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UK weekly edition, Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The 13th Masonic District has awarded $4,000 in scholarships to American high school students studying in England.

Applicants from across the United Kingdom competed for the scholarship based on academic achievement, extra-curricular activities and an essay detailing how they would use their education to better serve humanity.

The 2007 George A. Simmons scholarship for $1,500 went to Menwith Hill High School senior Andrew Kaaihue, who maintains a 3.6 grade point average and also excelled in football and basketball for the Mustangs.

The 19-year-old plans to study medicine at Louisiana State University in the fall.

Fellow Menwith Hill student John H. Russell IV claimed first-runner-up spot and took home $1,000. The 18-year- old senior is active in the chess and debate societies in Yorkshire and is a regular performer in school plays, musicals and choir.

Russell plans to attend the University of Arizona in the fall.

Lakenheath High School senior Nancy J. Buckner was named second runner-up and will receive a $500 scholarship. The 17-year-old senior plans to attend Prairie View A&M University in Texas to study early childhood education.

Alconbury High School senior Marissa L. Cloum was also awarded a $500 scholarship. The 17-year-old National Honor Society member is planning to study veterinary medicine at Texas A&M University this fall.

The Fredrick Gordon Special Scholarship Award, worth $500, went to Maria C. Cardona, who is a 20-year-old third- year college student attending William Paterson University in New Jersey. Cardona is involved in a tutoring program at Hoover Elementary School. She also works as a child counselor and is continuing her studies to become a pediatric nurse.

The scholarships were awarded May 19 at the RAF Lakenheath Officer’s Club when the 13th Masonic District held its 21st annual ball. The district is made up of five Masonic lodges from separate Royal Air Force installations.

The Masons are an organization that started in England in the Middle Ages. It describes itself as a worldwide fraternity emphasizing personal study, self-improvement and social betterment via individual involvement and philanthropy, according to the group’s Web site, www.msana.com.

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