City management association presents scholarships to Taylor graduates

The City of Taylor’s management association has presented its fifth annual scholarships to two deserving high school graduates from the City of Taylor.

The Taylor Governmental Management and Administrative Employees Association (TGM & AEA) presented the $500 scholarships to Joshua Plona of Divine Child High School and Adam Bailey of Harry S Truman High School.

Joshua will attend Grand Valley State University in the fall. He plans to pursue a degree in business and accounting and hopes one day to have a position in international business. While attending Divine Child in Dearborn, Joshua was active in football, track, the National Honors Society, Student Council, drama/musical, Spanish Club, boys Varsity Club and intramural softball. He also participated in a Cabrini youth group, coached girls basketball and held a job.

Mayra Jares, the director of student activities at Divine Child, said Joshua “stands out from among the rest for his dedication to excellence… He was shining example of a self-directed and hardworking individual… He truly makes us proud… I always noted his maturity and outstanding character.”

Adam will attend Wayne State University in the fall. He plans to pursue a degree in business administration and accounting. While attending Truman High School, Adam was active in the Student Council, National Honors Society, varsity soccer, basketball and baseball, and Natural Helpers and Diversity group. He also was a member of the Rails traveling baseball team.

Gayle Harple, a counselor at Truman, described Adam as “an exceptional young man who has excelled academically, socially and personally… He is devoted to his education and his goals… is in the top of his class and has maintained high academic standards for himself… He is a definite leader in all that he attempts.”

In 2003, TGM & AEA members voted to demonstrate their community pride by using their own funds to form the scholarship program. Two $500 scholarships are awarded annually, typically to Taylor residents from area high schools who have a career goal of public service. A committee of TGM & AEA members reviews the applications and makes recommendations to the executive board. Linda Brenzel, Megan Etue, Mauricio Gomes, Rob Pare, and Jeff Sovitch were the 2007 application reviewers.

The Taylor Governmental Management and Administrative Employees Association is composed of city department heads, directors, managers and administrative employees. Members expressed a great feeling of satisfaction in giving to this program and are planning other community service efforts that will become annual events.

 Adam Bailey (left) and Joshua Plona accept congratulations on their scholarships from Taylor Mayor Cameron Priebe (right) and Golf Director Rob Pare, who is past president of the Taylor Governmental Management and Administrative Employees Association and served on the scholarship selection committee.

The Bailey Family.

The Plona Family.