Each year the Scandinavian Festival Association hands out a $1000.00 scholarship to a graduating senior from Junction City High School.

Candidates must be outstanding students in the school and community, have current or prior involvement with the Scandinavian Festival, and are asked to write an essay on a question provided by the Board of Directors.

The St. Lucia scholarship is open to a high school senior who has been involved with the festival and active with their community. If you are interested or know of anyone who would be, please look for the scholarship application at the Junction City High School Counseling Center in the fall. You can also email inquiries about the scholarship to jcscandiafest@hotmail.com.

This year our winner is Audrey Sherman, you can read about her below, Congrats Audrey!

St Lucia Scholarship Award

By Rebecca MacDonald

 

Every year the Scandinavian Festival Association (SFA) awards a Junction City High School Senior a $1000 scholarship. The Seniors are asked to write an essay answering a question selected by the SFA Board. This year’s question asked, “How do you feel your past and current participation with the Scandinavian Festival will contribute to your future involvement?”  The winner of this year’s scholarship, Audrey Sherman, wrote a wonderful essay describing her memories of the Festival as a young dancer through her current years working and dancing and her hopes for the years in the future.

If you’ve been to the Scandinavian Festival in the last few years, chances are you’ve probably seen this years’ winner, Audrey Sherman, in one way or another. She has been involved in many different dance groups over the years, starting out as a three year old in the Children’s Dance Group and continuing in the group through her school years until joining the Middle School group , Nordurljos, as a 7th grader, then moving up to the High School group, Kansantansijat, as a 9th grader.

 You might also see her working in the Girl Scout Ice Cream Booth, taking orders at the front window, scooping out the rock hard ice cream, or working the soda fountain in the back window. Or maybe you’ve forgotten where your favorite booth was located, and after heading up to the Windmill you might also spot her there, giving out information. Sherman has also been involved with the set-up and takedown of festival, including assembling the wooden stage platform on Festival Park Stage. In her scholarship essay she wrote “I’ve learned that putting on the Festival is a ton of work, but it’s a labor of love. “ And right she is.

This year you will also find her on stage in the evening Pageant as one of the lead rolls. With all her commitments in the Festival over the years she keeps quite busy. Sherman says it just right in her essay for the scholarship: “Festival becomes my entire life for four days, from the early hours of the morning at community dance then back for a shift the next day, and I enjoy every minute of it.”

Although she has graduated, Sherman will continue to dance at least one more year with Kansantansijat and hopes to join an adult dance group after that.

Making practices and performances will be made easier as she will be attending the University of Oregon and won’t be far from her hometown. It will also allow her to visit her parents, Kristina and Bruce Sherman, brother Austin and beloved pets often, with whom she is very close.

Outside of the Scandinavian Festival, Sherman isn’t any less busy. She has been involved with Student Leadership for two years as Treasurer and Vice President and participates in many school clubs, including Glee Club, Drama, Cross Country and Tennis. Her love for her pets has also led her to volunteer in the Cattery at Greenhill Humane Society.

If she finds herself any spare time she’ll most likely be playing the guitar or ukulele, an activity she stared 6 years ago. Sherman says it is her “favorite hobby and passion” and often writes her own original songs and will play them at local open mic nights.

At the U of O, Sherman will be pursuing a degree in psychology; she says about this field “…I am inspired to help others, either with research or therapy… I am very passionate and eager to make a difference in any way I can.” Her goal is to obtain a Master’s, then later a Doctorate in the psychology field.  “I want to help people and live and give with a life full of love – that is what is most important to me.”

Sherman closes her essay beautifully, sharing how much the Scandinavian Festival means to her. She says “It’s a beautiful event to participate in and enjoy, and to see it behind the scenes and in the hearts of many families and the community as a whole is a gift …and it forever holds a place in my heart through the many people and experiences it has brought into my life.”

The St Lucia Scholarship is open for any Junction City High School Seniors; if you or anyone you know are interested in applying, you may email:  jcscandiafest@hotmail.com for more information.