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The Friends of Waldie donated $1,500 to the Walde/Shaeffer Scholarship and presented the award to Elizabeth Farnan. The Seton LaSalle senior earned an appointment to the United States Navel Academy. Pictures from left are: Steve McGinnis, Frank DelPercio, Farnan, Tom Etzel, Mary Louise Klimm and Terry Crump.
Here's what The Almanac's sports editor, Eleanor Bailey, has to say about Elizabeth Farnan:
Farnan played defense on the Rebels' playoff lacrosse team, qualified for the PIAA cross country championships and lettered in swimming. She owned a 5.09 GPA and won several academic awards, including the distinction as a National Merit Commended Scholar. She is a class senator, NHS and English National Honor Society member and an assistant drum major in the marching band.
According to Brian Klisavage, "Liz sees the possibilities in life. She will achieve great things and make this world a better place."
In addition to Farnan, Daniel McGeough, Nathaniel Taylor and Olivia Yocca were Waldie/Shaeffer Award finalists.
The Friends of Waldie along with Mary Louise Klimm presented the Waldie/Shaeffer Award, which included a $1,500 cash donation towards the scholarship from the foundation.
Klimm, a resident of Massachusetts, is the sister of Ken Waldie, who perished in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. She familiarized the athletes and audience with Mr. Waldie's selfless life of devotion to his faith, family and country. She said that she was encouraged by the drive and determination she has seen among all the present and past Waldie/Shaeffer candidates, who have dedicated themselves to a life of service to their nation just as her brother had before he died at the age of 46.
Friends of Waldie in attendance included Bethel Park alumni and classmates Terry Crump, Frank DelPercio, Tom Etzel and Steve McGinnis. They donated $1,500 to The Almanac's Waldie/Shaeffer Award. The Friends of Waldie organization has contributed no less than $1,000 each year to the scholarship since it was established by The Almanac in 2002.
To read more about the award itself and the other finalists, click HERE.