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In keeping with the Chase Family tradition of giving back to the community, the 2017 Chase Scholars are preparing for a June 21­-23 community service initiative.

During this initiative, the scholars will complete more than 200 community projects for local senior citizens, organizations and individuals. The projects will include washing windows, yard work, and hauling trash, to name a few.

The Chase Foundation is excited to see the scholars giving back to the community and hopes it encourages them to go forward into adulthood with a heart for volunteerism.

The 2017 Chase Scholars will be divided into 10 teams that each will have specific projects to be completed throughout the week. Each group will have a current Chase Scholar for a team leader.

The 2017 Chase Leadership Team includes Shealynn Waller, Mariah Chee, Marissa Lopez, Esmeralda Perez, Joli Smith, Jasmine Catano, Darius Ramirez, Nathan Letourneau, James Kennemur, Tristan Bowden and head team leader Alexis Aguirre.

The scholars will begin each morning at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Lunch and drinks will be provided by Devon Energy, Concho Resources, the Downtown Lions Club, the Rotary Club, Artesia Chamber of Commerce, Artesia Trailblazers, and HollyFrontier.

The Class of 2017 is the 11th graduating class from Artesia High School to receive the Chase Scholarship. From 2007 through 2017, the Chase Family has awarded more than 1,200 scholarships to AHS seniors.

A limited number of time slots are still available for those needing community service projects done; to sign up, contact the Chase Foundation at 746­-4610.