Kiwanis Club of Weston
2015 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 13, 2015.

Awardees James Rainone, Mackenzie Daffner, CJ Cenatiempo, Kiwanis Youth Services chair Dawn Egan,  and awardee Rebecca Stuart, at the club recognition meeting Saturday, June 13, 2015.
Not pictured: Mary Katherine Connors)
Kiwanis photograph by Jim McMorris.


Weston Kiwanis Confers 2015 Youth Awards

The Kiwanis Club of Weston has conferred its annual awards to five distinguished high school students. 

The Kiwanis Superintendent's Scholarship Award went to Rebecca Stuart. 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.  

Rebecca Stuart is a senior at Weston High School whose passion is in working with children and helping others. Rebecca has volunteered throughout her years at Weston High School in the WHS community class for special needs children, and is spending 5 days a week during her Senior internship in the early intervention/Pre-K program at Hurlbutt Elementary school. 

Rebecca is involved in many community service organizations such as Special Olympics, Unified Sports and most recently volunteered as a swim instructor for special needs children.  Rebecca has worked with children every summer, and will be working as a special cares camp counselor this summer at the Westport-Weston YMCA.  To further prepare herself for a career in public service, Rebecca will be volunteering at the Duchesne Center for Religious and Social Justice at Manhattanville College this summer.   Rebecca will be attending Manhattanville College in the fall.

The Kiwanis Community Service Award has been awarded to two amazing young people - Mackenzie Daffner & James Rainone.  This award was established in 1976 and recognizes students for their outstanding service and leadership in our community.

Mackenzie Daffner has a passion for enhancing her community, exploring history and venturing into the arts. Ever since she was young, Mackenzie has been very motivated to work within her community to make it a better place. Active in Girl Scouts, she enjoys helping younger girl scouts in community activities and has earned both her bronze and silver awards as well as the Girl Scouts Distinguished Scout Award. She is looking forward to working on her gold award this summer combining her love for community, history and the arts. 

Mackenzie has volunteered throughout her years in Weston and continues this into her senior year thru many community service organizations. Next year Mackenzie will serve as a Weston Youth Commission Board Member, Safe Rides Board Member, Relay for Life President, Company Costumes President, Yearbook Photo Editor , School News Paper Business Manager, National Art Honors Society President, Model United Nations Treasurer, and Key Club President. Her active involvement within these groups makes her a natural choice for leadership roles. And she is especially looking forward to working with the Kiwanis in her last year at Weston.

James Rainone is a rising Senior at Weston High School.  He is the current co-president of the Weston High School KEY Club, as well as the school's Outdoor Club.  At school James plays violin for the Symphonic Orchestra, and is a photographer for the school newspaper.  He is on the Cross Country and Track & Field teams, where he has just been chosen as one of the team Captains for next year.  

James has been in Weston's Boy Scouts and Cub Scout Troops for over 10 years, and he became an Eagle Scout in 2014.  His Eagle service project involved collecting and refurbishing donated bicycles for charitable use.  James has been an altar server at St. Francis for nearly 7 years, where he finds his service to the church to be a very fulfilling commitment.   In addition, James is currently a Junior Firefighter with the Weston Volunteer Fire Department where he has been involved for many years, starting as an Explorer.    James's goal is use his leadership skills to attend West Point or a Senior Military College, and pursue a career as an Army officer.

The recipient of the David Brown Memorial Award is CJ Cenatiempo. 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.

CJ Cenatiempo, a senior at WHS, has been a sports enthusiastic since a young age .  He has played soccer, basketball and baseball.  He has received the coaches award while playing baseball,received the PE award this year, received the Citizenship Award as a Sophomore and worked with Weston High Schools Unified Sports Team.  His love of sports continues off the field as he attends as many sporting events  (home or away) as he can leading the cheering section with loud words of  encouragement giving positive support.  CJ is well deserving of this award. Not only  is a wonderful young man who  loves the Town of Weston  and it's community,   He is also a very caring individual  who always a has a smile on his face and is ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.  CJ will be attending Endicott College this fall and plans to major in sports management.

The 2015 Diane Mary Huston Schultz Memorial Award was presented to Mary Katherine Connors. Ms. Connors was selected as the student who best demonstrated the artistic qualities most representative of Ms. Schultz's love of the arts. 

This years award recipient is Mary Katherine Connors.  Unfortunately she and her family are away and I was not able to gather any information but I can tell you from first hand experience Mary Katherine 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.