Dearborn Rotary Club awards scholarships as part of Youth Month

2011 Hugh Archer Memorial Scholarship winner Norman Orabi (front row second from left) is pictured with his mother Nourhan Orabi (third from left) and his father Ahmad Orabi (fourth from left). Also pictured are Dearborn Public Schools Supt. Brian Whiston (front row left), Dearborn High School Principal Chuck Baughman (back row left), Archer Scholarship Committee member Tim Richards and Archer Chairperson Lee Hollmann.

Photos courtesy of Rotary Club of Dearborn

Middle picture, Sisson Scholarship winner Ahmed El-Moussa from Fordson High School (left) is pictured with Sisson Award Committee chairwoman Val Murphy-Goodrich. Above, Edsel Ford Student’s Hassan Bazzi, one of Rotary’s Youth Month guests, asked club members to consider helping the Edsel Ford Model United Nations debate team with a cash contribution.

DEARBORN — Every February, the Rotary Club of Dearborn celebrates Youth Month by inviting two students from each of the local high schools to attend and participate in Rotary Club meetings. The students have the opportunity to talk with Rotarians and learn about their involvement in local, regional and international relief efforts.

The club also awards scholarships to two high school seniors in memory of longtime Rotarians, Harry A. Sisson and Hugh Archer.

This year’s Harry A. Sisson Memorial Scholarship was presented to Michael A. Makki, a senior at Dearborn High School. The $5,000 annual award is made possible through an endowment from the Harry A. Sisson Foundation.

Sisson became a Rotarian in 1917 and patterned his life after the principles of Rotary’s motto “ Service above Self.” Criteria for winning the scholarship include exemplifying the Rotary service ideals along with high academic achievement, leadership among peers and demonstration of the highest ethical standards.

Rotarian John Artis, chairman of this year’s Sisson Scholarship committee, presented the award to Makki, who ranks fourth in his graduating class. Artis noted the senior’s involvement in Interact, Key Club, American Red Cross Club, Business Professionals of America, and also service as a peer mediator and a member of Link Crew, an initiative to help support incoming freshmen. Makki was also a member of the Dearborn High School Pioneers football team for four years.

During a separate presentation, Dearborn High Senior Norman Orabi received the fifth annual Hugh Archer Memorial Scholarship. Open to students who attend public or private schools within the Dearborn Public Schools boundaries. The scholarship was established in memory of the longtime Rotarian and Dearborn resident who passed away in 2005 at the age of 91.

He was founder and chairman of Spiratex Co., a plastics extrusion company in Romulus. Archer was a registered professional engineer whose achievements included inventor, scientist, entrepreneur, banker, businessman, ham radio operator, sportsman and humanitarian. Archer held several leadership positions in Rotary and served as president of Rotary International from 1988 to 89.

Rotarian Lee C. Hollmann, chairman of the Hugh Archer Memorial Scholarship committee, presented the $3,500 award to Orabi, who is first in his class of 325. Orabi was recognized for his service to the school and community.

In addition to numerous academic awards, Orabi has been president of the Student Council for two years, is captain of the soccer team, plays soccer for a southeast Michigan soccer league, and is active in the work of the Guardian Angel Animal Rescue program.