Democratic Women’s Club Awards Scholarships

May Democratic Women’s Club

by Ellen Macdonald

Three Ghidotti students were honored by Democratic Women’s Club (DWC) last Saturday, May 4th, at the club’s annual scholarship luncheon held this year at the Wild Eyed Pub in Grass Valley.

The Annette M. Gillette Memorial Scholarship is offered to one young woman based mainly on an essay written on an assigned subject of current events.  This year the subject was fake news and eight essays from local high school seniors were submitted.  Organizer Marilyn Chambliss says all the essays were “a joy to read and discuss” but the one by Kacey Harmon clearly stood out.  Kacey read her essay, which was indeed impressive.

DWC also offers one to two scholarships to two students based on their services to the community.  This year Marilyn reported there were seventeen applicants submitting their community service activities for this award and because the reports were so good, two applicants were chosen.  Awards went to Fiona Duggan-Fuchs and Shelby Smith.  All three award winners came highly recommended by teachers and others in the area who are familiar with their community work and/or scholarship.

Congratulations to all three!  I think we can all feel some relief about a future with you all in it.

The main speaker for this event was Pascale Fusshoeller, editor of, the local online news service by the same name.  Keeping to the topic of fake news and the importance of a free press, Pascale intertwined local and national issues providing a good deal of information that many of us may not have known.  Her presentation was so relevant and thorough that it was interrupted often by applause and given a final standing ovation.  Thank you, Pascale, for your continued honesty, professionalism, excellent community news, and a rousing good talk at the meeting!


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