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DECA officers named

High schools throughout Snohomish County have named this year’s DECA officers. DECA is an international association of marketing students.

Here’s who’s serving:


President: Michael Keating

Vice president of business partnerships: Stephanie Wildman

Vice president of community relations: DJ Lockwood

Vice president of communications: Jackie Miller

Sales manager: Colby Vouton


President: Lisa Im

Management team: Olivia Engle, Breanne Mattson, Felicia Quintana, Serena Andersen, Ashley Brazil.


Co-Presidents: Shannon Gnagey and Taylor Tindall

Vice-President: Katie Jaimes

Director of business operations: Amanda Wright


President: Elizabeth Pendergrass

Vice President: Grecia Aquilera

Vice President of promotions: My-hang Nguyen

Secretary: John Huynh

Historians: Ian Dawe and Britta Tunestam


President: Tia Lee

Vice president of administration: Tara Horne

Vice president of community service: Olivia Church

Vice president of fundraising: Abbie Ryan

Secretary: Kirsten O’Brien

Treasurer: Allison Carr

Public relations: Jackie Serame and Becca Nies


President: Lindsey Nelson

Vice President: Gretchen Gillis

Director of Finance: Erial ThreeStars

Director of communications: Heather Sessions

Director of merchandising: Taylor Warner


President: Jen Lind

Vice President: Nick Devier

Secretary: Justine Bates

Treasurer: Brice Ellena


President: Amy Bannister

Vice presidents: Nicole Umayam and Ala Al-zeir

Student store managers: Jayson Small-Despres, Nicole Warren and Samantha Wells


President: Michelle Thompson

Vice president: Dina Putrya

Secretary: Vivianna Majia

Treasurer: Navkiran Aujla

Public relations: Kristy VenEman

Communications: Mathew Lane


Presidents: Emily Schultz and Brent Castano

Vice presidents: Melissa Laurer and Mikayla Brown

Secretaries: Addie Dittenber and Becca Muscatell

Treasurers: Amanda Ibea and Dustin Green

Publicity directors: Clayton Hawkins and Edith Martinez

Historian: Frankie Nelson

New Eye producers: Kelly Opel, Taylor Ashton, Sara Snapp, Leslie James.


President: Lola Yelistratova


President: Oneyda Chavez

Vice president of communications: Chera Swanson

Vice president of administration: Kim Nelson

Vice president: Jillian Krisinger

Program development director: Kayla Stafford

Trustees: Marissa Overcast, Annalisa Unbedacht and Tristah Bell

District receives honor for sustainable buildings

The Edmonds School District has received a 2007 BetterBricks Award for its steps to build sustainable, high-performance designed buildings, including the new Lynnwood High School now under construction.

Edward Peters, director of capital projects, accepted the award Oct. 25 for his leadership on the projects. The new Lynnwood High School is a 215,000-square-foot building that will use passive ventilation, automatic dimming, condensing boilers and other features that are predicted to outperform the Washington State Energy Code by 50 percent.

BetterBricks is the commercial initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, which is supported by local electric utilities, and advocates for improvements to energy-related practices.

Western Washington University names summer honor roll

The following local students were named to Western Washington University’s summer honor roll. To qualify for the honor roll, students must complete at least 14 graded credit hours during a quarter and be in the top 10 percent of their class.

Ashley Stonebridge, Freeland; Abram Smith-Groening, Langley; Lillian Nelson, Monroe; Mollie Nelson, Snohomish and Angela Rossiter of Everett.

EdCC communications director wins accolades

Sharron Sellers, Edmonds Community College’s director of communications and marketing, was named communicator of the year at the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations District VII conference in October for her leadership in public relations at the college, state and Northwest region that includes nine states and provinces.

The college has received regional and national awards for its Web site, publications and marketing campaigns including two recent NCMPR awards for outstanding publications.

The college’s “What next?” postcard series mailed to high school students and its online brochure,, earned gold honors.

Sellers has fostered marketing partnerships with Community Transit, the City of Lynnwood, Edmonds School District and Central Washington University-Lynnwood.

She’s served as president of the Public Information Commission of the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges and worked on the statewide awareness campaign for community colleges “Creating Opportunities”.

Before coming to Edmonds Community College in 1998, Sellers was a lobbyist for the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.

A community college alumna, she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Washington State University and her master’s in public administration at the University of Washington.

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