Kayla Mueller was a volunteer aid worker with Doctors Without Borders in Aleppo, Syria, when she was abducted by Isis terrorists in 2013. The 25 year old Prescott resident was later killed while still in captivity. Her father is a longtime member of Kiwanis and Prescott Kiwanis has established a scholarship fund in to honor her memory and dedication to serving others.
This year Cassady Smith (Cas), a 2018 graduate of Cactus Shadows High School, was awarded a $2000 scholarship. At the September 19 Carefree Kiwanis meeting, Kiwanis International Trustee, Ron Smith, was on hand to present the award. Janet Busbee accepted on behalf of Cas, who was attending classes at ASU, where he is majoring in computer science.
Cas was chosen not only for his commitment to local community service, but also internationally as well. He traveled to Haiti, where he was part of a team that renovated an orphanage, provided friendship and understanding to with orphaned children not much younger than him.