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2008 Scholarship Winners

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2008 Scholarship Winners

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Enrico Abadesco, nominated by Marci Mallari,is a senior at Oak Harbor High School.He enjoys helping his parents toorganize fun activities for the younger children in his community. He maintains a 3.5 GPA while still being an active member of SADD and St. Augustine's Youth Group. He will receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend Washington State University.

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Sandy Alvarez, nominated by David Baker, is a senior at State Street High School. She is currently a part of the anti-Bullying Group at State Street High School and has been a past member of the GLBA alliance and the diversity committee. Sandy would like to go on to become a Pharmacy Technician and major in Science Education. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Rafael Avila, nominated by Rex Febus and Joan Robertson-Landi, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. A member of the Migrant Leadership Program and the wrestling team, he has gained enough experience to coach La Venture Middle School's wrestling team. Rafael is very supportive and a great leader, as he leads by example. He will receive a $4,842 scholarship to attend Central Washington University.

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Eddie Aviles, nominated by Ted Lundgren, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. He maintains a 3.9 GPA; has been in the NJROTC for three years and is now the Commanding Officer and the Rifle Team Commander. Eddie is actively involved in the Teddy Bear drive to support Children's Hospital. He will receive a $2,000 scholarship to attend Western Washington University.

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Angela Bautista, nominated by Alipio Terenzi, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She is very active in Debate, Science Club, and FBLA and also participates on the girls' C soccer team. Angela came from Honduras and is interested in learning about other cultures. She wants to major in Human Services. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Elizabeth Beltran, nominated by Angelica Garcia and Troy Wright, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She actively volunteers at her church and at an elementary school. She has demonstrated a desire to learn so that she can make a great role model for her fellow class mates. Elizabeth plans on majoring in Early Childhood Education. She will receive a $3,900 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Hermelinda Betancourt, nominated by Ted Lundgren, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. An active volunteer for the Red Cross and the Migrant Daycare in Mt. Vernon, she is currently enrolled in a Pre-Teaching Seminar English and the Latinos in Action Program. Hermelinda plans to major in Early Childhood Education. She will receive a $3,900 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Nallely Carreón, nominated by Ted Lundgren, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. She has been involved in the Multicultural Club and in the Latinos in Action Program. Nallely plans to by attend Western Washington University and major in Social Services. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship to attend Western Washington University.

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Kristina Chuprinov, nominated by Guillermina Macedo, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School and a Running Start Student at SVC. She is a member of the New Life Christian Church where she has been involved in helping other countries such as Argentina by coordinating fundraisers. She will receive a $3,900 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Valerie Conklin, nominated by Jane Jansen, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School and a Running Start student at SVC. She holds a 3.84 GPA and promotes language and culture through Asian music on the community radio station. Valerie plans to major in Linguistics and International Relations. She will receive a $3,000 scholarship to attend The Evergreen State College.

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José Correa, nominated by Katherine Playford, is a senior at Sedro-Woolley High School. As President of the "Be the Change Team", he has convinced the district to support Challenge Day at his school. Jose is a great leader at bringing together students of different colors to stop bullying. Jose plans on majoring in Firefighting. He will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Paulo Coutinho, nominated by Debra Smith-Hicks, is a senior at Sedro-Woolley High School. He is a quiet leader who is driven to complete his education and go on to college. He plans to major in Computer Technology regardless of all obstacles confronting him. He will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Susanne Danielson, nominated by Jeff Ingrum and Debra Smith-Hicks, is a senior at Sedro-Woolley High School. She has been a leader of "Be the Change" Team, Mix It Up Days and an active member of the Calling All Colors Club at SVC. Susanne plans on majoring in business so that she can work for a non-profit organization in the Philippines. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Alissa De La Fuente, nominated by Heath Tayon, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Alissa displays her leadership skills through being in Spanish Club, serving as president of the Science Club, and serving on the Teen Advisory Board at the Public Library. She will receive a $6,000 scholarship to attend Western Washington University.

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Maria Delarosa, nominated by Brian Hanrahan and Heath Tayon, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. Maria has spent the last two years tutoring younger students at the Neighborhood Station as well as working for the local YMCA. She attended two conferences; learned about leadership and gained important skills for her future. She will receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend Washington State University.

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Annette Dominguez, nominated by Julie Sager, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She is a hard working student. She has shared her cultural heritage with teenagers, kindergarten students and preschool children through her participation in child psychology and Careers in Education. She will receive a $3,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Alejandro Espinoza, nominated by Ted Lundgren, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. He assists in translating for his family and friends as they go from home into the community and work. Alejandro has been actively involved in his neighborhood with lawn care maintenance. He plans to study construction management. He will receive a $4,842 scholarship to attend Central Washington University.

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Juan Farías, nominated by Kirk Hamilton, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. He has broken down barriers and encouraged Hispanic involvement which has made Burlington Edison High School a better place. Juan was the Multicultural Club president from 2007-2008, has been involved in Latinos in Action and is ASB Treasurer for this school year. He will receive a $3,000 scholarship to attend The Evergreen State College.

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Vaani Ganeson, nominated by Eric Engman, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She is an excellent leader who works very hard to include everyone regardless of their differences. She is a state competitor in swimming, volunteers for Special Olympics and maintains a 4.0 GPA. She plans on becoming a doctor. She will receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend The University of Washington - Bothell.

