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Marysville Rotary hands out $45,000 in scholarships
MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Rotary Education Foundation awarded $45,000 in scholarships to more than 30 students from the Marysville and Lakewood school districts during their 2012 Scholarship Awards Ceremony.
Marysville Rotary Education Foundation President Eric Spencer opened the program at the Marysville Arts and Technology High School on Wednesday, May 16, by telling the students that the scholarships they were receiving that evening were a reflection that "your community believes in you."
Among those receiving $500 scholarships were seniors:
• Anthony Mack, who plans to major in criminal justice and accounting at Seattle University.
• John Floyd Ell, who plans to major in mechanical engineering at the University of Washington.
• Lera Diana Pasonok, who plans to major in accounting and supply chain management at Central Washington University.
• Jessica Renee Christensen, who plans to attend the College of Mount Saint Vincent to become a lawyer.
• Morgan McFalls, who plans to major in political science and Spanish linguistics at the University of Oregon.
• Khoi T. Vu, who plans to major in medical engineering at Everett Community College.
• Savannah Maya Fairbanks, who plans to attend Western Washington University but is unsure what her major will be.
• Cierra Joy Purdom, who plans to major in communications at UW.
Kiley Brown and Summer Christine Cull also received $500 scholarships, but were unable to attend the evening's ceremony.
Among those receiving $1,000 scholarships were seniors:
• Katherine Lea LaRosa, who plans to major in nursing at Washington State University.
• Jared Randal, who plans to major in biophysics at Brigham Young University.
• Michael Erik Zeigler Jr., who plans to major in engineering at EvCC.
• Hailey Michelle Zurcher, who plans to major in Spanish and civil engineering at UW.
• Sara McCaulley, who plans to attend Skagit Valley College but is unsure what her major will be.
• Cherish Marie Broker, who plans to major in environmental science at Seattle University.
• Esther Phil-Eun Yun, who plans to major in communication and aeronautics at UW.
• Stacey Reyes, who plans to attend Westmont College in California.
• You-Min Lee, who plans to major in applied mathematics at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
• Carren Jolee Dawn Thornton, who plans to attend EvCC to become a dental hygienist.
• Courtney Hannah Coombs, who plans to major in biology and premed at UW.
Omar Carlos Del La Cruz also received a $1,000 scholarship, but was unable to attend the evening's ceremony.
Among those receiving $1,500 scholarships were seniors:
• Kaylee Marie Diggs, who plans to major in pharmacology to UW.
• Mariah Ok Ye Canell, who plans to major in human services at EvCC.
• Erik Kundu, who plans to attend the University of British Columbia to study law and international business.
• Zack Domonic Szechenyi, who plans to major in mechanical engineering at EvCC.
• Chelsea Rice, who plans to major in child development at WWU.
The $2,000 scholarship winners included seniors Leticia Isabel Aparicio, Daniel Conchas Guerrero and John-Divino Collado Talamayan. Aparicio plans to use EvCC as a stepping stone to the medical field, while Guerrero aims to become a pilot through CWU and Talamayan will be studying counseling at Florida State University.
The $3,000 scholarship winners included seniors Corey Andrew Coombs, Lindsey Kate Hartelroad, Francisco Alan Petz-Cantu and Parminderjit Kaur. Louie Tan Vital received scholarship funds totaling $4,600 that evening.
"Students should be involved and pay attention if they want to succeed," said Corey Coombs, who plans to major in biology and premed at UW just like his sister Courtney. "I'm looking forward to something new, but I'll miss the teachers here."
"You definitely have to be self-motivated," said Hartelroad, who plans to major in business and accounting at EvCC.
"Education is the key to success," said Petz-Cantu, who plans to use EvCC as a stepping stone to become a lawyer. "You have to work hard for your grades."
"I'm looking forward to setting new goals," said Kaur, who plans to become a pharmacy technician.
"I expect the intellectual atmosphere will be different from high school," said Vital, who plans to attend CWU and double-major in political science and either economics or communication. "I will miss the fun I've had here, though. I love Marysville."