Three Streetsboro High School seniors were awarded $500 scholarships by the Streetsboro Area Chamber of Commerce May 7 at the Senior Appreciation Luncheon at The Overlook.
Maddie Olsejsek, Matt Kolke and Reginald Dublin won the three scholarships this year.
Dublin has spent time serving the community, working at food banks, visiting nursing homes and providing blankets to the homeless in Cleveland. He's also visited jails, observed court room trials and listened to legal professionals. He plans to attend Westminster College in the fall.
Olsejsek spent much of her high school overcoming an early fear of giving presentations. Her solution was to try out for the high school play her freshmen year, but she didn't get a part. This year, she stars as Alice in "Alice in Wonderland" in Streetsboro Theatre's production which ended May 11. She plans to study social psychology and theater at Ohio Wesleyan College.
Kolke, the drum major in this year's Streetsboro High School Marching Band, plans to attend The Ohio State University in fall, where he hopes to become a drum major with the school's famous marching band. He plans to study electronic and computer engineering and return to Northeast Ohio following graduation so he can give back to Streetsboro.
Also joining the Chamber for lunch were about 35 Streetsboro High School seniors with grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher. Chamber members offered to buy lunch for the senior class' top students, so they could get a chance to meet and talk to the community's business leaders and hear from Portage County Treasurer Vicki Kline, who spoke at the event. The lunch was sponsored by Barb Kachenko of Kachenko Real Estate Group. Fifteen businesses helped sponsor lunches for the students.
She told students to persevere, be true to themselves and strive for improvement.
"Our greatness lies not in being able to remake the world, but in remaking ourselves," she said.