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Boca Raton Sunset

Service Above Self

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The Griddle Restaurant
475 NE Spanish River Blvd
Boca Raton, FL  33431
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The highlights of the Rotary Boca Raton Sunset annual FAU High School Rotary Scholar Gala Monday May 8, 2017 included 2013-2014 FAU HS Rotary Scholar of the Year Gabrielle Bush as our featured keynote speaker, FAU HS Principal/Director Sherry Bees, FAU HS Associate Director David Kelly, as well as 2016-2017 FAU HS Rotary Scholar ambassadors Caralin Branscum and Michael Keller.  Caralin and Michael were chosen by the eight selected monthly scholars as their ambassadors to provide representative testimonials for the 2016-17 FAU HS Rotary Scholars.  The Rotary Boca Raton Sunset FAU HS Rotary Scholars project provides encouragement and reward for the hard work and service that develops leaders for our future.
 
 
The 2016-2017 FAU HS Rotary Scholars and their sponsors include:
 
September 2016 Scholar Jonathan Chin-Cheong with sponsor PDG Phil Lustig, III (and late wife Peg).
 
 
October 2016 Scholar Sarah Palumbo with sponsor Voya Financial & Richard Koblick.
 
 
 
November 2016 Scholar Nadia Sial with sponsors Beverley and Jerry Leitherer.
 
 
December 2016 Scholar Maximilian Rabil with PDG Steve Laine representing Howard Lincoln.
 
 
 
 
January 2017 Scholar Kira Wolak with sponsors John and Maxine Ross.
 
February 2017 Scholar Carlin Branscum with sponsor Ravi Goolcharan, Gulf Atlantic Painting.  As a selected 2016-2017 FAU HS Scholar ambassador, Carlin reviewed some of her accomplishments. 
 
Caralin is a senior at Florida Atlantic University High School expecting to graduate in spring this year.  Having concurrently completed college courses at FAU, she expects to earn a Bachelor Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology in spring of 2018.  These degrees will prepare her for her goal of serving as a criminal prosecutor. 
 
Having been born in China, but adopted into the Branscum family at age of 10 months, Caralin was home schooled for seven years.  She was accepted into the FAU HS program and is now delighted with the opportunity to participate in research projects with FAU professors.  One of her current projects is a criminal justice study of legislation in other states, specifically focused on sexual assaults.  The objective is to discover what is effective and where weaknesses exist, which may lead to establishing a model for future legislation and improved application for safety in our communities.
 
 
March 2017 Scholar Michael Keller with sponsor SunTrust Bank & Fred Licata.  As a selected 2016-2017 FAU HS Rotary Scholar ambassador, Mike shared some of his accomplishments and community services as well as obstacles along the way.
 
A humble but confident scholar, he was eager to have the opportunity to praise FAU HS and FAU and thank Assistant Director David Kelly for providing the environment to study what Michael truly loves without worrying about the financial aspect.  Additionally, because of his PSAT scores, he was among several distinguished National Merit students who were invited to the Baldwin House to meet with the President and Deans of FAU to be awarded FAU's Presidential Scholarship, the university's highest undergrad honor.
 
When Michael was awarded the Principal's Award for "outstanding leadership and academic excellence" at Don Estridge Middle School, he didn't quite realize what merited the leadership laud.  From his perspective he had only done what came naturally, helping others with homework to help them better understand things.  But when he entered FAU HS he realized the value provided when he received official recognition for tutoring fellow classmates and younger Henderson Middle School students in Math.  Michael continued this into the university through FAU's Owl-to-Owl tutoring program, which offered the leadership opportunity to help students older than himself and make a difference in their lives.  Michael says, "It is the most incredible feeling to know that I've made a difference in the lives of so many people so easily.  Knowing that so many people count on me and know they can come to me is what I strive for, academically and personally."
 
He is now also a team leader of one of the many research teams at FAU's Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics (MPCR) lab, which involves machine learning, neural networks, and artificial intelligence.  In the MPCR lab, the team uses what they know about the brain to teach computers to function on their own.  The rover team recently completed a self-driving rover and they plan to extend that to make a self-driving golf cart.  Individually, Michael is working on a project to monitor and report a person's posture and position in space.  This has particular interest to him as an aid to accommodate and overcome his condition with cerebral palsy (CP).  CP is a spectrum like autism: it has many forms, the version Michael has affects his walking, balance, and hands; which is why he uses a walker for mobility.  He sees this as an opportunity to contribute, especially to his community, the disabled; and he plans to continue in pursuit of applied computer technology to help others with handicaps.
 
