“Blue Friday” even caught up with David Beyer, president of Everett Community College — and a Denver Broncos fan. In his proclamation naming Jan. 17 “Blue Friday” in anticipation of the NFC championship game Jan. 19 against the San Francisco 49ers, Beyer wrote that “our show of support for the Seahawks may very well determine the outcome of this game and ... it’s late in the week and we probably are running out of clean work clothes to wear.”
Edmonds teacher state VFW Teacher of YearKathy Miller, a vocal music teacher at Meadowdale Middle School, has been named the state Veterans of Foreign Wars Middle School Teacher of the Year. She will now be considered for the national honor.
Earlier, Miller was honored as VFW Post 8870’s Middle School Teacher of the Year, and also was the district-level winner.
The awards honor teachers for their ongoing efforts to promote American history, traditions and institutions, to teach and reinforce citizenship education topics, and to promote democratic values and beliefs.
Greg Troyer, a fifth-grade teacher at Spruce Elementary School, was named Post 8870’s Elementary Teacher of the Year. He also was recognized as a district-level Teacher of the Year.
VFW posts honor County essay winnersVeterans of Foreign Wars Post 1040 on Jan. 16 named local student winners in the VFW’s annual Patriot’s Pen contest. The ceremony was held at College Place Middle School. This year’s theme was “What Patriotism Means to Me.”
Samantha Dickinson won first place; Ines Broerson took second place, and third place went to Yusuf Ishaque.
Earlier, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 on Jan. 10 recognized winners in its elementary essay contest on the theme, “My American Hero is...”
The third-grade winner was Samuel Haikel from Providence Classical Christian School. He received a $100 scholarship. Makayl Toutellot, a home schooled student, placed second and received $50. Runners-up, awarded $25 each, were Savannah Backholm and Kalinn Hilt, students at Providence.
The fifth-grade winner was Kunal Renjen ($100). Magge Wall placed second ($50). Ashley Wang and Haley Kniest were runners-up ($25 each). All four are students at Mukilteo Elementary School.
The sixth-grade class at Terrace Park School all submitted entries. First place went to Mark Cortezzo ($100); Vania Liu took second place ($50); and place, and Walid Sheykno and Taiyo Hayes were runners-up ($25).
In the Patriot’s Pen contest for middle-schoolers, Post 8870 recognized Olivia Olson from Brier Terrace Middle School as the first-place winner ($100), the second year in a row Olivia has taken first place
Mi-Rae Kapelak won first place honors and $100 in the Voice of Democracy essay contest for high-schoolers. She is a ninth-grader at Cascade High School.
College group honors Army veteran studentTimm Lovitt, a former student at Edmonds Community College, was one of five community and technical college students and graduates to receive a $500 “Transforming Lives” award from the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges (TACTC) at a special ceremony Jan. 19 in Olympia.
The annual Transforming Lives award honors students and graduates who overcome barriers to achieve their higher education goals. Each of the 34 colleges fielded a nominee and five were selected.
Lovitt joined the U.S. Army on Sept. 4, 2001, and served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during his five years of service. His numerous combat situations, including surviving a suicide car bombing, led to traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, affecting reading retention, attention span and attendance. With help from Edmonds CC’s Veterans Training Support Center, Lovitt went on to make the dean’s list and form student clubs.
Lovitt earned a bachelor’s in public affairs from Seattle University and master’s in business administration from Western Governors University, and hopes to earn a doctorate degree and work with student veterans.
Everett student earns prestigious scholarshipIncoming Pacific Lutheran University student Kristin Anderson, a senior at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, has been awarded a prestigious President’s Scholarship worth $22,000 a year, as well as the opportunity to earn even more.
The Presidential Scholarship is renewable. In all, 160 President’s Scholars were selected. In February, Anderson and other winners will interview at the PLU campus to compete for the next level of President’s Scholarships, including one of 10 $27,000 per year Harstad Founder’s Scholarships or one of five full-tuition Regent’s Scholarships.
Marysville Navy Jr. ROTC hosts drillThe Marysville School District’s Navy Jr. ROTC on Jan. 11 hosted the Northwest Drill and Rifle Competition. Eight teams competed, including Everett, Arlington and Snohomish.
First-place winners included the Marysville Armed Drill Team and Marysville Cadet Mindhan Tran (unarmed drill down).
Second-place winners included Marysville Cadet Joshua Buchanan (armed drill team commander), Marysville Unarmed Drill Team 1, and Marysville Cadet Stanley Reyes (unarmed team 1 commander).
Third-place winners included the Marysville Unarmed Drill Team 2, Marysville Cadet Lester Flores (unarmed drill team commander), Everett Color Guard 2, and Arlington Cadet Christina Sosa (physical fitness).
Lake Stevens schools honor employeesNominated and selected by their peers, the following Lake Stevens School District employees will be recognized at the Feb. 12 school board meeting with Apple Awards for their contributions to the district and for their demonstration of excellence in their work: Gina Anderson, executive director of assessment and student learning; Ted Human, level II maintenance technician; Andy Knutson, math teacher at Lake Stevens High School; and Alexander Moll, shop teacher at Lake Stevens Middle School.
Everett Catholic school honors Mike GregoireImmaculate Conception and Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Everett recently announced that Mike Gregoire from the class of 1960 has been selected to receive its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. Gregoire is married to former Gov. Chris Gregoire.
“From his service to our country through active military duty, to advocating for the most vulnerable across Washington state, Mike has consistently demonstrated the values of the Gospel teachings. We are very proud to welcome him home,” ICOLPH Principal Kimberlie Kilroy said.
The award was to be presented Jan. 23. “I am humbled by this recognition. It is the staff, faculty and families of Immaculate Conception that inspired my life just like they have inspired countless others,” Gregoire said.
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