East's able school counselors narrow the pool of applicants down to four, and I never fail to be impressed with the calibre of the candidates, not just in academic achievement alone — often while holding down more than part-time jobs, and participating in athletics, music, drama, debate and other specific interest groups — but also their commitment to giving back to the community through volunteer work.
Every year it's an extremely difficult choice, and each year my two co-evaluators and I want to award scholarships to them all. This year was no exception. One applicant's goal is to be a geneticist, and even before reaching graduation, she has interned in a genetics lab at Iowa State University. Two aspire to work in healthcare, one with her eye on becoming a nurse, the other a pediatrician. The fourth dreams of a business career in filmmaking.
But choose we must, and this year our winner was Robbi Boggess. Robbi will be attending the University of Iowa in pre-med with a goal of specializing in pediatric medicine.
Congratulations Robbi — and Isabel, Karen and Anthony. You're all winners!!