The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce hosted an awards luncheon June 9 at Shoreline Center to honor high school seniors receiving Scholarships from the Dollars for Scholars fund.
Out of 90 applicants, 20 students were selected to receive scholarships on the basis of their academic achievement, their contribution to the community and their advancement despite challenges.
Major sponsors include: LLC Lake City, Carter Subaru, Tropical Tan, Care Plus, Leroy Christiansen and Dave Ebert, Chuck Olson Chevrolet, Scholarship of America and Allstate Insurance.
Students receiving awards include:
Ikenna A. Acholonu – At Shorecrest High School, Acholonu is ASB president, Ambassador, ASB Treasurer and Senator, serves in the National Honor Society and is heavily involved in sports. He won the Rick Rose Memorial Award given to one student a year who excels in leadership, academics and school involvement. His work experience includes an internship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and CarePlus Medical Center. He plans to become a medical researcher.
Spencer Anunsen – Anunsen is a member of the Shorewood Science Olympiad, the Honor Society, Shorewood Knowledge Bowl, tutors students on the Viola, assistant coaches the Hillwood Boys U-10 soccer team, received Honorable Mention in the 2006 Student Biotech Expo in Music, made it to the All-State Symphony Orchestra, and received the “Emerging Leader in Engineering” award from the University of Washington. He has received a four-year scholarship to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York, and plans to complete his undergraduate and graduate degrees with the hope of working for NASA.
Terry Clinton – Terry plans to learn from “the best automotive school in the nation,” at Shoreline Community College. He completed the NATEF/ASE core curriculum and the Chuck Olsen Chevrolet Auto Youth Education System internship. He plans to continue working at Chuck Olson Chevrolet after graduation and plans to become a service manager.
Alissa M. Cowan – Cowan has served as assistant director for a theater production at St. Marks Catholic Church, plays the violin, mandolin and guitar, provides music for Masses, tutors at North City Elementary, is in Shorecrest High School concert and symphonic orchestras, serves on the Shoreline Arts Council, Shorecrest’s literary arts magazine and Link Crew. She was nominated for the Eagle of the Cross Award for outstanding leadership within a church parish, is a member of the National Honors Society and earned a place on the Shorecrest Flag Team. In college, she plans to major in biology with a possible minor in music or religion.
Laura A. Klein – Klein is a member of the Shorewood High School Drill Team which took first place at the state competition. She is currently in charge of all 40 team members. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Girl Scouts where she earned a Silver award, Young Life, the Link Leader mentoring program and creating a World of Difference Club. She also performs at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. In college, she plans to apply to University of Southern California Building Science Program with the ambition of a master’s degree in Civil Engineering.
Michelle A. Kriner – Kriner has won multiple musical awards, including first place as trombone section leader at the Berklee College of Music Festival in Massachusetts. More recently she placed second at Fullerton College Jazz Festival in California. In addition to playing trombone, Michelle is also a drum major and French horn section leader. She also has back-stage theater experience. She is a National Merit Finalist, Washington Scholars Nominee, music student of the year, and received the Colorado School of Mines Medal for Excellence in Math and Science. She has been accepted as a NASA Space Grant scholar during her undergraduate study at the University of Washington.
Porsche D. Landon – Landon has worked two jobs through high school gaining experience in web design, office work and retail. As a volunteer she has worked with children of parents undergoing cancer treatment, tutored Spanish students, coached volleyball, worked on campaigns during an election and organized a canned food drive at Shorecrest High School. Other school activities include SAFE club, Art Club, Advanced Choir, Black Student Union, club volleyball and the the girls volleyball team. Her goal is to work as an art or occupational therapist.
Roger Ling – Ling has been a tutor at Highland Terrace Elementary and a Virginia Mason Medical Center teen volunteer. He has also participated in Asian Pacific Islander Awareness Club, National Honor Society, ASB government, Shorewood’s track and field team and honor guard. He wants to use his math skills and college education to become a stock broker.
Caitlyn E. McCrone – McCrone is the youngest certified volunteer on the King County Search and Rescue team. She has been a camp counselor at the Wildwood Farm Horse Camp and participated in the 2004 election. In school she volunteered as a Link Crew leader, tutored in English and Math and volunteered through the National Honor Society. With AP classes in Spanish and science, she wants to find a job that “melds the needs of people with culture and science.”
Anna Jolene Mork – Mork was a national finalist for the Intel Science Talent Search, Shorewood High School’s Outstanding Math Student of the year, a National Merit Finalist, first in the Senior Division Biochemistry Category of Washington State Science and Engineering Fair, awarded the U.S. Public Health Service Outstanding Student Award Certificate and the Bausch and Lomb Science Award. She secured a position as an intern in a biology research laboratory at the University of Washington and was mentored at Amgen laboratories. Mork plans to use her college and post graduate education to become a research scientist for a biotech or pharmaceutical company.
Philippa A. Myler – Myler is a first place winner in the drama category for the Student-Biotech Expo. She participates in jazz dance at Westlake Dance Center, Modern Dance at Velocity Dance Center, performed with the Olympic Ballet Theater is such productions as The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, Giselle and Swan Lake. She wants to continue dancing, study communications and open her own dance studio.
Claire A. Thompson – Thompson will attend the University of California – Santa Barbara as one of three incoming flutists to study with Jill Felber. Thompson cofounded Progressive Youth of America, a club which promotes political awareness among high school students. She plans to major in music performance, obtain a master’s degree in conducting and become an orchestral or operatic conductor.
Hannah J. Vietmeier – Vietmeier ran to a first place in her age group at the Seattle Half Marathon in November, placed second in the WesCo South league cross country meet, third place at the district meet and 21st place at state this year. She was honored as MVP two years in a row by her teammates.
She was co-coordinator of Camp Fire Carnival of Beads from 2002-2005, an annual event involving 200 children and their parents. She is involved in the Progressive Youth of America club, the National Honor Society and volunteers as a Link Leader.
Kathleen R. Weaver – Weaver has tutored in English, Japanese and math and helped differently-abled students at the M-bar-C Ranch. Her documentary, “Japanese Immigration Through Assimilation” won third place for the National History Day’s Competition at the Regional level and Fourth Place at the State level. Kathleen hopes to use her Japanese language skills and medical training working as a physician, specializing in helping Alzheimer patients and their families.
Stephanie M. West – West won multiple awards on the varsity basketball, junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams. In basketball, she was voted Most Inspirational, WesCo Honorable Mention and Captain awards. In volleyball, she received the Coach’s Award, WesCo Honorable Mention and Captain awards. She has coached basketball and volleyball, volunteered at Northwest Harvest Food Bank, worked on Gov. Christine Gregoire’s campaign, active with the National Honor Society, Link Crew and worked at Fred Meyer as a courtesy clerk. West wants tobecome a teacher.
Bernice B. Yu – Yu is ranked first in her graduating class from Shorewood High School. She is a National Merit Finalist 2006, National Honor Society member, took fourth place in the Group Exhibit category at the 2004 Washington State National History Day Contest, DECA club treasurer and event finalist in technical sales at the DECA International Career Development conference. On the Shorewood swim team, she won a three-year Varsity Letter Award and Coach’s Award, Academic All-America Award, Speedo/National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association. At the Central Washington University Sonata-Sonatina Festival she placed first in Level Nine piano.
Yu also worked on Sen. Patty Murray’s and Rep. Jay Inslee’s campaigns. She wants to attend law school.