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Everett Lions honor EHS grad for service

Allegra Bozorth, a 2014 graduate of Everett High School, received the Everett Central Lions Club’s annual Student Community Service Award. Bozorth was selected for her exceptional community service while in high school. The award is given to a graduating senior who best exemplifies the “We Serve” motto of Lions Clubs International.

Bozorth was involved in numerous service activities while at Everett High, including coaching, food drives, assisting the elderly, a Hurricane Sandy relief effort, volunteering at Everett Animal Shelter, and much more. The 4.0 student plans to study foreign languages at the University of Washington.

Kamiak teen elected mock state’s governor

Michael Bervell, a senior at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, was elected governor to Evergreen Boys State held recently at Warm Beach Conference Center in Stanwood. Boys State is a national program of The American Legion to promote hands-on learning of the U.S. democratic form of government. Nearly 200 boys, all ending their junior year in high schools, attended the week-long simulation after being selected and funded by local American Legion posts. Bervell was sponsored by Mountlake Terrace American Legion Post 234.

The citizens were each assigned to a fictitious city, county and political party in the state of “Evergreen.” They attended classes, held meetings, and established their government at the city, county, and state levels.

For his efforts to become the governor and the work he did, Bervell received the $1,000 Evergreen Boys State Foundation Governor’s Scholarship. He also was a finalist in the Oratorical Contest.

At Kamiak, Bervell has served as Associated Student Body secretary and was elected ASB President for the coming school year. He is the executive director of a nonprofit organization called “Hugs for Ghana” (HugsForGhana.org) and recently founded “Helping You Grow” (HUG), a local branch of Hugs for Ghana.

Other Snohomish County participants receiving honors were Chandler Ford with a Citizenship Award and Jonah Weber with an Expectations of Excellence Award (both of Lake Stevens High School and sponsored by Lake Stevens Post 181); and Zachary Anders of Henry M. Jackson High School (Lynnwood Post 37) and Tristan Heckman of Stanwood High School (Stanwood Post 92) with Expectations of Excellence Awards. Shadrach Strehle of Snohomish High School (Snohomish Post 96) also was an Oratorical Contest finalist, which came with a small cash award.

Bearcats raise funds for Kenyan school

Working with the organization Free the Children, Monroe High School students succeeded in raising $10,000 to fund the construction of a school in Kenya.

The students put a lot of effort into multiple events to raise $8,300 of the money, from a Homecoming Week campaign to a “Hunger Games”-style competition to collect food for the local food bank and money for the Free the Children project. A local family pitched in the final dollars to bring students to their $10,000 goal.

Jamie Johnson, ASB adviser, said she appreciated how the magnitude of the goal they set for themselves forced the students to think outside of the box. “Being able to tell them we’d raised the entire amount of the money, and seeing their expressions … it was priceless,” she said.

Brodie receives ADHD scholarship

Julia Brodie, of Snohomish, has received a 2014 Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship from Shire US Inc. The program is for individuals in the United States diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder who are pursuing higher education at a college, vocational school, or technical school. Brodie was one of 57 recipients, selected from 2,380 applicants.

The scholarship includes a $2,000 award plus a prepaid year of ADHD coaching services fro the Edge Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit.

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