BASF awards twin brothers from Wyandotte $1,500 in scholarships for essays on inclusion

Sara Cambensy

Twin brothers from Wyandotte have walked away with a combined $1,500 in scholarships for their essays on inclusion.

The scholarships were awarded to Joseph and Donald Kazmierski by the BASF chapter of the ALLchemie LGBTQ and Allies employee resource group at the company’s Wyandotte site. Sign up for our daily morning newsletter– Advertisement –  TOP ARTICLES3/5READ MORETrial date set for Wyandotte manaccused of sexually assaulting children

The high school students were asked to write about a time they made a significant effort to make an event or gathering more inclusive.

The first-place winner, Joseph Kazmierski, received a $1,000 scholarship for his role in working to change the traditional homecoming king and queen titles to the gender-neutral designation of “Homecoming Bears” to be more inclusive.

Joseph’s brother, Donald, was awarded $500 for his second-place submission about his contributions to organize the Dunk on Darkness varsity basketball game to raise awareness about suicide prevention and outreach to include all students.

Supt. Catherine Cost said that, to her knowledge, the proposals have not been formally considered for consideration. She added that the Kazmierski brothers are the sons of former Roosevelt High School Assistant Principal Kelly Reynolds. Their father is Greg Kazmierski.

“They are great boys and have a bright future ahead of them!,” Cost said.

Joseph and Don Kazmierski will both attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with Joseph studying aeronautical or nuclear engineering and Don pursuing studies in engineering.

According to a BASF spokeswoman, a total of six essays were submitted. Those who applied had a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, and were senior class members at Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte, Anderson High School in Southgate, or Trenton High School.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the BASF ALLchemie LGBTQ and Allies group has awarded scholarships to students in Downriver communities.