Youngstown Lions Club President Terry Cummings announced the awarding of three $1,500 scholarships to three Lewiston-Porter High School seniors:
•Sara Reese is a member of the Spanish Club and is involved with four honor societies: science, Spanish, art and the National Honor Society. She is a Niagara Heritage of Hope and Service Volunteer, and an assistant teacher at Lewiston Dance. Sara will be attending SUNY Brockport, majoring in social studies and adolescent education. She is the daughter of Steven and Zyta Reese of Lewiston.
•Julia Thomas has been involved with the Lew-Port Lancer Council, the Science Olympiad and the National Honor Society. Julia has played volleyball from modified through varsity. In the community, she is involved with Big Brother/Big Sister and Relay For Life of Greater Niagara. She is a junior counselor in the Lewiston-Porter Summer Learning Camp. Julia will be attending Clarkson University in Potsdam, majoring in mathematics. She is the daughter of Robert and Candace Thomas of Lewiston.
•Lucas Heffler is the varsity swimming captain, and also a diver. He participates in track and field at Lewiston-Porter. Lucas is a member of the Traditions Club, the National Honor Society and, since 2019, he has been a firefighter in training at the Youngstown Volunteer Fire Co. Lucas will be attending Syracuse University, majoring in chemical engineering. He is the son of Kevin and Kimberly Heffler of Youngstown.
The scholarship fund was created to honor the memory of Neil Riordan, former mayor of Youngstown and a Youngstown Lion.
A press release stated, “The motto of the Lions Club is ‘We Serve,’ and these young adults, through their school activities and community volunteering, made them a perfect choice for the Youngstown Lions Club Scholarship fund.”