News 2-22-13

Sierra SAFE offers abuse shelter

Rotary Club of Loyalton’s Fourth of July events raise funds for scholarships.

Rotary Club of Loyalton’s Fourth of July events raise funds for scholarships.

By Preston Reugebrink

Editor-in-Chief

The Sierra SAFE Foundation in Loyalton provides services for teenagers who have ever been in an unhealthy relationship, who have suffered from sexual or other physical abuse, sexual abuse, or who just have any questions regarding a healthy relationship.

The Sierra SAFE’s mission is to promote protection to victims of sexual abuse, unhealthy relationships and domestic violence. Part of the money that the foundation earns goes to educating teenagers in school how to have healthy and safe relationships.

For the past two weeks Suzie Shelton and Kasey Coonrod have been coming into the Senior AVID/Issues class to give presentations on how to have a healthy relationship, to discuss the difference between sex and love and to provide education on how rape and consent are legally defined.

The foundation can provide services, for example, advocacy. Shelton and Coonrod will help speak in victims’ behalf in courts and advocate for victims so that they are properly protected. They provide peer counseling, resources and referrals at any time for anyone. They can actually help with legal cases up to ten years past the incident as the Statute of Limitations in that long in California.

The Sierra SAFE Foundation is willing to provide help to anyone with any kind of difficulties. A teenager doesn’t have to go to the police to contact the foundation, and everything is completely confidential. There is a 24-hour crisis line with volunteers always ready to help anyone with any kind of problem: 1-8777-332-2754.

Service groups give scholarships.

By: Janet McHenry

Many local service organizations offer scholarships to Loyalton High seniors each year. The members of these organizations spend many hours raising funds to help students with their college dreams.

One of those groups is the Rotary Club of Loyalton, part of the Rotary International organization that is composed of local business people dedicated to service. The local club has several fundraisers yearly, including the Fourth of July barbecue and auction.

This year Rotary will give at least four $1,000 scholarships to LHS seniors. The application is due Mar. 4, with interviews set for Mar. 13. Seniors use the LHS Common Scholarship Application – which always should include a transcript – and mail it directly to Rotary.

Another local organization is the Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen. This group dedicates itself to the promotion of the agriculture industry, particularly the beef industry. The Cattlewomen’s main fundraiser is selling raffle tickets for a highly prized quilt made up of local cattle brands. The scholarship is generally $1,000, and sometimes more than one LHS student is awarded.

The Cattlewomen accept applications from students from both Sierra and Plumas counties, with the application due Apr. 30. They also interview applicants, and sometimes the interviews are conducted at LHS and sometimes in other locations. The interview dates have not yet been set.

Qualified students need to be from a farm or ranching family or planning to study an agriculture-related field in college. The application is a paper application in the LHS scholarship file and needs to include three letters of recommendation. More specific details are available on the application.

The Sierra Valley Roping Club also offers two scholarships, one of those in memory of Steve Maddalena. Scholarships have been for up to $1,000 in past years. The Roping Club organizes various competitive rodeo events at the Roping Grounds in Sierraville and is a strong local promoter of the agricultural lifestyle in the area.

The scholarship application is a paper application that is not yet available. Like the Cattlewomen scholarships, the Roping Club scholarships are for either students from a ranching or farm family or those who intend on majoring in an agricultural field. Letters of recommendation are also typically required.

A local fraternal organization, E Clampus Vitus, gives a $1,500 scholarship each year to one LHS student and one Downieville High student.   Many local service organizations offer scholarships to Loyalton High seniors each year. The members of these organizations spend many hours raising funds to help students with their college dreams.

One of those groups is the Rotary Club of Loyalton, part of the Rotary International organization that is composed of local business people dedicated to service. The local club has several fundraisers yearly, including the Fourth of July barbecue and auction.

This year Rotary will give at least four $1,000 scholarships to LHS seniors. The application is due Mar. 4, with interviews set for Mar. 13. Seniors use the LHS Common Scholarship Application – which always should include a transcript – and mail it directly to Rotary.

