Rotary Effingham Noon Fellowship Recipients for 2021



Effingham, Illinois – (Effingham Radio) – Effingham High School graduate Callista Denoyer and St. Anthony High School graduate Olivia Spraul are this year’s recipients of the Effingham Noon Rotary Club Scholarship.

Denoyer is a valedictorian at EHS, a member of the Varsity Scholar Bowl team, the National Honor Society, and the Society of Academic Achievement. Callista will be attending Eastern Illinois University in the fall and majoring in business or biochemistry. In addition to her academic success, she has been active in musical theater, the Spanish club, the chemistry club, the Red Regiment Marching Band and the Student Council. Outside of school, she is an active volunteer at her church, First Christian, and has supported Jim Beam’s Corner Cattery, the Make a Wish Foundation, The Salvation Army and the Special Olympics. Callista is the daughter of Angela and Christopher Denoyer.

Spraul is a valedictorian, member of the Academic Challenge team and received honorable mention from the National Merit Scholar. Olivia will be attending the University of Notre Dame in the fall and majoring in business. In addition to her academic success, she has been active in school musicals, Cheerleading, Pep Club, the school newspaper and the student council. Outside of school, she is an active volunteer with her church, St. Anthony of Padua, Camp Ondessonk, the St. Hildegard Schola singing group and Special Olympics. Her parents are Carolyn and Dr Joseph Spraul.

This year marks the 101st anniversary of Rotary Effingham Noon and marks the 33rd year of the Rotary Club’s annual scholarship program, which began in 1989. The $ 1,000.00 scholarships are available to eligible graduate students from both high schools from the city. With this year’s scholarship presentation, the club has donated a total of $ 55,000.00 since the inception of the program.

Fellows are selected each year on the basis of the following criteria: academic ability; extra-curricular activities; activities outside of school; Honors and awards; and a 750-word essay. The topic of this year’s essay was “Opening up Opportunities: Healing and Hope”.

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem solvers who see a world where people come together and take action to create lasting change – across the world, in our communities and within us. themselves. The mission of Rotary International, carried out through local clubs, is to serve others, promote integrity and advance understanding, goodwill and world peace through our association of business leaders, professional and community.


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