The Rotary Club of Welland is pleased to congratulate the 2021 Rotary Gold Medallion recipients from the graduating classes of 5 Welland and 2 Port Colborne High Schools
The Rotary Club of Welland has offered some form of Rotary Bursary since 1950, with more regular winners beginning in 1963 – 58  years ago! A male and female from each of the 7 secondary schools graduating classes in Welland and Port Colborne are selected by their peers and guidance office. The premise is that these recipients signify Rotary’s Moto of “Service Above Self” both in their school and community life - “Of all the things we think say or do: Is it the truth? Is it Fair to all concerned?  Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? 
These students have been chosen by their peers and Guidance staff because they personify the motto of Rotary “Service Above Self”. They have made worthy contribution to the life of the school and the community at large and possess the qualities, abilities and interests that make them worthy representatives of their schools. At the same time, achieving academic success.  
This year’s recipients were Brooke Elsie and Zayn Dehghan (Centennial Secondary School); Emma LeBlanc and Connor Kochany (Eastdale Secondary School); Christy Engemann and Jacob Bolduc (École secondaire catholique Saint-Jean-de-Brebéuf); Valérie Lessard and Simon Yeomans (École secondaire Franco-Niagara); Rose Atkinson and David Gillies (Lakeshore Catholic High School); Emmy McKibbon and Sebastian Brown (Notre Dame College); and Hannah Walker and Ethan Moss (Port Colborne High School)
The Rotary Club of Welland, in recognition of your integrity, selflessness and worthy contribution to the life of your school with the unwavering commitment to the needs of others, provides a certificate, along with a Gold Medallion and small bursary, which will be presented to the recipients as part of their graduating program. Each school also has a permanent plaque indicating the recipients over the years.
At our Meeting of June 15th, we had the pleasure of virtually meeting these remarkable young men and women. They were asked to present a summary of the accomplishments, participation, and contribution; however not of themselves, but of their fellow class mate.