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Sharon Women’s Club presents scholarships

6/12/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Shown from left are scholarship recipients Christine Bolton, Maddie Petrilla and Joshua Froats, along with scholarship committee chairperson Lee Nichols.
Photo courtesy of Sharon Women’s Club
SHARON — The Sharon Women’s Club recently hosted its spring luncheon to honor its scholarship winners.

Scholarships were awarded to Joshua Froats, Maddie Petrilla and Christine Bolton, who each received $1,000.

Josh’s school activities include participating in football, soccer and tennis throughout his school years while maintaining a 3.5 or above grade point average, earning him the Scholar Athlete Award. Josh is also a member of the National Honor Society and Peer Leading. He was in the top 10 percent of his graduating class.

Josh has been a Boy Scout for six years and has had the opportunity to volunteer throughout the community. Josh also is an active member in Young Americans for Freedom and helped place 3,000 flags on the hill in front of Highland High School to commemorate the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

He will attend The Ohio State University in the fall to study chemical engineering.

Maddie has played volleyball since the sixth grade and has been an active player on the American Level Junior Olympic Volleyball Team since seventh grade. She made the varsity team her sophomore year and became team captain her senior year. She also received the Scholar Athlete Award for maintaining at least a 3.5 grade point average during the sports season.

Maddie has been a part of many club activities, such as Student Council, a D.A.R.E. Role Model, Peer Leading and the yearbook staff. She co-founded and is president of Highland High School’s new Spirit Club. She also was nominated by her teachers and principal to be one of five senior representatives on the Principal’s Advisory Committee.

Maddie became a member of the National Honor Society in her sophomore year and was named student of the month in November of her senior year. She has taken multiple advanced placement classes and honors classes in order to receive the Honors Student Award all four years of high school. She was in the top 5 percent of her class. This fall, Maddie plans to attend The Ohio State University to become a nurse anesthetist.

Christine has attended The University of Akron as a postsecondary student and is on the dean’s list. She received a Silver Key and an honorary mention for artwork submitted to the National Scholastic Art Awards. This competition was among 800 art students from five counties in Ohio.

Christine assisted the Highland Art Department in grading papers, matting art work and setting up for the annual art show. She also helped instruct younger students in beginning photo classes and portrait drawing.

Christine is involved in Sharon community activities, such as the Memorial Day Parade and helping fill plastic eggs for the Easter egg hunt. Christine also helps her neighbors rake leaves and pick apples. She volunteers at the Yankee Peddler Festival held by the Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Christine has received early acceptance into the Myers School of Art at The University of Akron and plans to take two classes this summer.

This year’s scholarship committee consisted of Mimi O’Keefe, Jennifer Schreiner, Lynn Sanderson, Debbie Blewitt and Sue Morgan. Betty Osborn originated the program in 1989.

The club’s main source of funding comes from its annual Fall Fest, which will be held Oct. 4.

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