Local resident receives scholarship

MAYFIELD — Five people have been named recipients of the Lawrence Madeiros Scholarship.

They will receive $1,000 each. The scholarship committee raised the money.

The scholarship is in memory of Larry Madeiros.

The local recipient was Calynn R. Vitus of Hagaman, who will pursue a degree in engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

When she was 12 years old, she was diagnosed with leukemia and had to fight for her life, according to a news release.

“Waking up every day healthy and alive is not something to take for granted,” she said in the news release. “I realized I must cherish the moments I have right in front of me at this very second because soon enough, before I or anyone else will notice, they will be gone. I started to be more positive, more happy and full of life. I started to view everyday situations and the obstacles that faced me differently. I became more grateful for my life, the people in it and everything else I had been blessed with.”

By Patricia Older

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