Woodmar-Hammond Kiwanis Club awards scholarships to trio

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August 07, 2014 – Times Staff

Three 2014 Hammond High School graduates have been selected to receive $500 college scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year from the Woodmar-Hammond Kiwanis Club.

Recipients are Miriam Alvarado, of Hammond High School; Lawrence Howell, of Gavit High School; and Alyssa MacCartney, of Morton High School.

Alvarado, who plans to attend Indiana University and major in nursing and/or pre-med, graduated as the top-ranked student academically in her class. She also was president of National Honor Society and Student Council and captain of her tennis squad, while participating on the soccer team, TRIO Program, History Club, INTERACT and Mock Trial.

Additionally, she received Triple A Honor Roll, Citizenship, Perfect Attendance, TRIO Spirit, Ryla Youth Leadership and Outstanding Student awards.

Howell, who plans to attend the University of Notre Dame and major in criminology and psychology, also graduated academically as the No. 1-ranked student in his class. He served as class president for three years and president of National Honor Society for two years. He also selected to attend Hoosier Boys State, captained the Mock Trial team and participated as a mentor in the IGNITE program.

Additionally, he is a Rotary Youth Leadership Award winner, served as captain of the Academic Spell Bowl team, participated on the Academic Super Bowl team and served as a Student Council member.

MacCartney, who plans to attend Purdue University Calumet, danced her way through high school as an accomplished performer in the Hammond Academy for Performing Arts. She participated on the MHS Dance Team and the HAPA Dance Ensemble, participating in numerous concerts and performances at festivals, parades, nursing homes and other community events. She also received an Excellence Award for choreography.

Additionally, she was a member of her school’s National Honor Society and participated at a day camp for special needs students.