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2005 Scholarship Winners

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Sarah Allen: Sarah Allen, nominated by Dawn Ashbach, is a senior at Anacortes High School and a Running Start student at SVC. She is an active member of International Club where she tutors and mentors many English language learners.  She speaks German, Korean and English. She has challenged herself academically and maintains a 3.6 GPA. She will receive $2000.00 to attend Washington State University.

Ana Arellano: Ana Arellano, nominated by Bobby McCarty, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She is a role model to other English learners and has been a Link Leader who helps freshmen transition to high school. She is interested in Administration of Justice where she could become a police officer and see justice and fairness prevail. She will receive $2000.00 to attend Western Washington University.

Svetlana Avdeyeva: Svetlana Avdeyeva, nominated by Jody Soes, is a senior at State Street High School and a Cascades Job Corps student. She is an active member of the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce.  She is a native speaker of Russian and is an exceptional translator who plans to earn a Business Administration degree. She will receive $3000.00 to attend The Evergreen State College.

Sara Bangs: Sara Bangs, nominated by Anita Ordonez, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School and a Running Start student who will graduate in June both from High School and from SVC.  She is an active member of Calling All Colors, speaks Spanish beautifully, is a talented singer and a creative writer. She will receive $2000.00 to attend Western Washington University. 

Meagan Bellus: Meagan Bellus, nominated by Kay Hoffman, is a senior at Emerson High School. She goes out of her way to help people in need such as volunteering to baby sit for neighbors who can't afford a sitter and doing yard work for an elderly neighbor. She plans to open an animal shelter and study veterinary science. She will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

Alma Capote: Alma Capote, nominated by Bobby McCarty, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She has experienced adversity in her 18 years and has learned how to strive for excellence in education. She works at Skagit Pathology and is focused on obtaining a Bachelor's of science in nursing. She will receive $1000.00 to attend Eastern Washington University.

Tania Cervantes: Tania Cervantes, nominated by Maria Perez, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She has been in the AVID program and has been a volunteer translator at parent teacher conferences. She is hardworking and determined to reach her goal of studying business. She will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

Aracely Cisneros: Aracely Cisneros, nominated by Bobby McCarty, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She is the first in her family to go to college. An AVID participant, she pushed herself to take AP English courses and scored a 10 on the essay portion of the SAT. She volunteers at the hospital and Head Start and plans to study journalism. She will receive $3000.00 to attend The Evergreen State College.

Juan Correa: Juan Correa, nominated by Sylvia Goodwin and Doug Preston, is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School. He has been a great ambassador and role model for English language learners and serves as an interpreter and tutor for new students. He works part time to support his single mother and five family members. He plans to become a bilingual teacher. He will receive $8000.00 from the Head Start-Hispanic/Latino Service Partnership Grant to attend Skagit Valley College.

José de Los Rios: José de Los Rios, nominated by Ted Lundgren, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. He is a Natural Helper and a mentor for middle schoolers. He often translates for teachers and volunteers sandbagging. He has lettered in wrestling for 3 years and plans to study architectural engineering.  He will receive $500.00 from the Carlos Ordonez Memorial Scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

Yobanni Espinoza: Yobanni Espinoza, nominated by Maria Perez, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. He transferred from Mexico with excellent credits. He is an active volunteer in his church, helping with the children and youth. He plans to earn a business degree and start his own business.  He will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

Fernando Estrada: Fernando Estrada, nominated by Ted Lundgren, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. He is a peer mentor at the high school and also works part time after school to assist his family.  He loves math and plans to attend SVC and Western Washington University to earn a bachelor's in Business Administration. He will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

Lyndsi Foster: Lyndsi Foster, nominated by Melanie Engman, is a senior at Emerson High School. She serves as an office assistant and is an active community volunteer. She has donated stuffed animals to incarcerated youth, dug up noxious weeds and cleaned the animal shelter.  She loves animals and plans to pursue natural science courses and veterinary science. She will receive $3000.00 to attend The Evergreen State College.

Tiffany Go: Tiffany Go, nominated by Jon Ronngren, is a senior at Anacortes High School. Her leadership skills have been utilized in Teens Against Tobacco, Spanish Travel Club and Key Club where she serves as president. She speaks fluent Filipino and with a 3.4 GPA plans to study community health. She will receive $2000.00 from the NCOSP/National Science Foundation to attend Western Washington University.

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Sarah Hernandez (NO PHOTO), Sarah Hernandez, nominated by Maria Perez, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School.  She is well known in the community for her singing talents, winning 1st place in the Selena contest in 2003. She recently sang in Ferndale's Fiestas Patrias. She currently has a 2.8 GPA and plans to pursue her interest in music. She will receive $500.00 from Fiestas Patrias to attend Skagit Valley College.

