Proceeds from the Schweizer Fest provide scholarships for area students. The 2013 recipients are Jennifer Kemp and Darian Oliva.
Jennifer is a 2013 Perry Central High School Graduate. In her letters of recommendation, Jennifer is known as a student that “stands out among her peers and sponsors. Her leadership and dedication toward all her activities made her sponsors take notice of her.”
Jennifer has been active in several school clubs and committees. These include: Big Brothers Big Sisters, STAND, National Honor Society, We the Youth, Student Council, Art Club, German Club, Athletic Club, Future Farmers of America, Student Wellness Awareness Team and Cadet Teaching.
Jennifer has also been a member of the volleyball and track teams throughout her high school career. Jennifer is also very active in her church and worked at Holiday World and Subway.
Jennifer volunteers at her church and in her essay talks about the amazing effect on not only the improvement of the person volunteering, but the community as well when one donates time and talent. She states that she feels better about herself when she is volunteering.
Jennifer will be attending University of Southern Indiana in the fall to study accounting. She is the daughter of Dennis and Tammy Kemp.
Darian is a 2013 Tell City High School graduate. In her letters of recommendation, Darian is known as a very positive person and driven to improve herself in all areas of life. Also mentioned was that she is not only a cheerleader for the school, but also for the community.
Darian was an active student at Tell City Jr-Sr High School. Her activities included: Pep Club, Student Council, Spanish Club (President), Renaissance Leadership Class (event chair) and Student Steering Committee. Darian was also an athlete participating in volleyball and cheerleading in which she was co-captain her senior year.
Darian helped put together a dance-a-thon at the school to raise funds for children at Riley’s hospital. She rallied the students to promote awareness for a way they could help others.
Darian volunteered for We the Youth of Perry County, the Youth Day of Caring, Power of Youth of Perry County (publicity chair) and represented Perry County as Junior Miss and Miss Schweizer Fest. She also worked at the Tell City Cinema and Tropical Snow. Darian writes that “volunteering brought her closer to her peers and allowed me to make new friends.” She also writes that she “wanted to give back to the community that offered her a safe place to live for eighteen years. There is no better way to improve your community, get a sense of self-worth while making friends and memories at the same time.”
Darian plans to attend Indiana University in the fall to study event planning. She is the daughter of Kim Oliva.
To date, Schweizer Fest, Inc has given a total of $16,750 in scholarships to Perry County students.
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