By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
WELLAND – Six students from four local secondary schools are recipients of the 2016 St. Kevin Food Bank Social Justice Scholarship.
The recipients are:
Christianne Lessard, Confederation Secondary School, Welland;
Giordanna Scodellaro, E.L. Crossley Secondary School, Pelham;
Alexandra Moore, Lakeshore Catholic High School, Port Colborne;
Michaela Bodis, Lakeshore Catholic High School, Port Colborne;
Cole Liota, Notre Dame College School, Welland;
Kaitlyn Dyson, Notre Dame College School, Welland.
The $1,000 scholarships were presented to recipients at their respective graduation ceremonies this week.
In total, 12 applicants were interviewed by the committee before recipients were decided. The applicants went through two rounds of pre-determined questions asked of all the students, followed by impromptu questions decided on during the course of the interviews.
As written in one of the application documents, the social justice scholarship is of appeal to students “who envision not a perfect world but a better one.” Criteria include: Social justice leadership, commitment and involvement in the school community; social justice leadership, commitment and involvement in the local community, academic excellence in the year of application and acceptance at a university or community college.
Presenters at the grad ceremonies were: Don Cahill (Confederation); Jessica Soul (E.L. Crossley) and Mim Gibbons (Notre Dame, Lakeshore Catholic).
Main fundraiser for the social justice scholarship is Soup’s On!, the popular soup luncheon held annually on the last Friday of January at St. Kevin Church parish hall.