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Three Local High School Students Awarded 2013 Junior League of Summit’s Shirley Wight Keeney Scholarships

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Catherine (Ci Ci) Flanagan of Summit High School as well as Sophie Kapica and Lauren Teague both of Chatham High School, have been selected this year for the Junior League of Summit’s $5,000 Shirley Wight Keeney Scholarships.

The scholarship’s namesake, Shirley Wight Keeney, was a beloved member of the Junior League of Summit. Keeney was an active volunteer and truly demonstrated the League’s Mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through effective action and leadership. During her tenure as the President of the Junior League of Summit from 1953-1955, Keeney led the League as it established the Summit Child Care Center (now the Learning Circle).

“These three deserving women truly emulate Shirley Wight Keeney’s commitment to voluntarism and the Mission of the Junior League,” said JLS President Colleen Markley, “We are pleased to recognize their service and dedication to our local community.”

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CiCi Flanagan has volunteered weekly for Bridges Outreach and organized a conference for teenagers about homelessness and counseled urban homeless youth.  She has been very active in Summit High School’s Key Club tutoring students weekly through its Students Helping Students program which led her to establish a tutoring program at Brayton Elementary School this year where she became one of the first high school tutors. CiCi has been the captain of the Summit High School Step Team for the past two years and is the Captain of the SHS Color guard Team this year. She also maintains a part time job with the Summit Department of recreation as an afterschool assistant for the Share the Fun program.

Sophie Kapica started an “Erase Waste” campaign as president of the Environmental Club at Chatham High School raising over $900 for environmental causes.  Through the Girl Scouts of America, she designed and implemented a 100 hour project aimed at paper saving in her community to earn her Gold Award.  She ran a booth at the Green Fair of the Chathams with educational material, and secured a donation of electric hand dryers to replace the paper towels used in the school bathrooms.  Through St. Patrick’s Youth Ministry, Sophie spends 54 hours per week during the summer in West Virginia repairing homes.  She is also active in her school’s Key Club and the NJ Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Lauren Teague volunteers as a licensed EMT for the Chatham Emergency Squad. Through the Girl Scouts of America, Lauren organized a program for younger girl scouts to educate them on fair trade to earn the Silver Award as well as ran an enrichment program for fifth grade girls on self-esteem to earn the Gold Award. Through Presbyterian Church at New Providence, Lauren participated in several church missionary trips taking her to Mexico to build houses for families in need, to soup kitchens and shelters in Philadelphia, Newark, and Harlem, and to a children’s hospital in Malawi, Africa. At Chatham High School Lauren is Vice President of an organization that plans monthly alcohol free student activities and she is Captain of the Varsity Fencing Team.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, students must live in the Junior League of Summit service area, rank in the top 1/3 of their academic class, and plan to continue their education at an accredited four year or two year college.

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