Community Extra: Applause

  • Mon Jun 18th, 2012 5:17pm
  • News

Mariner alumni award scholarships

The Mariner High School Alumni Association has given 11 $1,000 scholarships to the following 2012 Mariner High School seniors:

Margaret Kimball Memorial Scholarship to Oscar Alvarado, Howard Price Memorial Scholarship to Tyler Watson, other Mariner High School Alumni Association Scholarships to Madison Azim, Faith Dawson, Weyni Haddis, Manyma Jammeh, Marisa Medina, Martin Martinez Negrete, Nam Nguyen, Katie Rogers and Ali Sabah. The foundation’s $500 Senior Best Attendance award went to Kelsie Holtzlider.

Since 2007, the foundation has awarded scholarships and an attendance award to graduating Mariner seniors. To date the scholarships total $63,500.

Meadowdale senior receives scholarship

Robert Spani is the 2012 recipient of the Chief Al Dillon Memorial Scholarship.

Lynnwood Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 1984 awarded the $600 scholarship to Spani, a graduating senior at Meadowdale High School, based on his academic achievements and an essay explaining how services provided by the city of Lynnwood improve the lives of its residents. Spani plans to attend Washington State University to study broadcasting.

His father and grandfather, Chuck and Martin Span, are retired Lynnwood Fire Department volunteer firefighters.

The scholarship is named after retired Chief Al Dillon, who led the department from 1979-1991.

Welcome for Nimitz aids relief society

Snohomish County officially welcomed the officers and sailors of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz to the community during an event June 6 attended by more than 200 business and community leaders.

United Way of Snohomish County and the Economic Alliance Snohomish County, organizers of the event, used the proceeds from the luncheon to make a $6,000 contribution to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, which provides financial, educational and other assistance to members of the military and their families. The Economic Alliance estimates that Naval Station Everett is worth annually about $463 million to the local economy. Navy personnel frequently volunteer with local community groups and, since 2006, have contributed $1.5 million to United Way of Snohomish County.

Two Scouts earn their Eagle rank

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1040 of Lynnwood awarded VFW Eagle Scout certificates at an Eagle Scout ceremony June 10 at Edmonds Methodist Church. Earning awards were Micah Lund and Anthony Smeester, members of Boy Scout Troop 312.

Micah’s Eagle project created a historical loop trail connected to Olympic View Trails in Perrinville.

Anthony’s project improved the walking and jogging trail along the Lynnwood municipal golf course.

Colonists group visits fifth graders

Mill Creek Elementary School fifth grade students had a visit earlier this month from members of the Pilchuck Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists.

The students got to write with a quill and ink, try on costumes from the era, learn about crafts and trades and taste foods common to the colonists.

Involved in the presentation were Penny Genise, Maralyn Ricketts, Cheryl Healey, Ruth Shaff and Marjory Radford. For more information, call Radford at 425-239-7175.

Teen volunteer earns award

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring has named Tyler Van Brocklin the May city volunteer for contributions to the community center and city parks and recreation events.

“Tyler is an outstanding 14-year-old who is proving that you’re never too young to be an asset to the community you call home,” said Nehring at the June 11 City Council meeting.

Tyler began volunteering four years ago at the Ken Baxter Community Center. He has taught seniors how to play the Nintendo Wii system, helped out with annual community center barbecue events and assisted with children’s crafts at Merrysville holiday events. Tyler also raised $340 toward the purchase of a second fireplace for the center’s card room.

Bowl-a-thon raises $20,000 for group

Marysville Windermere Real Estate and Marysville Sunrise Rotary on June 2 hosted a Strike Against Homelessness bowl-a-thon at Strawberry Lanes in Marysville. The event raised more than $20,000 for Housing Hope’s Beachwood project in Marysville.

An Everett-based nonprofit, Housing Hope provides safe, affordable housing and services for homeless and low-income families of Snohomish County. More information is at

The fundraising goal was a minimum of $10,000 in an effort to take advantage of a $10,000 match offered by Marysville Sunrise Rotary. The goal was met with the help of bowling teams, a raffle sale and the event sponsors.

Kiwanis Club awards scholarships

The Lynnwood Kiwanis Club Foundation has given graduating seniors in the Edmonds School District a total of $16,000 in scholarships.

Scholarship recipients were chosen based on academic achievement as well as community service activity. Those receiving scholarships are:

Scott Dotson, Lynnwood High, $1,000 Shay Thoelke Scholarship; Jennifer Tu, Lynnwood High, $1,000 Ralph Baggerly Scholarship;

Tuchi Nguyen, Lynnwood High, $1,000 Ernie Goshorn Scholarship; Angela Tu, Lynnwood High, $1,000 M.J. Hrdlicka Scholarship; Andy Maxon, Edmonds-Woodway High, $1,000 Robert L. Olsen Scholarship; Kayla Avery, Scriber Lake High, $1,000 Gourley/Rust Scholarship; Cassidy Draper, Scriber Lake High, $1,000 Virgil Whitehead Scholarship; June Woo, Meadowdale High, $1,500 Helen Olsen Scholarship; Jennifer Tran, Mountlake Terrace High, $1,500 Helen Olsen Scholarship; Katrina Nguyen, Edmonds Woodway High, $1,500 for four years, from the Helen Olsen Scholarship.

Arlington food bank raises $15,500

Steve Carlson of Smokey Point is the winner of a 12-foot Lund boat, fishing rods, life jackets, tackle box, night crawlers, a Suzuki motor and EZ Load trailer in a raffle to support the Arlington Food Bank. Ticket sales brought in more than $15,500 for the food bank.

Arlington Rotary, Arlington Hardware and Lumber and Master Marine of Mount Vernon offered the “Fishing Package” raffle, worth $4,500, with proceeds going to food bank building fund.

Retired school employee awarded

The Washington State School Retirees Association’s Stan McNaughton Outreach Award has been presented to Larry O’Donnell of Everett.

The award is given to someone who has participated in his or her community by developing a better life for people of that community while improving the image of retired school employees.

As an Everett school employee he was a teacher, counselor, vice-principal, principal and administrator. As a retiree he was a part of the team who worked to modernize and restore the Everett High School’s main building. O’Donnell has written books about Everett history, Everett schools, Seagull sports and the YMCA. He has raised money for schools, scholarships and local nonprofit organizations.

Fairgrounds supervisor honored

Bob Leonard, maintenance supervisor at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, has been honored with a Washington Recreation and Parks Association award.

Leonard was selected for the award for his efforts beyond his normal work responsibilities to make a positive contribution to the community. Leonard was instrumental in creating an annual scholarship available to park department field staff to attend the Pacific Northwest Resource Management School in Port Townsend each year.

Foundation donates money for beds

St. Vincent de Paul’s North Sound Council has announced the donation of $1,000 from the Greater Everett Community Foundation Coastal Community Bank Fund for the St. Vincent de Paul Beds for Children program. These money will be used to buy beds for children who otherwise might sleep on the floor in their homes.

To submit news for the Applause column, contact reporter Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427;