The Rotary Club of Dearborn awarded a total of $14,000 in scholarships to 14 graduating high school seniors from Dearborn Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education Programs. The recipients were given special recognition at the Club’s 22nd annual Otto J. Rowen Awards banquet in May.
The annual awards are made possible through a trust established by Otto J. Rowen and administered by the Dearborn Rotary Foundation, to assist career technical education (CTE) and special education students. Mr. Rowen was a Dearborn teacher, administrator and Rotarian who was an industrial arts teacher at Fordson High School in 1927 and became principal of Woodworth Junior High School in 1928.
“It was extremely rewarding to review the background and skills of these high school seniors during the selection process and a pleasure to meet them in person at our banquet,” said Dr. John Artis, Dearborn Rotarian and chair of the 2010 Awards Selection Committee. “The parents, families and teachers who accompanied the students to the awards banquet had reason to be very proud.”
The scholarship winners in the CTE programs included Automotive–Jordan Adams, Dearborn High School (HS) and Christopher Wach, Edsel Ford HS; Business—Edward Iacoban, Fordson HS and Emily Moreno, Edsel Ford HS; Design—Grace Schwartz, Michael Berry Career Center (MBCC), Dearborn HS; Health Science at MBCC—Bassmeh Aljahmi, Edsel Ford; Kathleen Considine, Dearborn HS; Jacob Hama, Edsel Ford HS; Hospitality/Tourism—Carina Kavukcu, MBCC, Edsel Ford HS; Manufacturing Tech—Jeffery Slezak, Edsel Ford HS; Marketing—Megan Gerbert, Dearborn HS; Welding Tech—Jonathan Carriveau, Edsel Ford HS and Natalie Jerore, Dearborn HS; and Wood/Welding Tech—Andrew Mangiapane, Edsel Ford HS.
During the awards banquet, student winners were congratulated by Rotarian Brian Whiston, superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools. Each student was recognized individually by the teacher who nominated them and received their awards from Winifred Green, principal of the Michael Berry Career Center, and Bob Ziolkowski, president of Dearborn Rotary.
Also serving on the 2010 Awards Selection Committee were Dearborn Rotarians Fatina Attalla, Robert Gleichauf and Aldo Martin along with Victor Gregory and Georgene Stergalas of Dearborn Public Schools.
About Dearborn Rotary
Established in 1923, the Dearborn Rotary Club is one of more than 33,000 clubs located in 200 countries worldwide. Rotary is the world’s first and largest international service organization, founded in 1905 by Paul P. Harris, a lawyer, in Chicago, Illinois. The Rotary Club of Dearborn meets every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at The Fairlane Club in Dearborn, and guests are always welcome. For more information, visit www.dearbornrotary.org.