Freeport Rotary Club Awards Annual Scholarships

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The Freeport Rotary Club is proud to once again honor the students who excelled at Freeport and Aquin High Schools.

The recipients of the 2020 scholarships are Carter Shockey and Ellie Kurtz of Freeport High School and Zeita Gastel of Aquin High School.

This year, 35 students qualified to apply for the Freeport Rotary Club Annual Scholarships by earning a 3.75 or above cumulative grade point average during their high school years.

Carter Shockey served as president of the National Honor Society, executive president of Student Council, vice-president of Key Club, and was selected to participate on the Illinois State School Board’s Student Advisory Committee. He will attend the University of Iowa in the fall and plans to study Political Science.

Ellie Kurtz served as president of Key Club, president and vice-president of Student Council, and vice-president of the National Honor Society. She will attend the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in the fall and plans to study both Political Science and Urban Studies.

Zeita Gastel served as part of the Interact Service club, the Highland Community College High School Servant Leadership program, and the National Honor Society. She will attend the University of Iowa in the fall and plans to study biomedical engineering.

Freeport Rotary Club was established in 1919 to provide service to others and promote integrity through fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. The Club participates in local services projects targeting youth literacy, scholarly recognition, student international exchange, and purchasing shoes for disadvantaged youth. Meetings are held at noon on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau. For more information, contact Tonya Thayer at 815-599-7213.



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