April 2017 Scholar Alexandria Trombetta with sponsor Naheed Kahn, The Griddle Restaurant, and PDG Charlie Bromberg.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
During our weekly meeting Monday, 4/3/2017, we honored Alexandria Trombetta, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for April 2017.  The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 
 
Alexandria is a senior at Florida Atlantic University High School expecting to graduate in spring this year.  Having concurrently completed college courses at FAU, she has focused on Psychology. 
 
Alexandria expressed her gratitude for the FAU HS opportunity and the supportive staff available to her through the high school and university.  She also thanked our Rotary club for this honor and recognition.  Then told us that she did not set out to achieve a service goal such as expressed in the Rotary motto "Service Above Self;" however her story of service seemed to very much identify with it. 
 
Describing her initial volunteer service, Alexandria recalled first her initial experience on the receiving end while attending the Armory Art Center’s Summer Art Camp for kids as a camper on scholarship when she was in elementary school.  She continued stating: "As soon as I became old enough, I made a point of returning to volunteer there every summer, to give back to this program that gave me so many memorable creative and educational experiences, and really to help continue that same incredible experience for the next generation of young campers."
 
Alexandria also told us how her experience serving with the National Honor Society provided an amazing community with peer examples of devotion to local, national, and global service that have inspired her to do more for others herself.  This has led her to set an example of her own for her peers and especially, as a senior for underclassmen, in each of the student groups she leads.
 
In concert with her academic focus, this year Alexandria founded FAU HS’s Pride Club, an accessible space where students can comfortably explore and be educated on LGBT and other identities.  She describes this experience by stating: "Here I strive to set an example more than anything as a thoughtful and accepting mentor and peer figure to younger students who are striving to understand their own identities, sometimes without the support of their parents or friends, in finding where they belong in a community that they may not have ever known much about."
During our weekly meeting Monday, 3/6/2017, we honored Michael Keller, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for March 2017.  The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 
 
Michael is currently a dual-enrolled high school senior and college junior at Florida Atlantic University High School and Florida Atlantic University. He is pursuing a double major in math and computer science and on track to graduate high school in May 2017,  then continue studies expecting to graduate FAU in May 2018 with two B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science.
 
Prior to introducing our March scholar, FAU HS Assistant Director David Kelly reviewed the history of the FAU HS Rotary Scholar project and the selection methodology now used to identify a salient scholar for each month of the school year.  He then reviewed some of the unique characteristics and accomplishments Michael Keller has demonstrated since enrolling in FAU HS and beginning his dual enrollment program with FAU, among these David acclaimed Michael's leadership, especially in research and tutoring fellow students.  Congratulations, Michael!
 
A humble but confident scholar, he was eager to have the opportunity to praise FAU HS and FAU and thank Assistant Director David Kelly for providing the environment to study what Michael truly loves without worrying about the financial aspect.  Additionally, because of his PSAT scores, he was among several distinguished National Merit students who were invited to the Baldwin House to meet with the President and Deans of FAU to be awarded FAU's Presidential Scholarship, the university's highest undergrad honor.   Michael continued sharing some of his experiences ...
During our weekly meeting Monday, 2/6/2017, we honored Caralin Branscum, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for February 2017.  The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 
 
Caralin is a senior at Florida Atlantic University High School expecting to graduate in spring this year.  Having concurrently completed college courses at FAU, she expects to earn a Bachelor Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology in spring of 2018.  These degrees will prepare her for her goal of serving as a criminal prosecutor. 
 
Having been born in China, but adopted into the Branscum family at age of 10 months, Caralin was home schooled for seven years.  She was accepted into the FAU HS program and is now delighted with the opportunity to participate in research projects with FAU professors.  One of her current projects is a criminal justice study of legislation in other states, specifically focused on sexual assaults.  The objective is to discover what is effective and where weaknesses exist, which may lead to establishing a model for future legislation and improved application for safety in our communities.
 
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During our weekly meeting Monday, 1/9/2017, we honored Kira Wolak, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for January2017.  The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 
 
Prior to Kira's opportunity to address our club, we were fortunate to hear an impressive introduction by Christine Belleris, Senior Editor with HCI Books.  Chris has been Kira's supervisor while participating in an internship with HCI Books, a local publishing company dedicated to bringing readers quality books.  
 
Chris explained that HCI Books makes its distinction in the marketplace by not just publishing books, but by publishing people.  These people are carefully selected authors who inspire readers to achieve their dreams, live lives of abundance, and to experience consolation as well the healing power of laughter.  As part of Kira's internship, Chris mentored her about characteristics desired for selecting authors and manuscripts, then employed Kira reviewing manuscripts.
 
Chris offered tremendous praise for Kira's rapid comprehension of the task and effective manuscript reviews.  Further, Chris told us that Kira's role was subsequently expanded to include book cover workup, which led into the opportunity to present Kira with a recent publication hot off the press that featured Kira's work on the back cover.
 