Jessica Hinds: Jessica Hinds, nominated by Carla Roberts-Hurst, is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School. Jessica is proud of her ethnic diversity-Native American, Filipino, Alaskan Native and Caucasian backgrounds. She has pursued understanding of each of the cultures of her ancestors. She is active in Skagit Kids Alternatives to Drug Use and plans to further her education. She will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

José Lopez: José Lopez, nominated by Jody Soes, is a senior at State Street High School. As an ambassador for Cascades Job Corps he conducts tours and represents the Job Corps at events.  He is an active member of the Raza Unida club and an exceptional student employee in the business technology trade. He plans to pursue a degree in Music. He will receive $2500.00 from KSVR Radio Bilingüe to attend Skagit Valley College.

Abigail Martinez-Lopez: Abigail Martinez-Lopez, nominated by Bobby McCarty, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She has been in the US for only 7 years and speaks English, Spanish and Mixteco. She interprets at parent conferences, is a Link Leader at the High School and helps her family by working in the fields. She plans to become a pediatrician. She will receive $4050.00 to attend Central Washington University.

Maria Annable Mireles: Maria Annable Mireles, nominated by Bobby McCarty, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. Although she has many family responsibilities and works part time at the Food Coop, she also plays tennis. She is in the AVID program and takes AP math, physics and Spanish. She plans to major in computer engineering. She will receive $4050.00 to attend Central Washington University.

Raquel Morales: Raquel Morales, nominated by Dan Brem, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. She is a tutor at West View Elementary and a Sunday school teacher. She has attended both the Regional and State Migrant Youth Leadership Conferences. She is trilingual-English, Spanish and Mixteco and plans to become a teacher. She will receive $1000.00 from the U.S. Department of Education Bilingual Para Educator Grant to attend Skagit Valley College.

Oscar Morales-Rivera: Oscar Morales-Rivera, nominated by Dan Brem and Yalda Ortega, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School.   He is in the top 15% of his class, is a Natural Helper and Peer mentor and a translator at district elementary schools. He also makes presentations with the Drug & Alcohol counselor to elementary students. He plans to become a teacher.  He will receive $1000.00 from the U.S. Department of Education Bilingual Para Educator Grant to attend Skagit Valley College.

Carly Moreno: Carly Moreno, nominated by Laura Schmidt, is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School. She has taken every science and math course, is team captain of the academic Ocean Bowl and still finds time to perform community service for the United General Hospital, Clear Lake Food Bank and Komo Kulshun Camp.  She plans to major in science.  She will receive $1500.00 to attend the University of Washington.

Moises Ortega: Moises Ortega, nominated by Dan Brehm, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. He attended the Migrant Student Leadership Conference 3 times, is active in MEChA and helps fundraise for his church. He enjoys working on cars and drawing. He plans to attend SVC and transfer to a 4 year university to study Architecture. He will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Jonathan Robles (NO PHOTO): Jonathan Robles, nominated by Laurel Ringler, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School.  He job shadowed a policeman, attended a summer Law Enforcement camp and is taking extra PE classes to get in shape for the police force. This dedication is unusual in a high school student. He plans to study Administration of Justice at SVC.  He will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

Jesus Rocha: Jesus Rocha, nominated by Maria Perez, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. He has participated in the Farm worker Solidarity March and Fiestas Patrias celebration. He is an active church volunteer, member of FFA and DECA and a member of the soccer team. He hopes to enter the law and diversity program at Western Washington University.  He will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College. 

Randy Rodriguez: Randy Rodriguez, nominated by Jill Weber and Josh Guthrie, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.    He is an intern at Washington Mutual Bank where he fundraised for Junior Achievement. He is a member of FBLA and received recognition at state competition for word processing. He plans to major in Business and finance. He will receive $500.00 from Allstate Sylvia Cuevas to attend Skagit Valley College.

Kim Roper: Kim Roper, nominated by Rita Ordonez, is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School. She has taken 3 years of Japanese and is a teaching assistant for the class. She has challenged herself with honors and AP classes. She volunteers with Skagit Valley Search and Rescue and Padilla Bay Education Center. She plans to become an oceanographer. She will receive $1500.00 to attend the University of Washington. 

Yadira Ruiz: Yadira Ruiz, nominated by Bobby McCarty, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She is in the AVID program and has taken numerous AP English classes. She volunteers at Mira Vista Retirement Center and was an intern with the Summer Literacy Program. She plans to study accounting and eventually own her own business. She will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.

Saba Samandani: Saba Samandani, nominated by Dr. Keith Anderson, is a senior at Anacortes High School. She is a natural helper who is known for her kindness and compassion. She has taken a rigorous academic program and speaks English, Farsi and Spanish. She plans to join the Peace Corps. Her career interest is medicine. She will receive $2000.00 to attend Western Washington University. 

Dulce Velasco: Dulce Velasco, nominated by Laural Ringler, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. She has been active in MEChA and attended Western Washington University's MEChA leadership conference. She has worked for the Migrant Council for 2 summers and has completed her STARS training. She would like to study education or law enforcement. She will receive $500.00 from Skagit Valley College's MEChA to attend Skagit Valley College.

Lydia Yancey: Lydia Yancey, nominated by Margaret Perez, is a senior at State Street High School. She participates in the Raza Unida Club and Diversity Committee at Cascades Job Corps. She is a leader in the dorm and has performed outreach in the community. She plans to pursue a degree in nursing. She will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College.