Jacksonville Rotary Club awards local high schoolers with scholarships

By Ryne Turke on May 17 at 11:03am

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The Jacksonville Rotary Club recognized the accomplishments of three local high school seniors last week, awarding them with college scholarships.

This was the second year of the Rotary Club’s scholarship program. Last year, two high school seniors were given $2,000 college scholarships for their work in the community. After a donation from the Jacksonville Ministerial Alliance, a third scholarship was created in the amount of $1,000.

Earning the $2,000 scholarships were a pair of Jacksonville High School students.

Molly McGiles was selected due to her extensive community service resume and  volunteer work teaching science and American Sign Language lessons to younger students. She is also the president of the JHS National Honor Society, a member of the JHS R.E.F program and co-captain of the varsity tennis team.

McGiles plans to major in chemical engineering.

Brandon Hill was also selected for the $2,000 scholarship. Hill, who is captain of the JHS track team, volunteers his time with the First Presbyterian Church Youth Group. He is also part of the National English Honor Society and a past recipient of the Mayor’s Volunteer Award.

Hill plans to major in journalism.

Hannah Howard of Routt was selected for the $1,000 scholarship funded by the Ministerial Alliance. Howard was captain of the Routt track and swimming teams. She volunteered at track and swimming events at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired.

Howard plans to major in either physics or engineering.