Arlington High School Senior Cole Hahn receives a certificate from principal Duane Fish. Cole is a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship, a nationwide academic competition for recognition and scholarships. (Submitted photo)

Arlington High School Senior Cole Hahn receives a certificate from principal Duane Fish. Cole is a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship, a nationwide academic competition for recognition and scholarships. (Submitted photo)

Arlington High School senior is academic finalist

Arlington High School Senior Cole Hahn is a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship, a nationwide academic competition for recognition and scholarships.

Cole became a semifinalist and then a finalist based on his high test scores from when he took the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) in his junior year. He also had to write an essay and receive a recommendation from his counselor.

“I was excited to learn I was a finalist,” Cole said. “My father actually sent me a picture of the letter when it arrived in the mail.”

Cole played soccer for four years, wrestled for three years, was a part of National Honor Society and also participated in the Knowledge Bowl. He took Advanced Placement classes and said that Arlington High School prepared him well.

“Cole is to be commended for this outstanding level of academic achievement,” said Arlington High School Principal, Duane Fish. “With this finalist status, Cole is among the top half percent of our nation’s high school seniors.

“We only ask three things of every Eagle: Be involved, work hard and be kind. Cole is all of these things and more. We couldn’t be more proud of this young man.”

Cole plans to attend either Stanford or the University of Washington. He plans to major in computer engineering. He’ll find out if he earned a scholarship this spring.

North Middle School teacher gets Art Educator of the Year award

Cynthia Gaub, a teacher at North Middle School, was named Pacific Region Middle School Art Educator of the Year. Gaub taught at North since 2004.

“I believe visual arts can provide students with an important outlet,” she said.

“Presenting at conventions has given me the opportunity to share my ‘Around the Room’ technique for skill building in a choice setting. I share through my blog, arts education magazines, and by contributing to books, including Studio Habits and Engaging Learners.”

Each year the National Art Education Association celebrates outstanding art educators in all divisions and regions, and from each state and province in the national awards program. Gaub served as a co-president for the association’s Washington chapter.

Gaub will be honored at several ceremonies at the Boston-held convention in March as well as being recognized by the Everett Public Schools Board of Directors.

Target Zero award

Shawneri Guzman with South County Fire in December received the Educator of the Year and Pedestrian Safety awards from Snohomish County Target Zero, the county-wide coalition to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries to zero by 2030.

PUD incentive

The Northshore School District was presented an incentive rebate of $420,000 by the Snohomish County Public Utility District for North Creek High School’s building meeting high energy efficiency markers.

Scholarship award

Jessica Roberts was awarded $1,800 from the P.E.O. Program for continuing education. She is a student at the University of Washington, majoring in health studies.

P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to support the education of women through scholarships, grants, loans. Local Chapter FQ of Snohomish sponsored Roberts for the grant.

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