Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,
My name is Sarah Manning, in addition to teaching English here at Landrum; this was my first year as the faculty advisor of Landrum High School’s Interact Club. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, Interact is a service club for teens and young adults. The club motto is “Service Above Self”. And throughout this past school year, I have been challenged, inspired, and motivated by the dedication of my club members and student volunteers. One of these wonderful club members of course, is the young woman I am here to honor tonight.
True service is born out of a willingness to give of yourself and expect nothing in return. This young lady has been a unique example of this kind of aid and devotion to the welfare of others. I have watched her grow throughout the year into a determined leader, trustworthy teammate, uplifting voice and committed volunteer. Not many students would be willing to get up early on many a Saturday morning to put in hard labor.
This young lady, along with her peers, participated in everything from completing trash pick-up in our community, serving at local non-profits, playing with puppies and cleaning up poop at regional humane societies, as well as, helping to collect over 281 pounds of clothing for homeless ministry in downtown Spartanburg.
Another way I have seen this young woman grow through her determination touch the lives of others. She is passionate in everything, loyal to loved ones and friends—and she is zealously steadfast in making efforts to encourage those around her.
On a personal level, for the past some 90+ days of the semester, she has daily written me notes of encouragement and inspiration. In one of these notes, she wrote the following quote, “The world is transformed by people who see their lives as a candle. A candle consumes itself to light the way for others.” Tonight, I am privileged to present this award from The Rotary Club of Inman South Carolina to a student whose selfless heart embodies this spirit of compassion and leadership.
In recognition of her outstanding academic and leadership achievements at Landrum High School and Interact Club it is my honor to present this award on behalf of the Inman Rotary Club, along with a $500 university scholarship, to Miss Sandra Garcia.
Sandra hopes to attend Spartanburg Community College in the fall and study Culinary Arts.