Ray­mond stu­dents win Ro­tary Club Hu­man­i­tar­ian Schol­ar­ship awards

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Raymond / Cardston - BY HEATHER CAMERON

Ray­mond High School had their 2017-2018 school awards cer­e­mony Dec. 20 where four Grade 12 stu­dents were pre­sented with Ro­tary Club Hu­man­i­tar­ian Awards, awards that are pre­sented to those who make con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity or hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts in the form of ser­vice.

“The Ro­tary Club of Ray­mond, Ro­tary District 5360 and The Live Like Lili Foun­da­tion have pooled re­sources to present four stu­dents with schol­ar­ships for $450,” Val Boehme, Pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club in Ray­mond, said.

The awards, which in­cluded $450 schol­ar­ships to any post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tion, were pre­sented to Cassie Salmon, Brook­lyn Thom­son, Carolyn Baldry, and Mad­die Gal­braith, all of whom spent the past sum­mer vol­un­teer­ing with NGO -HEFY, with one vol­un­teer­ing in Thai­land and three vol­un­teer­ing in Cen­tral Amer­ica.

“Vol­un­teer­ing just makes me more thank­ful for what I have in my life,” Carolyn Baldry said. “Some peo­ple don't have any­thing, yet they're so happy and grate­ful. I think that it helps me to re­al­ize that I can be more grate­ful in my own life, for what I have, and how ad­van­taged I am.”

Boehme said the Ro­tary Club sub­mit­ted the cri­te­ria to the High School for out­stand­ing Vol­un­teer­ing in Com­mu­nity or Hu­man­i­tar­ian Ser­vice and they were an­tic­i­pat­ing awards for first, sec­ond, and third place, but the high school in­stead rec­om­mended that the Schol­ar­ship be awarded equally to the four stu­dents.

Cassie Salmon said she was very grate­ful for the ex­pe­ri­ence and although it was hard work, she felt like she made a dif­fer­ence for oth­ers with her vol­un­teer­ing.

“I think it was a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity for us to learn about life out­side of our lit­tle town and to be able to see that there are there prob­lems in this world that we should be tak­ing into ac­count and can help with,” Mad­die Gal­braith said.

Brook­lyn Thom­son said that it’s just good to know that we as peo­ple can make a dif­fer­ence even if it starts with help­ing just one per­son at a time.

“Pres­i­dent John Kennedy stated ‘…ask not what your coun­try can do for you, ask what you can do for your coun­try…’ I think th­ese stu­dents ex­em­plify that,” Boehme ex­plained.

“They think not what the world can do for them, but what they can do for the world. The motto at the bot­tom of the cer­tifi­cate is the Ro­tary motto Ser­vice Above Self; that has been a long-stand­ing of the Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional right from the get-go and their work this sum­mer has ex­em­pli­fied that.”

Photo by Heather Cameron

(From left to right) Cassie Salmon, Brook­lyn Thom­son, Mad­die Gal­braith, Carolyn Baldry, and Val Boehme, pres­i­dent of the Ray­mond Ro­tary Club, cel­e­brate the Ro­tary Club Hu­man­i­tar­ian Awards given out.

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