Stuart Gates, Wayne and Zachary Kunow, RCVFA

The Rockland County Volunteer Firefighters’ Association held its annual scholarship night July 14 by awarding three $1,500 scholarships at the Hillcrest firehouse on Route 45 in Hillcrest. The applicants had to be sons, daughters, grandsons or grandaughters of an RCVFA member. The scholarships are named for RCVFA past president Stuart Gates who presented the award along with Scholarship Chairman James Hartwick.

The winners are:

Kathryn Jewett was graduated from Nyack High School with a 90.713 average, and will attend Elmira College starting Aug 21 as a special education major. She was the outstanding senior in teaching American Sign Language, won both Girl Scout Bronze Award and the Silver award, was captain of the girls’ tennis team MVP, a soccer referee, enjoyed choral singing women’s a-cappella, ran winter track and was a member of the National Honor Society. Her father is Frank Jewett of the Nyack fire department.

Kathryn Jewett reads her scholarship essay

Eric J. Elg, with a goal of Forensic Studies, will attend Florida Gulf Coast University in August He was second in his class at the Clark Advanced Learning Center in Stuart, Florida with a 4.0 GPA. He was a volunteer in his church going on a mission trip to Haiti, a member of the National Honor Society, did three months as a Criminal Justice Intern with Stuart, FL Police Dept., and was rated a Silver President’s Honors student. His grandfather, David Elg of the Congers fire department, accepted the award for Eric.

Stuart Gates, David Elg, James Hartwick and RCVFA president Nick Gatti

Zachary Kunow, an RCVFA Member, on August 25 enters the University of Maine to study Environmental/Conservation Officer. He was graduated from Suffern high school with a 3.27 GPA. He completed a truss bridge as his Eagle Scout project, earned 99 merit badges and is Junior Assistant Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader. He was elected captain of the Suffern high school boys varsity swim team, member since 2015 in Tallman FD, was in RCFTC Explorers Post 44, and was also captain of the Suffern high school varsity volleyball team, while a Sunday school teacher at Pearl River Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. He is an active member of the Tallman fire department.

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