School winners

Snohomish student receives scholarship

Matthew Hamlin of Snohomish was recently awarded a Presidential Scholarship for $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.

Matthew will graduate from Snohomish High School this spring. He is a member of the varsity swim team, Engineering Club and Biotechnology Club.

He intends to pursue a degree in computer science and mathematics as a freshman in the fall at Eastern Washington University.

Local Model U.N. class wins at state

Students from the Sky Valley Education Center’s Model United Nations class earned eight awards at the 12th annual Washington State Model United Nations held recently at Seattle University.

Washington State Model United Nations simulates the type of debate, discussion and analysis on international issues found in the real world. Delegates engage in negotiation and diplomacy to reach consensus on viable solutions to world problems.

To prepare for a conference, students research the country or nongovernmental organization they are assigned to represent and become familiar with that entity’s position on the different issues.

The award winners are:

CeAnna Heit, Best Research, France on the Economic and Social Council.

Gregory Hopper, Best Diplomat, France on the World Health Organization.

Jamie Kisela, Best Research, France on the World Bank.

Brittney Landstrom, Best Research, Timor-Leste on the Disarmament and International Security Committee.

Jessee Mellinger, Best Research and Best Statesman, NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security in the Nongovernmental Organization Committee.

Ashley Nixon, Honorable Mention, France on the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Marlena Wied, Best Diplomat, France on the Disarmament and International Security Committee.

EdCC accounting student honored

Edmonds Community College student Siyu Lu, 22, of Lynnwood is one of seven nationwide recipients of a $1,000 scholarship from the Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges.

The scholarships are awarded based on grade point average, recommendations and the applicant’s commitment to a career in accounting. Lu is the first scholarship recipient from the state.

In March, Lu also earned the All-Washington Academic Team honor, which recognizes the state’s top community and technical college students for scholarship, leadership and community service.

Lu plans to study accounting and finance at the University of Washington.

She would one day like to work as a financial analyst with a taxation specialty. Her dream is to establish a nonprofit that promotes family financial literacy and educate the public about personal finance management.

High school students win in photo contest

Schack Art Center received more than 150 entries for its 2012 Black and White Photography Contest.

The contest was open to all Snohomish County high school students. Photographs were judged in two categories, traditional analog prints and digital output prints.

The grand prize winner of the 2012 Black and White Photography Contest was awarded to Matt Brigham, a senior at Snohomish High School for his digital entry “Little Dancer.”

Other recipients were:

Traditional print category: Cheyenne Bishop, Snohomish High School 12th-grader, first place for “United Friends Stand, Divided Friends Fall”; Mindy Tinney, Snohomish High School 11th-grader, second place for “Dejection”; Savannah Garcia, Henry M. Jackson High School ninth-grader, third place for “NBA’s Future.”

Juror choice recipients: Cora Leach, Snohomish High School 12th-grader, “Name, Number, and a Place to Sit”; and Chelsea Richardson, Meadowdale High School 12th-grader, “Exit.”

Honorable mention recipient: Brian McCafferty, Tulalip Heritage High School 11th-grader, “Tree.”

Digital print category: Sierra DeCota, Arlington High School 11th-grader, first place for “Flirty Feathers”; Kelsey Fallstrom, Lake Stevens High School 12th-grader, second place for “A Glimpse of the Soul”; Brylee Langdon, Stanwood High School ninth-grader, third place for “Flower Boy”; Maddy Kornegay, Kamiak High School 12th-grader, fourth place for “Vecchio.”

Juror choice recipients: Laura Brossard, Henry M. Jackson High School ninth-grader, “Little Bright Tea Light”; and Marcela Gaspar, Lake Stevens High School 10th-grader, “Holding a Memory.”

Honorable mention recipients: Serena Bircher, Kamiak High School 12th-grader, “Snooze”; Susie Comyns, Snohomish High School 12th-grader, “Innocence”; Carina Dawn Elston, Lake Stevens High School 11th-grader, “The Leopard Behind the Fence”; Faith Fitch, Marysville Mountain View High School ninth-grader, “Nose Goes”; Camden Lang, Stanwood High School ninth-grader, “Little Dreamer”; Alexandra Leonard, Stanwood High School ninth-grader, “The Walking Journey”; Andrew Moore, Monroe High School 10th-grader, “Garden Rose”; Ingrid Pelletier, Stanwood High School ninth-grader, “Temptation”; Karissa Robinson, Arlington High School 12th-grader, “Welcome to the Jungle”; Gabbie Stewart, Cascade High School 12th-grader, “Left at the Altar”; Blythe Stine, Snohomish High School 11th-grader, “Within the Darkness.”

Award winners were honored April 12 at the Open Studio Night at the Schack Art Center. An exhibit of all the entries is on display in the center’s Emerging Young Artist Gallery until April 30.

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

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