LOCAL EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS who took part in a recent arts competition were awarded $2,350 in scholarships by the Rotary Club of Westchester.

The Rotary Club of Westchester has awarded $2,350 in scholarships to nine local eighth graders who participated in an arts competition last month.
The contest, held at St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey, included the categories of
art, music and dance.
The first-place scholarship went to Brandon Scott, a student at Saint Anastasia Catholic School in Playa del Rey. Two second-place scholarships were awarded to Elijah Hodge, who attends Saint Jerome School in Westchester and Billie Wakeham, currently attending Westside Neighborhood School in Del Rey.
Five merit scholarships were awarded to Andrew Bobrow of Windward School, Evan Brown-Bacchus of Westside Neighborhood School, Caitlyn Butze of Palms Middle School, Olivia Scott of Saint Anastasia School and Mackenzie Starr of Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies.
The scholarships were funded by the Westchester Rotary Foundation, with matching funds from the Jim Bunch Memorial Fund and an additional contribution from the Travelodge Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport.
Cindy Williams, president of the Rotary Club of Westchester, and Lance Lipscomb, representing the Jim Bunch Memorial Fund and the Travelodge Hotel at LAX, presented each student with his or her scholarship.
The event was hosted by St. Bernard High School and coordinated by Kelley LeBouf, director of advancement and alumni, along with Cozette Vergari, chair of the Westchester Rotary Eighth Grade Arts Committee. Supporters included Rotarians ­­­­Judy Delavigne, Lisa Margulies; Rich Musella and wife, Barbara; Herman Pass, Lek Pollard and Christa Ramey.