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The West Nyack Rotary recently presented awards to fourth graders attending the West Nyack and Strawtown elementary schools and Clarkstown South High School seniors.
Each qualifying student, one from each fourth grade class in the two elementary schools, received a $100 check from the West Nyack Rotary. This award is based upon the principles of Rotary, whose motto is "Service above Self." Academics are important but the main focus is good citizenship.
The basis for selection is that students should live up to the Rotary 4 Way Test, which is as follows:
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The award recipients from West Nyack are: Daniel Fitzgerald, Annabel Jacobs and Clare Buchanan. The award recipients from Strawtown are: Dylan Hausner, Dora Teising and Michael Dwyer. In addition, there is a plaque in each school's hall with the names of the students who receive the award from the West Nyack Rotary and each year it is updated with the new names.
On May 16, the West Nyack Rotary gave three $1000 scholarships to Clarkstown South High School seniors. The criteria is basically the same as for the presentations to the fourth grade students. The graduating seniors are:
Josh Berg of Clarkstown South, Rennee Robinson of Clarkstown South and The Birchwood School and Kellie Barbosa of Clarkstown South and Rockland BOCES.
The high school scholarships were awarded on the same day as the West Nyack Rotary's Annual Honorees' Dinner. Each year, the organization recognizes a volunteer fireman, a Clarkstown policeman and a teacher for going above and beyond in their respective roles. Those honored were Detective John Tobin, who recently retired, Clarkstown South Social Studies Teacher Jim Russel and Past Captain of the West Nyack Fire Engine Co.#1 Keith Carlyle.