The Wimberley High School Scholarship winners for spring 2021 are Emily Cook (2 year scholarship) and Daniela Perez  (1year). The Wimberley Rotary scholarship committee of Jean Morris, Daina Slover, and Iris Campbell reviewed a qualified field of entrants and made the difficult decision based not just on academics but also on community and school service and family circumstances.

Daina presented the awards to the scholars at the Awards Ceremony held at the high school on May 20.

Emily has been accepted by Texas Tech where she will study to be a Nurse Practitioner in Hospice Care. Her family’s house washed away during the 2015 Memorial Day Flood, and the stress of that event broke the family. She is helping her mother raise her younger siblings while also trying to recover from the loss of her grandmother who Emily considered her best friend. For these reasons, she identified with the young woman in The Book Thief who was struggling through the devastating events of the Holocaust.

Daniela is among the Top Ten grads, and has already been accepted by UT-Austin and Emory University. A member of the Rotary Interact Club and RYLA, she has won numerous state awards and national recognitions. The child of immigrants, Daniela witnessed her hard working parents struggle and their fear of seeking help from the medical community. She has therefore chosen a medical career with the ambition of having her own clinic for the under-served. Throne of Glass was her chosen book because the heroine was not held back my her fear against impossible odds, but persevered with courage and imagination.

Sincere congratulations to both of these amazing young women from the Rotary Club of Wimberley!