Posted by David Lariviere on May 16, 2017
McKenzie Erne - Buckeye , Jillian Miglich - Cloverleaf, Whitney Kim - Highland, and Garrett Grandis - Medina were each presented with a red rose, The Inkspot (Medina County Schools' Literary Magazine) and a Rotary scholarship check for $1,000 from Medina Sunrise Rotary Club at the annual MARK J. SUTHERLAND MEMORIAL ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP Awards Breakfast which is held each year at Rustic Hills Country Club in Medina.
"These highly competitive scholarships were named in honor of Mark J. Sutherland and represent a legacy of academic excellence, 'Service above Self', and leadership," stated Scholarship Chairman Dr. David Loeper on behalf of his scholarship committee which included: Dan and Judy Sutherland, the ESC of Medina County Superintendent Will Koran and Judge Judith Cross.
As role models for the students and visible examples of Excellence, Service and Leadership, Dr. Loeper recognized Buckeye Superintendent Kent Morgan, Cloverleaf Superintendent Daryl Kubilus, Highland Principal Dana Addis (representing Highland Superintendent Catherine Aukerman), Medina Superintendent Aaron Sable and the ESC of Medina County Superintendent Will Koran. Dr. Loeper was assisted in the scholarship awards ceremony by Air Force Tech Sergeant Adam Zelenka, and Navy Petty Officers Ashley White and Kaylie Leopold, who congratulated the scholarship winners and represented the strong school partnership and commitment to service and youth development which the US Military has in our community.
Daniel Sutherland delivered the keynote address.  "As you reflect on the those famous words of John F. Kennedy, I challenge you today to do two things: First, be involved with your community, your family, your friends and your future and second, be passionate in your dreams, thoughts, words and actions. If you remember this and do this, you will be successful in making a positive impact on the lives of the people you meet."
Judy Sutherland, who was presented with red roses by Navy Petty Officer Ashley White, also congratulated the Medina County high school scholars - McKenzie, Jillian, Whitney, and Garret, expressing every confidence in their future success.  "We are thankful for the caring support of their families and schools, the generous funding of the Medina Sunrise Rotary Club and the ultimate contributions of the men and women who serve in our nation's military, and who show continued faith in youth -- that 'Today‚Äôs scholars will become tomorrow's community and world leaders'.  Good Luck Class of 2017!"