May 23, 2013
Hudson, Florida Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has announced that its Volunteer Association recently presented two $2,000 scholarships to graduating seniors in Pasco County. The scholarships were presented by Elliot Lorenzi, president of the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Volunteer Association and Harriet Prater, chairperson of the volunteer scholarship committee. The two recipients were Bianca Dellavecchia and Zoha Kahn.
Bianca Dellavecchia is graduating from River Ridge High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, and so must maintain a 3.5 GPA while contributing a minimum of 75 hours of community service. Bianca has not only excelled academically but also in school and community activities as well as sports. Bianca has been a member of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), the Splash Club (the recycling and sustainability club), KEY Club (Kiwanis) and has also volunteered to help Special Olympics and Relay for Life. Bianca has maintained high grades, participation in activities and given to the community all while competing on River Ridge’s weight lifting team for four years and the cheerleading squad for two years. Bianca’s personal experiences in hospital radiology departments -as a patient – have inspired her to become a radiographer.
Zoha Kahn will be graduating from Ridgewood High School and has maintained a 4.0+ GPA. She has done this in spite of coming to the United States from Pakistan just before her sophomore year. Zoha has given over 250 community service hours – 110 of those hours at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. She has participated in a number of extracurricular activities, including Teen Court, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), Interact (Rotary), and especially South Paw, which involves fundraising for unwanted animals. Zoha expresses great compassion for those in need. “From a very young age and even now, I cannot see anyone in pain and when I do I make sure I can do everything to help that person.” She views herself as an immigrant who came from Pakistan to the United States for the sake of a much better life. One of those reasons was that her parents brought her to the United States for a better education. Zoha intends to become a pediatrician because of the “satisfaction that I would get, knowing that I made a difference in someone’s life.