Daryia Tagg, a sophomore at Snohomish High School, has received the Frank Lupien Memorial Scholarship from Everett Community College.
Daryia, 14, was awarded the $1,000 scholarship for her 3.56 grade point average, community service, participation in school activities and academic excellence.
Daryia has an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by an impairment in language, communication and social skills, as well as repetitive or restrictive patterns of thought and behavior.
Last year, she shared her diagnosis on Facebook and opened a discussion about autism to her friends and family educating them on the details.
Daryia wants to be a marine biologist specializing in mammals and whales and found she could take classes at Everett Community College in the Smart Start program even before she was eligible for Ocean Research College Academy and the Running Start Program as a Junior.
Her family was unable to afford the tuition so she applied for scholarships.
Daryia is the daughter of Shallon Tagg, a full-time student at Everett Community College who is working toward a doctorate program and is a part-time employee at UPS.
Daryia is listed on Sportability.com as the top girls high school lacrosse goalie, is treasurer of the chess club, member of Reaching Out to Senior Citizens, plays the tuba in symphonic and marching band, and is a line officer in Rainbow Girls of Bothell.
She plans to use the money to get her associate degree in marine science before she graduates from high school.
Monroe Fulbright recipient a teaching assistant in Colombia
Michelle Wells of Monroe began an assignment as an English teaching assistant in Colombia on a Fulbright scholarship on July 22.
She joined more than 30 other recipients of Fulbright grants who will study and work in Colombia this year.
Wells earned a bachelor's degree in global studies with concentrations in Latin American and African studies from North Park University in Chicago, Ill. in May.
Her minor was Spanish. She also earned a certificate in nonprofit leadership and management. Wells' mother, Sue, is a teacher. Her father, the Rev. David Wells, is a pastor of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
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