School Winners

Middle schoolers win essay contest

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1040 recently awarded the first-, second- and third-place prizes in the VFW Patriots Pen essay contest.

The first-place award went to Hollie Hutchison, second place to Reilly Chappell and third place to Fran Herr. All three students are in the seventh grade at College Place Middle School. The theme of this year’s Patriots Pen essay was “What I would tell my Founding Fathers.”

Hollie advances to the next level of competition.

Student nominated for acting awards

Cameron Lee, a Monroe High School freshman, has been nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Musical and Person to Watch in the 2012 Seattle Broadway World awards for the ArtsWest production of “Godspell.”

Last year, he was nominated for the 2011 Seattle Broadway World awards as Best Featured Actor in a Play for his first role as a professional, playing Jesse in “Distracted.” He also was suggested for a 2011 Gregory Award for the same role.

Cameron fell in love with acting in the fifth grade when he saw the Monroe High School production of “The Sound of Music.” He since has been in two Monroe High musicals, as Emilio’s son in “South Pacific” and as a chorus member in “Side Show.” He starred as Harold Hill in Hidden River Middle School’s performance of “The Music Man” last spring.

Cameron broke into professional acting with his role in “Distracted,” and added to his resume this year by making commercials for Microsoft and a piano-learning program. He is currently in a professional role playing Peter Cratchit in ACT Theater’s production of “A Christmas Carol.”

He plans to audition for the 2013 ArtsWest musical in January, and for the Monroe High School spring musical.

Seattle Broadway World awards will be announced at the end of December and are based on votes received through the Seattle World website.

Rotary selects Students of Quarter

Stanwood-Camano Rotary Club has selected its Students of the Quarter.

The students were recognized for their exemplary academic efforts, leadership skills, community service, citizenship, athletics and volunteer service. Award recipients are Aaron Larson, fifth grade, Elger Bay Elementary; Emma Bartlett, fifth grade, Elger Bay Elementary; Cameron Chollar, ninth grade, home-schooled in partnership with Saratoga School; Rachael Rogers, 10th grade, home-schooled in partnership with Saratoga School; Audrey Garman, senior, Stanwood High School; and Jack Lund, senior, Stanwood High School.

Elementary students donate money

The students from Patti Ingalls’ first- and second-grade class from Whittier Elementary School raised $135 and donated it to an annual Thanksgiving meal hosted at the Everett Gospel Mission’s men’s mission.

The students, along with teacher Jocelyn Sievers-Bailey’s class, also colored and decorated placemats for the celebration. Students learned about philanthropy through the Imagine Children’s Museum guest reader, who read the book “One Hen,” and decided to raise money for people who are less fortunate.

Students receive college scholarships

Laurel Graves and Julius Arevalo each recently received the Boeing Explorer Scholarship of $750.

Students received this award based on their participation in the three-day Research Skills Short Course in August at Washington State University.

Graves graduated from Arlington High School in 2010 and plans to graduate from Washington State University in December 2014 with a degree in civil engineering. She is a Regents Scholar and a member of the Honors College. She is an Honors College freshmen seminar facilitator and a member of Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honors society.

Graves is the daughter of Corinn and Paul Graves of Arlington.

Arevalo graduated from Arellano University in Manila, Philippines, in 2005 and plans to graduate from Washington State University in May 2014 with a degree in civil engineering. He is the son of Teresa De Villa of Everett.

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