NORWOOD PARK — A Taft High School senior and an eighth-grade student at Garvy Elementary School won $500 each as part of the Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce's annual scholarship competition, organizers announced Wednesday.
Victoria Schwieger, a Taft senior, is ranked third in the graduating class of 600 students at the Norwood Park school, where she played volleyball for four years. In the fall, Schwieger will attend Purdue University in Indiana.
Taft teacher William McDade said Schwieger was a student leader at the Norwood Park school known for her "drive, honesty and respect."
Meghan Crump, who wants to be a pediatrician, will attend Resurrection College Prep High School in the fall.
Garvy Principal Julie McGlade, who recommended Crump for the scholarship, praised the Norwood Park girl for earning straight A's since first grade and participating in several sports and extracurricular activities.
Both winners demonstrate "a commitment to personal integrity, ethics and community service," organizers said.
The Norwood Park Dollars for Scholars Program was founded to honor Norwood Park's "hard working children and future leaders."
Schwieger and Crump were selected based on their grades, their record of volunteerism and their written essay, which focused on the most influential person in their lives, said Bea McDonough, the chamber's executive director.
Schwieger and Crump will be honored after the Norwood Park Memorial Day Parade Monday at Taft High School, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., organizers said.
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