Three recipients for the Ray Zimmerman Scholarship

Gloria Zimmerman and her husband Paul, established the Ray Zimmerman Scholarship three years ago at West High School in honor of Paul's father who was a former teacher.

Paul Zimmerman past away last October and in honor of his life, two additional scholarships were awarded by Gloria at the award ceremony last week. 

Her speech shared a little more about each recipeint...

First, Cora Shefchik.  She will be attending Loras College and majoring in Political Science to pursue a career as a Child Law Attorney Advocate.  She wants to help children have a voice and be a strong helpful person that they can rely on. 

Next, Sarah Snyder.  She will be attending either Wisconsin Lutheran or Concordia University.  Her courses of study will be Chemistry and Pre-Pharmacy.  While in college she would love to go on a mission trip and participate in community services as a way to ‘paying it forward’.

Lastly, Katelyn Stasck.  She will be attending Silver Lake College.  Her field of study will be Biology/Pre-medicine with plans to attend medical school for cardiology.  Her decision to pursue this field of study is due to the impact a neurosurgeon had on her family’s lives when he saved her father’s life. 

Each of these graduates wants to ‘pay it forward’ which was also the goal of Brian LaViolette.  It is something they have already been doing during their years here at West and it is truly an honor to present these scholarships to them. 

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