Emmaline Csajkowski of Greenwood High School and Summer Cress of Franklin Central High School are this year’s recipients of the Bill and Sharlene Mellenamp Scholarship, presented by the Kiwanis Club of Greenwood. The recent graduates, Key Club members at their respective high schools, shared their goals and ambitions during a recent Kiwanis club meeting celebrating their achievements.
Csajkowski told Kiwanians she will continue her service leanings during a mission trip to Sweden this summer and finalize her college plans when she gets home. Cress noted she will attend Marian University in the fall and continue her love for serving others by joining the Circle K club there.
“Emma is an outstanding Key Club and community member,” says Lisa Browning Laug, Key Club advisor at Greenwood High School. “She has a servant’s heart and succeeds at giving of her time and encouraging others to do the same. As our Key Club president for two years, she blessed us with her leadership, kindness and compassionate spirit.”
Heather Campbell, Key Club advisor at Franklin Central, believes Cress “is one of the most passionate people when it comes to volunteering.”
“Her ideas and suggestions for new projects always demonstrate her innate selflessness and how much she cares about her community,” Campbell explains. “Her passion in volunteering came mainly through assisting the differently-abled students in our school’s special education department and she showed true friendship to those students. She is an inspiring individual.”
Each year, the Greenwood Kiwanis Club awards scholarships to Key Club members at Greenwood, Franklin Central and Center Grove high schools, which the club sponsors. (There were no seniors in Key Club at Center Grove.) The scholarship is named after Bill and Sharlene Mellencamp, Kiwanians and educators who left this earth far too soon.
“Bill and Sharlene were teachers who touched many lives in the community, including mine,” notes Richard Isenhour, club vice president and public relations chairman. “Bill retired from Greenwood Community Schools, where he taught math. Sharlene spent more than 20 years teaching chemistry, physics, and geometry at Center Grove High School. Both were active members of our Kiwanis club and past presidents. Their passing several years ago left a void in our club.
“Because of their love for education and service, we created scholarships in their name to reward high school students who carry on those ideals.”