The Hawks Prairie Rotary Club recently sponsored 10 student recognition awards aptly titled, "Hawk Prairie Heroes." Teachers and counselors from North Thurston Public Schools were asked to nominate students who had overcome a social, emotional, or financial barrier to improve themselves in the school environment and/or provide a distinctive service to the school or community. "For some students the opportunities afforded to others just aren't there," said Hawks Prairie Rotarian and Asst. Supt. of NTPS, Brian Wharton, who made the presentations. "There are many scholarships and awards given strictly just for academic achievement. These students have gone above and beyond transcending personal barriers, physical and learning disabilities, family challenges and so much more.yet they all completed graduation requirements and are making plans for their future." The students and their friends and family were invited to a Rotary luncheon where they received a plaque and a $250 scholarship award. This year's recipients are: Jordan Malizio (SSHS), Seung Lee (NTHS), Vihn Phan (NTHS), Kamara Green ( NTHS), Ashanta Hollis (THS), Rachel Coley (THS), Lindsey Keith (THS), Blake Geyen (RRHS), Coty Wargnier (RRHS), Tiffany Gilpin (RRHS).