The Andover Townsman
---- — The Men’s Group at West Parish Church in Andover presented $500 scholarships to four recent high school graduates who are members of the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club.
The scholarship funds were raised through ham and bean dinners hosted by the men’s group.
Karen Kravchuk, Lawrence Boys and Girls Club education program director, attended the presentation to highlight the importance of the volunteers, who help serve the 500 children who attend the club every day by assisting with homework and providing guidance and mentorship to the older members interested in pursuing a college education.
The West Parish volunteers recognized were Dennis Klockow, Kelley Mahoney, Kim Glesmann and Jon Glesmann, who was named the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club 2012 Volunteer of the Year in December.
The four recipients of the WPC Men’s Group Scholarships are:
Alejandra Consuelo Torres graduated from Lawrence High School in the Math, Science and Technology program. She is a member of the Teen Achievers, Keystone Club (vice president) and Community Action teams of the Boys and Girls Club. She also has participated in numerous other activities, including Gear Up, Student Council, Gay Straight Alliance, Louder than a Bomb, Kiwanis Club, volleyball and Academic Basketball Awareness. She is a volunteer tutor for middle school students at the YMCA. She will attend Framingham State University to study English and secondary education.
Briyith Betances graduated from Central Catholic High School and works at the Boys and Girls Club Beacon facility. She participates in the Keystone Club, Marist Youth Mentor program, Lazarus House, the Buddy Program and Catwalk4cancer and is a dance instructor at the Boys and Girls Club. She launched a service project called “The Baby Benefit,” raising money to purchase supplies for a homeless shelter for teen mothers in Lowell. She was recently selected as the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year and competed against 37 other youths at Gillette Stadium to win the Massachusetts title. She will now move on to the northeast regional competition in New York. She will attend Fitchburg State University and major in broadcast journalism.
Joshua Torres graduated from Central Catholic High School and has worked summers at the Boys and Girls Club Beacon facility. He is a member of the Keystone Club and participates in community activities through the club. He volunteers as a basketball coach at St. Patrick’s and has made the honor roll every year. He was selected by the Lawrence Exchange Club for the 2013 Accepting the Challenge of Excellence award given to high school students who work to overcome adversities. He will now compete for the national ACE award. He will attend Merrimack College in North Andover this fall to pursue a degree in criminal justice.
Julio Hernandez graduated from Central Catholic High School and works at Charles River Labs during school breaks. He is a member of the Keystone Club and participated in wrestling, track and volleyball. He was on the honor roll and has excelled at computer science and Web development. He will attend ULowell in the fall to major in computer science.