Supervisor Bill Reilich, the town board and Greece youth board recently awarded the Jerry J. Helfer Youth Engagement Scholarship to Patrick Meisenzahl, of Greece Athena High School.
This year’s runner-up is Emilee Dauphinee, of Greece Arcadia High School. Meisenzahl received a $2,000 scholarship check; Dauphinee received $500.
The scholarship annually recognizes students who regularly uphold exemplary moral values, devote time and energy into helping serve the Greece community and display outstanding leadership skills. It was established to highlight Helfer’s exceptional character, virtue and lifelong love of learning and public service. With over 25 years of public service, Helfer served on the Greece youth board, was elected town councilman for 10 years and served as deputy supervisor until his death in July 2014.
“Jerry was an upstanding citizen, co-worker and friend, and the love he had for his community and public service are the foundations of this scholarship,” Reilich said. “This year, we had several applicants from all throughout the Greece community. Through careful consideration by the Greece youth board and Helfer family, this year’s winners both provided excellent examples of leadership, public service and volunteerism. I congratulate Patrick and Emilee, two outstanding members of our community who are helping to continue on the legacy of Jerry Helfer.”
Meisenzahl is a student-athlete who played football and basketball for Athena, serving as team treasurer and captain. He volunteered at the Greece town camp Hook it Up, Special Olympics and the Unified Basketball program. He is a member of National Honor Society, served as a tutor and is a guest reader and volunteer at Pine Brook Elementary School. Meisenzahl’s involvement at St. Lawrence Church, where he helps plan lessons and teach in children’s church, inspired him to study education when he attends college.
Dauphinee is active in her church, serving as an alter server, minister of Holy Communion, lector and choir member at Mass. She is a member of the Liturgy committee, parish council and Diocesan Youth Council. Dauphinee is a Girl Scout of 12 years, where she participated in community activities such as singing at nursing homes, working at Foodlink, putting together food baskets and making medical dolls for children in hospitals. Through school, she was part of the freshmen mentor program, a leader for homeroom and a member of NHS. Dauphinee plans to become a pediatrician.