Chicora / East Brady Rotary Club Scholarship Recipients Announced

Updated: Aug 31

The Chicora/East Brady Rotary Club takes great pride in announcing its 2020 scholarship recipients. Grants were awarded this year to the following students:

Anthony Kamenski is the son of Kevin and Gretchen Kamenski of Chicora.

Anthony was captain of the varsity football team and president of the Weight Lifting Council. He was also captain of the Track Team, a member of Student Council, Big Gremlin/Little Gremlin, Peer Leadership, and Senior High Cooking Club.

Anthony was the 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership (RYLA) Award winner for which he attended a week long intensive leadership experience.

He also received the District 9 Football League Outstanding Athletic Award, Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference Scholarship, Deal Leadership Award, Geible Sportsmanship Award, national Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award, Butler Eagle Sweet Sixteen, First Team All Leader Times Football Team, and All Academic Silver Team.

Anthony received the Titan Award and will be attending Westminster College in the fall. He will major in History and Secondary Education, as well as play football for the Westminster Titans.

Abigail MacKrell is the daughter of Kent and Teresa MacKrell of Chicora. She loves music and singing and has sung with her father since she was 4 years old. Abigail loves photography, the arts and astronomy. She enjoys spending time with her friends and boyfriend and has participated in volunteering and community service. Abigail is looking forward to going to college and forming new relationships while gaining new life experiences and learning many new things. She plans to attend Penn State Behrend and then the main campus to major in astronomy and astrophysics. Abigail hopes to one day work with NASA as an astrophysicist, travel and make a positive difference in whatever community she is part of.

Nathaniel Rondinelli is the son of Louis and Tammy Rondinelli of Karns City.

Nathan is extremely grateful to be a Chicora-East Brady rotary scholarship recipient. He fills his time with three things; church, school, and soccer. Nathan is very committed to each.

He enjoys visiting with friends, playing the saxophone, and in his spare time playing video games.

During the quarantine time due to Covid19, Nathan learned to cook, edit videos and began building a custom PC that he will use in college.

As a member of the Schreyer Honors College, he will be attending Penn State University in the fall to study software engineering.

Breanna Tomsey is the daughter of John and Cathy Tomsey of Chicora.

Breanna played an active role in her school community, serving as President of Student Council and German Club. She was a starter for Varsity Women’s Soccer and a member of the National Honor Society.

During high school Breanna received awards for High Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, and the Katie Shannon Spirit Award. Breanna shares pride with her team in being awarded the Butler County Envirothon Champions last year.

She volunteers for St. Wendelin School and Church and is the youth leader for the St. Wendelin Youth Group.

Breanna plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in the fall and will major in Public Policy.

After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans to pursue a law degree and open her own law firm. Breanna’s future plans include becoming a politician.

Kate Slaugenhoup is the daughter of Dan and Megan Slaugenhoup of East Brady. Kate attended Butler Vo-Tech in addition to KCHS. While a senior at both schools, Kate was active in National Honor Society as well as being a District Level competitor in Skills USA. Kate was also dual enrolled her senior year of high school at both the Community College of Allegheny College and Butler County Community College. She finished her senior year at Karns City with 10 college credits already earned toward her college education. Kate plans to continue her education at BC3 to become a registered nurse as well as obtaining her hours to obtain her cosmetology license.

Peyton Turner is the daughter of John and Deana Turner of Chicora. Peyton was very active in extracurricular sports during her tenure at Karns City High School; she was a member of both the Varsity Women’s Volleyball and Basketball teams serving as team captain for both teams. This while being a high honor roll achiever for six consecutive years. She also held offices in a variety of school organizations; Peyton was the National Honor Society Vice President, Spanish Club Secretary, Kids That Care Secretary, Home Economics Club Secretary and a member of Student Council and the Science Club. Her future plans are to attend Kent State University where she will major in Aeronautical Engineering and Flight Operations fulfilling her career goal to become a Commercial Pilot.

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 Habitat for Humanity; Berteotti Insurance; Bob Stewart’s Service Center; Bracken’s Pharmacy; Buechele Funeral Home; Butler Eye Care; Chicora Dental Care; Cindy Cummings Insurance; Cypher & Cypher; Dick McCall Inc.; Dillon, McCandless, King, Coulter, & Graham; Farmers National Bank; First Presbyterian Church (East Brady); Gallagher Insurance - Bob Zedreck; Hey Electric; Hile Funeral Home; Kevco Services, Inc.; Dave & Diane Miller; Miller’s Water Company; NexTier Bank; Penn United Technologies; Randy & Bob’s CARSTAR; Shriver Contract Services; Sonneborn, LLC; Subway; 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. 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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