Union High juniors receive Impact Award – School News Network

Grand Rapids — Two Union High School juniors were recently selected as this year’s winners of the Women’s City Club’s Impact Award.

Nebyat Gebrehiwot and Dilanny Perez received the award for their winning responses to a question asking them to describe someone who has been an inspiration, according to a club news release.

Nebyat’s winning entry is a colorful tribute to the culture of her native country, Eritrea (courtesy)

Dilanny wrote an essay about U.S. Army Lieutenant William D. Swenson, a Medal of Honor recipient she learned about in her ROTC class.

“It was kind of obvious that I was going to write about that person because they show their values,” Dilanny said. “And the trials he went through and how he kept his values ​​along the way.”

Nebyat’s entry went beyond just one individual source of inspiration, focusing instead on the culture of her home country of Eritrea in Northeast Africa. Her painting shows a lonely woman in colorful Eritrean clothing.

“I did it because my mother told me that everyone should know that I am from Eritrea because they think I am from Ethiopia and other countries,” Nebyat said. “So she told me to do Eritrean culture, to let people know that this culture is different from others.”

Wendy Sturm, president of the Women’s City Club, surprised the students at school and informed them that they had won. The two juniors each received a cash prize of $750 during a luncheon at the Mayflower Congregational Church.

Now celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Women’s City Club is committed to promoting educational, civic and social activities through study, community service and friendly associations. The club has awarded the Impact Award to Union High students since 2018.

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