Kiwanis President Doug Hemphill with scholarship winner Westley Parker, his parents Robert and Marsha Parker and his brother Leland. Courtesy/Kiwanis
Kiwanis President Doug Hemphill with Scholarship winner Jennie Goa and her mother Ruilian Wu. Courtesy/Kiwanis
Two Kiwanis scholarship recipients spoke at the club meeting June 14, briefing the audience on their experience with community service and plans for the future.
They were introduced by Kiwanian Morrie Pongratz.
The first scholar to speak was Westley Parker. During his years at Los Alamos High School, he became a member of the National Honor Society and National Helpers. He served terms as a member of the Bradbury Science Advisory Board and the LAPS Superintendent Interview Committee. He helped at soup kitchens, moving furniture for Family Strengths Network, County trail maintenance and Thanksgiving meal deliveries. He plans to attend Brigham Young University starting in this summer term and hopes to pursue a major in the medical field.
Jennie Gao was the second speaker and introduced as “one of our Key Club all-stars”. She was a high school varsity athlete and winner of the Lou and Lee Pierotti scholarship. She played varsity soccer and was involved in teaching young players. She also was a member of Key Club where she helped with Breakfast with Santa, volunteered with Friends of the Library, MathCounts and Science Bowl. This fall she will attend the University of California-Los Angeles to major in chemical engineering.