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Matlacha Hookers award 11 ‘Hooked on Education’ scholarships

May 17, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Matlacha Hookers awarded 11 scholarships during its May 11 meeting at Sandy Hook Restaurant. Each recipient received $2,000 to be used at any post-secondary institution of their choosing.

"Tonight is a very exciting night for the Matlacha Hookers," scholarship committee member Dee Hanks said. "We will present 11 very deserving students with scholarships These scholarships are very important to these students and often make the difference whether they can continue their education or not."

The co-chairperson of the Hooked on Education scholarship program, Peg Cruckshank, opened the meeting by announcing that the Pine Island Elementary Fishing Tournament and Derby raised $22,000 in scholarship funds this year, and has raised $125,000 since the scholarship program began in 2003.

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The scholarship winners, in alphabetical order, Stephanie Boyd, Emma Cicoria, Dakotah Goetz, Jessica Hill, Katrina Horney, Jenny Kline, Brittany Newman, Ryan Robertson, Margaret Valcarcel, with co-chair Lois Lemke.


"Seven of the 11 scholarships are given in memory of a person, in gratitude of something or by a particular group," Cruckshank said. "The Logan Rabinette Memorial Scholarship is given by Steve Rabinette in memory of his son. This is the fifth year this scholarship has been awarded by Logan's dad."

Two scholarships from Jeff and Diane Haugland of Island Crab Co. are in appreciation of the island scholarships and support their daughter Tausha received when she was attending college to become a music teacher.

Two scholarships for Pine Island Elementary School graduates are from funds raised from the Pine Island Elementary Fishing Tournament.

"The Matlacha Mariner Scholarship Award is funded by our brother organization the Matlacha Mariners," Cruckshank said. "The Mariners have been giving scholarships for many years, either through their own organization or through the Matlacha Hookers Hooked on Education scholarships. This is the first time the Matlacha Mariners are here to present the award.

"New this year is the Jeremie Riehm Memorial Scholarship given by his wife, Tina Riehm, in his memory," Cruckshank continued. "Jeremie Riehm was lost when the El Faro cargo ship went down in Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas."

The recipients of the 11 scholarships were:

n Dakotah Goetz is attending the University of South Florida, majoring in information studies with a concentration in security. Goetz received one of the Pine Island Elementary School scholarship.

n Jessica Hill is currently attending University of North Florida majoring in fine arts with a concentration in costume design. She received the second Pine Island Elementary School Scholarship.

n Brooke Benjamin will return to the University of North Florida majoring in marketing and psychology.

n Cheyanne Rentsch attended Monroe Community College and plans on attending Georgia College and State University majoring in health science. She received her scholarship from the Matlacha Mariners

n Ryan Robertson is planning to continue his studies at Florida State University. He received the Logan Rabinette Memorial Scholarship. He is majoring in chemical engineering with a 4.0 GPA.

n Katrina Horney will be attending University of North Florida this fall majoring in marketing.

n Emma Cicoria has graduated from Ida Baker High School and will be attending Florida Southwest State College majoring in education.

n Margaret Valcarcel is currently attending the University of Central Florida in Orlando and majors in criminal justice and psychology.

n Stephanie Boyd graduated from Mariner High School and will be attending Ringling College of Art and Design majoring in illustration. She received the Jeremie Riehm Memorial Scholarship.

n Jenny Kline is attending Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in social science and teaching. Kline received the Tausha Haugland Scholarship.

n Brittany Newman attended Florida Gulf Coast University and will be attending Florida Southwest State College to pursue her studies in nursing. Newman received the Tausha Haugland Scholarship.

"The Matlacha Hookers want to congratulate all of the scholarship recipients and their families for their time and hard work," Cruckshank said. "I also want to thank all of the Hookers who did all of the hard work to raise the money for these scholarships. Job well done."



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