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January 13, 2014

Richfield Lions Club Presents Scholarships to Local Students

— RICHFIELD — The Richfield Lions Club presented East Juniata High School graduate Adam Strawser and Midd-West High School graduate Tarrissa Treaster each with $500 scholarships.

Strawser is attending Messiah College and majoring in music education His activities in high school included soccer, track & field, marching band, concert band, jazz band, pit band, pep band, junior class play, chorus, and National Honor Society. He has been a counselor at Camp Mantowagon of a cabin of 6- to 8-year-olds. “It was a very tiring, but was also very rewarding. It forced me to put others before myself”, says Strawser. He has also gone to Charlotte, N.C. to volunteer with Operation Christmas Child, inspecting, taping, and repairing shoeboxes filled with supplies that are sent to kids in third world countries for Christmas. Strawser has also been very involved with his church’s youth group by going around locally doing painting, repairs, and other services such as mowing that needed done; as well as going on a mission trip to Hungary. He states, “There is no better way to help others in the future than to help others now.”

Treaster is attending Misericordia University majoring in nursing. Her activities in high school included band, marching band, choir, health careers club, and stage crew. During the past couple years she has done community service work such as helping with multiple blood drives, helping to setup and tear down for different events, and more. “By doing these things, I have learned how to work with others and how to help others without expecting anything back from them”. Treaster is pursuing her dream to become a nurse. “I know it will take a lot of work and a lot of my time, but I want to do it to help others”. For her senior project, along with a friend, she held a coffee house with proceeds raised going to the Casa Bernabe Orphanage in Guatemala. Treaster has been on many mission trips, including going to Guatemala to help build houses. She hopes to continue going on such trips. “I plan on helping others every chance I get. It’s something I learned to do in high school and I plan on sticking to it for as long as I am able,” states Treaster.

The Richfield Lions Club annually awards two $500 scholarships, one to a graduating senior attending East Juniata High School and one to a graduating senior attending Midd-West High School. To qualify, students must have at least a grade point average of 3.0, be accepted in a 2 or 4 year college, complete an application, and write a 250-500 word essay. Scholarship money is released to students after completion of their first semester of college. For more information students should contact their guidance counselor or contact Lion Jane Letson at (570) 539-2823.


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