NANTUCKET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES 2020 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Nantucket, Mass May 2020 — Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Kristie Ferrantella has announced the two winners of its annual scholarship program. Winners Victoria Dixon and Mia Lydon will each receive a scholarship award of $1,000.
Dixon is a 2020 graduate of Nantucket High School and will attend Northeastern University in autumn 2020, starting with its Explore Program. She was member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and Interact Club for two years each. Dixon’s additional extracurricular activities are extensive, including memberships and participation in the Chinese Club, Creating World Leaders and Poetry Out Loud (all two years). Additional activities include memberships in Students for Sustainability and Girl Scouts of America (both four years); Swim Across America (2017, 2018 and 2019); Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation (summer 2019); and assisted in Summer Street Church's Vacation Bible School (2016, 2017 and 2019).
Dixon also worked during high school at Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum from her freshman to junior years as a weaving instructor. She was both a volunteer (2016 and 2017) and intern (2018) at Maria Mitchell Association’s Aquarium. Dixon worked at Rainbow Fleet, a consignment shop, during summer and school year 2019 to early winter 2020. She was a volunteer at Nantucket Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention as a board member/high school representative from sophomore to senior years. Dixon volunteered at Nantucket Shellfish Hatchery summer 2018); was a lab assistant/volunteer to Dr. Valerie Hall (PhD Marine Science, UMass Dartmouth) summers 2016-2019 conducting bay scallop reproduction research; assisted in Star Art (a series of art classes for children with special needs, their siblings and peers) at the Artists Association of Nantucket in fall 2019.
Lydon is a 2020 graduate of Nantucket High School who will attend University of Massachusetts Amherst in autumn 2020. She attained honors level studies from freshman to senior, inclusive. In addition to scholastic studies, she was an athlete (junior varsity and varsity volleyball and varsity lacrosse); and was a participant in art and the work-study programs. She is a visitor service intern at Nantucket Chamber (starting from June 2019-present) and is also a jewelry sales associate concurrent with her Chamber position. Previously she worked at various summer positions including prep cook, ice cream scoop and cashier; barbecue attendant; and landscape assistant.
Mia plays the piano (seven years’ formal lessons) and the ukulele (self-taught) and enjoys sailing frequently, either alone and with friends and/or family. Additionally, she has worked at Nantucket Chamber experiencing a wide spectrum of general Chamber business activities and support functions. Throughout this instructive term of work, Mia has advanced from having a vague understanding of what the function of a Chamber of Commerce is, to developing a broad and firsthand perspective by experiencing wide variety of activities, starting at helping with ribbon cuttings, attended a Rotary Club meeting, sat in on personal coaching sessions, canvassed the Town distributing Visitor Guide information, assisted laying out Chamber e-news blasts, and considerably more.
Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1934 and incorporated in 1954, is the chief organization that promotes Nantucket’s business community’s interests. Comprising 750 business, nonprofit, and individual members, the Chamber ensures ongoing viability and vitality of historical, cultural, civic, environmental, and recreational assets that position Nantucket as one of America’s premier tourism destinations while ensuring its residents an incomparable lifestyle.