Cynthia Berecek
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June 12, 2012
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Rotary column: Snowmass Rotary awards scholarships

The Snowmass Rotary Club recently awarded scholarships to two students from Basalt High School who not only were impressive in their scholastic, athletic and community achievements but also demonstrated a commitment to "service above self," an important tenet to all Rotarians. Congratulations to Daniela Chacon and Giulio Del Piccolo for receiving the 2012 Snowmass Rotary Club's college scholarships!

Daniela Chacon will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder with a major in International Business. Her teachers describe her as selfless, insightful and sympathetic toward others in need. Although very accomplished in community service projects as well as academia, Daniela's true understanding of service above self was awakened during a visit to Peru. There, she experienced firsthand the generosity of people living in a Third World culture.

"I realized I have everything that I could ever need, while there are people all over the world who are constantly fighting a struggle to put food on their table, shower with warm water or even have a bed to sleep on," Daniela said.

While serving as vice president on student council, she learned the importance of giving back to the community. Daniela aspires to a career that will allow her to help others. She says with confidence, "with my diligence and dedication, I will become a successful Hispanic woman who will awe the world."

Giulio Del Piccolo plans to attend Colby College in Waterville, Maine, with a major in biology. Giulio is already accomplished in the sciences. He participated in the Colorado Science Fair for four straight years, placing in their competitions each year. He received scholastic achievement awards in biology, English, River Watch and art, was in the National Honor Society and was active in many community service projects all through high school. Giulio likes to ask "why?" rather than accept the obvious. He has studied foraging behavior of the American Robin and the silver halide crystals that make photography possible, and he spent three years studying the mountain pine beetle's effect on understory vegetation growth, concluding that the beetle actually contributes to the biodiversity at the foot of the trees.

"I believe that the best way to examine problems is through a broad, interdisciplinary point of view," said Giulio, who plans to become a scientific researcher.

Snowmass Rotary applauds these two outstanding students and is proud to support their academic journeys.

Our club supports nonprofits, community events and vocational programs throughout the valley, as well as international projects. Visit www.snowmassrotary.org

for more information.


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