It’s not every day a high school student gets the opportunity to present a large check to the Ohio District Governor of Kiwanis International. And at a recent Mariemont Kiwanis meeting, Mariemont High School junior and Eliminate 5K co-coordinator Amanda Lewis got to do just that.
Earlier this school year, the Mariemont High School Key Club held the 3rd annual Eliminate Project 5K, raised over $12,000 to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) around the world.
“I have been so impressed with the Mariemont Key Club,” said Amy Zimmerman, Ohio District Governor of Kiwanis. “It is one of the top five clubs in the world for raising money for the Eliminate Project. And it through the actions of clubs like this one that we are making impressive strides to eradicate this disease from the world.”
Amanda thanked Kiwanis “for their support of the race and for selecting me as the recipient of the Kiwanis Service Award. We estimated that we, as a community, saved 6,695 lives with the money we raised at the 5K.”
"Amanda has taken the world by storm already, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for her, or, better yet, what she has in store for the future,” said Julie Bell, Mariemont Key Club advisor. “I am consistently amazed by the level of involvement and passion for volunteerism displayed by our Key Club members, especially considering they are all so involved in so much in their daily lives as it is.”
Kiwanis also awarded graduating Mariemont High School seniors with college scholarships.To date, Kiwanis has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to district seniors.
This year, three Mariemont High School seniors received scholarships: Rebecca Curran, who will attend Wilmington College to study athletic training; Kendall Montunnas, who will attend UC’s College-Conservatory of Music and plans to study theatre and costume design; and Lily Saylor, who will attend Goucher College in Baltimore and would one day like to be an international public diplomat.
“There is nothing that compares with or makes us more proud than the scholarship experience we get to have with these students,” said Jack Smith, Kiwanis member. “We want to help our young people become leaders both locally and globally, developing their passions and interests to make a difference in the world.”
This year's Hugh O'Brian Leadership (HOBY) conference attendees, Abby Dodson and Zach Weinland, were also recognized at the meeting. Each year, the high school counselors select a sophomore girl and a boy to attend this special leadership training and bring their learning back to the school, and Kiwanis makes it financially possible.
“I’ve always wanted to be in a leadership position and have felt more empowered to do so every since junior high,” said Abby. “Hopefully my experience at HOBY will give me the opportunity to learn how to be a better and more effective leader in my school and in my community."