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Gina Sferra and Liam Hetzel win St. Charles’ Ken Wilson Scholarship

For more than 20 years, the men’s club at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Boardman has awarded the Ken Wilson Scholarship to high school seniors. Over the years, the scholarship awards have increased in number and dollar amount—this year, awarding two $2,000 scholarships, doubling from last year. The scholarships were presented at the St. Charles Senior graduation breakfast on Sunday, May 19, at St. Charles Borromeo Church to two local high school seniors: Gina Sferra (Boardman High School) and Liam Hetzel (Boardman High School).

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Bernie Belgin (left) from St. Charles Borromeo Parish’s Mens Club and Rosemarie Wilson (right) presents the Ken Wilson Scholarship to this year’s winner Boardman High School senior, Gina Sferra. The scholarships were presented at the parish’s annual senior graduates Mass and brunch on Sunday, May 19, 2024. Photo by Erica Galvin.

Gina Sferra, the daughter of Joe and Christin Sferra of Boardman, is a member of the National Honor Society, The Italian Club, Emerging Leaders and the Medical Club at Boardman High School. In the community, Sferra has been a volunteer for the United Way, Down Syndrome of the Valley, Boardman Park and the Boardman Little Spartans. At St. Charles, Sferra is an altar server and is involved in youth ministry—assisting with community meals. She will attend Kent State University, where she plans to major in Nursing.

One man and two women hold a large check
Bernie Belgin (left) from St. Charles Borromeo Parish’s Mens Club and Rosemarie Wilson (right) presents the Ken Wilson Scholarship to this year’s winner Boardman High School senior, Liam Hetzel. The scholarships were presented at the parish’s annual senior graduates Mass and brunch on Sunday, May 19, 2024. Photo by Erica Galvin.

Liam Hetzel, son of Brian and Kristen Hetzel of Boardman, is a member of the soccer and tennis teams at Boardman High School, where some of the courses he has completed include advanced biology, advanced calculus, and advanced chemistry. Hetzel is also involved in the boy scouts, achieving the rank of Life Scout, and has been involved with the Mill Creek Park cleanups. At St. Charles, Hetzel is an altar server, choir member and also helps with community meals. Hetzel will attend Youngstown State University, where he plans on majoring in biochemistry.

Learn more about St. Charles Borromeo Parish’s Men’s Club.

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