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Jantzi receives $3,000 Rotary scholarship

March 17, 2016
By Ann Weidman - Westfield/Mayville Rotary , Westfield Republican

"In my life, I have been provided with countless opportunities that have shaped me into the person I am today, and have helped me develop my character." This, from Abigail Jantzi, recent recipient of a $3,000 Rotary scholarship.

A Chautauqua Lake Central School graduate with high honors last June, during her school years, Abbey was a Rotary Interact, 4-H, Student Administration and National Honor Society member.

She now is a freshman at Penn State Behrend. "Knowing I so greatly wanted to continue my involvement in service, I joined Gamma Sigma Sigma, a national service sorority," she said, adding, "thus far, I have been able to help raise funds to support some of our national service partners such as Alex's Lemonade Stand and the American Cancer Society."

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Abigail (Abbey) Jantzi receives a $3,000 Rotary scholarship from Dan Smith, left, Westfield/Mayville Rotary Youth Services chair, while her parents, Mary and Brian, join in the celebration. The scholarship will help Abbey with her studies at Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pa.

It can be said that Abbey's membership in CLCS's Rotary Interact also contributed to her dedication to serving others. "When thinking about the "Ideals of Rotary," considering my involvement in the Rotary Interact Club in high school and my knowledge of what Rotary is, words such as service, compassion, empathy, education, perception and connection came to mind."

Having been the Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club Scholar of the Month last December, she was recognized by Rotarian Dan Smith, chair of Youth Services, who entered Abbey's name and background to Rotary District 7090's scholarship group. Along with Nick Hlifka, first place winner and also a W/M Rotary Club scholarship winner, Abbey came in a close second.

Introduced by Smith during last week's Rotary meeting, Abbey took the opportunity to thank the club for her scholarship. "I am so honored to have received this scholarship award that will help me to continue this journey in life. I also am very thankful for the Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club and what they have done for me in my high school career, and now in my college years."

In attendance during the meeting and Smith's presentation of a $3,000 check to Abbey were her proud parents, Brian and Mary Jantzi. Abbey also has a younger brother, Dayne. Although the family lives in Clymer, where dad is a farmer, her mother teaches at CLCS, which has made it possible for Abbey to attend there.



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