River Rotary gives 19 scholarships to El Molino High School students

The Russian River Rotary gave $27,000 in scholarships to 19 El Molino High School seniors at the Rotary’s annual scholarship awards celebration at Northwood Restaurant in Monte Rio Tuesday evening, May 8. Each student told about his or her plans for future education and careers.

Since 1979 the Russian River Rotarians, with 18 current members, have given more than $200,000 in scholarships to graduating El Molino seniors. They also give thousands of dollars every year to El Molino programs, and they give scholarships to Laguna High School students.

This year Nik Stires was selected to receive the Rotary’s top award, its John Jordan Scholarship in honor of the John Jordan Foundation’s support for education in Sonoma County.

Zoe Herron-Mocnik received the Rotary’s annual Samuel J. Pullaro scholarship, given in honor of the beloved educator who spent 43 years in the Guerneville School District, including 27 years as superintendent from 1972 to 1999.

“His legacy continues with you,” the Rotarians told Herron-Mocnik, who plans to be a teacher.

The other recipients were Caycie Hyde, Alethea Caddick, Patrick Palmer, Jack Fricker, Madison Potts, Lily Dimond, Antonio Moya, Sara Flores, Vivian Begley, Alicia Montano, John Clay Serrano, Abraham Martinez, Evelin Ramirez, Marcela Sanchez Carmona, Carmelo Salas, Justin Schaap and Domenico Piazza.

–Frank Robertson