At the 32nd Annual Wallingford Rotary Club Award Ceremony held at The Library Wine Bar and Bistro on June 5, six high school juniors were chosen as this year's High School Citizens of the Year - two students from each of the town's high schools, Sheehan, Lyman Hall, and Choate Rosemary Hall. Students were selected based on demonstrating the Rotary Club's motto: "Service above self ... Distinguished service to school, to community and humanity." In addition to being recognized, each student received a $100 scholarship from the organization.
This year's honorees: Elizabeth Overstrum '20, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cliff M. Overstrum, Jr., and Aidan Murphy Zink '20, son of John Zink and Eileen Murphy.
An engaged member of clubs on campus since freshman year, Betsy Overstrum has been involved in Girls 4 Girls, Helping Hands, and Interact. She has also served as a Gold Key ambassador for Choate admission, volunteered at The Learning Community, and is a day student prefect. This spring, her service work spanned across national borders when she traveled with classmates to work with Operation Smile in Oaxaca, Mexico over spring break. While there, Betsy served at an orphanage building a kindergarten classroom and offices for teachers as well as participating in activities with young children.
Over the past two years, Aidan Murphy Zink has intentionally dedicated much of his time and energy to support the athletes and programming of Special Olympics. Says Aidan, "I am very familiar with the special needs population, but the more time I spend working with special needs adults, the more I realize how unique every single person is. Through my work with Special Olympics, I have learned that everybody possesses unique qualities that should be celebrated regardless of ability." Aidan will be serving at the Summer Games in two weeks.