Herb Guild awards scholarships at annual luncheon

Front row, from left, Herb Guild members Mary Kay Filipiak, Shirley Swindell and June Zweidinger, scholarship recipient Kelsey Sikon; Back row, Michael Jindra and Zachary Siefker.

On August 1, the Herb Guild held its 28th annual Scholarship Luncheon with a theme of: "A Single Rose Can Be My Garden; a Single Friend My World." Three hundred guests were in attendance as three deserving high school graduates each received a $1,400 scholarship award toward their further academic education.

To be eligible for the Herb Guild scholarship, students must be pursuing studies in horticulture, ecology, environmental sciences or a related field. Each one of these bright students will be majoring in environmental studies.

Michael Jindra is a recent graduate of Padua Franciscan High School. He will be attending Ohio State University this fall and will be majoring in environmental engineering and minoring in entrepreneurship. This summer, one of his objectives was to introduce fair trade into local high schools. Michael said his long term goal would be “to make sustainable choices accessible to a broader population.”

Zachary Siefker who will be attending Ohio Wesleyan University and will be majoring in environmental studies and geology. At Midview High School in Grafton he was a member of the National Honor Society and very active in sports and band, both in which he won numerous awards.

Kelsey Sikon will be attending Ohio State University this fall with plans to major in environmental science and minor in environmental engineering. For five years, Kelsey worked as a Zoo Crew member at the Cleveland MetroParks Zoo where she talked to guests about environmental issues, recycling and conservation. At North Ridgeville High School she was involved in and received numerous awards in sports and academic achievement. This summer she has been taking post-secondary courses at Lorain County Community College, where she has a 4.0 grade point average and has been on the Dean’s List.

The Herb Guild was very pleased to host this event honoring these exemplary individuals. We wish them well as they make a positive difference in today’s world.

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Volume 4, Issue 16, Posted 10:43 AM, 08.07.2012