Kelsey Dunlap and Brian Matson. (Contributed photos)

Kelsey Dunlap and Brian Matson. (Contributed photos)

2 Edmonds College students make state all-academic team

Edmonds College students make state all-academic team

Edmonds College students Kelsey Dunlap and Brian Matson were honored as members of the 2021 All-Washington Academic Team at a virtual ceremony on April 15. Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society serving two-year colleges, selects team members each year based on their academic achievements and community service.

All team members receive $250 scholarships from KeyBank, and they are eligible for other scholarships based on their rankings by Phi Theta Kappa. Many four-year colleges and universities also offer scholarships to members who choose to transfer.

Dunlap ranked second on the All-Washington Academic Team, which earned her a $750 scholarship from the Washington State Employees Credit Union and a $1,000 scholarship from the Washington State Association of College Trustees. She also ranked among the top 200 transfer students nationwide and was selected as a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar, earning her an additional $1,500 scholarship.

Kelsey Dunlap entered the field of health care at 17 years old, as an apprentice doula. She has since attended over 80 births, volunteered in the emergency department at Swedish Edmonds, and served as a medical coordinator for Jewish Voice Ministries International in Zimbabwe. She is earning her associate degree in pre-nursing from Edmonds College and plans to get her bachelor of science degree in nursing.

“Whatever skills I gain, I would like them to be useful in settings where communities have limited resources,” Dunlap said. “My goal is to be a diligent, capable, kind, compassionate, encouraging, and skilled nurse who rises to each occasion and keeps her eyes on the things that matter.”

Matson has loved the forests of the Pacific Northwest since he was a child, and he has always wanted to make a career out of that passion. He holds a bachelor’s degree in ecology from The Evergreen State College and is currently working towards his associate degree in landscape design at Edmonds College. He plans to start a landscape design company after graduating.

“With so much land being owned privately, impacting homeowners gardens is an effective way to create environmental change on the local level,” said Matson. “My goal is to design and build gardens that minimize water and resource usage, are fully organic, generate food for the client, provide wildlife habitat, and create a sense of place in the region by utilizing native plants.”

13 Northshore students named National Merit finalists

Thirteen Northshore School District students were named National Merit finalists. With this recognition, these students will be considered for approximately 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards, which will be awarded this spring.

They are Alice Standley from Bothell High School; Margaret He, Sebastian Kolde, Sofia Leotta, Dace Roberts and Kimaya Wijeratna from Inglemoor High School; Amal Jacob and Akash Selvakumar from North Creek High School and Isabella Bueno, Ethan Kam, Benjamin Sehmel, Elliot Smith and Aria Yang from Woodinville High School.

Snohomish PUD wins energy recognition

Snohomish County PUD has received the 2021 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence for promotional efforts in expanding energy-efficiency outreach and delivering 35,000 free ENERGY STAR-certified energy-efficiency bundles to customer households, resulting in over 4.3 million kilowatt-hours saved.

“Energy efficiency and conservation are a key part of the PUD’s commitment to serve our customers with clean and affordable energy,” said Pam Baley, PUD Assistant General Manager of Customer & Energy Services. “This award is an honor and a reflection of the hard work of our employees to reach customers in effective and unique ways during a challenging year.”

This is the second year in a row the PUD has been honored by ENERGY STAR for its energy efficiency efforts. The PUD has been helping customers make their homes and businesses more energy efficient for more than 40 years.

In 2020, the PUD focused its efforts on helping customers lower their energy usage and bills as they dealt with significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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