Memorial scholarships awarded to Sherwood High School seniors
Two Sherwood High School students, both members of the Lady Bowmen tennis team, have been awarded the 10th Annual Theresa K. Stanley Memorial Tennis Scholarship.
The fund was established in 2010 to honor the memory of Theresa Stanley, who died in a horseback riding accident. Each year, the scholarship is awarded on behalf of her parents, Stan and Diana Stanley, and her grandmother, Nancy Ganio.
An avid tennis player who was also excelled in academics, Stanley was also active in the Sherwood community and was a "thoughtful young lady," according to her mother, Diana Stanley.
As such, the recipient of the award must exemplify those same proficiencies and character traits. To date, 16 individuals have received the scholarship.
This year's scholarships go to Abby Ramer and Caitlyn Bering.
Ramer will attend George Fox University with a commitment to that school's tennis team.
An outstanding student, she was a member of Sherwood High's National Honor Society, a math tutor, a Northwest Outdoor School counselor for two years and had played varsity tennis since her freshman year.
In addition to playing piano, Ramer has been active in her church where she was a member of the worship team and taught Sunday School as well.
"She efficiently juggles her extracurricular activities and academic workload and readily accepts challenges with joy and grace," Diana Stanley said. "Abby is aware of her shortfalls as well as her strengths, understanding that everyone is blessed in different ways. She perseveres through difficulties while maintaining an admirable 'attitude of gratitude.'"
Bering is enrolled at Oregon State University, where she intends to study biology and zoology with the ultimate goal of becoming a veterinarian. Also a gifted student and National Honor Society member, Bering maintains a rigorous academic schedule while making time for her community, accumulating numerous volunteer hours at the local library and YMCA. She loves working with special needs students through Unified Sports and the High School Peer Tutor Group.
"As a varsity tennis player beginning her sophomore year, she has participated in clinics, camps and classes, working diligently to improve her tennis skills," Diana Stanley said. "With her leadership skills and team spirit, Caitlyn (is) sure to excel as she pursues her higher education."
Ferry Memorial Scholarship is awarded
The 2020 James and Marie Ferry Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Skylar Diteman.
The $500 scholarship was established in memory of James and Marie Ferry, who helped to establish the annual Sherwood Robin Hood Festival in the 1950s.
Diteman graduated from Sherwood High School in June. She will be attending Oregon State University in the fall.
Diteman plans to major in bio-health sciences.
The Sherwood Robin Hood Festival Association also awards a $500 scholarship to the Maid Marian Court member who is selected as Maid Marian. This year's Maid Marian is Audrey Jeans, who also attends Sherwood High School.
Seven receive SEF memorial scholarships
The John M. Eckstein/John L. McLaughlin Memorial Scholarship awarded six $1,000 scholarships to graduating Sherwood High School seniors who wish to pursue a career in technology, engineering, science, math, or video production, the Sherwood Education Foundation announced.
The scholarship, the foundation says, "is named in honor of two fathers with a tireless commitment to technology and community service."
Caitlyn Bering, Madison Brown, Logan Carr, Kayma Konecny, Dallin Marker and Hunter Stewart were named as Eckstein/McLaughlin Memorial Scholarship recipients.
A seventh graduating senior, Hunter Stewart, received the Troy Ruff Memorial Scholarship, given each year to a student who participated in athletics or other activities throughout their high school career.
Troy Ruff was a youth sports volunteer in Sherwood who died of cancer in 2019.
"Troy was known for his inclusive, friendly and hardworking personality," the Sherwood Education Foundation said in a statement. "His uplifting words of encouragement along with his contagious laugh were welcomed in any athletic arena. The lasting impact he leaves on the Sherwood community is his zest for life and sense of humor."
The Troy Ruff Memorial Scholarship was established in Ruff's name to carry on his passion for youth sports and honor his memory. The scholarship to Stewart is in the amount of $1,000 as well.
"The Sherwood Education Foundation congratulates seven Sherwood High School Seniors who were awarded scholarships that we are honored to administer and support," the foundation stated.