The Lake Stevens-Granite Falls Rotary Club has awarded $8,000 in scholarships to Cody Radle from Prove High School, Holly Bolyard and Jennifer DuPrey from Granite Falls High School and Candace Bonnell, Alyssa Isaman, Emily Dykgraat, Lauren Cook and Ashley Hahn from Lake Stevens High School.

The eight recipients were selected from a field of 19 applicants by a committee that considered grades, community service, school service and education plans.

Scholarship money is raised primarily by the sale of tickets for the group’s annual Duck Dash during Aquafest. Tickets supporting the scholarship fund for next year’s graduates can be purchased from any Rotary member or at the Lake Stevens farmers market for $5 each.

Community Transit coloring contest

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Community Transit has named the winners of its coloring contest.

The winners are: first-grader Tera Thongdy of Mill Creek Elementary School, second-grader Laura Querl of Mountlake Terrace Elementary School, third-grader Jacob Houser of Maplewood K-8, fourth-grader Wil Owens of Grace Academy and fifth-grader Alexa Lynne Webb of Grace Academy.

Snohomish County students in first through fifth grade were invited to submit drawings of what Community Transit might be like in 30 years. Each grade’s winning artist received a $1,000 savings bond. Their drawings will be displayed on the side of a bus for the rest of the year.

Assistance League honors philanthropists

The Assistance League of Everett recently awarded the Medina Foundation of Seattle its annual Operation School Bell Award for the foundation’s financial support to the league’s school clothing distribution program. The Medina Foundation has provided support to Operation School Bell for more than five years.

In addition, Jean Messner is the winner of the Ada Edwards Laughlin Award from the Assistance League. The award pays tribute to a longtime Assistance League member who “gives countless hours behind the scenes and is an unsung hero.”

Messner joined the league in 1982. She has served in nearly every position of the chapter, including chairman of the Assistance League’s capital campaign, during her 24 years of service.

The Assistance League of Everett is a volunteer-based, nonprofit organization that provides clothing to disadvantaged students from 14 school districts in Snohomish County. This school year, more than 2,600 students received clothing, including jackets and shoes.

Council honors local championship teams

The Snohomish County Council has recognized the achievement of three local high school teams that won state championships in the spring sports season.

The council passed resolutions of commendation for the Jackson Timberwolves, state 4A baseball champions; the Granite Falls Tigers, state 2A baseball champs; and the Snohomish Panthers state 4A boys soccer champions.

The council’s resolution notes that the three schools all won their championships on May 27 and proclaims that day should be known as the “Day of Champions” in Snohomish County.

Home school center wins theater award

Edmonds Home School Resource Center was the winner of the outstanding scenic design award for the center’s production of “Jane Eyre” in the fourth annual 5th Avenue High School Musical Theater Awards sponsored by Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and Wells Fargo.

Fire District 1 adds firefighters to ranks

Snohomish County Fire District 1 has added four firefighters to its ranks.

Tom Keene, Nicole Picknell and David Sherman are attending the Washington State Fire Academy in North Bend and will graduate July 21. Tod Bullard, who graduated from the academy in 2000, has been assigned to the Hilton Lake Fire Station.

Bullard, a Brier resident, is a firefighter and emergency medical technician. He’s been a volunteer with Fire District 1 for 10 years. He completed his emergency medical technician training at Edmonds Community College in 1994.

Keene was a paramedic in Wenatchee for 15 years. He completed his paramedic training in Washington, D.C. Keene served as a deputy sheriff in Chelan County for four years and as a resident volunteer firefighter in Pullman while attending Washington State University.

Picknell is a paramedic who began her career as a wildland firefighter in 1990 while she was a student at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. She also worked for the Kirkland Fire Department, the Poulsbo Fire Department and Castle Rock Fire and Rescue in Colorado.

Sherman has 13 years of experience as a volunteer firefighter and served with Snohomish County Fire District 15, Whatcom County Fire District 2 and Jefferson County Fire District 3.

A Marysville-Pilchuck High School graduate, Sherman also served six years as a trooper with the Washington State Patrol and more than three years with the Bremerton Police Department.

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