Sarah Goolishian '13 receives local rotary scholarship
Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Sarah Goolishian ’13 received a scholarship from the Wilbraham-Hampden Rotary Club at a ceremony at the Country Club of Wilbraham last week.
Sarah was selected as the recipient of the Mark E. Koziol Award, which goes to a local high school student who displays a strong performance in the visual arts and photography.
Sarah certainly fit the criteria for the scholarship. Along with her class work from AP Studio Art, she submitted her extensive portfolio from her 2012 trip to Tanzania with National Geographic.
“I’m very thankful the Rotary Club in Wilbraham and Hampden selected me for the Mark E. Koziol Award,” Sarah said. “It will definitely help with buying books and other school expenses. Everything counts.”
Sarah’s volunteer work at the American School for the Deaf in Hartford also played a role in her being picked for the scholarship. Sarah, whose brother attends the school, regularly volunteered 3-4 hours on Wednesdays.
“The students there have a hard time with conversation and communication skills,” she said. “Even me showing up, they think that’s interesting. They’re learning about someone outside of their school. For them it’s hard to picture bigger scenarios. They have a hard time thinking outside of their classroom. Most of them board there.”
Following graduation at WMA, Sarah will attend Tulane University in New Orleans. She said she felt comfortable on the campus and with the people. She was also drawn to the school’s broad yet flexible selection of studies.
“They have a great archeology and anthropology department, and they’re integrated with other departments,” she said. “You can make your own kind of major.”