Lake Wylie Rotary Club awarded several Clover High School seniors with scholarships during its May 19 Spirit of Service Scholarship Awards celebration at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church.
A team of five Rotarians selected five winner from all the nominees. Each student, all CHS seniors, made a presentation with slideshows and videos about their service to the community.
Maggie Ballard, who will major in education at the University of South Carolina, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. She worked with special needs students as an after school and summer camp YMCA counselor. She also participated in short-term mission trips in Honduras.
Emily Atkinson, who will major in physical therapy at Anderson University, was awarded the CHS Interact Club $2,000 scholarship. Atkinson served as the club vice president and was responsible for maintaining the club’s Facebook page. She participated in Special Olympics and has volunteered at RideAbility, a therapeutic riding center in Clover. She plans to join the Rotaract program in college.
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The three students – Rachel Capps, Billy Gallien and Mia Jeanty – were each awarded a $500 scholarship.
The students exemplify the Rotary International motto of Service Above Self. Lake Wylie Rotary Club raises scholarship money primarily through the annual Lake Wylie Luau, which is planned for Sept. 12 at Red Fez Club in Steele Creek on Lake Wylie.
The club also gave two other awards: Unsung Hero and Rotarian of the Year.
Lee Rowley, a volunteer driver for River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS for about 12 years and president of the River Hills/Lake Wylie Lions Club, was named Unsung Hero. Rowley has been the fleet master, responsible for maintenance of the ambulances and vehicles. He also helped lead the charge with York County Council to keep River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS as a local provider.
Rotarian of the Year is Bob Stigers, who serves as sergeant of arms, is a board member and chairman of public relations. Stigers is responsible for Lake Wylie Rotary Club's two websites and Facebook page. He has maintained perfect attendance since joining the club in December 2012. He participates in nearly every service project and club fundraiser. Stigers has been a member of the board of directors for one year and is serving a second term in 2015-16 in his current roles. He also supports the Lake Wylie Rotary Club Foundation through his business sponsorship.