Rotary awards scholarships to five high school students


Steve Clark (left), president of the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River, and Jon Fancher (right), scholarship chair, congratulate the club’s 2022 college scholarship recipients (left to right) Elena Rouse, Estela (Stella ) Dajko, Isabella Shaner and Teeghan McGann. (Abigail Hirsch was not present for the photograph).

Five graduating seniors from the area have received college scholarships from the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River. The recipients are Estella Dajko, Elana Rouse and Isabella Shaner from Rocky River High School, and Abigail Hirsch and Teeghan McGann from Lakewood High School.

Each will receive a $3,000 prize from the Rotary Lakewood-Rocky River Foundation. This $15,000 scholarship program is one of more than $60,000 the Rotary club donates annually to community programs.

In addition to their academic achievement and potential, these five Rotary Scholars were chosen for their character, as well as their extracurricular and community involvement.

Abigail Hirsch has a passion for creating bonds between students. She was captain of the Rangers cross-country team. She has been deeply involved in the school’s Race and Diversity Club to build bridges and break down barriers, and the Home Alone Club to guide young students on safety measures when visiting empty homes after school. ‘school. She was inducted into the Lakewood Chapter of the National Honor Society. With aspirations of becoming a psychiatrist, Abby will go to Ohio University to study psychology.

Teeghan McGann lives the volunteer life, helping with his high school programs like Help 2 Others, Home Alone and the Lakewood Youth Running Club. She also volunteered at St. Luke’s Parish and at a local nursing home early in the pandemic when families of residents were unable to attend. She served as co-captain of the Rangers track and cross country teams. Teeghan enjoys working collaboratively with his peers and plans to do so while studying business at the University of Miami.

Estela Dajko have used the challenge of immigrating to this country as motivation to make the most of the opportunities. During her high school career, Stella found her footing in the performing arts departments, singing in various choirs and participating in Drama Club productions backstage and on stage. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Passionate about reducing the stigma around mental and emotional health, Stella will be studying Health Sciences at Baldwin Wallace University.

Elana Rouse finds many ways to express her creativity, including playing the violin, supporting her school’s environmental club, creating selected artwork for the recent Rotary Art Exhibit at the Beck Center, and writing a first essay for the Maltz Museum’s “Stop the Hate” program. Elana was part of the costume shop team for the production of the Dazzle Award-winning musical “Young Frankenstein” this spring. She will study fashion design at Kent State University as she wants to increase sustainability in fashion to counter “fast fashion cycles”.

Isabella Shaner is the reliability model. She participated in concerts and a marching band, as well as the National History Day competition and the fencing team during all four years of high school. She tutored college students and maintained correspondence with residents of area nursing homes. Last summer, she was accepted into a two-week painting course at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Isabella will study biology at Ohio State University with the intention of pursuing a career in physical therapy.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River is part of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs (called Rotarians) provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas. The clubs are apolitical, non-religious and open to all cultures, races and creeds. As the motto suggests Service above self, Rotary’s primary purpose is service—in the community, in the workplace, and around the world. For more information, visit


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