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During our weekly meeting Monday, 12/5/2016, we honored Maximilian Rabil, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for December 2016.  The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 
 
Humbly, Max told us that he could not express how much of an honor this is for him.  He indicated that he had been working hard and had been so focused on achieving goals that he'd seldom been able to bask in the glory of his achievements.  This selection and honor, plus the chance to coast a bit towards the end of his senior year at FAU HS is giving him a chance to look back and better accept the praise for his accomplishments. 
 
As Max began to share with us some of his accomplishments and experiences, he began with praise and thanks to his parents for encouragement and opportunity.  Max told us he was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama having an older sister Anna (now attending University of Florida), and also has a younger brother Tim (now attending A.D. Henderson School). 
 
Max continued with great respect for the special opportunity provided by FAU HS, thanking the staff and especially identifying some of the special experiences, like learning to speak "un poco espanol und ein bischen mehr Deutsch," as well as the chance to be ready for graduation this coming spring with both a high school degree and a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Behavior from FAU with high honors, and being included on the FAU President's List.
 
Continuing ...
During our weekly meeting Monday, 11/7/2016, we honored Nadia Sial, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for November 2016.  The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 
 
Nadia is concurrently working toward her high school diploma from FAU HS, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from FAU expecting to complete both in summer of 2017.  Following graduation, she hopes to gain acceptance in the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.
 
Among community services, Nadia has served classmates as a tutor for Biology, General Chemistry I and II, Biological Bases of Behavior, Experimental Design and Statistical Inference, and General Psychology; served neighborhood community with FAU High School, Whitehall Nursing and Rehabilitation, and Tri-County Humane Society, and Relay for Life; and served an FAU Professor as a General Chemistry I Teaching Assistant. 
 
While maintaining a 4.0 GPA in both FAU HS and FAU Neuroscience and Behavior BS programs, Nadia has earned certification as a Healthcare Provider and Heartsaver First Aid by American Heart Association and she has gained skills in teaching and communicating ideas effectively, by assuming leadership roles with responsibility, by participating in team and individual Olympiad competition, and by volunteering in school and community service. 
 
 
During our weekly meeting Monday, 10/10/2016, we honored Sarah Palumbo, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for October 2016.  The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 
 
Sarah expects to receive her high school diploma from FAU HS in May of 2017, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from FAU in August 2017.  Following graduation, she plans to enroll in a graduate school program completing her Master’s Degree prior to starting medical school in the fall of 2018.
 
In 2015, Sarah was honored by the Florida House of Representatives in Recognition for Volunteerism.  Additionally, Sarah was recently named a National Merit Semifinalist, Semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis and represent the top 0.5% percent of the state’s senior students.
 
Responding to the FAU HS Rotary Scholar for October honor, Sarah told us: " Some of the most amazing experiences I have had in high school involve the academic teams that I am on.  Science Olympiad has allowed me to pursue my love of science
with other people my age with similar interests.  In Academic Games, I have been the team captain at FAU High for 3 years now, and as of now I have been on two National teams representing Florida.  I have won two Individual National Championships in World Events as well as multiple team titles, but this is not the most important part of Academic Games.  Through this, I have learned how to lead and be part of a team.  These are important skills to any field, especially medicine and my career for the future."  Continuing ...
 
During our weekly meeting Monday, 9/12/2016, we honored Jonathan Chin-Cheong, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for September 2016.  The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 
 
Jonathan told us briefly about his academic achievements; community service; leadership experiences in school and in the community; and a few challenges and obstacles he had to overcome as an exceptional student and teaching assistant for Introduction to Biology at FAU.
 
Achieving high scholastic honors such as top STEM student among Sunshine State Scholars of Florida, is merely a part of Jonathan's character; he shares his talent comfortably with community and fellow students as well.  Currently, Jonathan teaches two introduction to biology classes at FAU filled with 48 college students.  Teaching college students seems a very impressive accomplishment and demonstrates his academic prowess and school community responsibility as well as his maturity and self-confidence as a dual-enrolled FAU and FAU HS student who will graduate FAU HS in spring of 2017.
 
During the past summer as a teen age volunteer (TAV) at Boca Raton Regional Hospital he was selected for the TAV Spotlight for July/August in the Debbie Rand Memorial Service League monthly newsletter.  Presenting the FAU HS Rotary Scholar of the Month award certificate, President Mathieu and Youth Services Chairman Phil recognized Jonathan's achievement and community contribution.
 
 

About the Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunset

We are a small friendly dinner club with strong Rotary Foundation support.  Our membership includes three past district governors and special enthusiasm for youth and literacy service.  We distribute dictionaries to six local elementary schools, bring Josh the Otter with a swim safety program to three pre-K schools, and honor a Rotary Scholar each month for the high school hosting our Interact club. 
 
Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
 
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