By Julian Teekaram, Weekend anchor/Video Journalist - bio | email
Allen County -
The Charitable Italian American Organization gave out 16 scholarships Monday night.
CIAO presented the awards to the students at a banquet. The scholarship money was the result of proceeds from this year's pasta dinner. CIAO President Pete Mariotti says a student from about every school in Allen County was represented at the banquet Monday. Mariotti says as the pasta dinner gets more popular, they're able to hand out more scholarships each and every year.
CIAO also handed out the service before self award. The recipient was retiring Shawnee Schools Superintendent Paul Nardini. The award is presented to an individual who does a great deal of good for the community.