Congratulations to all of the Kenneth Joyce Foundation 2012 Scholarship recipients!
Glastonbury High School Scholarships
Bobby Volle: Bobby believes that if you act positively towards others, and you lead by example, then others will learn from your actions and follow in your footsteps. He was elected Captain of the football team because he gave 100% in practice, games and off season. By continuously pushing himself to be better he would also push his teammates to work to their full potential. Bobby helps support the community by coaching GBA basketball and being a member of the Glastonbury Fire Cadet Program. He will attend Salve Regina where he will study Criminal Justice.
Anna Wieselberg: Throughout her time in high school Anna has tried to set a good example for people around her and inspire them to do what they believe in. She is captain of the GHS crew team. In her sophomore year, Anna wanted to raise awareness in her team that 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, having lost her mother to breast cancer in 2003 she and a friend came up with a dream. They would go on to raise enough money to buy a hot pink crew shell and donate 25% of their proceeds to the American Cancer Society with their “Pulling for Pink” dream. Anna plans to study nursing at University of Delaware.
Eric Blinn: Eric was eager to share his love of basketball with younger players and has been a coach for GBA for several years. Eric takes his commitment seriously and managed to not only teach the kids basketball skills but also made it a fun experience for all. He has inspired younger athletes to follow in his footsteps by becoming coaches themselves. Eric was a member of the GHS volleyball team for the past 2 springs. Eric will attend Brandeis University in the fall.
Nicholas Colasante: Nick is a natural and compassionate leader who always exhibits a high degree of integrity. Nick played on the football team where he was a leader to his teammates by working hard on and off the field. Nick was treasurer of the KJ LIFE/YMCA leadership club in its first year, he is FIRST Robotics Club Captain and an active member of St Dunstan Catholic Church youth group. Nick states “I live my life thinking how I can be inspirational, a better leader and a friend to everyone, just as Kenneth did.” Nick will study engineering at Western New England University.
John Drury: John has been a leader, inspiration and friend to everyone in hockey since his freshman year of high school. He has exceptional interpersonal skills and positive character traits which set him apart. He genuinely cares for others and goes out of his way to mentor and look out for all of his teammates. John served as the President of the YMCA/KJ LIFE leadership club in ita first year. John will be attending Curry College studying management and communications.
Kimberly Lipes: As described by Mark Dursin (English teacher GHS) “What is particularly extraordinary about Kim is that she has been able to maintain such high academic standards while still juggling everything else she does. And I do mean everything; Kim is captain of three teams: field hockey, tennis and skiing; in addition to being president of Safe Rides. Somehow she manages to do all of this with her customary grace and good humor.” Kimberly will be studying nursing at UConn.
Liza Otto: Liza believes that to be truly successful in a sport, there needs to be a perfect balance of leadership, determination, physical work and passion. She has learned these from her coaches and team captains whom she looked up to and learned from. Liza was captain of her soccer and basketball teams. She loves the feeling of teaching younger players a new concept and seeing them excel. Liza is active in the South Congregational Church where she has participated in Habitat for Humanity the past 4 years. Liza will be studying architecture at Carnegie Mellon.
RHAM High School Scholarships
Danielle Levasseur: Danielle has been a cheerleader since she was 6 years old and was captain of the RHAM cheer squad this past year. Because she loved Cheerleading so much she began coaching in the youth program 4 years ago, at that time she did not realize how much of an impact she would have on the lives of 25 little girls! Danielle is a teen leader and confirmation teen leader with the youth group at Church of the Holy Family Catholic Church, she has volunteered every year for the flag football tournament in support of The Kenneth Joyce Foundation, and has been a camp, counselor at the Hartford County 4H camp the past 3 summers. Danielle plans to attend Merrimack College and study Elementary Education.
Kaitlin Martin: Kaitlin has been involved in the RHAM Leo’s club (leadership, opportunity, experience and service) since her freshman year. Through the club she ran the Special Olympics Eastern Regional game, she found her experience to be exhilarating and heartwarming. The head coach for RHAM football approached Kaitlin and asked her to manage the football team, she successfully lead a staff of 6 as well as the football team with respect. Kailin will attend Newberry College where she plans to study marketing and management.
Jennifer Roberts: Jennifer was given the role of keeping the RHAM volleyball team together, and mentally tough, by her coach. She had earned this responsibility by being the most respected person on the team by her teammates and by the coach. Jennifer is a volunteer coach at the parks and recreation kids summer volleyball camp, she helps with the AHM (Andover, Hebron, Marlborough) Youth and Family services and volunteered to help those in need during Hurricane Irene. Jennifer plans to study Chemical Engineering at The Ohio State University.
East Hartford High School Scholarship
De’Dre’Ona Henry: De’Dre’ Ona has been a member of The Hornet team, Outdoor track and Step Team since 2008. She has been a member of the Indoor track team and has assisted with the American Red Cross blood drives for 3 years. Because of her involvement she has inspired others to get involved with various community service activities. She has spoken to 2nd graders about the dangers or drugs and alcohol, this has shown De’Dre’Ona that she is a not only a leader to younger children but is also a “friend to everyone.” De’Dre’Ona will study to become a Physician Assistant at UConn Greater Hartford Campus.