EDUCATION Patty Crawford & Gail Korten
(Committee members: Judy Bryant, Barbara Chapman, Nancy Fossum, Barbara Holmes, Ginny Lerro, Anita McCoy and Jane Whelchel)
We, the Education Committee, were very privileged and honored to announce this year’s scholarship recipients at the annual May luncheon.
is our Adult winner, Crystal Lopez
Haynes. Crystal just completed her Junior
year at Central Connecticut State
University where she is
majoring in Social Work. Education is a priority to Crystal and she plans to go forward to earn
her Master’s Degree specializing in assisting all age groups who have been or
are being physically, mentally or sexually abused.
Crystal has experienced the pain and stress caused by living in a negative environment and plans to do all she can to assist those living in the same type of environment. The first in her family to attend college, Crystal will break the statistic suggesting she will follow her parent’s mistakes which are imprisonment, abuse, neglect and drug use.
Crystal has worked at Hartford Hospital as a Patient Navigator/Administrative Assistant and was awarded Employee Excellence Recognition at the hospital. She has also worked for a grant- funded program called the Early Detection for Breast and Cervical Cancer. While attending school and working, Crystal has volunteered at Maple Leaf Manor, Department of Children and Families Christmas Party, the Women’s Center at CCSU, the Boys and Girls Club and was chosen to attend the AAUW Women’s Leadership Conference.
Two scholarships were also awarded to Simsbury High School Seniors. Both are such impressive young adults and have bright futures ahead.
So-Hyeon Park moved to the United States from Korea with her family about 12 years ago. While attending Simsbury High, she has maintained a 4.3 GPA while carrying a vigorous course load. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Model UN, Leadership Team and a SHS Connect Leader. Volunteering is also a priority with So-Hyeon and she has received a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her work at a camp for handicapped students and recently earned her EMT certification and volunteers with the Simsbury Volunteer Ambulance. So-Hyeon will be attending Boston College in the Fall and will be majoring in biology and possibly adding a second major of psychology. She hopes to eventually become a neurosurgeon or an Emergency Room doctor.
Kevin Gyurco has maintained a 4.2 GPA, scored a perfect 800 on the math SATs, all while also participating in many organizations at Simsbury High School. Among his many accomplishments, Kevin was President of the Debate Team, the Model UN and Mock Trial, Vice-president of the National Art Honor Society, and a member of the National Honor Society. Kevin is excited to pursue his interests at Brandeis University where he plans to study International Relations and Ecology.