Forsythe named Washington Scholar

Nick Forsythe - Kirk Boxleitner
Nick Forsythe
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MARYSVILLE — Marysville-Pilchuck High School senior Nick Forsythe has been named a Washington Scholar for the 38th Legislative District.

Students are nominated for the state scholarship by their principals, out of the top 1 percent of students at their schools, and only three scholars, and one alternate, are named for each legislative district. Forsythe will receive $6,720 per year for four years of undergraduate tuition and fees, which he plans to apply to Pacific Lutheran University.

Forsythe is a National Honor Society member who’s first in his class with a 4.0 GPA. In 2006, he received the T-Bird All-Around Student of the Year Award, a Certificate of Academic Excellence and a President’s Award for Educational Excellence. As a junior, he also received the Freemasons Academic Scholarship.

Forsythe has been involved in basketball all four years of high school, earning the most improved award as a junior, and serving as team captain of both the freshmen and the varsity seniors. He’s also been involved in football all four years of high school, as well as in soccer as a freshman. As a senior, he’s organized homecoming week coordination and pep assembly setup.

Forsythe has taken part in the Youth Group Word of Life, three years of being a Big Buddy to a child with special needs, volunteer work at the food bank, and his church’s basket donation program, on behalf of families with incarcerated parents, and by making Thanksgiving deliveries. During his sophomore homecoming week, he also served lunches to elementary schools.

In addition to serving as an ASB representative as a freshman, Forsythe has taken part in ASMP Leadership, served as a special events coordinator and been involved in the Mt. Rainier Leadership Camp. Last year, he was also involved in YGLPT and leadership retreats.

Looking ahead, Forsythe likes Pacific Lutheran University for its 15-1 student-teacher ratio, and is considering a career in medicine, or as a dentist for children.

“I’m interested in diseases,” Forsythe said. “But working with my Little Buddy has really opened my eyes to a passion for helping kids. As a dentist, I could make them less scared to have their teeth worked on.

“I couldn’t believe it, when I heard I’d been named a Washington scholar,” he added. “There were so many

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