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ZONTA CLUB NEWS: Zonta scholarships awarded to Margaret Carpenter, Maeve Daby

July 12, 2019
By MIRIAM HADDEN - Zonta Club of the Adirondacks , Lake Placid News

Margaret Carpenter, a recent graduate of the Saranac Lake High School, won Zonta Club of the Adirondacks' Young Women in Public Affairs Award.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a high school junior or senior who demonstrates commitment to volunteerism and experience in leadership.

"Not only is Margaret extremely bright and mature, but her conscientious nature and intellectual curiosity set her apart from most of her peers," said English teacher Katheryn Latour.

Margaret's academic accomplishments are impressive. She graduated as salutatorian, and was vice president of her class throughout high school. She was the Student Counsel secretary, captain of several sport teams, the school yearbook producer, and a member of the Key Club and National Honor Society.

Margaret was nominated to and completed several leadership programs, including Rotary Club's Youth Leadership Awards weekend, the Young Women's Leadership Initiative, and the Horizons math, science and women empowerment camp at Clarkson University.

She described how the leadership programs helped her see ways to better help women achieve equality in society, and cites the importance of education. "By educating women, we are not only empowering them, but empowering every future person they interact with," she noted in her scholarship application. This will no doubt hold true in her case.

Margaret works as a Teen Educator at the Wild Center and will attend the University of Rochester in the fall.

Maeve Daby, who recently graduated from the Lake Placid High School, won the Jean M. Coon Humanitarian Award for her outstanding community service.

Recently, Maeve was named a Lake Placid-North Elba Distinguished Volunteer of the Year and was recognized by Adirondack Daily Enterprise as one of 10 Rising Stars of the Tri-Lakes area.

Maeve was also invited by the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau to be grand marshal of this year's Fourth of July parade.

Maeve completed 400 hours of community service, donating her time to an exhaustive list of local charities and sporting events. Much of her focus, however, has been on helping children with serious illness. In 2013, she started Alex's Lemonade Stand, a fundraising project intended to raise awareness of childhood cancer, which has raised more than $3,000 toward cancer research. She volunteered at the Double H Ranch, which offers special programs for children with life threatening illnesses. She also organized Friends from the Start 5K Benefit, which raised more than $1,000 to benefit two local girls diagnosed with cancer.

"As a volunteer, she leaves such a wonderful impression on those she meets due to her friendly disposition and willingness to do anything for others", said Patti McConvey, the Lake Placid Middle School High School community service coordinator.

This summer, Maeve is working at the Little Blue House in Lake Placid before beginning her studies at Union College this fall.

Each scholarship winner received $200 and the book, "200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World."

Zonta Club of the Adirondacks raised the money for these scholarships with last year's Amazing Adirondack Race, which will be held this Sunday, July 14.



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