Four students from Rutland Senior Secondary School received a surprise earlier this summer during their grad ceremony.
All the graduating students and their supporters were gathered at Trinity Baptist Church on Springfield Road for the evening’s ceremony.
At the event’s conclusion, students Alexa Paradowski, Jonas Gering, Laurel Raffel and Jazzmin Tavares all learned they were each recipients of a $1,000 bursary contributed by Kelowna Morningside Rotary Club.
The bursaries were provided to Grade 12 students who had been accepted to post-secondary institutions. The students apply for the bursaries and are selected on the following criteria—need, community/volunteering involvement and academics. The funds are to be utilized for tuition costs and/or books.
At the club’s regular meeting last Thursday, bursary recipients Laurel Raffel and Jazzmin Tavares talked to club members about their future post-secondary plans.
Tavares is embarking on a bachelor of science course at UBC Okanagan, studying general science. It is a four-year course after which she will head to medical school for a further four years of study before heading out into the world of work as a general practitioner.
Raffel is going to study human kinetics at Okanagan College in Penticton, the first step in her studies to become a physiotherapist.
The first two years of study is dedicated to a diploma course and is followed by a two-year degree course which she hopes to complete at either the University of British Columbia or the University of Victoria.
After this there is a further two years of study to qualify as a physiotherapist. Ultimately, Raffel would like to provide physiotherapy services to the sports world and has her sights set on working with the Canadian Olympic teams for the 2018 South Korea Winter Games and the 2020 Summer Games.
Another area of interest for her is working in communities around the world in which polio is still present.
This is a subject very close to the organization’s heart as in 1985 Rotary International created PolioPlus—a program to immunize all the world’s children against polio.
Commenting on this year’s bursary awards, outgoing club president Bob Rix said, “We are delighted once again to make these awards and yet again I have been really impressed with the focus and determination of the students. Their hard work and dedication to study is a wonderful thing and we wish them all very best for their chosen studies and careers.”