Jai'Lysa Hoskins was named 2013 Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County.
The 17-year-old will now compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Washington State Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corp.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. Like other Youths of the Year, Jai'Lysa was honored for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
The teen helps her mother care for her sisters while balancing a challenging academic schedule and a packed calendar of extracurricular activities.
Firefighters complete training program
Lake Stevens Fire Department members Capt. Ryan Lowe, Capt. Ron Rasmussen and Acting Captain and Firefighter Augie Cardona recently completed the King County Fire Training Officers Association's Officer Development Academy. The academy included about 260 hours of class time.
Marysville paramedic selected for training
Tristan Brenner of the Marysville Fire Department was among those honored Feb. 12 at a lunch at the Seattle Harbor Club for qualifying as the 39th University of Washington Paramedic Training Program class.
The extensive training program, which recently began for 14 select individuals, requires each of them to undergo more than 2,500 hours of intense training and to experience more than 700 patient contacts, which is three times the national average. The program is paid for by the Medic One Foundation.
Stanwood teens help senior center
Thirty teens from Stanwood High School participated in the MLK Day of Service, sponsored by several nonprofits, including the YMCA of Snohomish County, Catholic Community Services and the United Way.
The students helped the Stanwood Community and Senior Center's thrift store with inventory.
Allison Parish, 17, said helping in a "tangible way" made her feel important. "I'm not just hanging out with friends, I am actually doing something of value," she said in a YMCA press release.
Added classmate Kelsey Schoen, 15: "Instead of just sitting at home and watching TV we can do something to help the community."
Marysville pastor honored by city
Greg Kanehen was recently named the city of Marysville's Volunteer of the Month for his coordination and leadership of the Chaplain Crisis Support Team and other community involvement.
Kanehen, a pastor at Marysville Free Methodist Church, has served as the chaplain coordinator for the Chaplain Crisis Support Team for the past 10 years. The team is an all-volunteer group of chaplains who work with the Marysville police and the Marysville Fire District. The group is on call 24/7, serving the emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of individuals in moments of crisis.
Kanehen also is a key contributor to Marysville Together and has served on numerous boards and committees. Kanehen and his wife, Sharon, a kindergarten teacher at Cougar Creek Elementary School in the Lakewood School District, have two sons and a daughter.
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