Chicora / East Brady Rotary Announces Scholarship Winners

The Chicora/East Brady Rotary Club takes great pride in announcing its 2021 scholarship recipients. Grants were awarded this year to:

Clare Bishop is the daughter of Matt and Gretchen Bishop of Chicora. During her time at Karns City Area High School, Clare has been an active member of the community and the school. She participated in volleyball, Drama Club, choir, cheerleading, Student Council and National Honor Society. She served as President of the Drama Club and Treasurer of the Student Council and was awarded the most improved and spirit awards in volleyball. In her spare time, Clare enjoys singing, drawing, volunteering, babysitting, as well as helping with coaching cheerleading and vacation bible school at her church. Clare will be attending Penn State University with studies in pre-medicine. She plans to then attend medical school and become a pediatrician.

Mira Codispot is the daughter of Clifford and Kristina Codispot of East Brady. As an active student at Karns City High School, Mira participated in many clubs, teams, and organizations. She was a member of the Student Council, Peer Leadership, Spanish Club, and Volleyball. Mira’s favorite activity has always been cheerleading. She cheered for football and basketball, and she enjoyed competing with her team at many competitions, including two state competitions at Hershey. Mira also worked for the Hometown Grill for three years. Mira enjoys spending time with her many friends and family. In the fall, Mira will attend Slippery Rock University. As a health and physical fitness advocate, Mira will fittingly major in Health and Physical Education

Madison Ekas daughter of Scott Ekas of Chicora. While attending Karns City High School, Madison was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and Drama Club. She was also a Student Athletic Trainer. In her free time, Madison likes to read books and work at Maurice’s. Madison plans to attend Edinboro University to major in Exercise Science and minor in Spanish. She will then transfer to Slippery Rock University to earn her Master of Science in Athletic Training.

Madison Eyth is the daughter of Brandon and Shannon Eyth of Petrolia. During high school, Madison was a member of the Home Economics Club, Choir Club, and Drama Club, serving as Vice-President for each club. She was also a member of the Student Council. Madison’s favorite activities in high school were performing in musicals and the variety shows. She also sang the National Anthem at sporting events. Her interest outside of school includes singing, playing piano, reading and babysitting. Madison plans to attend Slippery Rock University and major in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Special Education.

Matthew Griffiths is the son of Eric and Sarah Griffiths of Karns City. Matt served as the National Honor Society President and Senior Class President. During his time at Karns City High School, he participated in school organizations including the football and soccer team, the weightlifting club, science club, and student council. Matt currently, works at II-VI Incorporated as the Diamond Turning Career Practicum Student and volunteers at St. Paul’s Community Church as a deacon and consistory member. In the fall, Matt plans to attend Penn State University in pursuit of a civil engineering degree. 

Addison Ritzert is the daughter of Eric and Krista Ritzert of Chicora. During her time at Karns City High School, Addison was involved in Student Council, Spanish Club, Peer Leadership, Stand Tall, sideline cheerleading for both football and basketball, and the Competitive Spirit team.  One of Addison’s favorite memories was winning 5th in the state, her senior year of Competitive Spirit. When Addison is not at school or practice, she is working at one of her many jobs. She also enjoys volunteering in her community. Addison likes to spend her extra time with her family and friends. Addison will be attending Butler County Community College for the two-year Nursing program, starting in the fall of 2021. After BC3, she plans to attend an undecided college for a Bachelor degree in Nursing. 

Brayden Stuchell is the son of James and Robin Stuchell of Karns City. Brayden enjoyed his involvement with the drama activities during his high school years as well as his hobbies including model building, playing video games, and spending time with his friends and family. Brayden has been involved with Taekwondo for over 7 years and has recently received his black belt. Brayden is employed at Pizza Joe's in Chicora where he is training to become a chef. Brayden takes pride in his participation in community service with road clean-up and environmental safety. Brayden has been accepted into Grove City College where he will study Computer Science, with a minor in Robotics and Computer Game Design and Development.

Through the generosity of its sponsors, the Chicora/East Brady Rotary Club was able to award a $500 scholarship to each of the recipients. This year’s sponsors included: Armstrong Group; Armstrong Habitat for Humanity; Arthur J. Gallagher – Bob Zedreck; Berteotti Insurance; Bracken’s Pharmacy; Buechele Funeral Home; Calumet-Penreco; Chicora Dental Care; Cindy Cummings Insurance; Curtis Boltz Contracting; Dick McCall Inc.; Dillon, McCandless, King, Coulter, & Graham; Farmers National Bank; First Presbyterian Church (East Brady); George Kepple, Esq.; Hey Electric; Hile Funeral Home; Interstate Pipe & Supply; Dave & Diane Miller; Miller’s Water Company; Millerstown Restaurant; NexTier Bank; Parker’s Appliance; Penn United Technologies; Petrolia Pharmacies; Randy & Bob’s Auto Body; The Cutting Studio; Turner Lawn Care; Zion Church (Karns City)

The club utilizes these and other funds to award scholarships, sponsor the student exchange program, and send students to Rotary Youth Leadership events. Beginning in the new year, club members will again solicit funds for scholarship contributions. It is hoped that both individuals and businesses will keep in mind the worthy goals of this organization and the benefits that can be derived for our young people.

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