Arlington students were recognized Feb. 28 by the Rotary Club of Arlington for making a difference in their schools. (Left to right): Dr. Chrys Sweeting, Arlington Public Schools Superintendent; Breoni Sylvester, Weston High School; Chloe Fochesato, Haller Middle School; Abril Hernandez, Arlington High School; Ava Iverson, Arlington High School; and Paul Ellis, Rotary Club of Arlington President. Not pictured: Jayden Rivera. (Arlington Public Schools) 
                                Arlington students were recognized Feb. 28 by the Rotary Club of Arlington for making a difference in their schools. (Left to right): Dr. Chrys Sweeting, Arlington Public Schools Superintendent; Breoni Sylvester, Weston High School; Chloe Fochesato, Haller Middle School; Abril Hernandez, Arlington High School; Ava Iverson, Arlington High School; and Paul Ellis, Rotary Club of Arlington President. Not pictured: Jayden Rivera. (Arlington Public Schools)

Arlington students were recognized Feb. 28 by the Rotary Club of Arlington for making a difference in their schools. (Left to right): Dr. Chrys Sweeting, Arlington Public Schools Superintendent; Breoni Sylvester, Weston High School; Chloe Fochesato, Haller Middle School; Abril Hernandez, Arlington High School; Ava Iverson, Arlington High School; and Paul Ellis, Rotary Club of Arlington President. Not pictured: Jayden Rivera. (Arlington Public Schools) Arlington students were recognized Feb. 28 by the Rotary Club of Arlington for making a difference in their schools. (Left to right): Dr. Chrys Sweeting, Arlington Public Schools Superintendent; Breoni Sylvester, Weston High School; Chloe Fochesato, Haller Middle School; Abril Hernandez, Arlington High School; Ava Iverson, Arlington High School; and Paul Ellis, Rotary Club of Arlington President. Not pictured: Jayden Rivera. (Arlington Public Schools)

Students recognized by Rotary Club of Arlington

Students recognized by Rotary Club of Arlington

Five middle and high school students were recognized by the Rotary Club of Arlington for making a difference in their respective schools. The Rotary Club also donated $50 to a charity of the student’s choice.

Arlington High School student Abril Hernandez is a native Spanish speaker who has only been learning English for a few years. “Despite this, she has taken on German as a third language and she is excelling as one of my top students,” said teacher Ben Mendro. Abril’s $50 contribution will be made to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.

Ava Iverson is a student in Arlington High School’s leadership class who never fails to volunteer her time before or after school to help with various projects that are asked of the class. “Ava goes above and beyond what is expected of her each and every day,” said ASB-leadership teachers, Julie Martin and Aly Schenavar. “She does all this with a smile on her face and a cheerful spirit.” Ava’s $50 contribution will be made to the Humane Society of Skagit County.

Weston High School student Breoni (Bee) Sylvester is thoughtful and especially welcoming to new students. “Bee always stands up for what is right by supporting her classmates and our school culture,” said Weston High School principal Will Nelson. “Bee has made a concerted effort to improve her grades and her effort has resulted in top-notch grade marks.” Bee’s $50 contribution will be made to the Northwest Organization for Animal Help.

Chloe Fochesato from Haller Middle School is a class leader who is always willing to help others with their work and explain concepts to those who are struggling. “She is a team player who makes everyone in her lab groups learn as much as possible,” said Haller science teacher Scott Rice. “I am excited to see what she does with her high school career and beyond.” Chloe’s $50 contribution will be made to the Camano Island Animal Shelter.

Post Middle School student Jayden Rivera has made huge growth from his sixth to seventh grade years. “He is coming to school and has recently been moved into advanced coursework including Algebra in eighth grade,” said Post Middle School principal Voni Walker. “We are so proud of his progress.” Jayden’s $50 contribution will be made to St. Jude Children Research Hospital.

“I’m proud of these students and everything they’ve accomplished at their schools,” said Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Chrys Sweeting.

EDCC employees awarded for advancing student success

Two Edmonds Community College employees were recently recognized for their exemplary efforts in championing and advancing student success.

Edmonds Community College 
                                Dennis Denman, Center for Student Engagement and Leadership associate director.

Edmonds Community College Dennis Denman, Center for Student Engagement and Leadership associate director.

Dennis Denman is the associate director of the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership and was recently given the 2018 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region V Community College Professional award.

“It means the world to me to be recognized by NASPA and Region V,” Denman said. “I have grown personally and professionally within the association, and it’s where I learned how this wonderful world of Student Affairs works.”

The award recognizes those who contribute to creating a campus environment that promotes student learning and personal development; and outstanding individual contributions in innovative and responsive services and programs that address the varied and emerging needs of students.

In his current role, Denman oversees student activities, student club, and leadership and diversity programs.

Edmonds Community College 
                                Michelle Platt, Outreach and Recruitment manager.

Edmonds Community College Michelle Platt, Outreach and Recruitment manager.

Michelle Platt is the college’s Outreach and Recruitment manager and was recently awarded the Washington ACT Postsecondary Champion award.

“Providing access to education for all is something I am very passionate about,” Platt said. “It is an honor to be nominated by ACT, especially when the work itself is so rewarding.”

The award recognizes those who assist students in navigating their educational and career journey. Recipients work in recruitment, advising, education, retention, financial aid, placement, and other student services areas and are awarded for making a difference for learners at their college or university.

