The Royal Palm Beach Rotary Club presented five students from Royal Palm Beach High School each with $1,000 scholarship awards on Thursday, May 23.
The winners were chosen by a panel of Rotary Club members based on an initial application review that included sections on honors, awards, community service and other activities. Students were also asked to complete a series of essay questions informing the panel of their future college and career goals.
Jacquelynne Dauk is a Pathfinder nominee, AP Scholar and Promise Award winner. She also made the honor roll all four years of high school and is very active in community service. Dauk will attend the University of Central Florida beginning this summer, where she plans to study psychology.
Loren Estebanez made the honor roll all four years of high school and is an active member of the dance team. Estebanez said she chose to focus on various service projects throughout high school because she loves helping people. She will attend Florida Atlantic University and plans to become a high school English teacher.
Justin Napolitano was recognized by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice for outstanding achievement in community service. He was active in many school activities including the Interact Club, Ethics Bowl and the National History Club. Napolitano has been accepted to Florida Atlantic University, where he will seek a degree in civil engineering.
Lisa Stebbins was an honor student and received the President’s Honor Certificate in her senior year. She is active in Key Club, soccer and dance, and was able to maintain a high class ranking while pursuing a rigorous schedule of community service including more than 140 hours of volunteering at Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control. Stebbins will be a pre-med student at University of Central Florida and plans to become a psychologist.
Justin Vernon was an honor-roll student in all four years. His activities included Key Club, student government, Medical Sciences Academy and he was chosen as a nominee for National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. Vernon was a constant presence in the guidance department, where he completed 240 hours of service as a volunteer. He will seek a degree in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Florida.
ABOVE: RPB Rotary officials with scholarship recipients and their checks.