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$1,000 will still go a long way

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Francis resident Sidney Snyder is the first recipient of a scholarship from the Kamas Valley Lions Club.

The Nathan Leithead Memorial Scholarship for Leadership in Community Service recognizes a South Summit High School graduate who demonstrates "strength of resolve, character and a desire to achieve," according to Lions Club spokesman A. Jason Barto.

"I feel that this is a small contribution to be able to support our future, our youth," Barto said in a prepared statement.

Community service is a key part of the selection criteria, he explained.

Snyder is 18 years old and earned a 3.9 grade point average. She is already studying Spanish at Brigham Young University.

She studied at Utah Valley State College while in high school.

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"I think education is very important, that’s why I’m going into education," she said.

Snyder was a member of the track team, captain of the cross country team and an all-state member of the drill team at South Summit High School.

Snyder has performed community service as a tutor and for the Sub for Santa and Koins for Kenya organizations.

Koins for Kenya consists of high school students dedicated to helping provide clean water for a village in East Africa.

"The woman would have to walk miles to get water and when they bring it back they carry these heavy things on their head," Snyder said.

She tutored a student in Kamas who was learning English.

The principal asked her to help the Spanish-speaking student when he began school.

"When they don’t speak a word of English, it takes a lot of time because English is very difficult to learn," Snyder said.

Businesses in eastern Summit County contributed to the scholarship, according to Barto.

A barbecue for Snyder is scheduled at the Kamas rodeo grounds at 5 p.m. July 26.