Dr. Stephen Campbell named chief

Dr. Stephen Campbell is the new chief medical officer for Providence Medical Group in the Northwest Washington Service Area.

Campbell, a family physician with 20 years of practice experience, brings 11 years of physician leadership experience to PMG. Most recently, Campbell served as chief of physician operations at Verity Medical Foundation, El Segundo and San Jose, Calif. In this role he served as a member of the senior executive team and as chairman of the Verity Medical Foundation board of directors and had oversight of all clinical operations — setting strategy, driving quality results, managing safety and patient experience, and aligning operations with payor contracts.

Prior to his role at Verity, Campbell served for four years as regional chief quality officer at Mayo Clinic, Mankato, Minnesota, after having served as patient safety officer and lead physician in various Mayo Clinic regions. From 2016-2018, Campbell was a family physician at The Everett Clinic.

As PMG CMO, Campbell will have oversight and responsibility for all issues related to the medical staff and medical practice.

Verdant honors 3 programs, 1 person

The Verdant Health Commission issued four awards to individuals in the community and organizations at the Verdant Healthier Community Conference on Feb. 21 in Lynnwood.

The awards are:

Peter Hallson (second from right) of Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group accepts the Outstanding Community Advocate Award from (left to right) Verdant Superintendent Dr. Robin Fenn, Commissioner Dr. Jim Distelhorst, Commissioner Fred Langer, and Commissioner Bob Knowles at the Verdant Healthier Community Conference.

Peter Hallson (second from right) of Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group accepts the Outstanding Community Advocate Award from (left to right) Verdant Superintendent Dr. Robin Fenn, Commissioner Dr. Jim Distelhorst, Commissioner Fred Langer, and Commissioner Bob Knowles at the Verdant Healthier Community Conference.

Outstanding Community Advocate Award: Peter Hallson, Edmonds Bicycle Advocacy Group

Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Hector Garfias-Toledo (center) accepts the Service to our Community Award on behalf of Neighbors in Need from (left to right) Verdant Superintendent Dr. Robin Fenn, Commissioner Dr. Jim Distelhorst, Commissioner Fred Langer, and Commissioner Bob Knowles at the Verdant Healthier Community Conference.

Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Hector Garfias-Toledo (center) accepts the Service to our Community Award on behalf of Neighbors in Need from (left to right) Verdant Superintendent Dr. Robin Fenn, Commissioner Dr. Jim Distelhorst, Commissioner Fred Langer, and Commissioner Bob Knowles at the Verdant Healthier Community Conference.

Service to Our Community Award: Neighbors in Need

Dr. Tom Tocher (center) of Community Health Center of Snohomish County accepts the Innovative Program Award from (left to right) Verdant Superintendent Dr. Robin Fenn, Commissioner Dr. Jim Distelhorst, Commissioner Bob Knowles, and Commissioner Fred Langer at the Verdant Healthier Community Conference. (Submitted photo)

Dr. Tom Tocher (center) of Community Health Center of Snohomish County accepts the Innovative Program Award from (left to right) Verdant Superintendent Dr. Robin Fenn, Commissioner Dr. Jim Distelhorst, Commissioner Bob Knowles, and Commissioner Fred Langer at the Verdant Healthier Community Conference. (Submitted photo)

Innovative Program Award: Community Health Center of Snohomish County for its initiative to certify all providers in Medication-Assisted Treatment Program

Deborah Anderson (center) and Barry Crane (second from right) of the Foundation for Edmonds School District accept the Community Collaboration Award on behalf of the Foundation’s Whole Families, Whole Communities program from (left to right) Verdant Superintendent Dr. Robin Fenn, Commissioner Dr. Jim Distelhorst, Commissioner Bob Knowles, and Commissioner Fred Langer on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 at the Verdant Healthier Community Conference. (Submitted photo)

Deborah Anderson (center) and Barry Crane (second from right) of the Foundation for Edmonds School District accept the Community Collaboration Award on behalf of the Foundation’s Whole Families, Whole Communities program from (left to right) Verdant Superintendent Dr. Robin Fenn, Commissioner Dr. Jim Distelhorst, Commissioner Bob Knowles, and Commissioner Fred Langer on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 at the Verdant Healthier Community Conference. (Submitted photo)

Community Collaboration Award: Whole Families, Whole Communities program of the Foundation for Edmonds School District

Verdant Superintendent Robin Fenn presented the awards with Verdant commissioners Dr. Jim Distelhorst, Bob Knowles and Fred Langer. She shared that those honored were deserving because of their selfless dedication to others’ well-being, among many other attributes.

“We come together annually to celebrate the many strengths of our community and recognize these outstanding examples of service to others,” Fenn said. “One reason South Snohomish County is special is because of the care and compassion shown by so many, and it is a privilege to recognize these leaders in their fields.”

Eight students become National Merit finalists

Eight students, one from Mariner High School and seven from Kamiak High School, have been selected as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, a rigorous academic competition. They are among only 15,000 students in the nation to advance to the finalist standing.

Within that group, winners are chosen for a National Merit Scholarship based on their academics, abilities, skills, and accomplishments. National Merit Scholarships include a one-time $2,500 award, as well as corporate-sponsored and college scholarships that are renewable for up to four years.

Congratulations and best of luck to Kamiak students Alice Cheng, Stacy Jong, Jonathan Ke, Katie Raker, Andrew Shin, Angie Wang and Jiamae Wang, and to Mariner student Mary Douglas.

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