Five local high school students were honored with scholarships Tuesday in a ceremony sponsored by the Midstate Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber typically recognizes the students at a summertime Business After Hours networking event, however, due to the pandemic the awards were given out at a social-distance ice cream social outside at Downtown Freezy Freezes on West Main Street.
“This year’s award honorees were forced upon an unexpected “course” resulting in resiliency and determination that gives true meaning to what’s become the Midstate Chamber of Commerce motto for 2020, ‘Improvise, Adapt, Overcome,’” stated chamber President Rosanne Ford.
The awards are based on community service. City residents, Midstate Chamber members and employees of member businesses and their dependents are eligible.
Eugene Bertrand from Wilcox Technical High School is this year’s Sanford S. Shorr Education Award winner. The award is presented to a student who demonstrates good character and service to the community, school and others.
Platt High School senior Raynia Martinez is the winner of the Hispanic Outreach Leaders in Action Committee. The award is for a graduating Hispanic high school student.
Maloney High School senior Annelise Montuori was awarded the Dan. M. Hunter Community Service Education Award, which is presented by the Young Business Leaders of Connecticut. This award is given annually to a graduating student who has exemplary grades, above average participation in school-related activities, and has proven to be a valued asset to the community.
Platt High School senior Natasha Sattar was awarded the Bruce H. Kannenberg and Jonal Laboratories Inc. Education Award. This is a four-year award for a graduate pursing a college degree in science, technology, engineering and math or business.
Antonio Martinez III was honored with an award from the Frank A. and Charlotte G. Young Memorial Fund. The award is for a city high school student that excels in math and/or science.
The awards are $1,000 each.
“The Midstate Chamber of Commerce values our students —our future leaders—and this is one way that we are able to illustrate that,” Ford stated in an e-mail. “We wish all the students well as they embark on their next step to higher education. We know they will make the Midstate Chamber proud and we hope they will return to work and volunteer in the area.”