Soroptimist International of Mt. Adams held its annual awards presentations on March 24 at the Columbia High School Library.

Two women received Soroptimist’s Live Your Dream Education and Training Awards, which are given by Soroptimist clubs across the country to assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. Kristin Franger and Corie Mathers each received $1,500.

The club’s Ruby Award acknowledges women who are working to improve the lives of women and girls through their personal or professional activities. The club honored Debi Budnick, Community Health and Outreach coordinator at Skyline Hospital, and donated $250 in her honor to her charity of choice, Washington Gorge Action Programs.

Six young women graduating from local high schools this year were recognized for their outstanding contributions to home, school, community, country, and the world. The Youth Citizenship Awards are cash awards to support the recipients’ continuing education. A total of $3,600 was distributed among the winners Carolyn LaBerge, Emily Lockman, Angelie Sampson, Rosalyn Slater and Gracie Vaughan from Columbia High School, and Kinley Troh from Glenwood High School.

Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The Live Your Dream Awards are available for women in the Mt. Adams’ club service area, which ranges from Dallesport to Stevenson, and includes the Mt. Adams valley. Internationally, Soroptimist annually supports over 1,500 women with over $2.0 million in education awards through their Live Your Dream Award program.

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