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Soroptimists give award to local student for service

Lakeview’s Soroptimist Club recently awarded their club-level Violet Richardson Award to Brandi Larson of Lakeview High School, who received $600 in scholarship money.

In addition, Larson is now eligible for one of 28 $1,000 semifinalist awards as part of the Violet Richardson program.

To receive the award, young women between the ages of 14 and 17 must demonstrate initiative in identifying a problem and attempting to solve it as well as had noteworthy volunteer accomplishments.

Larson volunteered this year with Global Passion Ministries through the First Baptist Church of Lakeview.

She traveled to Swaziland over the summer with other members of the Baptist Church, which she wrote about for an essay required by the scholarship application.

“The most incredible volunteering opportunity I have ever experienced occurred quite a few miles from my hometown of Lakeview, Oregon,” she wrote.

“This past summer, I volunteered on a two-week mission trip to Swaziland, and my life was forever changed.”

Larson also helped raise much of the money required for the trip through a can drive, community dinner and other fundraising efforts throughout the year.

In addition to the trip, she outlined a background of service to 4-H, her church and school as well as family.

After receiving the award, Larson told the Soroptimist members gathered for the meeting, “Whatever I do with my life, I want to help people in some venue.”

The Violet Richardson Award, according to the Program’s website, recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts.

More information about the scholarship is available online at http://www.soroptimist.org/whoweare/program-violet-richardson-award.html.

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