School Winners

Everett native graduates from Whitman College

Alice Minor, a 2007 graduate of Lakeside High School, graduated cum laude with honors May 20 in politics from Whitman College in Walla Walla.

While at Whitman, Minor won the 3A National Championship in ultimate Frisbee in 2010, beating Vassar College in the finals. She is now in Copenhagen, Denmark, working as an intern for Humanity in Action.

She is the daughter of Deane and Leslie Minor of Everett.

Arlington senior’s next stop: Seattle U

Kelsea Lothamer, a senior at Arlington High School and one of 11 valedictorians, will graduate on Tuesday.

During high school, Lothamer participated in National Honor Society by completing over 120 hours of community service, mostly at NOAH and Cascade Valley Hospital. She was in band for four years and earned a band letter each year. She was also a cheerleader for one year and earned a letter in cheer, and was on competitive cheerleading squads for two years.

Lothamer earned a President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, a Washington State Honors Award, and a Washington State Principal’s Scholar Program Award for Academic Excellence. She also earned a $1,000 Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians scholarship.

Lothamer plans to attend Seattle University where she has been accepted into the nursing program. She received the Seattle University Trustee’s Scholarship, a $70,000 merit-based scholarship, and earned a place on the Seattle University Spirit Squad as a cheerleader.

Lothamer is the daughter of Richard and Beverly Lothamer of Arlington.

Lake Stevens kids win challenge awards

Two Lake Stevens students were recently selected for the Youth Challenge Award, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lynnwood.

Alex Cortez, a ninth-grade student at Cavelero Mid High School, was recently selected for the Youth Challenge Award for his leadership skills. Kyle Antel, a senior at Lake Stevens High School, was chosen for his work in environmental service.

Rotary of Lynnwood every year recognizes exceptional students and selects one outstanding student across six different categories. Every student nominated receives a commemorative certificate and award winners receive a plaque and a $200 check.

4 seniors receive scholar awards

Four graduating seniors from the Everett School District are winners in the 30th annual Superintendent’s Scholar Award.

Since 1987, the Everett Public Schools Foundation has presented the Superintendent’s Scholar Awards in recognition of outstanding scholarship. To be considered for the award, 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.

The winners are: from Cascade High School, Darren Pouv, from Everett High School, Mikayla Svob; from Jackson High School, Yi Taek Hwang; and from Sequoia High School, Sydney O’Neil.

New principal comes to Granite Falls

The Granite Falls School Board of Directors unanimously selected Karin Manns to be the principal of Monte Cristo Elementary beginning on July 1.

The board made the announcement at its regular meeting June 6. Manns replaces Kari Henderson-Burke who accepted a principal position at Eagle Creek Elementary school in the Arlington School District.

Manns is the current principal for the Glendale Lutheran School in Burien. She has bachelor of arts degrees in German and elementary education and a master’s degree in educational administration. She also has her administrative and superintendent certification.

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

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