Josalyn Szwejbka, a Dunkirk High School senior, was one of only five Western New York high school students awarded a Taste of Buffalo Scholarship worth $1,000.
The Taste of Buffalo Board of Directors awards the scholarship to area high school seniors who are in pursuit of higher education in the food service and hospitality industries. The winners were chosen based on several criteria, including academic achievement, experience, enthusiasm, recommendations, community involvement, goals and objectives, and overall interest.
Szwejbka is ranked sixth in her class with a current average of 95. She has been a member of the varsity tennis team since her freshman year (three-time MVP winner and WDOE Tennis Player of the Week) and has participated in all four high school musical productions. She is currently a member of National Honor Society, Select Chorus, German Club, and the Ivy Tower Yearbook. Szwejbka volunteers her time at various National Honor Society events, as well as at the Lakeshore Humane Society in Dunkirk.
Szwejbka will attend Niagara Community College's Culinary Institute at Niagara Falls and will major in Culinary Arts. Her future plans include opening and running her own restaurant and/or cafe and bakery.
In addition to Szwejbka, Madelyn Atendido from East Aurora High School, Emily Brown from Clarence High School, Adam Millar from Alden High School and Ashley Imiola, were also scholarship winners.
The scholarship fund, which began in 1997, has awarded more than $56,000 to help deserving Western New York students attend a two- or four-year accredited school.