Grants were awarded this year to:
Julia Andreassi is the daughter of Steve and Lori Andreassi of Chicora. She was involved in many sports, clubs, and organizations during her time at Karns City High School. Julia was a four-year member of the basketball team and student athletic training program and a member of the Home Economics Club and National Honor Society. She enjoys volunteering, babysitting, and spending time with family and friends. In the fall, Julia will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she will major in Nursing.
Celeste Hartle is the daughter of Shannon Payne and Tim Hartle of Chicora. Celeste has been a resident of Chicora her entire life, graduating from Karns City High School in May. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outside and loves riding horses, caring for animals, drawing, painting, and reading. She is currently employed at the Chicora Medical Center as a housekeeper. Celeste will be attending Butler County Community College in the fall. She will be majoring in psychology. Upon completion of her Associate’s Degree, she will transfer to a four-year college and major in Occupational Therapy.
Brooke Griffith is the daughter of Brian and Lynnette Griffith of Chicora. Brooke’s many activities during her time at Karns City High School include running cross country and track as well as performed in the drama club. Brooke served as President of the KC Debate Team and was a member of the academic games team. She placed in the top 10 in the nation in the game theme at the AGLOA 2022 national tournament, also competing at Envirothon, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, and English Fest. Brooke was a member of the Home Ec. Club, Student Council, Spanish Club, and Vice President of the National Honor Society. Her accomplishments include a 12-year member of Girl Scouts, earning the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. She also enjoys volunteering with her church. Brooke will attend Thiel College as a member of the Dietrich’s Honors Institute and plans to dual major in Public Policy and Psychology and is looking forward to running cross country/track for the Tomcats as well as participating in the performing arts.
Brooke Manuel is the daughter of Michael and Amy Manuel of Petrolia. Brooke’s school activities included being a member of National Honor Society, serving as Historian of Spanish Club, and President of Inspiring Gremlins. She played basketball for the Lady Gremlins for four years and will play basketball for Butler County Community College where she will attend to further her education. Brooke plans to major in Early Childhood Education and minor in Special Education. After obtaining an Associate Degree, Brooke plans to transfer to Slippery Rock University to complete her Bachelor Degree. She plans to become an elementary teacher.
Cole Sherwin is the son of Mark and April Sherwin of Karns City. During high school, Cole was a captain of the baseball, basketball, and soccer teams at Karns City. He was member of the German Club, Science Club, and also a member of the national Honor Society. In his free time Cole is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting and fishing. In the community, he volunteers as a baseball coach and umpires youth baseball. Cole will attend Thiel College and major in Data Analytics while participating on the baseball team.
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:
Andreassi Gas Company
Arthur J. Gallagher – Bob Zedreck
Chicora Dental Care
Chicora Eye Care
CMC Impact Metals
Cindy Cummings Insurance
Curtis Boltz Contracting
Cypher & Cypher, Certified Public Accountants
Dillon, McCandless, King, Coulter, & Graham
Farmers National Bank
First Presbyterian Church (East Brady)
George Kepple, Esq.
Hile Funeral Home
Interstate Pipe & Supply
Miller Sports & Family Chiropractic Care
Randy & Bob’s Auto Body
Uni-Mart, East Brady
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.