Rotary Awards Scholarships To Four High School Seniors

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River recently awarded four college scholarships to graduating seniors Martina Blazevic, Ali Brugh and Aleksandra Dunjic from Rocky River High School and Joshua January from Lakewood High School.

Funded by the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation, the four $3,000 scholarships are part of nearly $60,000 in grants and awards that the Rotary club donates to the community each year.

In addition to demonstrating academic achievement and potential, the four winners were chosen for extracurricular and community involvement.

Martina Blazevic is a fifteen-year figure skater who was a National Bronze Medalist in 2015. The Ohio House of Representatives honored her with its Ohio’s Finest Citizen Award. At Rocky River High School she was in the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She was a four-year member of the marching band’s Pom Squad but also found time to help younger students as a math tutor. Martina will study physics and pre-med radiology at the Ohio State University.

Ali Brugh was named a National Merit Commended Scholar her senior year, and was inducted into the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She was a four-year member of the Girls Tennis and Science Olympiad teams, yet also volunteered at Rocky River Public Library. At her school Ali helped form the Students Advocate For Equality (SAFE) Club, celebrating and encouraging diversity and inclusiveness. Ali will study mechanical engineering at the Ohio State University.

Aleksandra Dunjic carried a course load filled with advance placement and honors-level courses, and also was an award-winning participant in the Science Olympiad and National History Day programs. She was business manager for the Yearbook Club. She volunteered at her school and at the Rocky River Public Library and holds part-time employment at O’Neill Healthcare. Aleksandrawill study psychology at Case Western Reserve University.

Joshua January was recognized by the Rotary Club earlier this year as the Outstanding Student in the Health Careers program at the West Shore Career Technical Center. At West Shore he was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. He has already earned his State Tested Nursing Assistant license. Joshua’s high school career included track and field, Chemistry Club and numerous volunteer positions. Joshua will attend the Mansfield campus of the Ohio State University to pursue pre-med studies.

The Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs (known as Rotarians) provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

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