EvCC recognizes SnoCo Black Heritage Committee leader

DanVo’nique Bletson-Reed, president of the Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee, was given the Everett Community College Diversity and Equity Center’s Malcolm X Day 2021 Community Awareness Award. (Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee)

DanVo’nique Bletson-Reed, president of the Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee, was given the Everett Community College Diversity and Equity Center’s Malcolm X Day 2021 Community Awareness Award. (Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee)

The Everett Community College Diversity and Equity Center bestowed DanVo’nique Bletson-Reed with the Malcolm X Day 2021 Community Awareness Award.

Bletson-Reed is the president of the Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee, a nonprofit group that educates people about the cultural roots and contributions of African-Americans, perhaps best known for organizing the annual Nubian Jam. She received the award for her dedication to her community and community service.

Kiwanis Club of Snohomish tidies Claytown Kids Park

Members and families of the Kiwanis Club of Snohomish recently tended to Claytown Kids Park in Snohomish.

During the past pandemic year, the park at 329 Ave. I specifically designed for families with small children became overgrown with weeds and shrub overgrowth. As one of their community projects, the Kiwanis team brought shovels, pruners, trimmers, and a power-washer to tidy the park in a steady June rain.

For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Snohomish, visit www.snohokiwanis.org.

Marysville Kiwanis Club awards $4,000 in scholarships

The Marysville Kiwanis Club has awarded four scholarships to local high school graduates.

Students were selected based on their community service involvement, need, academics, activities and career goals, Kiwanis President Doug Buell said.

“This year’s award recipients ran the gamut, from a pioneer who became one of the nation’s first girl Eagle Scouts to a young apprentice who is hot on his way to becoming a well-grounded electrician,” Buell said.

This year’s scholarship recipients by high school and future plans are:

Molly McKinney, Marysville Getchell High School, Snohomish County’s first girl Eagle Scout, who will attend Everett Community College before moving on to a Los Angeles institution to study fashion design.

Caden Vongsa, another Marysville Getchell graduate and Kiwanis Key Club member since his freshman year, who plans to attend college to major in Chemistry/Pre-Med.

Cole Norton, an Marysville Getchell graduate and Running Start student active in numerous community services activities and school sports, who plans to go to college to study sports statistics or financial analysis in the sports industry.

Alexander Hamilton, from Legacy High School, a 2020-21 Kiwanis-Soroptimist Student of the Month and recipient of the Kiwanis Club’s vocational-technical scholarship. Hamilton is currently a full-time electrician’s apprentice and plans to become a journeyman electrician.

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