George W. Davis
GREEN - Since its formation in 1991, the Green Schools Foundation has provided more than $200,000 in financial support to student excellence in the classroom and beyond.
And this year, the foundation membership of active parents, professional educators, municipal leaders and local business people has continued the shared goal of furthering academic excellence by presenting scholarships totaling $14,000 to 17 seniors, who will graduate June 5.
The awards were presented May 22 during the senior awards program at Green High School. Foundation president is Nancy Pruneski, who also is a former member of the Green Schools Board of Education.
The foundation's first student scholarship - a single $500 award - and $5,000 in classroom grants were provided in 1992.
The group's growth has been made possible by the support of members and contributors and two annual fundraisers that benefit both scholarships and academic classroom grants.
This year's largest scholarship - the foundation's $2,000 Gold Scholarship - was presented to Amanda Pinheiro.
Three seniors - Shannon Bales, Marisa Papp and Wesley Peng - each received $1,500 Silver Scholarships, while $1,000 Bronze Scholarships were presented to Bradley Gehring and Jennifer Hastings.
GSF $500 Scholarships were awarded to Richard Angeletti, Lydia Corle, Amanda Deevers, Caitlin Elkins, Evan Keeslar, Alexa Marciniak, Alexander Plum, Valerie Rasicci, Jasmine Reale, Maria Thrasher and Daniel Whited.
Reale's award was the $500 Lou Daugherty Educational Scholarship, which was partially funded by Daugherty, a former superintendent of Green Local Schools and the Summit County Educational Service Center.