Sterling Savings Bank, Zachary Fijal; the Don Wilson award, Zack Crawford. The Wilson scholarship is given by Mindi-Eadie Wilson in memory of her husband, Don Wilson. What a great way to remember a loved one. We’re hoping other folks will follow suit.
The Downtown Wackie Walkers came next. The WWs first began by giving a $500 scholarship, but lately they have collected enough money to give two $500 scholarships. This year they topped that and gave two scholarships amounting to more than $1,000! Jim and Joan Linde presented Lake Hughes and Shae Perritt $532.67 each.
I teased Jim Linde about walking and begging at the same time, but he did more than that. When he emailed walkers with the starting place for the day he added that they should bring their checkbooks for their donation to Dollars for Scholars. Amazing how generous the walkers are; wackie or not, they are a caring group. And isn’t Jim Linde clever! Once again this group has been very generous to our students and we are very grateful.
This year we had two new awards – the Moras Award (Bruno and Margaret), gave $500 to Clara Berman and the Point Roberts Chamber of Commerce (Heather McPhee) gave $1,000, a $500 award to Gavri Grossman, and a $500 award to Samantha Nault. We are very pleased to have these new awards. Brilliant!
Presenters for the other $500 awards were Louise Grubb, All Point Bulletin, (Carol Robertson); Kelli Wallace, Whidbey Telecom, (Zachary Fijal); Victoria Robertson, Sterling Savings Bank, (Zachary Fijal); the Calder family, presented by Rachael Nault for Brian Calder, (Clara Berman). Board members also made presentations: myself plus Wes Hubbard, Steve O’Neill, and new board members Linda Hughes, and Sandy Raine.
Each of the students were called to come up to the front while the presenter read about their current accomplishments and their future plans. Award’s Night is always a joyful occasion as the audience, comprised of parents, grandparents and friends, listen to the presenters praise the achievements of the students. People are often unaware how extraordinary our students are and how involved they are in many areas. This part of the Awards Night program is always a revelation to most of the audience.
We have much to be proud of in Point Roberts. The ability and enthusiasm of our students is high among those things we treasure.
In closing, anyone wishing to make a donation to Dollars for Scholars, may do so by mail, P.O. Box 216, or in person, at Banner Bank in the International Marketplace. And yes, we are already collecting money for 2013. If you, the reader, would like to help with fundraising, or have a good idea for an event, please call me at 945-0890.