Local volunteers will be honored for service

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — Volunteers from around the community will be recognized for their service this week.

Local volunteers will be honored at an annual awards ceremony from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Henderson Fine Arts Center at San Juan College, 4600 College Blvd.

The college presents awards to volunteers in five categories: individual adult, individual youth, groups, individual seniors and service learning, according to a press release from the school.

Also this week, San Juan Regional Medical Center will recognize its volunteers at a luncheon, said Laura Werbner, a hospital spokeswoman, in an email.

The hospital has given out $8,500 in scholarships to teenage volunteers who help at the hospital, Werbner said.

She said the volunteers have each volunteered at least 100 hours. The scholarships were given out as part of the hospital's recognition of National Healthcare Volunteer Week, which is this week.

Bloomfield High School student Elizabeth Culler received a $5,000 scholarship after volunteering at the information desk at the hospital. She has also been recognized for helping deaf patients by using sign language. She plans on attending Brigham Young University in Idaho to study occupational therapy.

Farmington High School student Lucais Martin was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. He plans to study engineering at the University of New Mexico.

Nathaniel Barnes, a home-schooled student, was awarded $1,000 and will study nursing at San Juan College.

The medical center also gave out $250 scholarships to four other high school students, including Navajo Preparatory Academy’s Shantel King, Farmington High School’s Cherelle Tucker and Kishan Vanmali and home-schooled student Alyssa Bahe.