Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Awards $41,000 in Scholarships to AAPS Seniors

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Each year Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor gathers together with dozens of students, their parents, and Ann Arbor Public Schools educators for a special ceremony to distribute thousands of dollars in scholarships to the city’s soon-to-graduate high school seniors.

This year’s ceremony held Monday saw 41 scholarships awarded from Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Memorial Scholarships, the Ray & Eleanor Cross Foundation, and a number of individual donors who wished to honor or memorialize someone special to them via a scholarship grant.

Kiwanian and Ann Arbor State Bank President, CEO, and Cofounder Peter Schork led much of the ceremony, during which he put the honor of receiving a Kiwanis Foundation scholarship into perspective.

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Peter Schork and Jeanice Kerr Swift

“In 1980, I was at the Jolly Tiger (when) I got an award from Dick Turner … 37 years later I remember it was $100,” Schork said. “You’re going to remember this. You’re going to remember the people here with you today. You’re going to remember your counselors.

“This day doesn’t happen without people in the club. Students — you’re the luckiest people in the world (because) the people in the schools care about you and do a great job.”

Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Memorial Scholarships

Breanna McSwain of Huron High School received the Ralph Hunter Memorial Scholarship

Dea Chappel of Pioneer High School received the Ashely H. Clague Memorial Scholarship

Sydney Lee of Community High School received the Rev. Charles W. Carpenter Memorial Scholarship

Destini Hill of Skyline High School received the Rev. Charles Carpenter Memorial Scholarship

Lynsey Kingma of Huron High School received the Rev. Charles Carpenter Memorial Scholarship

Beatriz Esquivel of Pioneer High School received the Rev. Charles Carpenter Memorial Scholarship

Kelsey Lamar Hash, Jr. of Pathways to Success Academic Campus received the J. Thomas Lovell Memorial Scholarship

Justin Shim of Huron High School received the Alan M. Dailey Memorial Scholarship

Kevin Knibbs of Pioneer High School received the Donald L. Naylor Memorial Scholarship

In association with Ray & Eleanor Cross Foundation Scholarships

Chinyerem Maykandra Nwaneri of Huron High School received the Letitia Byrd Scholarship

Kareem Shunnar of Skyline High School received the Kiwanis Business Group Scholarship

Anthony Ellington of Pioneer High School received the John & Claire Dahl Scholarship

Keyona Boney of Pathways to Success Academic Campus received the Ann Arbor Breakfast Optimists Scholarship

Olabisi Bolante of Washtenaw International High School received the Robyn Menin & Mary Sexton Memorial Scholarship

Noah Dworkin of Community High School received the William R. Lynn Memorial Scholarship

Grace Wissman of Pionner High School received the Rip & Judy Kinney Scholarship

Alexa Tran of Huron High School received the Robert & Jeannette Carr Scholarship

Brian Andrew Muckstadt of Pioneer received the Eugene A. Glysson Memorial Scholarship to pursue a career in engineering at U of M

Ian Dean of Skyline High School received the Robert James Barden Sr. Scholarship

Nia Bernice Blair of Pioneer High School received the C. Merle Crawford Memorial Scholarship

Gabi Poll of Community High School received the Donald D. Kenney Memorial Scholarship

Delante Ridley of Skyline High School received the Joan M. Matthews Scholarship

Sarah F. Kennedy of Pioneer High School received the Hugh M. Wanty Memorial Scholarship

Ann Ihara Kachr of Skyline High School received the William V. Hampton Scholarship

Teaira Majors of Community High School received the Timothy A. Goff Memorial Scholarship

Yuxin Jiang of Huron High School received the Clarence Dukes, Jr. + Bill & Phyllis Robb Scholarship

Frances Peterson-Sand of Pioneer High School received the Fred King Memorial Scholarship

Daniel Ernest Taylor of Skyline High School received the Earl W. Shaffer Memorial Scholarship

Camryn L. Banks of Huron High School received the Cliff & Ingrid Sheldon Scholarship

Everest Benson of Skyline High School received the Kiwanis Business Group Scholarship

Hannah Rubenstein of Community High School received the Lavin & Medrano Scholarship

Jessica Gibbs of Skyline High School received the Dan & Adrienne Burroughs + Bill & Karen Tasch Scholarship

Tom Kim of Huron High School received the James M. Couch Scholarship

Cindy Salazar of Pioneer High School received the Mark A. Schark Scholarship

The Smith/Gray Scholarships

Kayla Kendall of Huron High School received the Susan M. Smith & Robert H. Gray Scholarship

Trevor Miner of Skyline High School received the Susan M. Smith & Robert H. Gray Scholarship

The Burg/Hillenburg Scholarship

Austin P. Copeland of Huron High School received the Alan J. Burg & Kenneth L. Hillenburg Scholarship

The Ray & Eleanor Cross Foundation Memorial Scholarship

Taryn Curtis of Pioneer High School received the Ray. E Cross Memorial Scholarship to pursue a career in engineering at Michigan Technological University

Sara Souweidane of Washtenaw International High School received the Eleanor K. Cross Memorial Scholarship to pursue a career in family planning and/or population issues

Ariana Jannelle Trussen of Skyline High School received the Gordon R. Doolittle Memorial Scholarship to pursue a career in health care

Jack Lehker of Skyline High School received the Eleanor M. Doolittle Memorial Scholarship

AAPS Superintendent Jeanice Kerr Swift thanked the Kiwanians and the various foundations and individual scholarship grantors for recognizing her students and the example of her staff’s fine work that each of them personify.

“We thank you Kiwanis for your belief in these young people and for the value that you place in Ann Arbor education,” Swift said. “We’re so proud today that in Kiwanis you not only celebrate the value of education, you put your investment behind our young people and I will tell you, we appreciate that partnership.”

Swift likened the Kiwanians to integral members of the village that it takes to raise each child, as the saying goes.

“It takes Ann Arbor to bring out these beautiful children, so thank you for the action that you put behind your values.”

Swift concluded her remarks by saying that everyone in the room at 200 S. First Street, where the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor holds their meetings and operates one of their thrift stores, is there because someone believed in them, like the Kiwanis Club members believe in the students they support each year.

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