Kiwanis Club of Greece recently implemented its first scholarship to support Greece Arcadia Key Club members in memory of John Baart, who died in October 2017.
Key Club is an international, student-led organization founded in 1925 that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership skills. It is the world’s oldest and largest service organization for high school students.
Kiwanis Club of Greece sponsors Greece Arcadia Key Club. Members work together on community projects under the direction of advisers Karen Kline and Erin Morrison-Fortunato.
Winners of the $500 scholarships had to be active Key Club members, graduating in 2018, active in community service and representative of the spirit of Arcadia High School. This year’s winners are Zeynep Karaibrahim and Christina Lee.
Karaibrahim participates in varsity swimming, junior varsity outdoor track and National Honor Society. She volunteers with youth in the community through swimming, is the webmaster for Key Club and helps with Kiwanis fundraisers.
“As I was growing up, my parents always emphasized helping others, even when you could not help yourself,” Karaibrahim said.
She plans to major in electrical engineering at University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Lee is president of Key Club, and participates in National Honor Society, Urban League of Rochester and Mosaics Club. She volunteered at St. Paul Believers Church, city of Rochester’s annual Clean Sweep and Kiwanis bell-ringing for The Salvation Army Bell.
After serving food to families in need, Lee learned that people often take things for granted. She plans to major in graphic design at The College at Brockport.
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