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Yes, scholarship night is a true measureof the spirit of Summit County

Kate Chapman - Silver Shekel

In response to Jim Morgan’s opinion (SDN, April 27) titled “Student scholarships are a true measure of the Summit,” I could not agree more.

Originally, my family and I moved to Breckenridge to live and play for the renowned winter lifestyle. However, as the typical story goes, “come for the winters, stay for the summers.”

We decided to make our home in Summit County. Many outstanding qualities relating to our community have been the enticing factors as to why we have called Summit County “home” for the last four years. I must say there is no place I would rather live at this point in my life.

Admittedly, I too had expected the area to be like any other resort community; however, I have seen and witnessed otherwise.

In answer to Morgan’s question, “What is Summit County like as a community? Is it a place to call home, with a sense of neighborliness, friendly people, tolerant and progressive forward thinking?” I echo, “yes,” for many reasons, primarily with respect to the friendly, supportive and giving atmosphere.

Every day, I am fortunate to encounter new and old friends who always take an interest in what I am up to (a never-ending list).

Routinely, we discuss the countless opportunities for recreation, enjoyment, varying seasons, school, work, upcoming plans; the topics are endless. Nonetheless, they do have one thing in common: They all go to show the wonderful sense of community, and its opportunities, in which we are pleased.

Morgan mentioned a 90-minute program that he had witnessed, which gave him a greater understanding of Summit County as a community: Summit High School’s local scholarship night.

More than 50 organizations across the county donated funds to local college-bound seniors. What a perfect display of kindness.

What’s more, organizations donated more than $224,000 to be handed out amongst 75 students, many of whom were minorities, in need of financial support, and/or academics.

To note, nothing would have happened without the patient support of our counseling department, namely Deborah Luckett and Janet Callan.

As an applicant, I found the process long, sometimes tedious or stressful, yet rewarding and well worth the time and effort.

Each form involved filling in personal details, financial situation, extra curricular activities, relative essays to the scholarship being awarded and letters of intent and recommendation.

Additionally, students had to prove they were worthy applicants through their activities, honors, along with their volunteer and community service.

Nevertheless, I find in a community like the one we are so fortunate to live in, these qualities remain easy to achieve. Ample opportunities exist here to get out and help. When one receives such a great deal of support from a community, why not give back in any shape or form possible?

Anyhow, as a recipient of seven scholarships, totaling a little more than $5,000, I would like to express my utmost gratitude to all those involved in choosing and awarding the financial assistance.

Personally, I know that I could not have even begun to think about my college plans had it not been for such generous support.

What’s more, as one of the two recipients of The Summit Daily News award worth $1,000, I, too, felt lucky to have witnessed the sincerity of Morgan, the presenter.

As an aspiring journalist, this scholarship remained quite significant for me, one of the primary honors my heart had been set on. My dream one day is to combine my love for the outdoors with my passion for writing to create an ideal career.

I believe that through the bountiful support received, my dream is that much closer to becoming true.

Lastly, in response to Morgan’s final remarks about stumbling to express words that would explain what an “extraordinary achievement it is for a community to provide such support for its young people,” I also agree.

We truly do live in a place to be envied by the rest of the country, and let me add, having lived and traveled various parts the world, I would have to say that Summit County holds a unique place in my heart .

Thanks once again, the entire community of Summit County; it is a pleasure to live in a place where people care, know your name and wish to see your career goals come true.

Kate Chapman

Silver Shekel

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