Two Cascade High School sophomores, Brittany Mashburn and Kristine Lippman, recently led an effort at their school to collect supplies to fill more than 50 school bags for children in Uganda.
The two decided to help Torri McEntire, a Web design teacher, who was planning to visit Uganda this summer. McEntire planned to bring pencils, paper, scissors, rulers, erasers and other items to give to children who could not otherwise attend school.
Brittany and Kristine made posters, wrote announcements, talked to friends, families and other teachers and sorted through dozens of items to fill each lime green and navy canvas school bag. They also included a written note in each bag that read "Dream, Believe, Imagine. We Love You."
Kristine and Brittany also received help from other Web design classmates, students in Ruth Hunter's English classes and Jodi Galli's DECA group, as well as other staff and students. The Distributive Education Clubs of America, or DECA, is a marketing leadership organization.
Mill Creek student receives $13,200 award
The Point Foundation recently awarded Kelsey Phipps of Mill Creek a Point Scholarship worth $13,200. Phipps is a public interest law scholar at Georgetown University Law Center.
The Point Foundation is the nation's largest organization that grants scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.
Phipps was among 27 other award recipients. A Point Scholarship is a multi-year scholarship that provides financial support, leadership training and a professional mentor.
Phipps attended Scripps College, where she became active in civil rights activities. At Scripps, Phipps was selected as a Truman Scholar and served as an intern with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She was later named a Fulbright Scholar to Ireland, where she earned a master's degree in women's studies and campaigned for a woman running for the Irish Senate.
Phipps also worked on Senator Edward M. Kennedy's staff and served as the first female co-chair of the Senate's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff caucus.
Edmonds students receive fire scholarships
Four students in the Edmonds School District's fire service technology program recently received scholarships. Justin Glanville, Eric Nagel, Nick Wimmer and Jeff Blake were named the top students in the firefighting training program.
The class, led by Jim McGaughey, a retired Fire District No. 1 deputy chief of training, meets at the training center for Snohomish County Fire District No. 1.
Glanville, a junior at Lynnwood High School, took top honors as the outstanding student of the year. He received a $500 scholarship from the Brie McGaughey Memorial Fund and a $500 scholarship from the Fire District No. 1 Foundation. Glanville was also the recipient of the Bill Campbell Memorial Firefighting Student of the Year Award.
Nagel, a senior at Meadowdale High School was first runner-up. He received a $500 scholarship from the Brie McGaughey Memorial Fund. Wimmer, a Lynnwood High School senior, and Blake, a Mountlake Terrace High School senior, each received $250 scholarships from the McGaughey fund.
UW Bothell graduates honored at graduation
Two graduating seniors, Brian Peterson and Ebou Cham, recently were honored at the 17th commencement exercises for the University of Washington Bothell at the Bank of America Arena, Hec Edmundson Pavilion on the University of Washington Seattle campus.
Peterson, who graduated cum laude, was the student commencement speaker. He was chosen as speaker from nominations submitted by students, staff and faculty. Seven years ago, Peterson, a successful community college student and soccer player, was injured in an automobile accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. He endured more than nine months of rehabilitation. Peterson worked to overcome his injuries and returned to his studies, quickly achieving his associate's degree. Next, he enrolled in UW Bothell in the interdisciplinary arts and sciences program.
Cham, who graduated with a bachelor's of nursing degree, was named the Chancellor's Medalist. A native of The Gambia, Cham began his nursing career as a forestry extension officer, transporting sick and injured people. He later moved to the United States, working as a nursing assistant, and completed his studies to become a licensed practical nurse and a registered nurse.
Monroe High seniors receive scholarships
The Monroe Public Schools Foundation recently awarded thirty-seven scholarships to Monroe High School graduating seniors totaling more than $26,000. The scholarship recipients were selected based on academic achievement and community involvement, with consideration given to student financial need.
The scholarship recipients were:
Lauren McClaflin, Jamie Saturno, Katie Lotzgesell, Michael Sasser, Kimberly Waller, James Parsons, Roxanne Nyberg, David Irwin, LeighAnne Barr, Danielle Winslow, Alexa Walter, Jessica Jones, Jessica Turek, Kathrina Mencias, Kenton Lucke, Maria Ordaz, Lyndy Davis, Jack Maddex, Josephine Putnam, Hailee Wood, James Parsons, Brittany Jarnot, Keith Clark, Jordon Rozema, Jenna Herman, Chris Furrer, Michelle Wells, Meghan Munter, Katherine Heckel, Alycia Newell, Jason Wright, Lauren Rosenthal and Cristina Morse.
The Monroe Public Schools Foundation is a nonprofit volunteer organization organized in January 2006 that provides local graduating seniors with financial assistance to help them pursue higher education.
The foundation also provided 20 staff grants totaling $10,000 during the past year. The grants supported a variety of activities, including a Young Authors Conference and field trips to community service projects and to the Seattle Symphony.
Monroe fifth-grader a UW youth scholar
Bethany Garver, a fifth-grade home-schooled student who attends Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe, recently was named a Youth Scholar with the University of Washington Search for Youth Scholars Program, which is operated by the UW's Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars.
Garver was one of nearly 1,100 fifth- through eighth-grade students across the state chosen for achieving high scores on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning or other tests, such as the ACT college entrance exam. The students were selected based on their verbal or mathematical abilities.
To be eligible for the awards, fifth- and sixth-grade students had to score in the upper 3 percent in reading, verbal or math and quantitative sections on a recent standardized achievement or aptitude test.
Lake Stevens Grad honored at EWU
Megan Martz of Lake Stevens, recently was awarded a Jeffers Chertok Award for the 2008-09 academic year at Eastern Washington University. The award is given to outstanding honor students in the social and behavioral science program. While attending EWU, Martz has been active in Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and intramural soccer. Martz's parents are Vickie and Jeff Martz of Everett.
Lake Stevens names students of the month
The Lake Stevens School Board recently named its May students of the month.
Student winners, listed by their school and grade were:
Lake Stevens High School: grade 10, Mallary MacKinnon and Nick Bylin; grade 11, Chloe Bonnell and Nate Lynch and grade 12, Nakayla Corr-Handran and Isaac Molstre.
PROVE High School: grade 10, Mercedes Dompier and grade 12, Amanda Heggem and Stefenie Sherwood.
Cavelero Mid High School: grade eight, Nadya Kosmina and Jason Flick; grade nine, Makayla Clemons and Noah Nicholson.
Lake Stevens Middle School: grade six, Adrian Aucoin and Marilyn Heffernan; grade seven, Neal Akins and Jessica Fuller.
North Lake Middle School: grade six, Tyler Hilde and Cassie Mina and grade seven, Ashtyn Froland and Nathan Main.
Everett woman receives Fulbright grant
Lafayette College graduate, Karen Bouldin of Everett, recently received a Fulbright Grant to study and teach in South Korea. Bouldin is a 2004 graduate of Mariner High School. She is the daughter of Clayton and Shirley Bouldin of Everett.
Bouldin, who recently graduated with a bachelor of arts in international affairs from Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., plans to move to South Korea to participate in an English teaching assistantship where she plans to teach conversational English.
Bouldin wrote her honors thesis under the guidance of John McCartney, professor and chair of African studies, exploring Cuba's economic revitalization and development strategy.
During her time at Lafayette, Bouldin was a member of Engineers Without Borders, Model United Nations, Amnesty International, Lafayette's Inter-national Students Association and the international affairs honor society, Sigma Iota Rho.
Bouldin plans to obtain a master's in international development.
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