ZELIENOPLE — Five recent Seneca Valley High School students received a boost to their continued education due to the Rotary Club of Zelienople.
Students Katherine Adams, Alexandra Cowell, Marleah Schlick, Kathleen Yellin and Luke Henne were awarded $1,500 scholarships recently.
Adams, a resident of Harmony, is the recipient of the “Doc” Viola Scholarship for outstanding community service. Highlights of her volunteerism include four weeklong mission trips to the Appalachia region of West Virginia to complete repairs and small construction projects for people who cannot do so themselves.
Adams is a member of the National Honor Society and also has held multiple leadership positions in the SVHS Key Club, in addition to performing 50 hours of volunteer service each year. The daughter of William and Kari Adams, she will attend Penn State University Schreyer Honors College with an intended major of kinesiology or biology.
Henne was awarded The Maureen Lutz Journalism Scholarship and will attend Duquesne University to major in sports information/sports media. Henne served as senior editor of the Newspaper Club and is a member of the National Honor Society. An avid ice hockey player, he played on the Seneca Valley team that won two division championships. Henne has volunteered with the Miracle League for six years and has helped with the local food bank. A resident of Cranberry Township, Henne is the son of Terrance Henne and Jennifer Tack-Henne.
Cowell, Schlick and Yellin each received the Zelienople Rotary Scholarship, which also honors community service.
Cowell has participated in three weeklong mission trips to the Appalachia region of West Virginia, assisting with repair and construction projects. She has also worked at STEM events for elementary students and assisted with programs at the Zelienople Community Park. Cowell is a member of the National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, served six years on Student Council and lettered in soccer. The daughter of Greg and Karen Cowell of Zelienople, she will begin studies at Gannon University to become a physician's assistant.
Schlick, a resident of Harmony, is the daughter of Theodore and Gwendolyn Schlick. Passionate about working with the elderly, Schlick has volunteered at Passavant Senior Living Community for more than five years. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, served four years on Student Council and was captain of the Swim Club and a WPIAL/State Qualifier. Schlick will attend Duquesne University to become a pharmacist.
Yellin spent her sophomore year of high school as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Germany. It was there that she became passionate about community service and volunteerism. Upon her return to Zelienople, Yellin became president of her school's Rotary-affiliated Interact Club and was named Evans City Rotary Person of the Year. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Model United Nations, Marching Band and held office both in the local and state JCL. The daughter of Michael and Jennifer Yellin of Zelienople, Yellin will attend American University and major in international relations.
The Rotary Club of Zelienople has presented 176 scholarships since 1972.