Submitted by Regina Cecconi
President, Lewiston Community Lions
Brittany Mehzir, a Lewiston-Porter High School graduating senior, was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Lewiston Community Lions Club on Tuesday. Lion Sheila Zuhlke was present at the awards luncheon to present Brittany with the well-deserved check.
The Lewiston Community Lions offer a $500 yearly scholarship to a Lewiston-Porter High School senior based solely on volunteer actions and community service.
Brittany has been volunteering since fifth grade, and said she has a "huge dedication to community service." She has participated in American Red Cross blood drives, Earth Day cleanups, Salvation Army bell ringing, various food and clothing drives, and many other events. Most recently, Brittany volunteered at a HANCI senior citizen prom, which she said, "was an amazing experience hearing about what past generations were like during (their) high school years."
In addition to the events above, Brittany has volunteered at Oktoberfest, Run with the Rapids 5K, and breakfast with Santa. At these events, she helped with organizing the craft projects for the attending children. In her sophomore year of high school, Brittany was chosen to participate in the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) program.
Brittany will attend the University of Pittsburgh and plans to continue her community service.
"Through volunteering, I have learned to be a leader, and help others to achieve a common goal," she said. "Community service has helped me to become the person I am today: Someone who is involved, motivated and a confident individual."
For more information on the Lewiston Community Lions Club, visitwww.lewistoncommunitylionsclub-ny.org. Future scholarship opportunity information is located at the Lewiston-Porter High School guidance office.