LACEY, Wash. – Five students at Saint Martin’s University recently received several awards and two scholarships totaling $3,000 during the Annual Pacific Northwest Circle K District Convention, which was hosted in DuPont and attended by approximately 12 clubs from the Pacific Northwest area.
The 24-member Saint Martin’s University Circle K Club also was recognized with the Outstanding Single Service Award for 2014-2015 for assisting the residents of the RooLan Retirement Home.
Circle K International (CKI) is the collegiate service organization associated with Kiwanis International. CKI has more than 12,000 student members on more than 500 campuses worldwide. It is a student-led organization with an elected International Board of Representatives. CKI tenets are leadership, fellowship and service at the club, district and international levels. The concept of present-day Circle K began at the collegiate level in 1936 at Washington State University.
The following individuals, as well as Kiwanis Club of North Thurston/Lacey, were honored during an awards ceremony hosted February 21.
- Bailey Cammann (junior-senior) received the Volunteer Scholar Award in recognition of her number of service hours while maintaining a high GPA (3.81), the Most Service Hours by a Single Member Award, in recognition of her 400 hours of individual service for the year, and the Gene O’Brien Scholarship for $1,500.
- Jeremiah “JJ” Olson (senior) received the Charles Hindes Humanitarian Award in recognition of his compassion in contributing to the greater good of society and community with no need or desire for recognition. He also received the President’s Walter Zeller Award in recognition of his tireless efforts to bring awareness to others and raise funds for the Kiwanis International/UNICEF Eliminate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus Project in developing countries. He also received the Roy Frisch Scholarship for $1,500.
- Emy Suazo (sophomore) was awarded the International Service and Awareness Award in recognition of her efforts to increase awareness and understanding of international issues affecting underdeveloped countries and for service to the global community. Emy is originally from Honduras and speaks six languages.
- Maddison (Lotz) Lee (senior) was given the Outstanding Club Member Award in recognition of her commitment to the Saint Martin’s Circle K group through involvement in club meetings, service projects, district and international events and service projects.
- Bianca Lupercio (junior) received the Outstanding Club Scrapbook Award for maintaining a written and visual history record of club service activities and events for each calendar year. The events and service projects required to be included in the club history are district events, campus service projects, community service projects, fundraising projects, social events, interaction with high school K Clubs and sponsoring Kiwanis clubs, international events and service projects.
- Toni Christy was recognized with the Outstanding Staff/Faculty Advisor Award for her participation in and leadership of the Saint Martin’s club. Christy is staff advisor and a member of the Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club of North Thurston/Lacey. She is also an active Kiwanis Club member.
- The Kiwanis Club of North Thurston/Lacey received the Outstanding Sponsoring Club Award for its support of the Saint Martin's University Circle K Club.
This year’s Club President, Jeremiah “JJ” Olson, is graduating in May. Bailey Cammann has been elected as the incoming Club President and will step into the role in May.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing¬ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic¬tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes nearly 1,200 under¬graduate students and 323 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.
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