The Zonta Club of Ottawa honored 41 third- and fourth-grade students from 11 local schools to the club's annual Girls Recognition and Awards Tea Feb. 18. Teachers selected students for outstanding citizenship qualities.
The schools/honorees were Deer Park Community School: Lola English and Marisa Eggersdorfer; Grand Ridge School: Emma Wilson, Ava Offermann and Payton Blakemore; Jefferson School: Alexia Siwinski, Rudy Fleck, Joscelin Giutierrez, Abigail Blackley, Elia Hayes and Basia Lambert; Rutland School: Rebekah Graman; McKinley School: Mara McCullough, Jenalyn Stahr, Emma Hinshelwood, Gracie Troutman, Mackenzie McCoy, Madelyn Anderson; Marquette Academy: Chloe Carmona and Elizabeth Marshall; Marseilles Elementary: Kira Barry, Hadley Byrd, Finley Cooper, Isabelle O’Neal, Brooklyn Byone and Arianna Graves; Seneca Grade School: Franki Meyers, Alana Potter, Kyra Wood and Ava Sulzberger; Wallace School: Libby Muffler, Delainey Brandon and Samantha Bennett; Lincoln School: Camila Navarro, Ashleynn Ganiere, Maleah Waterworth, Aimee DeJonghe, Maya Martin and Lila Windy; Waltham Elementary: Bailey Etscheid and Lydia Steinbach.
Zonta Club President Ami Dose welcomed honorees and their guardians and she and Tea Chairwoman Linda Barra, assisted by Co-Chairwoman Kathy Mattes, handed certificates of excellence to each girl. Zonta Club members decorated the venue and served refreshments.
Kara Anderson, from the Spangler Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Lab teacher at Shepherd Middle School, gave the program, a presentation on the projects the students are working on including hydraulics, roller coasters and robotics. To simulate the STEM Lab experience the honorees split into teams and worked on an engineering challenge, the Marshmallow Challenge.
Zonta International strives to empower women worldwide through service and advocacy. The women of the Zonta Club of Ottawa are executives and professionals. Local projects include supporting the Zonta Says No to Domestic Violence program, the Red Stocking program, college scholarships and an awards dinner for Women in Leadership and hosting a chef salad fundraiser for ADV/SAS, the local domestic violence shelter and international projects. The fundraiser this year is Wednesday, March 21, at First United Methodist Church.
For more information on Zonta International go to zonta.org; for information on the local club, contact Membership Chairwoman Ilse Bute at 815-434-5244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.