ENGLEWOOD — Karlie Sweiderk earned several scholarships Monday. As a pre-med student accepted to a private university, she’s going to need them.
“I will be in college for six years,” said Sweiderk after leaving the stage at Lemon Bay High School senior awards night. “I’m going to Lynn University in Boca Raton to study biology and pre-med. I want to be a physician’s assistant. I’d like to come back and work locally.”
Sweiderk, a new member of the school’s Senior Hall of Fame, was one of dozens selected for a scholarship from the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary and presented by members Tom Hinck, Cliff Gielow and Bill Stiver.
Sweiderk was on the weighlifting team, several other clubs and the National Honor Society. However, she loved playing softball with the team which recently won the district championship. Her mom said Karlie failed to mention she also received a softball scholarship.
Sweiderk posed for pictures with softball teammate Destiny Ashcraft, who is headed to University of South Florida in Sarasota in August. Ashcraft, along with 18 others, received a Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary University Scholarship. She also received other scholarships during the evening.
“I am studying health science,” said Ashcraft, who was one of seven seniors who received the Ryon D. Provencher Memorial Scholarship. “The scholarships will help me with my first year.”
Ashcraft is the president of the 30-member Think Pink Club at the school. She and several others submitted Think Pink T-shirt designs for a contest that helped raise funds at “pink out” games at the school. The staff at Dr. Kenneth Lounders dental office also wore the shirts she designed to promote breast cancer awareness. Ashcroft said the club plans to make a donation to Lauren Hanrahan, an Englewood Elementary School teacher, suffering from a rare disease neurofibromatosis type 2.
During the evening, many of the same seniors names were called for multiple scholarships and awards. Those included Zachary Covell, Oakley Maki, Zehta Glover, Caleb Cooper, Meagan Bosley, Joshua Hutcherson, Savanna Breit, Joseph Meisner, Malori Onken, Brock LaVallee, Lorrie Konopasek, Allison Deal, Iraj Patel, Jonathan Ruiz, Hunter Fazler, Leanna Kelly, Taylor Roddick, Sabrina Fabris, Zehta Glover, Parth Patel, Lorrie Konopasek, Megan Bosley, Gabriel Layne, Zachary MacDonald, Alan Symons, Lexi Pickett, Reagan Vasbinder, Matthew Engel, Worth David and Malori Onken.
Students received gold or silver cords signifying the amount of community service work they’ve done during their school career. Millions in scholarships were given to seniors.
Scholarships and awards were given by veteran-related organizations including the Rotonda West American Legion Post 113 and the Sons of the American Legion Post, The Englewood Elks lodge, as well as Fraternal Order of Eagles Aeries 3885 Ladies Auxiliary and many other women’s groups also gave money. Local theater troupes gave scholarships. Local businesses including Hinck Private Wealth Management, Billy Kimberlin Roofing and Hamsher Realty gave scholarships. Several churches and schools also awarded seniors.
Several memorial scholarships were given in the names of Bill Wellbaum, Bud Wagner-Donatella and Ken Neumann, Joe Monroe, Nathan Ray, L.A. Ainger, Tom Reiner, Peter Cypher, Abe Kennedy, Clyde Lassen, Beth Johnston, Dale Hutcherson and Rob Hipps.
Longtime Englewood artist Carroll Swayze on behalf of the Englewood Youth Foundation gave a scholarship in her name to Zachary Covell who place Vince Fontaine in the recent school production of “Grease.”
“It’s important,” Swayze said of the reason students need money for college.
Even the Ponce de Leon Conquistadors helped LBHS seniors. Member Michael Comrie stopped by in costume, showed off his sword and gave Zetha Glover a scholarship.
Lemon Bay’s graduation is May 24.