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Posted: 06/26/13

AAUW awards its annual
scholarships worth $1,000

      The Romeo American Association of University Women has chosen three recipients to receive its annual scholarships, which were awarded on May 21.
       The criteria for each of the $1,000 scholarships included a high GPA, demonstration of leadership and citizenship, community service and the ability to write in an essay format to demonstrate good communication skills.
       Melanie Goerke, daughter of Stacey and Bill Graves of Washington, won the Nancy Barr Scholarship. She intends to study nursing at Michigan State University. She is no stranger to community service, having spent more than 100 hours by helping at nursing homes, blood drives, and benefit dinners for those in need of help. She has helped at the Salvation Army as well.
       "You don't need to be famous to make a difference, and I plan on making a difference . . ." said Goerke.
       Kristin Meiner, daughter of Karen and Michael Meiner of Ray Township, is the recipient of the Elizabeth Parsons Scholarship. Meiner is undecided as to her major but is interested in business and learning romance languages. She is considering attending Michigan State University. She has worked at Westview Orchards for four years and was part of a training committee to train new employees. She has also tutored young girls so they could succeed academically. She has demonstrated leadership in athletics, academics, and music.
       "Service is very important to me . . . I believe it defines you as a person," said Meiner.
       Geena Tacconelli, daughter of Grace and David Tacconelli of Romeo, received the Leora Fay Scholarship. Tacconelli intends to pursue nursing at Oakland University. She had spent much time helping other students transition from middle school to high school through Link Crew and had become part of peer mediation where students could talk about their problems and resolve them without going to an adult. She is a firm believer that "putting the good of others first, helping others" is important.
       "Everyone belongs to a society, but not everyone is a member of society," said Tacconelli. "A member of society is someone who is active . . . and wants to better the community they reside in."

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