Thursday, June 30, 2011

2011 Horsham Lions Club Scholarship Winners

During a June 2011 ceremony, the Horsham Lions Club awarded a total of $2,500 in three different scholarships to 2011 high school graduates from Horsham Township.

And the winners are ...

Left: Anthony Caporizzo receiving his award.

Margaret “Claire” Murphy, an upcoming Virginia Tech student, earned the Horsham Lion Club’s $1,000 Max Hankin Memorial Scholarship. Murphy has volunteered for the Future Business Leaders of America and was her class vice president at Hatboro-Horsham High School. She also served on the student council and student advisory board. Outside of school, Murphy played soccer and danced. She's volunteered with youth groups and at Ronald McDonald House, Relay for Life, Philabundance, SPCA, and many other organizations.

Anthony Caporizzo, a La Salle College High School graduate, won a $750 scholarship and will attend Syracuse University this fall. Caporizzo said he plans on studying biomedical engineering and hopes to become a surgeon.

He's been a church youth group leader and was on the youth advisory board for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Caporizzo has been a Boy Scout for many years. In school, he was in the National Honor Society, and participated in varsity bowling and basketball. He was also the school's mascot for football games.

Caporizzo has made service trips to Bolivia (in 2009) and to a Navajo reservation in Arizona (in 2010).

“While in Bolivia we painted a house we raised money to build,” he said. “We also spent many hours in the hospitals playing with the orphaned children.”

Along with about 30 others, Caporizzo said he helped with building efforts in Arizona too. The team refinished a recreational gym so people would have a place to play indoors during the rainy season. Caporizzo and some friends also put a roof on a house and built a stone pathway to the door using stones collected from a mountain.

“This work helped me get along with other people,” he said. “I have always been independent, but having to work with other people and having to be able to trust them will help me in school and in the workforce.”

Matthew Jevit, who plans to attend Duquesne University this fall, won a Horsham Lions’ $750 scholarship. Jevit spent three and a half years working to reach the highly respected level of Eagle Scout, and has received numerous accolades via the Boy Scouts.

“I realize the importance of giving back to the community and, seeing that my troop is located in Hatboro, I organized the restoration of a section of York Road in Hatboro’s downtown area,” he said. “This included weeding, mulching and planting flowers around the trees on York Road.”

Jevit has also volunteered for Key Club and local soup kitchens. He is an altar server at his church, and has been a summer day camp counselor for four years. Jevit served as a guide for the National Youth Leadership Training, where he taught leadership to a small group of scouts. A lover of the natural sciences, Jevit said he wants to be a high school science teacher.

“I realize I like teaching people and I am probably better suited to teach rather than do field research,” Jevit said. “I figured that teaching was a way to enjoy the sciences, but still be active throughout the day.”


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