The Lake Wylie Rotary Club held its Spirit of Service Scholarship night May 13 having narrowed down the field of nominees to five.
Each student, all seniors from Clover High School, made a presentation about their service to the community and included slide presentations at the event held at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church. A team of five Rotarians selected the winners.
Madeleine Burrell, who will major in nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee, was awarded the top $2,000 scholarship prize. She has been involved in Clover Area Assistance Center, including the full-choice pantry project; Air Force JROTC; God’s Kitchen; Special Olympics; Make a Wish; York Teen Advisory Board for the library; Civil Air Patrol; Girl Scouts, earning the bronze, silver and gold award; and was awarded the National Congressional Gold medal.
Adam Moore, who will attend Clemson as he plans to become a dentist, was runner-up and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Moore is Clover High School student body president, and said he followed his father as a role model to make a difference in the community and be a good Christian. Moore has been involved in Boy Scouts, earning Eagle ranking with his project and help of 40 friends and family reconstructing a bridge at Kings Mountain National Park.
The three other students were each given $200 gift cards to Best Buy, sponsored by Scholarship Gold Consulting, Clover Community Bank and Bank of York.
Courtney Conger, will attend Clemson University on her journey to becoming a pediatrician, has been influenced by her mother Melanie’s nonprofit organization, The I’m a Kool Kid Foundation. Her commitment to volunteering started about age 5, when she helped participate in the Locks of Love event bringing in 650 pony tails. She also helps make blankets for the foundation’s treasure chests and is selling corsages and boutonnieres for prom to raise money for the group.
Emily Robinson, who will major in psychology at USC, is Clover High School Interact president, leading the largest club in the state with 200 members with events including Coins for CAAC, Riversweep, holding a Veteran’s Day luncheon, helping at Bethel and Kinard elementary schools’ festivals, Special Olympics and cleaning trails for the school cross country team. She also is an athlete and volunteers helping and coaching Clover and Oakridge middle school volleyball players.
Jeff Trowbridge, who will major in chemistry at USC, has been in Boy Scouts for seven years with Troop 333, earning his Eagle rank by photographing graves and recording information online for Woodside Cemetery in Clover. He added 84 entries to the list of 1,894 graves, and added 2,500 pictures to the database. With the help of about 30 friends and family, the project at the cemetery was completed in about four hours.
Event keynote speaker former Carolina Panther Jordan Gross said, “There is no secret to success other than hard work, determination and belief. Leave your legacy.”
The club also gave three other awards: Unsung Hero, Educator of the Year, and Rotarian of the Year.
Cub Master for Cub Scout Pack 333 for the four years, Mike Purvis was named Unsung Hero. He leads more than 60 Scouts, holding three annual camps, running an annual popcorn fundraiser and participating in Scouting for Food Campaign. He also recruits leaders for individual dens. He was named Cubmaster of the Year by York District of the Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Educator of the Year went to Clover High School social studies teacher Frank Falls. Falls established Moped 2 Memphis in 2008 as a class community service project to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis. He rides a moped the 622 miles from Clover to the hospital to deliver the check each year. So far, $250,000 has been raised. Fundraisers include classroom coin drives, T-shirt sales, raffling the moped each year, a Womanless Beauty Pageant, golf tournament and more.
Rotarian of the Year is Eddie Lukowski, who has maintained perfect attendance since joining the club in August 2011. He exemplifies the motto, service above self, by participating in almost every service project and fundraiser of the club. He has been a member of the board of directors for two years and is serving a third term in 2014-15 as club secretary. He also supports the Lake Wylie Rotary Club Foundation through his business sponsorship.