Students of the Month

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  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:36am

The following are May students of the month for the Edmonds School District.


Raquel Garciduenas

Parents: Peggy Garciduenas-Sease and Alfred Garciduenas

GPA: 3.678

Activities: FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America), DECA, DARE Role model, Spirit Club, Link Crew Leader, Partial IB Candidate, WASC representative. Senior Class Appointed Officer with the associated student body.

Honors/awards: Member of the National Honor Society Taeda Chapter.

Community service: Volunteered at World Concern, Relay for Life and Hosted an Australia Exchange Student for two years in a row.

Future: Attending the University of Washington starting in the fall. I hope to major in Romance Linguistics and Environmental Health. Also plan on studying abroad in Spain my sophomore or junior year. I eventually hope to work for a non profit organization that works to help the environment and people.

Other: I have lived in five different countries including the Cape Verde Islands, Brazil, El Salvador and Guinea.

Dan Kowalczyk

Parents: Margaret Kowalczyk

Activities: FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America), Hi-Q, is a cyclist.

Honors/awards: IB English Student of the Year 2004-2005

Community service: Providence Hospital Volunteer, Food Lifeline Volunteer, Taking Strides Against Breast Cancer route marshall for the past two years

Employment: Salesman at Gregg’s Aurora Cycles, Seattle

Future: Math or electrical engineering major. Future career: building robotics and satellites for space exploration. Also, working with wireless communication systems.

Other: I plan to travel extensively in the next few years and join the Peace Corps after my college education, hopefully using my knowledge to make communications more accessible to regions cursed by poverty.


Huynh Nguyen

Parents: Ut Tran and Chau Nguyen

Activities: Orchestra, badminton.

Honors/awards: ELL award, Orchestra Merit award

Community service: Volunteer at Lynnwood Intermediate

Future: Plans to attend college and become an artist, pharmacist or computer engineer.

Sungwon Gina Park

Parents: Joanne Park and Jason Park

Activities: Key Club, girls’ swim and girls’ golf teams

Honors/awards: Most Valuable Player in golf, Athletic Letter Award in golf, Athletic Letter Award in swim, Best Listener in ESL.

Community service: Church, Bastille Day, and at kindergarten in France

Future: I’m planning to go to the University of Washington Bothell to major in French. My dream is to become a French teacher.

Other: I have the experience of four different countries: Korea, Hong Kong, France, and the U.S. I speak three languages fluently: Korean, French, and English.


Jordan Heimdahl

Parents: Cindy Heimdahl and Don Heimdahl

GPA: 3.6

Activities: MHS Choir, LINK Crew, National Honor Society

Honors/awards: Most Inspirational for Choir, Senior Class Homecoming Prince

Community service: Three Mexico Mission Trips

Future: Become a middle school history teacher.

Lee Martin

Parents: Julie Martin and John Martin

GPA: 3.75

Activities: DECA, National Honor Society, Sports Medicine, Link Crew, Young Life, freshman representative for associated student body, Girls Soccer, Girls Tennis

Honors/awards: Honors History, AP History, Honors Chemistry, Soccer Captain

Community service: Sports Medicine Field Experience, Meadowdale Middle School Tutoring, Young Life leader

Employment: QFC courtesy clerk, babysitting, cleaning office building

Future: I plan to attend Washington State University next year and study Athletic Training throughout my four years and major in Athletic raining.

Other: I plan to become a certified athletic trainer and either want to work with a professional football team or work for a college and all of their sports teams.

Mountlake Terrace

Andrew Pham

Parents: Judy Dinh and Timothy Pham

GPA: 3.4

Activities: Link Crew, 2002-2005 class representative with associate student body, Varsity Tennis, Varsity Tennis Captain

Honors/awards: Presidential Award

Employment: The Sports Authority

Future: Community College at Cascadia. Transfer to University of Washington. Keep family restaurant up and successful. Start a new family business

Jillian Russell

Parents: Lori Russell and Mike Russell

GPA: 3.5

Activities: Link Crew leader, senior class secretary, Varsity volleyball for three years — co-captain 12th grade

Honors/awards: Who’s Who Award, Edmonds School District Scholar Athlete, Hustle Award JV basketball, Coach’s Award freshman Volleyball, 110% Award Varsity Volleyball, Most Inspirational Varsity Volleyball, Hustle Award Varsity Basketball, Innovation Student of the Month for February

Community service: Volunteer Volleyball Coach at Alderwood Boys &Girls Club

Employment: Big Foot Carwash in Lake City

Future: Attending University of Washington fall 2006. Study business administration. Future career: accounting or something math related

Other: For my senior project, held a silent auction and raised $5,672 for Cancer Lifeline.

Scriber Lake

Naomi Clark

Clark is recognized by the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club as its Hidden Winner.

Parents: Mom — Kim Little. Step dad — Scott Little.

Activities: Active in church and youth group activities all of her life. She played on the middle school volleyball team but likes playing a variety of sports. Clark is passionate about learning Japanese culture. She writes poetry and stories. She is artistic and enjoys a variety of art projects.

Future: Clark plans on attending Western Washington University when she graduates and major in art. She is interested in pursuing a career in cartoon animation and video production.

Teacher comment: “Naomi is a student who leads by example. Always performing at the highest standard. She has the ability to see the big picture and the deeper meaning.” — Jeff Keeley, history and English teacher.

Shannon Rushin

Rushin has won the Edmonds Exchange Club ACE (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) award.

Parents: April Flores and Butch Rushin

Activities: Plays electric bass guitar; member of musical band. Member of Mountlake Terrace High School DECA program. Very artistic and enjoys art projects and painting.

Employment: Currently employed at Sears at Alderwood Mall. Previously employed in catering business.

Future: Enrolled to begin classes at Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty, North Seattle campus, in August.

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