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Kiwanis awards scholarships to six Pine Island students

June 21, 2017
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Last Wednesday morning at its weekly meeting, the Greater Pine Island Kiwanis awarded six scholarships to local students.

President Mike Shevlin welcomed everyone to the meeting, stating the Kiwanis' mission, following the Pledge of Allegiance and Star Bangled Banner.

The club's 2017 Scholarship Committee consists of Carlyn Herring, Tonya Player, Nick and Jane Moore, Susan McGuire and Buzzy Phillips. Scholarship committee chairperson Carlyn Herring introduced the scholarship winners.

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The scholarship winners, from left, Jessica Hill, Natalie Hill, Mackenlie Davis, Jessy McLean, Kyle Skau and Dakotah Goetz.


"We carefully go through each application and interview all first-time applicants," Herring said. "I can't tell you how rewarding it is to talk to these young people they are incredible. Each and every one of you bring so much to the table and have so much ahead of you. Thank you so much."

The scholarship winners, including their college/university and field of study, are:

* Natalie Hill, Ringling College, studying photography especially nature photography

* Jessy Mclean, Emory University, studying health and nutrition

* Jessica Hill, University of Florida, studying technical theater, costumes, makeup and sound.

* Mackenley Davis, Flagler College, major in history

* Kyle Skau, Greensboro College, athletic training*

* Dakotah Goetz, University of Southern Florida, studying mass communications and information science

For many years the Kiwanis raised the scholarship funds with the Taste of Pine Island event. Unfortunately, last year Southwest Florida was subject to record rainfall and Kiwanis was forced to cancel the event twice.

"Since the Taste of Pine Island has been cancelled, the local businesses and individuals have stepped up," Herring said. "Kiwanis is only spearheading the process of handing out these scholarships. It's the community that has helped us raise over $21,000 to give out today."

The 2017 sponsors included both individuals and businesses: Lisa and Jay Benton, Buzzy Phillips, Greater Pine Island Water Company, Mel Meo, Pine Island Pest Control, Spyrnal and Associates, Susan McGuire, Doug Kruger, Honc Industries, Mike Faulkner, Bert's Bar, Pine Island Realty, Island Girl Fitness, Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, King Ranch, Mike Shevlin, Christine and Malte Sallstrom, Saltwater Smokehouse, Chuck's Auto Repair, Dynamic South, PalmCo., Fruitscapes, Diane Cammick, Charlie Garcia

"Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time," Shevlin said. "Since we started, the Pine Island Kiwanis has awarded more than $350,000 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. For additional information about the club, call 239-939-1840.



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