CEDAR LAKE | Three local teens have reaped the benefits of a 5K run held last year, organizers of the event said.
The 2012 Havenwood Hustle 5K fun run/walk in Cedar Lake raised enough money to fund three $250 college scholarships, said the run’s organizer Michael Defrancesco. All three scholarships were officially awarded during a recent Town Council meeting.
“We have some really fine young people in this town,” council President Randy Niemeyer said. “They’ll do us proud in the years to come and hopefully take our places.”
The recipients, all seniors at Hanover Central High School, included Elizabeth Price, Virginia Salata and Alexandra Plavsa.
Price, 18, will be attending Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she will study radiation therapy. Price is a member of the Hanover student council and the assistant coach of her brother’s special needs baseball team.
Plavsa, 17, will attend Purdue University in West Lafayette, where she will study biology, health and disease premed.
Salata, 18, is attending IUPUI as a kinesiology/exercise science major. Her ultimate goal is to become a thoracic surgeon. At Hanover, she participated in Key Club, National Honor Society, band, cheerleading, Environmental Club, Spell Bowl, math and science academic teams, and the Science Olympiad Team.
The Havenwood Hustle was held last fall as an athletic and family event in the Havenwood subdivision in Cedar Lake. Its other primary purpose was to raise college scholarship money for deserving local seniors, Defrancesco said.