School Winners

Tech students earn national awards

The Brier Terrace Middle School Technology Student Association Nationals Team took home awards after competing June 20 to 26 at the national conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Sean Moore took first place in promotional design and second place in structural engineering. Haeley Johnston took second place in structural engineering and seventh place in career prep.

Through the dedication and hard work of members like AsiaLee Donnelly and Joey Owens, Brier Terrace was given the Chapter Excellence award for outstanding achievement in leadership, fundraising, scholarship, community service and participation in state and national competitions.

Advisor Todd Johnston was awarded the Middle School Advisor of the Year award for Washington state.

Granite Falls honors school employees

The Granite Falls School District named Kristen Bass and Tammi Sawyer as the 2011-2012 Employees of the Year at the annual end of the year staff awards program June 21 at Mountain Way Elementary.

Bass is the Teacher of the Year. She has been the special education teacher at Monte Cristo Elementary for the past seven years. Sawyer is the district’s Classified Employee of the Year. She is a high school cook and District Food Service co-coordinator. An employee for 20 years, she also helps to coordinate the free summer food service program and helps staff coordinate special events such as receptions and community events.

Arlington students quiz Mayor Tolbert

Arlington Mayor Barbara Tolbert visited Post Middle School on June 7 to answer questions from students.

She was invited to visit post by then seventh-grade students Sophia Curnett and Mya Shirley. Social studies teachers Mike Preisinger and Melinda Skyles brought their classes prepared to ask questions of the mayor.

Questions ranged from why Tolbert ran for mayor, to what is the city’s role in supporting local businesses like the Olympic Theatre. Students also asked about the possibility of a public pool in Arlington.

Young entrepreneur receives scholarship

The National Federation of Independent Business recently named Aaron Furrer as one of their five Young Entrepreneur finalists for 2012.

Furrer, a 2012 graduate of Monroe High School, received a $5,000 educational scholarship in recognition of his entrepreneurial endeavors and an all-expense paid trip with his parents to Washington, D.C., in May, where he was recognized at the National Federation of Independent Business summit.

In his business, Three Firs Factoring, Furrer uses an accounting practice to provide cash flow to trucking companies. The truckers sell their accounts receivable to him at a discount in exchange for cash with which to fund their business. He received first place honors at the state DECA conference last year in the Entrepreneurship Participating Event for this same business.

Furrer also has run a beef and hay business for six years, in addition to working on his parents’ farm.

Furrer will use his scholarship at Stanford University, where he plans to major in biochemistry with a minor in business entrepreneurship. His long-term goal is to open his own research lab, combining both science and entrepreneurship.

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