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Grayslake Greenery Garden Club Scholarship Winner

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Kathy Carper

The Grayslake Greenery Garden Club is pleased to announce two scholarship winners for the 2014 academic year. They are Lucan Paulus of Grayslake and Shohreh Riasatti of Vernon Hills.

Lucan Paulus is a student at the College of Lake County where he is enrolled in the Sustainable Agriculture Program. He is focused on community greening and hopes to work with veteran farming training, which would provide a therapeutic environment for returning veterans, provide food for their families, provide jobs and fulfill a need for new farmers. His primary goal is to create greater interest in locally grown foods and generate a locally based food system across Lake County. He has worked in the inner city and began one of the first community gardens there. He has been involved with many horticultural activities with foster children, teaching them how to grow flowers and healthy food. Last summer he created a community garden on the south side of Waukegan on land donated by the Lake County Forest Preserve. He also contributed to a garden on the north side of Waukegan and food from these two gardens went to

food pantries and free farmer's markets in the Waukegan Housing Authority complexes.

Shohreh Riasatti came to this country from Iran to find a better life for herself and her daughter. She also takes care of her elderly mother. She has been successful in balancing her academics with family responsibilities and work. She was last year's Grayslake Greenery Garden Club scholarship winner and has continued to work hard and make us all proud of her efforts to learn, earning a 3.8 academic average. She is studying to earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Landscape Design. She has found a way to use her training in artistic drawing to assist her in using the technical skills necessary for landscape drafting and graphics. Her teachers praise her for going above and beyond what is assigned in order to gain more knowledge and experience.

Shohreh values education and the opportunities it will provide for her future.

The Grayslake Greenery Garden Club offers both these scholarship winners our

support and we believe they will make a positive contribution with what they learn through the Horticulture program at the College of Lake County.

Grayslake Greenery Garden Club Announces Scholarship Winners