School Winners

  • Fri Jun 15th, 2012 6:29pm
  • Life

Jackson High grad accepts scholarship

Matthew Pyles has accepted a scholarship from Middle Tennessee State University.

The 2012 Henry M. Jackson High School graduate is one of 20 students selected from among numerous applicants for the Buchanan Fellowship, the highest academic award given to students entering the university.

In addition to earning a high score on the ACT and maintaining a high grade-point average, Pyles has distinguished himself by earning a Commendable Scholar designation for the 2012 National Merit program. He was also elected Speaker of the House for the Washington State Youth and Government program.

Pyles received the Lionel Hampton Jazz Award for leadership, was two-year director of the Jazz I Choir at Jackson High School, and earned three letters in Jackson High School’s Honor Wind Ensemble, a group he performed with this year at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Pyles is interested in studying music education, theater and mass communications. He is the son of Marilyn and Ted Pyles of Everett.

Superintendent’s Scholars named

Four graduating seniors from the Everett School District were winners at the 30th annual Superintendent’s Scholar Award function May 23 at the Everett Golf and Country Club.

The Everett Public Schools Foundation has presented the Superintendent’s Scholar Awards since 1987. Candidates must be in the top 5 percent of their graduating class or have scored in the top 5 percent of seniors who have taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Counselors at each high school select representatives from those who have applied. One student from each school is chosen.

Darren Pouv from Cascade High School was selected and he honored Erin Acheson as his most inspiring educator. Mikayla Svob from Everett High School was selected and honored Cynthia McIntyre. Yi Taek Hwang from Henry M. Jackson High School was selected and honored Margaret Thorleifson. Sydney O’Neil from Sequoia High School won the award and honored teacher Jennifer Heman.

The other finalists and their most inspirational staff are: Albert Nguyen and teacher Lisa Olson-Kelly from Cascade High School; and Annie Stavang and teacher Craig Verver, also from Cascade. Khadija Tarver honored Addie Smith, and Tom Gebert honored Jim Lockman from Everett High School. Monica Cook honored Nicholas Andersen, and Ryan Fowler honored Lesley Moffat from Henry M. Jackson High School. Sadie Bates honored Neelz Gharavi from Sequoia High School.

National Merit winners recognized

Four Monroe High School juniors have been recognized in the first stage of the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Kathryn Dunham, Devon Johnson, Danielle Latimore and Tiffany Ohlsen received word at school of their recognition.

To qualify, these students placed in the top 3.5 percent of the nation in their preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test results. The National Merit Program recognizes approximately 50,000 of the 1.5 million students who take the PSAT test annually.

Monroe graduate earns college degree

Lauren Rosenthal, a 2008 Monroe High school graduate, recently graduated from Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

Rosenthal was recruited by Yale on a full scholarship. She graduated from the Ezra Stiles College at Yale University with honors and her degree in literature. She received a number of awards for her work while attending the university.

Rosenthal is the daughter of Stan and Debbie Rosenthal of Monroe.

Edmonds Arts scholarship winners

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation recently awarded 22 scholarships.

Samantha Piercy, a graduate of Meadowdale High School, plans to attend Cleveland Institute of Art. She received the Anna E. Sambataro Memorial Fine Arts Scholarship provided by the Sambataro Family Foundation and selected using foundation criteria. From Edmonds-Woodway High School Megan Lees and Makayla Deppa plan to attend Western Washington University, and Reyna Marquez plans to attend Shoreline Community College. Meadowdale High School student Kelsey Barnes is planning to attend Pacific Lutheran University, and Edmonds Heights student Sarah Sprouse plans to attend Ecole Parsons in Paris, France.

Students selected from the Edmonds Community College Visual Arts Program are Cynthia Campbell, Sun Kyung Kim, Edward Arriesgado and Tsz “Erin” Chan. They plan to continue at Edmonds Community College.

Students who have been awarded previous scholarships and received renewals this year are: Taylor Callaway at Boston University; Spencer Shores, Elise Butters and Mariya Dudyshyn at Cornish College of the Arts; Bryn Fraker at California College of the Arts; Erinn McGraw at the University of Washington; Amanda Rengli at Western Washington University; Christopher Seto at Emerson College in Boston; Sara Portesan at Whitman College; Audi Asaf at Goddard College; Rachel Myers at the International Academy of Design and Technology; and Juan Valdez at Savannah College of the Art and Design.

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