M’ville Students of the Month overcome obstacles

MARYSVILLE – Two Marysville Getchell graduating seniors who have become passionate about community service in drastically different ways are the Kiwanis-Soroptimist Students of the Month for May.

Restine Grace A. Hernandez got involved with it early in life thanks to her mom. Restine said her mom grew up in a small island in the Philippines that had no electricity.

“They showered in the ocean,” Restine said.

As a result, her mom taught her to be “grateful. Don’t take anything for granted.”

So, she is co-vice president and webmaster of Key Club, which works with the Marysville Kiwanis Club doing community service projects around town, such as Movies in the Park and the Oyster Run. Aside from that, she also volunteers with the Marysville Food Bank, the city and the YMCA.

Restine said she likes being co-VP because she has more of a say in what the club does. Such as, they recently made bracelets as part of a cancer project through Seattle Children’s Hospital.

She’s in Running Start at Everett Community College and plans to eventually major in Business. She wants to interact with people with a nonprofit as a career.

Restine received a letter in community service last year for donating 148 hours through Snohomish United Way.

“You find time for the things you love,” she said.

With her family, Restine likes to go on road trips exploring Washington. She likes to capture those moments on video and through “bullet journaling.” She explained that is more free-flowing than regular journaling writing on lined paper. “Traditional is black and white. This is more customized. It’s more colorful and motivating,” she said.

Restine, who has a grade point average of 3.92, is on the National Honor Society, worked at retail sales at Kohl’s, has been a class officer and was in the Navy Junior ROTC program for a year. Devon Rose got involved in community service on his own. He said he learned from his parents what not to do in life.

He has been an assistant coach in wrestling and track at Totem Middle School. He also is very involved in Eagle Wings, a program that helps people with disabilities. Devon has a very mature philosophy in life, and he has developed that by reading about the lives of various celebrities, such as 50 Cent.

“I lead by example. I’m not afraid to put myself out there. And I’m open to criticism,” he said.

By doing that, he said others seem to be open to being influenced by him.

However, he said those he leads do not follow him, but are “beside me.” He wants to teach others to be leaders, not followers.

Devon said he has had to be independent, persistent, work hard and think out of the box. Devon, who has a 3.94 gpa, is an MG salutatorian, honor society treasurer, ASB vice president and plans to attend Boise State University and major in Business. He also won the MG PRIDE Award and was a Homecoming prince and king. He has worked for more than a year at Abercrombie & Fitch at the Tulalip outlet mall. Devon is a seven time varsity lettermen in wrestling and football, three times won Most Inspirational and was rookie of the year in wrestling. Eleven times he won academic achievement awards for athletes.

He said MG has struggled in sports, but he always tries to make it fun.

Devon said that’s a motto in life for him. “Make the situation better,” he said.

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