Torrey Pines senior honored by Rotary Club

Receives annual Erik Scott Sorensen award

Torrey Pines graduating senior Nick Busch, who plans to attend Santa Barbara City College this fall, received the Del Mar Rotary Club’s Erik Scott Sorensen Service Above Self Award in a June 17 presentation.

The award is given to a Torrey Pines High School student who, “though physically challenged, is an inspiration to fellow students because of his or her positive approach to life and readiness to volunteer, capturing the spirit and principles of Rotary.”

In his acceptance speech at the Rotary meeting, Nick, born in 1992, said he developed a mild case of cerebral palsy, only affecting his right side, during delivery when the umbilical cord became wrapped around his neck and cut off oxygen to his brain.

Nick made a short speech to the Rotarians while accepting the award, drawing raucous applause from those in attendance. He attributed much of his success and self-esteem to his parents, Jackie and Rainer.

“They would tell me, especially when I was younger, they’d say, ‘Everyone has something wrong with them, whether it be the size of their nose, the size of their ears, the way one finger is larger than the other,’ ” he said. “I think that really pushed me to forget about … the things that were holding me back.”

The award is named for the late Erik Scott Sorensen, the son of former Rotarian President John Sorensen and his wife, Cindy. Erik suffered from muscular dystrophy and died in 1995.

Rotarian Marlene Gotz, who presented the award, said although Sorensen was the only wheelchair-bound student at TPHS during his tenure there, it never stopped his ambitiousness.

“Erik was greatly respected by both students and faculty for his amazing attitude and accomplishments, and really by everyone he touched with his warm and caring way,” she said.

In addition to the commemorative plaque, Nick will receive a check for $1,000 to be put toward his education. He said he aspires to someday be a writer and in his free time likes to skateboard, rollerblade, skim board and surf.

“I just like to get out and be active,” he said.

Related posts:

  1. Shurtleff to lead TP Rotary
  2. Torrey Pines senior earns national honor
  3. Philanthropy Spotlight: Del Mar Rotary Club
  4. Probe continues in crash that killed Torrey Pines senior
  5. Rotary rewards leadership

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=7504

Posted by on Jun 24, 2010. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RSS LA JOLLA NEWS

  • La Jolla Library welcomes new chief Shaun Briley
    For La Jolla Riford Library’s new head librarian, Shaun Briley, books have been a part of his life and career, in some form or another, every step of the way. […]
  • Tangerine trees, marmalade skies for Beatles-inspired Patrons of the Prado gala in Balboa Park, San Diego
    “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was the theme of the Patrons of the Prado gala on July 12, 2014 in Balboa Park, San Diego. Beatles-inspired music came from Wayne Foster Entertainment. Sandy Redman and Jeanne Jones served as event chairs. 2014’s beneficiaries are the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art and The Old Globe Theatre. […]
  • La Jolla’s Best Bets for events July 31- Aug. 7
    Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) offers a crash course in starting a photography collection 6 p.m. Thursday Aug. 7. at the Ligne Roset Showroom, 7726 Girard Ave. MOPA assistant curator Chantel Paul and director of jdc Fine Art Jennifer DeCarlo will share professional insights. […]

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • Rancho Santa Fe resident’s Gen 7 wines earn top honors
    Rancho Santa Fe resident Tim Bacino’s Gen 7 Wines is on a hot streak, his varietals winning several awards this summer in California wine competitions. […]
  • Torrey Pines High School baseball alum Taylor Murphy excelling in pro ball
    It was during a breakout senior year at Torrey Pines High that Taylor Murphy first popped up on the radar of professional scouts. Shortly after graduation, Murphy was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 40th round of the June 2011 amateur draft. He declined, honoring a commitment to the University of the Pacific. Three years later, Murphy got another sho […]
  • Why Hire a Licensed Landscape Professional?
    By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs The old saying – “if something seems to good to be true, it probable is” – is quite fitting when it comes to hiring a contractor for your home or yard construction project. While it is smart to shop around, get quotes, etc., don’t fall into the trap of trusting […]