The Rotary Club of Flushing announced on May 23rd the recipients of the Gerald Knight Memorial Scholarship and Paul Harris Scholarship to Darla Nagel and Hannah Woodke of Flushing, respectively. These two exceptional students both are 2008 Graduates of Flushing High School.

While they both are exceptional students academically and leaders in many school organizations, they exemplified in their after school volunteer activities "Service Above Self", the Rotary motto. Miss Nagel shared with Rotary Club Scholarship Committee members during the interview process her passion and leadership as President of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and her multiple volunteer activities in numerous areas. She plans to attend Central Michigan University studying English. Her letters of recommendation confirmed her leadership activities and academic achievements. Miss Woodke shared with the Committee her special effort and results from organizing the bi-annual Blood Drive as President of the National Honor Society. As well, she combined two interests by volunteering as a student leader in the Adopt-A-Class program for the Middle School Orchestra class, since due to a schedule conflict she was unable to participate in the High School Orchestra . She received several letters of recommendation emphasizing her academic success and highlighting her numerous volunteer activities. Miss Woodke shared that she will be attending Ferris State University in the fall where she will begin an eight-year college career leading to a doctoral degree in Optometry. The recipients of the 2008 Rotary Club scholarships will ceremoniously accept the distinction at an upcoming Thursday 7:00 am meeting of the Rotary Club of Flushing at Sorrento's Restaurant. The Rotary Club of Flushing provides two $1000 scholarships yearly. Applicants can be candidates by completing the necessary forms and live within the boundaries of the Flushing Community School District, however they need not specifically attend and graduate from Flushing High School. This year the committee, lead by Teresa Salem- Chairperson, City of Flushing Councilperson, reviewed many applications and interviewed six of those individuals. Teresa commented that all of the applicants were exceptional and worthy of being recipients of this distinction. Other committee members included Robert Bois with Bois Insurance, Anthony Abdella from Main Street Treasures, and Lisa O'Leary from Meryl Norman's. Rotary Club members serving on the committee were Mayor Jan Gensel and Rotary Club Scholarship coordinator Mike Wallace, OD.