Kiwanis Club awards scholarships to local students

The honorees: Amy Keever (second from left), Vic­tor­ia Dailey (cen­ter) and Marissa Ru­bin (second from right), pic­tured with their par­ents, re­ceived schol­ar­ship awards from the Kiwanis Club of Phil-Mont. TOM WAR­ING / TIMES PHOTO

The Kiwanis Club of Phil-Mont last week presen­ted schol­ar­ship awards to three loc­al col­lege stu­dents, a gradu­at­ing high school seni­or and a gradu­at­ing eighth-grader.

The awards din­ner took place on June 11 at Gearo’s Grille, at 1913 Welsh Road in Bustleton.

The ninth an­nu­al An­thony M. Leto Com­munity Ser­vice Award went to Vic­tor­ia Dailey, a Lawndale res­id­ent who gradu­ated on June 12 from Present­a­tion BVM.

Vic­tor­ia was joined by her dad, Peter, grand­moth­er Eliza­beth Kane and Present­a­tion prin­cip­al Nancy Scharnikow. She at­ten­ded St. Wil­li­am, which closed last June, un­til sev­enth grade. She is a St. Wil­li­am al­tar serv­er and has vo­lun­teered at Kiwanis Club of Phil-Mont pan­cake fun­draisers at the Phil­adelphia Prot­est­ant Home.

In her one year at Present­a­tion, she helped pack­age meals for Aid For Friends and was a mem­ber of stu­dent coun­cil, the school news­pa­per and the year­book com­mit­tee.

Vic­tor­ia will at­tend Little Flower High School.

The com­munity ser­vice award is named in memory of Tony Leto, a busi­ness­man and Kiwanis pres­id­ent who died sud­denly in 2004 at age 40.

Jes­sica Bre­un­ing, who gradu­ated earli­er this month from St. Hubert, won the Wal­ter Gim­bel Sr. Schol­ar­ship Award, named in memory of a long­time Kiwanis mem­ber and past pres­id­ent.

Jes­sica, who will en­roll at Cab­rini Col­lege, was un­able to at­tend. She was on a va­ca­tion giv­en to her as a gradu­ation gift from her fam­ily. She was rep­res­en­ted by her par­ents, Mar­ie and Jim.

Three in­di­vidu­als were re­cog­nized as re­turn­ing Wal­ter Gim­bel schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents.

Amy Keever earned a schol­ar­ship for the third year in a row. She’s a St. Wil­li­am and Bish­op McDe­vitt gradu­ate who at­tends Drexel Uni­versity. She has re­cently taken part in lead­er­ship work­shops for West Phil­adelphia middle school stu­dents and vo­lun­teered for Com­cast Cares Day.

Marissa Ru­bin is a two-time schol­ar­ship win­ner. A 2012 North­east High School gradu­ate, she is an an­thro­po­logy ma­jor at Temple. She wants to someday work for the World Health Or­gan­iz­a­tion to be able to ad­dress what she sees as a glob­al health crisis.

Mary Radziszewski is also a two-time schol­ar­ship awardee. A 2012 Arch­bish­op Ry­an gradu­ate, she was un­able to at­tend be­cause she was par­ti­cip­at­ing in a Shakespeare fest­iv­al at De­Sales Uni­versity. Her gift was ac­cep­ted by Kathy Mc­Donough, a former St. Wil­li­am teach­er and Kiwanis Club mem­ber who helps over­see the schol­ar­ship fund and awards din­ner. ••

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