Edmonds Community College employee named public relations national Rising Star

Edmonds Community College’s marketing and public information office won a Paragon Award and a Rising Star award at the annual National Council for Marketing and Public Relations national conference in San Antonio, Texas, on March 25.

EdCC earned a silver Paragon in the Brochure-Booklet category for its Student Resource Guide, a 20-page campus resource designed and constructed to connect prospective and current students with the resources they need.

Paragon Awards are a national recognition of outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges. This year’s competition drew 1,939 entries from 262 colleges across the United States and Canada.

Laura Daniali (Edmonds Community College)

Laura Daniali (Edmonds Community College)

Laura Daniali, communications specialist of EdCC’s marketing and public information office, was named 2019 National Rising Star.

“It’s an honor to be recognized among so many amazing community college marketing and communications professionals,” said Daniali, who has worked at the college since 2016.

The Rising Star award recognizes newcomers who have demonstrated special creativity or ability in marketing and public relations and show evidence of a promising future in the field.

Daniali was also named NCMPR District 7’s Rising Star. Daniali writes most of the college’s messaging, including press releases, letters, talking points and speeches, and serves as the college’s backup public information officer.

Annual East County Community of Hope dinner at Lord Hill Farms in Snohomish. (Housing Hope)

Annual East County Community of Hope dinner at Lord Hill Farms in Snohomish. (Housing Hope)

Housing Hope raises $50,000 for affordable housing in East Snohomish County

All the money raised at this year’s annual East County Community of Hope dinner at Lord Hill Farms in Snohomish will be used for Housing Hope projects in the eastern part of the county.

This year’s sponsors include Harvey Airfield with Skydive Snohomish and Snohomish Flying Service, Andy’s Fish House, Canyon Creek Cabinet Company, Columbia Bank of Monroe and Snohomish, Genesis Refrigeration & HVAC LLC, Harmsen & Associates Inc., Lakeside Industries, Lord Hill Farms, Mr. Dizzy Motorsports, Shepherd of the Hills Church, C. Don Filer Agency, Inc., Delma Silva RE/MAX LEGACY, Grace Fellowship Church, Quackenbush Hansen & Cogar, PLLC, and Flowers by Karen.

Brightwater Showcase

The Snohomish Conservation District’s 2019 Better Ground Showcase to celebrate and share the stories of local conservation leaders was April 25.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Pat Stevenson, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians.

Conservation Leaders of the Year: Syd Nerland, Arlington/Oso; Brian Orr and Lori Bailey, Snohomish/Monroe, Andy Loch, Sorgenfrei Farm, Monroe; Robbie Johnson, Snohomish; Lora Hein and Nora Carlson, Edmonds; Debbie Hatcher, Maltby Elementary School; Vince Bertrand, City of Monroe; Dawn Pucci, Island County, Whidbey Island; Jim Eichner, Food Bank Farm, Monroe; and Housing Hope, Everett.

Hazel Miller grant

The Bethesda Community Services team at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Mountlake Terrace received a $2,500 grant from the Hazel Miller Foundation to help people in need in the south Snohomish County service area. This came at a time when much of Bethesda Community Services’ resources were depleted and at a time of year when people need help the most.

Bethesda Community Services helps low-income or homeless people with bus passes, gas cards and other minor financial needs. The grant will help many low-income people in our area during 2019 and alleviate some of the burdens of people in true need.

Kamiak scores in math

Kamiak High School placed 10th in the 2018 Ciphering Time Trials, a national mathematics contest administered by National Assessment & Testing.

Coaches Christine O’Connell and Rebekah Baldridge prepared students for the contest, which had 10 3-minute rounds in which individuals attempted to quickly answer three problems. Students had to decide whether to work each problem or if their time would be better spent checking their work on easier and more familiar problems.

After results from schools across the country were double-checked, many of Kamiak’s students received awards, helping their school to place 10th among the top schools in the country.

Margaret Wang placed 19th nationally in the 10th-grade division. Chris Choi, Margaret Wang and Casey Zhao, HeeYun Suh had the highest scores in the Seattle area in 9th-, 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-grades respectively.

National Assessment & Testing administers mathematics competitions that schools can participate in via email. Their contests span a variety of formats, including individual and team tests, with each contest featuring problems ranging from easy to difficult, providing both confidence and challenges to students of all abilities.

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