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  • Monday, March 3, 2008 9:59am

Merit Scholarships announced

More than 2,200 additional winners of Merit Scholarship awards financed by colleges and universities have been announced by National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Officials of each sponsor college selected their winners from among finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

Local recipients include David Blanchard of Brier, a recent Mountlake Terrace High School graduate, who plans to study science at Whitman College and Emma Brewster of Edmonds, an Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate, who will study humanities at Hampshire College.

Students make college honor rolls

Oregon State University named local students to its scholastic honor roll for spring term. Lisa Tierney of Brier, Aimee Suelzle of Edmonds and Samantha Ivey of Lynnwood each achieved a 3.5 grade-point average or higher to be included on honor roll.

Edmonds resident Scott Donahoe, Lynnwood’s Michael Clawson, Shannon Callahan, Lisa Hagstrom and Maggie Wieber, and Mountlake Terrace residents Ryan Chappell, Melissa Giampietri, Kathryn Gillespie, Carolyn Jongeneel and Nicole Radcliffe all made Eastern Washington University’s spring dean’s honor list for 2005. To be eligible, students must carry at least 12 credits and receive a 3.5 or better grade-point average.

Edmonds resident Angela Ma made the dean’s list for the 2004-05 academic year at Lake Forest College (Chicago). To be selected for this honor, student must attain a grade-point average of at least 3.6.

Brandeis University announced that Jennifer Rypkema of Lynnwood made the school’s dean’s list for spring semester 2005. Students who achieve a 3.5 grade-point average or higher are awarded the honor. Brandeis is located near Boston.

Edmonds resident Elizabeth Whitney Lee was named to Gonzaga University’s dean’s list for spring semester. Students named to the dean’s list must attain between a 3.5 and 3.69 grade-point average. Mountlake Terrace resident Kendall Ann Monaghan was named to Gonzaga’s president’s list for the term. The president’s list is for students who achieve a 3.7 grade-point average or higher.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology named Edmonds’ Brian Caruso to its spring dean’s list for receiving at least a 3.3 grade-point average for the quarter. Rose-Hulman is a private engineering, mathematics and science undergraduate college located in Terre Haute, Ind.

Alumna sings in Great Britain

Lynnwood resident Alison Pugh, a 1994 graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., recently traveled to London and Wales on a concert tour with other Mount Holyoke College Glee Club alumnae.

The 69-member alumnae choir drew people ages 20 to 77 from 29 states. The group practiced for two days before departing on a trip that included two concerts, one competition and one music festival.

Locals receive Army awards

High school students from across the country received the United States Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Awards. Jordan Obrastoff and Denise Wilkie of Scriber Lake High School in Lynnwood received the awards on July 1.

Each year the Army Reserve sponsors the program to recognize and honor top male and female high school scholars and athletes around the nation.

Info for school board candidates

The Washington State School Directors’ Association is offering brochures and workshops for school board candidates about the duties and responsibilities of serving as an elected school director and to inform the general public about the important role of school boards. This November, there are two positions in the Edmonds School District that will appear on the ballot.

A workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 at the Everett School District offices, 3715 Oaks Ave. in Everett. There is also a workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 in the Horizon Room at the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave. NE.

Make friends, host an EdCC student

Each year more than 400 international students live with local families while they attend Edmonds Community College. Most students stay for a year or more while they complete degrees and others come for a week or two to learn English and live with an American family. The college has two groups of students arriving from Japan for short stays in September.

Families interested in other cultures and considering hosting an international student can get more information about the college’s homestay program at an orientation meeting 8:30 a.m.-noon, August 20. Call Housing Director Luke Botzheim at 425-640-1080 or complete an application at for details. Host families receive a stipend to help cover some of the costs.

Local earns EWU scholarship

Brittney Doran of Lynnwood has been awarded a $2,500 Scholastic Honors Scholarship at Eastern Washington University for the 2005-06 academic year. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding incoming freshmen who are participating in the University Honors Program.

Doran, the daughter of Meredith and Jim Doran of Lynnwood, graduated this past spring from Meadowdale High School, where she participated in varsity track, National Honor Society and Link Crew. She was captain of the soccer team and an Advanced Placement Scholar. She will be a freshman this fall at Eastern, majoring in athletic training and participating in soccer.

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