Two high school seniors were selected to receive the St. John Outreach Scholarships in memory of Therese Evers and Annette Kritzer.

The Annette Kritzer Memorial Scholarship, presented by Rachelle Kritzer-Filipek and Germaine Kritzer-Koomen, both sisters of Annette Kritzer, was awarded to Kate Bushell, of Darien High School, for her service to the church and community.

As a member of the parish, Bushell was a founding member of the Youth Choir, CCD teacher and a member/officer of the Youth Group. She has contributed to the community through her involvement with Relay for Life, Safe Rides and as a volunteer basketball counselor. In the fall, she will attend Hamilton College to study film and new media.

The Therese Evers Scholarship, presented by Carolyn and Chuck Evers, parents of Therese Evers as well as Chris Evers and Patrice Heubeck, her siblings, was awarded to Jackie Winsch, also from DHS, for her service to church and community.

As a member of the parish, Winsch was a singer and cantor at the Sunday Youth Mass as well as member/officer of the Youth Group. She has contributed to the community through her involvement with Girl Scouts, receiving the highest rank, the Gold Award. For her Gold Award project, Winsch wrote a book focused on offering young children active alternatives to video and electronic games. She plans to attend Notre Dame University.

In January 1986, Therese Evers and Annette Kritzer, both members of St. John Roman Catholic Church of Darien, died in unrelated car accidents. Evers was 15 and a sophomore at DHS and Kritzer was 21 and a junior at Oberlin College. Inspired by their personal generosity and service to others, a group of friends and parishioners established two scholarships in their memory.

dedicated to community outreach. The award is $1,500 per scholarship.

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