SALAMANCA - Awards totalling $2,700 were recently handed out to graduating seniors by the Salamanca Area Kiwanis Club.
"The scholarships given are named in honor of deceased Kiwanis members who made a positive impact on our community," said Kevin Burleson, Kiwanis vice president.
They included seven awards to Salamanca High School students and community service-based awards to one student at Ellicottville and Randolph schools.
Pictured, from left, are: Kiwanian Kevin Burleson, Chantel Thomas (Randolph), Mike Coolidge, Hannah Shurilla, Mackenzie Riggs, Matt Crandall, Alicia Fuller and Alex Salter.
Scholarships presented were:
Kiwanis John Clarke Business Award: Alex Salter
Kiwanis Judge Thomas Kelly English Award: Matthew Crandall
Kiwanis Gilbert Krause Music Award: Hannah Shurilla
Kiwanis Lonnie Crosby BOCES Award: Mackenzie Riggs
Kiwanis Ned Fenton Jr. Retail Award: Michael Coolidge
Kiwanis William O. Valent Teaching Award: Paul Luce
Kiwanis Carl Zaprowski Journalism Award: Alicia Meek
Salamanca Kiwanis Club annual RCS Community Service Scholarship: Chantel Thomas
Salamanca Kiwanis Club annual ECS Community Service Scholarship: Gwendolyn Brow
The Ellicottville awards were presented at the school's graduation. The other awards were handed out at a dinner held Tuesday at Myers Hotel in Salamanca that included seven of the honorees and their parents and guests.
Each student was presented $300 and a certificate following a brief speech given by Kiwanis members about the deceased member the scholarship was named after.
"These men had a significant impact on Salamanca and our community members through their lives and their service with Kiwanis. It is nice once a year to remember their accomplishments," said Burleson. "The awards given to an Ellicottville senior, and for the first time to a Randolph student, promote and recognize a core Kiwanis concept -community service."