Another local organization is the Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen. This group dedicates itself to the promotion of the agriculture industry, particularly the beef industry. The Cattlewomen’s main fundraiser is selling raffle tickets for a highly prized quilt made up of local cattle brands. The scholarship is generally $1,000, and sometimes more than one LHS student is awarded.

The Cattlewomen accept applications from students from both Sierra and Plumas counties, with the application due Apr. 30. They also interview applicants, and sometimes the interviews are conducted at LHS and sometimes in other locations. The interview dates have not yet been set.

Qualified students need to be from a farm or ranching family or planning to study an agriculture-related field in college. The application is a paper application in the LHS scholarship file and needs to include three letters of recommendation. More specific details are available on the application.

The Sierra Valley Roping Club also offers two scholarships, one of those in memory of Steve Maddalena. Scholarships have been for up to $1,000 in past years. The Roping Club organizes various competitive rodeo events at the Roping Grounds in Sierraville and is a strong local promoter of the agricultural lifestyle in the area.

The scholarship application is a paper application that is not yet available. Like the Cattlewomen scholarships, the Roping Club scholarships are for either students from a ranching or farm family or those who intend on majoring in an agricultural field. Letters of recommendation are also typically required.

A local fraternal organization, E Clampus Vitus, gives a $1,500 scholarship each year to one LHS student and one Downieville High student.

Gold miners started E Clampus Vitus in the wild gold mining days of the 1900’s, and the local chapter is in Downieville. A common application is typically used for the application—but the announcement has not yet been flown.

A couple local businesses also give scholarships – to include the Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative and Les Schwab Tires, both in Portola.

The Plumas-Sierra REC gives two scholarships, and LHS students who apply are competing with students in the PSREC electric service area or the telecommunications service area.    Each PSREC scholarship  of  $1,000  requires

an essay, with three different essay topic choices. The application is due Mar. 15.

The Les Schwab Scholarship is a memorial scholarship that remembers Brady Coates. That application has not yet been received this year – and it should be noted that the scholarship rotates from year to year between LHS and Portola High.

Several other memorial scholarships are also available each year. A memorial scholarship is one given in the memory of someone who has died, with funds usually donated by the family and friends.

One such scholarship is the Emily Jane Wilbanks Scholarship. Wilbanks was a student at Portola High School who died in a tragic car accident. Because she and her parents had friends both in the Portola and Loyalton communities, the scholarship is given both to an LHS student and to a Portola High student.

The scholarship is for a graduating senior girl who has demonstrated outstanding academics, leadership and sportsmanship in athletics. In recent years the scholarship has been for $750. The application deadline is Mar. 5.

Two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be given to an “all-around student” for the John Bechen Memorial Scholarship. Bechen, an LHS grad, died a tragic death. The deadline for the application is Friday; students submit an LHS Common Scholarship application, which also requires an official transcript, to Principal Marla Stock.

Another memorial scholarship is the Gene Moses Memorial Scholarship, given in memory of a long-time LHS teacher, coach and school board member. While the common application is used, the applicant must also submit an essay of 350 to 500 words, titled, “How a Teacher Made a Difference in My Life.” The application and essay are due Apr. 26. The amount in the past has been $500.

The Toby J. Stevens Memorial Scholarship remembers another former LHS graduate who died in a tragic accident. He excelled in outdoor sports, so demonstrating involvement with the outdoors is important for this scholarship. Those activities could include fishing, hunting, camping, backpacking, as well as others.

The application information has not yet been received, but the award in the past, made through the Feather River Archery Club, has been $750.

A scholarship new this year is the Kenneth Alexander Memorial Scholarship, honoring Alexander, who was an LHS grad who served as Sierra County’s sheriff for many years.

Students will submit the common application by Apr. 5, as designated on the application announcement.

All scholarship information is available through the scholarship link on the Loyalton High website: loyaltonhighschool.com.

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