Self Reliance Awards - Since 2007

4/25/2007 7:00:00 PM
Rotary, Beauchamp & McSpadden Present Awards
Pictured at the presentation of the Self-Reliance Awards are (L to R), seated: recipients Marilyn Park, Shanna Miller, Yesenia Giron and Maria Salazar; standing: Lewis Jones, president, Warsaw Rotary; Harvey Miller, Rotarian; recipients Sam Smyth and Tiffany Shepherd; Laura Kaufman, chair of the selection committee; Erica Zuniga, recipient; Andy Beauchamp, Beauchamp & McSpadden; David Walenga, recipient; and Bill Jefferies, Beauchamp & McSpadden. Photo by M.J. Rhodes, Times-Union

Pictured at the presentation of the Self-Reliance Awards are (L to R), seated: recipients Marilyn Park, Shanna Miller, Yesenia Giron and Maria Salazar; standing: Lewis Jones, president, Warsaw Rotary; Harvey Miller, Rotarian; recipients Sam Smyth and Tiffany Shepherd; Laura Kaufman, chair of the selection committee; Erica Zuniga, recipient; Andy Beauchamp, Beauchamp & McSpadden; David Walenga, recipient; and Bill Jefferies, Beauchamp & McSpadden. Photo by M.J. Rhodes, Times-Union

M.J. Rhodes
Times-Union Lifestyles Editor

Warsaw Rotary Club presented the First Annual Beauchamp & McSpadden Self-Reliance Awards Friday.

The Self-Reliance Awards are designed to honor graduating Warsaw Community High School seniors who have overcome difficult life circumstances through self-reliance and doing their best. All WCHS seniors are eligible to apply for the award, with the exception of those who are children of Rotary members.

The awards included $250 to each of the eight finalists, plus an extra $750 to the first-place winners, and $250 to the second-place winners.


Tiffany Shepherd received first place. A senior at WCHS, she has excelled at school and at work, with little family support. She excelled at track in all four years of high school, while working at Domino's Pizza, Warsaw. She has worked her way up to an assistant manager, and has been offered the opportunity to manage her own store upon graduation, which she plans to take advantage of, and also will attend IPFW.

Second place was shared by Samuel Smyth and David Walenga, both WCHS seniors. 

Smyth was born legally blind, but demonstrated the self-reliance and perseverance to excel both academically and in sports. He takes the initiative to adapt materials to suit his learning needs, and also volunteers to help other visually impaired students become more independent. He aggressively participated in wrestling and football, and plans to attend Manchester College in the fall and play football at the college level. Majoring in chemistry and education, he plans to teach science, with an interest in becoming a special needs teacher.

Walenga was born with a congenital condition that caused both of his hands and feet to be split. After undergoing many painful treatments and surgeries and still experiencing some pain and discomfort, he has participated in football and wrestling, and was a four-year member of the Warsaw Area Rugby Team. He also has been very active in the Warsaw Building Trades program. He plans to attend Indiana State University and major in construction management technology.

The other five finalists were: 

n Yesenia Giron, who moved to the United States from Mexico with her mother and six siblings when she was 6 years old. Her accomplishments include learning to understand English and using her bi-lingual skills to help others.

n Maria Salazar also overcame language barriers after moving to the United States when she was in elementary school. Not only does she serve as a translator for other family members, she gives part of her income from her job at Steak 'N' Shake to help her mother and siblings with living expenses, and helps her father in Mexico with medical expenses.

n Shanna Miller was raised by her father until he died when she was 8 years old. After living with various family members, she became pregnant at age 14. At that point she made a decision to do things differently for her son than her mother did for her. She stayed in school when it would have been easier to quit, and she and the baby's father are committed to making a better life for themselves and their baby. She plans to attend IPFW.

n Marilyn Park has maintained a positive attitude despite a medical condition that would have been overwhelming for most adults. When a sophomore, she was told that a tumor in her leg was probably cancer. Although a biopsy proved the tumor was not cancer, she had to have surgery and treatment. She demonstrated her self reliance through participating in tennis, volleyball and basketball, babysitting for two pre-schoolers, as well as working part-time at Subway and the Justice Building through high school co-op. She plans to major in psychology at Indiana University, Bloomington, with her ultimate goal of becoming a lawyer.

n Erica Zuniga will be the first in her family to graduate from high school. She sets her own schedule for homework, chores and going to bed, paid for her own car, insurance and gas and helps her single mother with expenses as she can. Her projects for Family, Career and Community Leaders of American have won state and national recognition. She plans to attend IPFW to major in media and pubic communication.

The Self-Reliance Award was first created in 1971 by Kennedy Manufacturing, Van Wert, Ohio. When Kennedy opened a plant in Wabash, they brought the program to Wabash. In 2003, Beauchamp & McSpadden assumed the financial sponsorship for the program, working with the local Kiwanis Club as the administrator.

Beauchamp & McSpadden believe that this program is an excellent way to recognize exceptional students who have worked hard and shown their self-reliance in attaining the educational goals.

