St. John Outreach awards scholarships
This year, two outstanding high school seniors were selected to receive the scholarships based on their dedicated service to the community. Presenting the Annette Kritzer Memorial Scholarship was Rachelle Kritzer-Filipek, sister of Annette Kritzer. The Annette Kritzer Scholarship was awarded to Samantha Wood, a senior at Darien High School, for her service projects to the church and community. As a member and officer in the St. John Youth Group, Samantha was involved many outreach projects, including Feed My Starving Children, 30 Hour Famine, Home Front projects and raking leaves for the elderly. Samantha plans to attend Salve Regina University in the fall where she will study English Communications with a concentration in Journalism.
Presenting the Therese Evers Scholarship was Chuck Evers, father of Therese Evers. The Therese Evers Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Danielle Taylor Franco, also a senior at Darien High School, for her dedicated service to Post 53. With her background in dance, Danielle was also inspired to volunteer at Danceabilities, a local program for special needs children. Danielle will attend Union College in Schenectady, New York and plans to pursue a career in medicine.
In January of 1986, Therese Evers and Annette Kritzer, both members of the St. John Parish Community, died in unrelated car accidents. Therese was 15 and a sophomore at Darien High when she died and Annette was 21 and a junior at Oberlin College when she died. Inspired by their personal generosity and example of service to others, a group of friends and parishioners established two scholarships in their memory dedicated to community outreach. The current scholarship award is $1,500 per scholarship.