Three awards go to local high school graduating seniors

As part of its mission to provide “Service Above Self,” the Rotary Club of Ithaca recently made three scholarship awards to local graduating high school seniors:

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ImageJames Lowell Gibbs Memorial Scholarship - $1,200

Recipient: Tevin Smith, Ithaca High School Class of 2013

The James Lowell Gibbs Memorial Scholarship was established by the Ithaca Rotary Club in 1981. This scholarship is awarded to a student with financial need who has demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment toward interracial understanding and human relations. The awardee is also recognized for leadership; involvement in civic, social, and school activities; and for initiative and academic achievement.

Gibbs Scholar Tevin Smith will attend SUNY-Delhi this fall. He is registered in the pre-vet/vet tech program, and will run track while in college. After Delhi, Tevin hopes to continue his education at the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine.

James B. Marsh Memorial Award - $250

Recipient: Eh Tha Dah, Ithaca High School Class of 2013

The James B. Marsh Memorial Award is presented to a senior who has demonstrated academic excellence in American History and who exemplifies the qualities of good citizenship. Mr. Marsh was an outstanding social studies teacher, department head and administrator at Ithaca High School as well as an active member of Ithaca Rotary and advisor to the Diplomats Club.

Awardee Eh Tha Dah came to Ithaca from Burma/Myanmar six years ago. He will become an American citizen this August. He plays soccer and lacrosse, and plans to attend TC-3 in the fall.

ImageBOCES CTE Student of the Year Award - $1,000

Recipient: Cameron Chrisman, Newfield High School Class of 2013

Each year, one BOCES Career & Technical Education student is selected as the most outstanding student in that graduating class. The recipient must be a Greatest Achievement Award winner within their class to be considered for the Rotary award.

CTE Awardee Cameron Chrisman excelled in auto shop at BOCES. He will pursue the two-year auto body course of study at Alfred State this fall. Cameron is also a volunteer Newfield firefighter. Upon completion of his college studies, he will enter the Academy of Fire Science in Montour Falls, NY.

Ithaca Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self.” Membership is open to all community members who share in this belief; new members are accepted year-round. Additional information about the Ithaca Rotary Club may be found online at For more information about joining the Ithaca Rotary Club, please contact Membership Chair Ron Provus at 607-351-8539 or