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Soroptimists Announce 2018 Awards


By Press Release

COURT HOUSE – Eight exceptional young women were presented with achievement awards May 15, totaling over $10,000 by the Soroptimist International Club of Cape May County at the Shore Club.
The recipients are as follows:
– Morgan McLees received the Violet Richardson Award. This award honors the first president of the Soroptimist Club. McLees has been a long-term volunteer with FACES 4 AUTISM, and has excelled in academics and activities, such as National Honor Society.
– Denise Holt received the Ruby Award. This award is presented to a girl or woman who has a significant positive impact on the lives of women and girls.  As a member of the Wildwood Crest Police Department’s Domestic Violence Task force, as well as her work with CARA (Coalition Against Rape and Abuse), Holt has demonstrated a special commitment to the improvement of women’s lives in Cape May County.
– Stefania Bucur and Jocelyn Martinelli received the Live Your Dream Awards.  These awards go to girls or women who are the primary financial support for their family while pursuing their educational goals. Bucur is married with two children, and has been working various jobs while she pursues her studies in the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Cape May County Technical School.  Martinelli is a single mother of two and is currently attending Cape May County Technical School. She plans for a career in Pediatric Nursing as well as Emergency/Trauma nursing.
– Mia Andrea Nacho and Analise B. Ciannilli received the Medical Awards. These awards are presented to girls or women seeking education in the medical arts field. Nacho will graduate from Wildwood High School in June and has been accepted to Seton Hall University where she will study Physical Therapy. Ciannilli will graduate from Ocean City High School and will study medicine at Rutgers University. Both young women excel in academics and in community service.
– Kiyara Causey and Jada Majors received the Kindle Scholarships. Made possible by Bill Kindle, one award goes to a girl or woman involved in environmental science and one for business/tourism/hospitality. Causey has achieved academic excellence in school as well as founding an organization committed to bringing civility to the classroom. Majors will be headed to the University of Vermont in the fall where she will be enrolled in their Global Environmental Studies program.
Those with questions about the awards or who are interested in becoming a volunteer or a donor, are asked to contact President Sherrie Hanagan at (609) 846-3690. For more information on the organization, visit

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