Jun 022019

Pictured with graduating seniors who received a 2019 Rotary scholarship are Spring Valley Rotarians Jeff Temoney, Spring Valley High School principal and Baron Davis, Richland District Two Superintendent. Joining them are (left to right) Lisa Bishton, Spring Valley High School, College Information Specialist, Temoney, Miranda Hurt, Ridgeview High School, and Kristina Trifonova and Taylor Calista Williams from Spring Valley High School and Davis. Missing from the photo is Rodriquez from Ridgeview High School.

The Spring Valley Rotary Club recognized four outstanding local high school students with a $1,500 scholarship at the club’s May 23 lunch meeting. The scholarship recipients from Spring Valley High School are Kristina Trifonova who plans to attend Emory University and Taylor Calista Williams who will be attending the University of South Carolina. Recipients from Ridgeview High School are Miranda Hurt, who will attend the University of South Carolina – Beaufort and Rodriquez Wilson who will enroll in the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s nursing program.

Hurt is active in the National Honor Society, National Beta Club and National Technical Honor Society.  She served in leadership roles as Vice President of the Green Student Committee, Vice President of HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) and Senior Class Secretary.

Wilson has won Mr. Scholarship and Mr. Congeniality among his peers. He served on the Student Council and organized a Get Up and Vote campaign at Ridge View registering seniors to vote.  

Trifonova participated in the Quiz Bowl, National Honor Society, served as a peer mentor and math competition team member and participant of the Independent Environmental Science Research group. She served in leadership roles as Co-President of the Science National Honor Society, and as an officer in the Spanish National Honor Society. She is the co-founder of Girls Who Code – a club that met weekly to teach themselves how to code, learning Python, a programming language.

Williams was active with the Beta Club, served as a peer tutor and played on the tennis team. She served on the President’s Council for Future Business Leaders of America and she is active in her youth church group, the Missionette’s at Refuge Temple Church. She will be attending USC as a Palmetto Fellow – a program for high achieving students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math.

Scholarship selection was based on the student’s academics, extracurricular involvement, financial need and an interview. The club provides applications to high school guidance counselors and selections are made annually in April. Spring Valley Rotary has been awarding these scholarships for the past thirty-one years with proceeds from the club’s annual pecan sale. The club provides four scholarships annually for local students as part of the club’s service to the community.Founded in 1978, the Rotary Club of Spring Valley has 100 members dedicated to service above self.  Rotary is the world’s oldest service organization (founded in 1905) and is one of the largest global humanitarian service organizations. Visit www.springvalleyrotary.com or contact Sharleen Craig at 803-917-0053 for more information.  The club meets for an excellent buffet lunch and program every Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of Northeast Presbyterian Church located at 601 Polo Road.

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