Kiwanis Club of Granville awards five college scholarships

Special to The Sentinel
Published 9:06 a.m. ET June 20, 2020

The Kiwanis organization is dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Consistent with this motto, the Kiwanis Club of Granville recently awarded five college scholarships.

These scholarships, totaling $3,400, were provided to four Granville High School (GHS) graduates and one to an outstanding student at the Career and Technology Education Center (CTEC) in Newark. Kiwanis scholarships are based on the students’ community service, high school performance, demonstrated leadership, passion and values for helping others and improving people’s lives.

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The 2020 Kiwanis Scholarship recipients are Tori Bergstrom, Matthias Young, Lacey Purvis, and Bebe Wagner, all from GHS, and Cody Vanvalkenburg of CTEC and a resident of Newark.

Tori Bergstrom, a top honor student, served as president of the student body, book club, and choir. She is fluent in French and was active in drama, choir, piano, a cappella singing, cross country, and track, while also caring for children. Her college interests are biodiversity and conservation to improve the environment by working with amphibians in the Amazon of Brazil. She will be attending Brigham Young University, Provo Campus.

Matthias Young will be attending the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. While in high school, he was on the Academic Honor Roll, OMEA Young Composers Initiative, OMEA All-State Orchestra, Captain of the tennis team, and member of the cross country team. He volunteered at Licking Memorial Hospital and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. His objective is to be a symphony musician and college professor.

Lacey Purvis values helping people and their animals and contributes to building a community through service and kindness. She was on the Academic Honor Roll and bestowed Cum Laude honor in her senior year. Lacey played in the Marching, Symphonic, and Jazz bands, and was the Clarinet Section Leader. Beyond GHS, she was Secretary and Vice President of the 4-H Goats-R-Us Club. Her field of study in college will be animal science and pre-veterinary at the University of Findlay.

Bebe Wagner will attend the Oberlin Conservatory of Music to study horn performance. At GHS, Wagner played horn for the GHS Marching Band and Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra. Bebe was on the Academic Honor Roll and received Highest Music Honors. She volunteered for the Granville Public Library and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, while also working part-time.

Cody Vanvalkenburg received the CTEC scholarship because of his exceptional hard work and persistence in school and willingness to help others. The Ohio Department of Disabilities in conjunction with Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities has accepted him into the Project Search work-study program. He will be working and taking skills to living classes at Licking Memorial Hospital during the 2020-21 regular school year.

The Kiwanis Club of Granville wishes to thank all the students that expressed interest in its annual scholarship program and to the community, which supports many fund raising events that Kiwanis sponsors for children and adolescent programs and needs. “We wish the scholarship recipients and all of the 2020 graduates the best as each embark on a new journey,” stated Granville Kiwanis President Terry Van Offeren.

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