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Kiwanis awards scholarships

June 27, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Last Wednesday morning, the Greater Pine Island Kiwanis awarded 5 of 20 scholarships to local students.

The Kiwanis' 2018 Scholarship Committee consists of Carlyn Herring (chairperson), Tonya Player, Nick and Jane Mohar and Paul and Nichole Pichon. Scholarship committee member Tonya Player introduced the scholarship winners.

"The Scholarship Committee has the pleasure of meeting with and reviewing all of the applicants for scholarships," Player said. "It's never easy to choose the winners but it's always a fun thing to do."

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Scholarship winners, from left, Jessica Teets, Emily Lewis, Julia Robertson, Erin Post and Brandon Pearson.


The committee awarded 20 scholarships for 2018 with five the students - Emily "Emma" Lewis, Jessica Teets, Julia Robertson, Erin Post and Brandon Pearson - present at the meeting to accept their certificate and letter explaining how to receive the scholarship.

Lewis attends Southern Technical College in Fort Myers.

"I arrived in Florida from Boston on Sept. 18 immediately after Hurricane Irma," Lewis said. "Honestly, I was not happy about moving to Florida, but since I've been here I've made some really amazing friends."

Lewis is studying to be a medical assistant but has plans to transfer to the registered nurse program.

Teets is attending Florida Gulf Coast University studying psychology. She graduates from FGCU in May and plans to attend graduate school to further her education in psychology.

Robertson attends University of Florida.

"I'm attending UF studying veterinary medicine animal sciences with equine specialization with the hope to complete a graduate veterinary program and become a large animal veterinarian," she said.

Post was valedictorian at Fort Myers High School and plans to attend Florida Southern College.

"I've lived on Pine Island since I was one year old," Post said. "I recently graduated from Fort Myers High School and plan to go to Florida Southern College to major in exercise science and kinesiology to become a physical therapist."

Pearson will be entering his second year at the University of Florida studying management.

"My minor is in non-profit leadership," Pearson said. "One day I hope to work in either a non-profit sector or the technology sector of operations management."

"We will be presenting the balance of our scholarships at the Kiwanis meeting next Wednesday," Player said. "Pine Island is such a wonderful place to support these great kids. It literally gives me chills and makes me proud to be a part of this great organization this is a wonderful organization.

"It takes a community to accomplish these things and I'd like to thank all of our sponsors: Angles Hair Design, Blue Dog Bar and Grill, BNWC Properties, Buzzy Phillips, Andrea & Dave Cambio, Century 21 Sunbelt, Chuck's Auto Repair, Cynthia & David Darsch, Diane Cammick, Dynamic South, Florida Marine Construction, Fruitscapes, GPIWA, Honc Industries, Doug Kruger, Susan McGuire, Palmco, Pine Island Plumbing, Pine Island Realty, Raymond Saiya, Christine & Malte Sallstrom, Saltwater Smokehouse, Soaring Eagle, Spyrnal & Associates, Centennial Bank, Ila ValCarcel, White Boot Seafood Company and several anonymous donors."

"Believe it or not this is our 41st year," president Mike Schvlin said. "Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. Since we started, the Pine Island Kiwanis has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships. Each community has its own special needs and we serve the children of Pine island."

The Great Pine Island Kiwanis meets at Bert's Bar, 4271 Pine Island Road, Matalcha, every Wednesday at 8 a.m.



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