MADISON — The Madison Rotary organization honors the outstanding achievements of the 2023 scholarship and essay contest winners. These exceptional individuals have been recognized for their remarkable accomplishments.
After celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Rotary Club of Madison continues to focus its community service efforts on several key areas, with particular emphasis on youth development. The club’s commitment to supporting local high school students is evident through various initiatives.
One significant endeavor is granting awards to outstanding high school seniors in Madison. Recently, Madison Rotary announced the recipients of two sets of annual awards. The first set includes five $1,000 scholarship awards given to students who embody Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.”
These recipients have demonstrated exceptional dedication to volunteer service, participating in programs and activities to address food insecurity, assisting children in shelters, supporting Rotary initiatives, providing tutoring during and after the pandemic, and fundraising for cancer-related causes and children’s surgery.
The scholarship winners are selected through a rigorous process that involves written applications and personal interviews conducted by Madison Rotary’s Scholarship Committee. Notably, two winners are student leaders of the school’s Interact Club. The 2023 scholarship recipients are Gus Bowen, Evan Katz, Nina Kornchankul, Chloe Niceberg, and Owen Weller, all of whom plan to pursue pre-med and biomedical engineering majors as they embark on their college journeys.
Additionally, Madison Rotary sponsors an annual essay competition called the “Laws of Life” for juniors at Madison High School. This contest encourages students to explore their core values: honesty, perseverance, and compassion. Participants are asked to select a maxim or “Law of Life” and write an essay explaining how that maxim’s moral and ethical implications relate to their own lives. The contest, which promotes and rewards good character development, awards prizes ranging from $150 to $1,000. This year’s essay contest winners are Sofia DelaCruz, Ava DiCarlo, Emma Dooley, Aidan Drew, Nathaly Faccio, Katherine Finnegan, and Payton Martins. Their exceptional essays demonstrate their deep understanding of important life principles and indicate promising futures.
The Rotary Club of Madison is rooted in community service and upholds high ethical values. Individuals interested in contributing to or supporting the community are encouraged to contact Madison Rotary at [email protected] or visit their website at www.madisonrotarynj.org.