Beginning in 2007, Beauchamp & McSpadden and the Warsaw Rotary Club worked together to bring the program to Warsaw. The Rotary Club coordinates and conducts the selection process by visiting high schools, reviewing applications, interviewing applicants and organizing the award presentations. The committee members were Laura Kaufman, chair, Greg Cobb, Paul Crousore, Bill Jefferies, Mary Kittrell and Joy McCarthy-Sessing.

1/12/2009 2:59:00 PM
Awards Applications Being Accepted


Beauchamp & McSpadden and Warsaw Rotary Club once again are teaming up to offer the Beauchamp & McSpadden Self Reliance Awards to local graduating seniors.


The Warsaw Rotary Club is accepting applications from eligible students for the awards. The Warsaw Rotary Club administers the application and selection process for this awards program, which is sponsored byBeauchamp & McSpadden.

The purpose of the Beauchamp & McSpadden Self-Reliance Award is to recognize and reward high school seniors who have persevered through difficult situations in their life to receive their high school diploma. To be eligible to apply for this award, students must be graduating seniors from either Warsaw Community High School or Lakeland Christian Academy. Applications are available in the WCHS and LCA guidance counselor offices and must be returned there by Feb. 18.

Eight applicants will be selected as finalists to receive awards. Of the eight finalists, there will be a first-place and second-place finalist who will receive $1,000 and $500 respectively. The other six finalists will each receive $250. All eight finalists also will receive an attractive desk award plaque. The checks and plaques will be presented to the students at a special awards luncheon at the Ramada 2517 facility April 17. City business and government leaders, Rotarians, school administrators all will be in attendance to recognize and congratulate the students.

The monetary awards, plaques and luncheon are provided by Beauchamp & McSpadden, an independent insurance agency in Warsaw that has been in business in the community since 1981.

For more information, contact Bill Jefferies at Beauchamp & McSpadden, 574-267-3148.

5/3/2010 1:49:00 PM
Self-Reliance Award Winners Announced
The 2010 Self-Reliance Award finalists are pictured (L to R), front row: Isbela Perez, Sunamita Sanchez, Patricia Sweet, Michelle Jaimes, Peter Manbu; back row: Tanner Leonard, Victor Sapara-Grant and Tyler Smith. Photo provided.

The 2010 Self-Reliance Award finalists are pictured (L to R), front row: Isbela Perez, Sunamita Sanchez, Patricia Sweet, Michelle Jaimes, Peter Manbu; back row: Tanner Leonard, Victor Sapara-Grant and Tyler Smith. Photo provided.

Staff Report


Seven Warsaw Community High School seniors and one Lakeland Christian Academy senior were honored as Self-Reliance Award winners April 23 at a luncheon at the Ramada 2517 facility.

The luncheon was attended by community and government leaders, Rotarians, teachers, school administrators,Beauchamp & McSpadden employees, friends and families of the honorees.

The purpose of the Beauchamp & McSpadden Self-Reliance Award is to recognize and reward high school seniors who have persevered through difficult situations in their life to receive their high school diploma. The Warsaw Rotary Club administers the application and selection process. The monetary awards, plaques and luncheon are provided by Beauchamp & McSpadden, an independent insurance agency in Warsaw. The business has been in the community since 1981.


Each of the eight Self-Reliance Award finalists received a check for $375, as well as a desk plaque and a book. The 2010 Self-Reliance Award finalists were: Isbela Esther Perez, LCA; and Michelle Jaimes, Tanner Leonard, Peter Manbu, Sunamita Sanchez, Victor Sapara-Grant, Tyler Smith and Patricia Sweet, all from WCHS. All eight winners were commended for their determination and stories.
4/26/2011 12:20:00 PM
Warsaw Rotary Club Announces Winners of 2011 Beauchamp & McSpadden Self-Reliance Awards
The eight Self-Reliance Award winners are (L to R), front row: Dee Monroy, Karla Batres, Miriam Vogel; back row: Jacob Cole, Matt Abbitt, Brock Davis, Zach Beck, Ricardo Castaneda Jr. Photo provided.

The eight Self-Reliance Award winners are (L to R), front row: Dee Monroy, Karla Batres, Miriam Vogel; back row: Jacob Cole, Matt Abbitt, Brock Davis, Zach Beck, Ricardo Castaneda Jr. Photo provided.

Staff Report


On Friday, the Warsaw Rotary Club andBeauchamp & McSpadden announced the winners of this year’s Self-Reliance Awards.
The purpose of the Beauchamp & McSpadden Self-Reliance Award is to recognize and reward high school seniors who have persevered through difficult situations in their life to receive their high school diploma. To be eligible to apply for this award, students had to be graduating seniors from either Warsaw Community High School or Lakeland Christian Academy.
The eight winners received an award of $375 and an attractive desk award plaque. The awards were presented to the students at a special awards luncheon at the Ramada 2517 Restaurant. Rotarians, leadership and staff from Beauchamp & McSpadden, school administrators, counselors, teachers, as well as the family and friends of the students were in attendance to recognize and congratulate these students.
The eight award winners were chosen from 17 candidates by the Warsaw Rotary Self-Reliance Award committee, chaired by Jennifer Cobb-Hayes. The monetary awards, plaques and luncheon are provided byBeauchamp & McSpadden, an independent insurance agency in Warsaw that has been in business in the community since 1981.