School Winners

FBLA students make national competition

Granite Falls High School students Katelyn Campbell, Aakash Sethi and Pooja Sethi qualified for the national Future Business Leaders of America competition set for the end of June in San Antonio, Texas.

The students placed in the top five in their category at the state competition April 7 in Seattle to be eligible for the national competition.

Katelyn, a junior, qualified as a member of the Emerging Business Issues team.

Aakash, a sophomore, qualified in three events by taking first place in the state in Introduction to Business, second place in Networking Concepts, and second place as a member of the Emerging Business Issues team.

Pooja, a junior, qualified in two events, the Emerging Business Issues team event and she also took fifth place in Cyber Security.

Also representing Granite Falls High School at the state conference were Brandon Cole, Cheney Hess, Miranda Meier, Erin Hurn, Victoria Schmidt-Long, Chryssy Dolan, Emily Schneiders, Austin Bailey, Katelyn Goodman, Cierra Scown, Anniemae Baker and Luis Torres.

Glacier Peak student awarded scholarship

Megan Weyrauch of Snohomish was recently awarded a Presidential Scholarship of $2,500 for the 2012-13 academic year at Eastern Washington University.

This award is given to incoming students with a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.8 or higher, or an SAT score of at least 1,250.

Megan will graduate from Glacier Peak High School this spring, where she is involved in the National Honor Society, yearbook staff and sports.

She is the daughter of Rick and Sandy Weyrauch of Snohomish.

Students receive president’s award

Two high school students were recently recognized by President Barack Obama’s Corporation for National and Community Service for their volunteer work in the community as part of National Volunteer Week, April 15 to 21.

Kais Ben Mariem, 17, an exchange student from Tunisia and a senior at Marysville Getchell High School, received the gold President’s Volunteer Service Award. Kais did more than 300 hours of volunteer work with the Marysville Getchell boys’ basketball team, helping out at local soup kitchens, and at church and cultural festivals.

Kaitlyn Anderson, 17, a senior at Kamiak High School, received the bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award. As an active Youth United volunteer and former Youth United intern, Kaitlyn has given more than 100 hours of community service this year. She also is active in the organization Skills USA, and serves as a state officer.

These awards are among the nation’s top volunteering honors.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is issued by Points of Light Institute and the Corporation for National and Community Service on behalf of the president.

Kamiak student gets scholarship from WSU

Carissa Pietzsch, a 2009 Kamiak High School graduate, recently was awarded three scholarships from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

Pietzsch received a $1,500 Washington State Broadcasters Scholarship, $1,500 Harold Rock Memorial Scholarship and $1,500 Barbara Groce Reilly and Earl F. Reilly Jr. Scholarship. She plans to graduate from WSU in May 2013 with a degree in communication and minors in business and psychology.

Pietzsch is the daughter of Connie Emmons and Todd Pietzsch of Mukilteo.

Arlington Rotary Club honors students

The Rotary Club of Arlington announced and recognized its Outstanding Students for March at a meeting March 17.

Students who were honored were awarded a voucher for a $50 donation to a nonprofit group at their school or a nonprofit organization in their community. Rotarian and Arlington Superintendent of Schools, Kris McDuffy presented certificates to Charles Steel from Arlington Weston High School and Sierra Shibley from Darrington High School.

Charles, in his last year in the Transition Center program at Weston High School, was recommended for student of the month by the principal Amie Verellen Grubbs.

He has done volunteer work for the school district, Cascade Hospital, Cascade Valley Senior living and the Stillaguamish Senior Center Thrift Store.

He also works at Wal-Mart and is active in the Special Olympics and his church. His goal is to graduate this year and be successfully employed.

Sierra, a senior, was recommended by her principal Dave Holmer. She participates in a variety of school activities including fundraisers for the Family Resource and Support Center, youth council, skate park, bake sales and drama. For the past two years, she has helped organize Puget Sound Blood Bank drives.

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