Kiwanis Club of Weston
2014 Kiwanis High School Award Recipients

Weston High School has conferred its annual Kiwanis Club of Weston High School awards to five distinguished students at its meeting Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Kiwanis Youth Services chair Dawn Egan, awardees Meredith Gosnell,
Michael Santa-Maria and Joy Essaghoff, foundation secretary Paul Schultz,
and club president Tom Glass at the club recognition meeting Saturday, June 7, 2014.
Kiwanis photograph by Jim McMorris.


The Kiwanis Superintendent's Scholarship Award went to Stephanie Wengel. This award was created in 2001 in memory of Dr. Janet Shaner and her commitment to education. The award recognizes a student who intends to major in a field of education and/or enjoys working with children.  

Stephanie Wengel is a senior at Weston High School whose passion is in working with children and helping others. Stephanie has volunteered throughout her years at Weston High School at Hurlbutt Elementary school and is spending 3 days a week during her Senior internship in the early intervention/Pre-K program at Hurlbutt Elementary school. 

Stephanie is involved in many community service organizations such as Relay for Life, Project Heal and Circle of Friends and most recently volunteered at the Special Olympics.  Stephanie was chosen as a Youth Ambassador for the Get In Touch Foundation, a BreastCancer Education Foundation.  To further prepare herself for a career in Early Childhood development, for the past two summers and this upcoming summer, Stephanie has been a counselor at the Weston Field Club.  Stephanie will be attending Lesley University.

The Kiwanis Community Service Award has been awarded to two amazing young people - Michael Santa-Maria & Meredith Gosnell.  This award was established in 1976 and recognizes students for their outstanding service and leadership in our community.

Meredith Gosnell is a senior at WHS.  She is currently president of Mentoring Students Club, secretary of Key Club and Treasurer of Animal Rights Club.  She is also a board member of Peer Leaders.

Meredith has been a varsity swimmer at WHS for 4 years and has volunteered extensively for our local farmers market, Family Fun Night, Green Up Day and Regional Special Olympics.  She has been a favorite camp counselor to many young girls at Weston Field Club for the past 3 years.   Meredith will attend The College of William and Mary in the fall."

Michael Santa-Maria is a junior at Weston High School and has served as class treasurer the past three years and was elected student body Executive Treasure for his senior year.
 In addition to Michaels strong interest in Student Government Michael is also a proud member of the WHS Varsity Football and Varsity Track teams. 
 Outside of school Michael became a Certified Therapy Dog Handler in 2011 with his Yellow Labrador Retriever "Mojo". Michael and Mojo are active participants in the Reading to Rover program at the Westport Library where young children come and read to dogs and their handlers. It has been an extremely rewarding experience for both Michael and Mojo.  Many of you may recognize Michael as our Kiwanis Wine Tasting personality!  


The recipient of the David Brown Memorial Award is Joy Essaghoff. This award is given to a student who has demonstrated the qualities best representative of Mr. Brown's commitment to the Weston athletic program and spirit of sportsmanship.

    Joy Essaghoff, a senior at WHS, is an avid member and Captain of the girls golf team, a Jr. PGA Tour participant and a well respected athlete in our school.  Joy also received the honor of being named Athlete of the Month for April.  She played soccer in her earlier high school days and moved over to be manager for the next two years.  Joy has held many positions in Student Government over her 4 years and has been a team captain for Relay for Life since its Weston inception as well as a member of 1st Tee Golf Organization. Joy is a wonderful young woman who is well deserving of this award.  Joy will be attending Syracuse University this fall and plans to major in sports managmement.


The 2014 Diane Mary Huston Schultz Memorial Award was presented to Stefanie Grodman. Ms. Grodman was selected as the student who best demonstrated the artistic qualities most representative of Ms. Schultz's love of the arts. 

    This years award recipiant is Stefanie Grodman.  Unfortuantely she and her family are away and I was not able to gather any information but I can tell you from first hand experience Stefanie is a quiet, thoughtful and special young woman.  I know she lives up to the standards and talent the Diane Mary Huston Schultz Memorial Award represents.