Contributed photo: Leila Jeneby
Contributed photo: Leila Jeneby
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Leila Jeneby and Elliana Wickline, recent eighth-grade graduates from Hamiliton International Middle School and McClure Middle School, respectively, were the 2021 recipients of the Nico Luiggi Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to two middle school students each year. Carmen Hagios and Ray Luiggi created the scholarship to honor their son, Nico Luiggi, who died at the age of 13 in 2018, two months after he suffered a traumatic brain injury in a rollover collision that also killed two of his friends.

At the time of his death, Nico attended Hamilton International Middle School and delivered newspapers for the Queen Anne & Magnolia News.

The scholarship isn’t just awarded based on academic merit. Students much also write a two-page essay talking about their passions in life and plans after high school as part of the application process.To learn more about the Nico Luiggi Scholarship, go to http://www.nicoluiggi.org.