$4,000 in scholarships awarded by Hammonton Rotary

Two members of the Hammonton High School Class of 2021 were awarded a combined $4,000 in scholarships by the Hammonton Rotary Club during this year’s HHS Awards Night event June 10.

Olivia Catania of Hammonton received the inaugural Hammonton Rotary Club Service Above Self Scholarship. The award, worth $500 a year over four years, is presented to the child of a Hammonton Rotary Club member who reflects the Rotary Club motto of Service Above Self.

Catania volunteered for the HHS Interact Club for four years including a stint as vice president, she spent four years on the yearbook staff and in the Key Club. She also served on Student Council where she was co-historian.

She was a four-year referee for HYSA soccer and a four-year player with Hamilton Elite Academy soccer.

Olivia was a peer mediator, a Rotary Club volunteer, and a volunteer for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society. She was on the high honor roll for four straight years, a member of the National Honors Society and worked as a waitress at Ninos for two years.

After high school she will enroll in the biology / pre-dental program at Goucher College where she will pursue her career goal of becoming a U.S. Air Force dentist.

Catania is the daughter of Franco and Deana Catania of Hammonton.

Also recognized was Matthew DeFiccio of Hammonton, recipient of the annual Hammonton Rotary Club Foundation Scholarship. The award, worth $500 a year over four years, is presented in recognition of a student that demonstrates outstanding qualities in service, leadership, and academics.

His school activities include National Honors Society, Renaissance Club, which recognizes students for good behavior and academic achievement, Safe Drivers Club, Interact Club, Student Council and junior varsity tennis.

He earned the President’s Award for Educational Excellence twice, and Certificates of Merit for Most Creative, Best First Impression, and for being a Team Player.

He works at the Sweetwater Marina and Riverdeck where he is the wait staff team leader. His other work experience includes Heritage Assisted Living, AGB Farms, and Pastore Orchards.

Matthew, the son of Gerard and Nancy DeFiccio of Hammonton, is already enrolled at Rowan College of South where is completing prerequisite courses in preparation for a nursing major.

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