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Marysville Rotary hands out scholarships
MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Rotary Education Foundation awarded $52,000 in scholarships to 41 students from the Marysville and Lakewood school districts during their 2011 Scholarship Awards Ceremony.
Marysville Rotary Education Foundation President Dr. Tom Albright opened the program at the Marysville Arts and Technology High School on May 25 by telling the scholarship recipients that “a crisis is a terrible thing to waste,” likening their first steps into adulthood to the first step of a bungee jump.
“This is an opportunity for you to do things totally differently,” Albright said. “Everyone is talking to you about your graduation and commencement. Let them pat you on the back for that, but what’s important is that you’re starting your new lives as productive citizens who can be part of changing the world.”
Among those receiving $1,000 scholarships were Marysville Getchell High School seniors:
Meghan O’Brien, who plans to major in psychology at Central Washington University.
Erica Kolomeyets, who plans to attend Everett Community College before transferring to Northwestern University to study nursing.
Tabitha Price, who plans to major in education at Western Washington University.
Lubna Khalfe, who plans to attend EvCC, then transfer to the University of Washington to study mathematics.
Rosa Chavez, who plans to study special education at WWU.
Lauren Schoonover, who plans to study biology at Shoreline Community College.
Andrew Campbell, who plans to study criminal justice at Eastern Washington University.
Jessie Marie Lohberg, who plans to study mathematics education at Brigham Young University.
Olivia Cline, who will become a fifth-generation Washington State University Cougar to study nursing.
Marysville-Pilchuck High School seniors:
Sam Josephsen, who plans to go to UW to study medicine.
Thomas Esser, who plans to attend UW for aerospace engineering.
Katie Shelton, who plans to study music education at CWU.
Ashley Rimando, who plans to study medical technology at UW Bothell.
Tanner Daurie, who plans to obtain an associate’s in business administration at EvCC before majoring in sports marketing at WSU.
Veronica Hall, who plans to transfer from EvCC to a four-year university to become a rehabilitation specialist.
Rachel Nelson, who plans to transfer from EvCC to NWU to major in business administration.
Jennifer McPherson, who plans to study nursing at EvCC.
Casey Holiday, who plans to study business at Pacific Lutheran University.
Kyla Yorkoski, who is considering studying law or psychology at WWU.
Deana Fuller, who plans to study math and special education at WWU.
Perla Flores, who plans to study business at UW.
Ashleigh Ginder, who plans to study elementary education at WWU.
Austin Ramey, who plans to study natural resources and naval science at the University of Idaho.
Sarah Husted, who plans to study anthropology at WWU.
Marysville Mountain View High School seniors:
Sonja Olson, who plans to transfer from EvCC to WSU.
Nancy Olivarez, who plans to attend EvCC to become a neonatal nurse.
Sophonnice Sem, who plans to transfer from EvCC to UW to study nursing.
Kelsey Olson, who plans to study criminal justice at EvCC.
Cydnee Byington, who plans to become a dental hygienist.
Lakewood High School seniors:
Ashley Rimando, who plans to study public relations at the University of Portland.
Kasey Rackowitz, who plans to study visual art and international studies at UW.
Kayley Mizell, who plans to transfer from Skagit Valley Community College to Pacific University to study education.
Also receiving $1,000 scholarships were Abby Beauchamp and Madison Stumberg.
The $2,000 scholarship winners included Marysville Getchell seniors Kristana Rendon and Katy Stevick, and M-PHS senior Morgan Martinis. Martinis wants to become a third-grade teacher after attending CWU, while Stevick plans to study linguistics at WWU and Rendon plans to study architecture at UW.
The $3,000 scholarship winners included Marysville Getchell senior Shelby Rae Moen, and M-PHS seniors Kenna Hernandez, Nina Tran and Mckenzie Morris.
“This will allow me to be debt-free after college,” said Moen, who plans to attend WWU to become a certified public accountant.
“This definitely helps, but I’m still looking for more scholarships,” said Hernandez, who plans to study nursing at EvCC.
“It lets me breathe a little bit,” laughed Tran, who plans to study business and dance at UW.
“This covers a lot of my tuition,” said Morris, who plans to major in communication at BYU. “This is a full year of tuition for me, books included.”