School Winners

Kamiak graduate earns scholarship

Zamir Kanji, a 2012 graduate of Kamiak High School, received a $2,000 scholarship from Nationwide Retirement Services and the National Association of Counties.

The organizations offer four college scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors who have a parent or grandparent enrolled in the deferred compensation program.

Zamir is the son of Arif Kanji who is the Snohomish County Investment Officer in the County Treasurer’s Office.

He submitted an application including a written essay on the importance of public sector employees starting early to save for retirement.

Zamir plans to pursue a degree in management information systems at Washington State University this fall.

Archbishop Murphy wins Scholastic Cup

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently announced that Archbishop Murphy High School is the 2011-12 2A Scholastic Cup champion.

The Scholastic Cup was presented by Mike Colbrese, WIAA executive director at the annual school awards ceremony June 8.

Archbishop Murphy High School scored 1,605 points to win the award. The Wildcats won the cup in 2009-10 as well, and placed second last year.

Lake Stevens seniors earn service award

Six Lake Stevens seniors were presented with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award during the June 1 meeting of the Youth Advisory Council.

Award recipients were Adrien Davila, Jasmyn Friend, Brendan Gould, Cody Hartman, Remingten Kitbury and Jake Olsen.

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize contributions volunteers make in their communities.

The Lake Stevens Family Center presented three bronze level awards for 100 to 174 hours of volunteer service, two silver awards for 175 to 249 hours of service and one gold award for 250 hours or more of service.

Arlington grads receive scholarships

Graduating seniors from Arlington High School were awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships on May 22 by the Arlington Dollars for Scholars Foundation to help pay for college tuition.

Scholarships ranged from $250 to $2,000 and were given to 55 seniors including Megan Abdo, Jennifer Anderson, Evie Aylesworth, James Baker, Megan Beierly, Shawn Berg, Megan Birdsong, Andrew Bosket, Brittany Bovard, Nathan Braaten and Brandi Carmack.

Andrew Clark, Savanna DeCota, Sara Deeter, Michelle Domanowski, Jensen Evans, Kelsy Faux, Kaitlin Ferro, Kristina Flick, Janey Foxe, Kelsey Girardo, Tanner Goheen, Leslee Graves, Nichole Gray, Cheyenne Hanshaw and Nathan Haskew.

Sadie Hitsky, Hannah Hoffman, Allanah Hoobler, Robert Kephart, Kelsey Kokulak, Mackenzie Kyle Kilmer, Keely Killebrew, Reece Lamie, Anna Larson, Kelsea Lothamer, Colton McCoy, Amber Olander, Dakota Olson, Megan Percy, Dan Radion, Jessie Rard, Molly Rard, Karissa Robinson, Jasmine Root, Katrina Roys, Alexis Sarver, Joshua Scarth, Molly Shackleford, Cassie Van Loo, Teresa Wadey, Danika Watland, Catherine Wilson, Jaynie Woodard and Tanya Zambrano.

The Foundation was established 11 years ago by a group of Arlington residents and business leaders with a desire to help young people in the community.

Kamiak graduate has perfect attendance

Jessica Keller, a recent graduate of Kamiak High School, finished 13 years of school with a perfect attendance record.

Keller was active with leadership class, National Junior Honor Society, played soccer, basketball, participated in track and was recently awarded a Kamiak Athletic Booster Club scholarship on Senior Recognition Night.

She set the goal to have a perfect attendance record in Kindergarten, after watching her older sister, Jordan, strive for the same and complete her goal with graduation in 2008. She plans to attend Edmonds Community College in the fall.

Jessica is the daughter of Jeff and Michelle Keller of Mukilteo.

To submit news for School Winners, contact reporter Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491; or email

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