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Jose Garcia, nominated by Katherine Playford, is a senior at Sedro-Woolley High School. He has been part of the Future Business Leaders of America and is also working on a senior project doing volunteer translation and interpretation around the county. He will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Adilene Hernandez, nominated by Janel Erchinger-Davis and Rosey Hernandez, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She is an AVID student and a volunteer with Children of the Valley Program assisting students with their homework and reading skills. Adilene is also the treasurer of her church youth group and helps with fundraisers. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Ashley Johnson, nominated by Margery Rogers, Steve Clark, and Chris Oliver, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She tutors young children at a local elementary school and works many hours volunteering at the hospital. Ashley has been on the Honor Roll for four years and plans to become a surgeon. She will receive a $3,000 scholarship to attend The University of Washington - Seattle.

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Jessica Jones, nominated by David Baker, is a senior at State Street High School. She founded a writing group in her hometown when she was 13 that continues to meet today. She has been involved in cultural study groups and is an advocate for underprivileged youth. She volunteers at senior centers and at the Scarvy Wildlife Center. She will receive a $3,900 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Teresa Juarez, nominated by Marci Fankhauser, is a senior at Anacortes High School. She has dedicated numerous hours in helping children and adults perform academically and socially. Translating from English to Spanish is needed in our community, so Teresa tutors children and translates during family nights at our elementary schools. She will receive a $3,900 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Ryan Landingin, nominated by Chris Oliver, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. He is involved in the Sports Medicine program and has volunteered many hours at Skagit Valley Hospital as a junior medical volunteer. Ryan is currently president of Key Club, was involved in the Latin Dance Club and has been a LINK leader. He will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Eastern Washington University.

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Jamie Lengkeek, nominated by David Baker, is a senior at State Street High School. She is Student Government President, is active in the Diversity committee, the "Be the Change" committee and is a student ambassador. Jamie has volunteered for the AIDS alliance, Dimes for Babies and Volunteers of America. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Michael Lien, nominated by Margery Rogers, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. Michael has continuously challenged himself and was selected for the Washington Aerospace Scholars program. He values his cultural heritage and has great respect for those of other ethnic backgrounds. He will receive a $3,000 scholarship to attend Washington State University.

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Angel Lopez, nominated by Anne Marie Morse, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. He has been part of the migrant student leadership project. Angel has been a bilingual tutor in an Algebra class, and he has translated for parents during conferences. He is taking AP American Government, Chemistry, Physics and Pre-calculus. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship to attend Western Washington University.

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Pablo Lopez, nominated by Gordy Waite, is a senior at Friday Harbor High School. He has taught an anti-smoking/drug campaign to 6th grade students. He taught Spanish classes to third graders, and for two years has been president of Helping Out Teen Society (HOTS) a club to help teens make positive decisions. He will receive a $3,900 scholarship to attend The Evergreen State College.

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Nancy Magaña, nominated by Adolfo Hinojosa, is a senior at Sedro-Woolley High School. She volunteers in the ESL classes at Central Elementary and is a leader in the Challenge Day program. Nancy has a love for working with children and serving in a capacity of helping others. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Marissa Maghirang, nominated by Dan Brehm, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. Marissa is an active organizer when the community needs sand-bag volunteers to fight the Skagit from flooding its banks. At school she has been a member of the Multi-cultural Club, and has worked in the counseling office as an office assistant. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Cassandra Medici, nominated by Laurinda Shelton, is a senior at Sedro-Woolley High School. She is an active member of the "Be the Change" Team and received an award for innovative activities at the Boys and Girls Club. She would like to pursue a career in the field of Recreation. She will receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend Eastern Washington University.

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Maria Mejia, nominated by Joan Robertson-Landi, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She volunteers at Children of the Valley after-school program and is employed at a local child care center. Although English is not Maria's native language, she is so determined to succeed; she is now enrolled in AP English and pre-calculus. She will receive a $3,900 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Christina Morales, nominated by Dan Brehm, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. She volunteers through the Multi-cultural Club, including tutoring at the elementary schools. Christina has many of her peers seek her out for advice on how to fit in. She plans to attend a 4 year university. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Victoria Murrell, nominated by Katherine Playford, is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School. She is part of the Key Club and helps with fundraising and volunteer work for both the community and around the world. Victoria is also completing a senior project in which she is working to teach orphans in Botswana to use cameras. She will receive a $3,000 scholarship to attend The Evergreen State College.

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David Navarro, nominated by Polly Hagg, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. He is a role model for his family and his peers. He has been a leader in the classroom and on the soccer field. This year, he joined the football team and is one of the leading kickers in Skagit Valley. David has attended Leadership Camp and is a member of AVID. He will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Eastern Washington University.

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Sahro Omar, nominated by David Baker, is a senior at State Street High School. She has participated in high school diversity clubs, community service clubs and a sign language club. She hopes to become a doctor and join the Peace Corps so that she can return to Africa to help the people there. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Elizabeth Ortega, nominated by Debra Smith-Hicks, is a senior at Sedro-Woolley High School. She is planning her school's Challenge Day as her senior project. Through her commitment to diversity and steady leadership style, Elizabeth puts her knowledge and compassion into action. She is focused on becoming a pediatric nurse. She will receive a $3,900 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Maria Partida, nominated by Maureen Harlan, is a senior at La Conner High School. Through her involvement in ASB activities and leadership roles, her athletic endeavors and her volunteer work and her willingness to help her family and herself by working outside of school, Maria has earned the respect of her school and community. She will receive a $3,900 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Ricci Peters, nominated by Laurinda Shelton, is a senior at Sedro-Woolley High School. She has been part of the "Be the Change" team that is helping students break down barriers and have students be more accepting of one another. Ricci is also involved with Natural Helpers since her freshman year. She will receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend Washington State University.

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Bianca Pimentel, nominated by Roger Ellefson, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She has been actively involved in cheerleading and athletics. She consistently models positive behaviors and is a respected leader among her peers. Bianca is also a student representative in her school's Leadership Team. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship to attend Western Washington University.

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Ramiro Reyes, nominated by Chris Oliver, is senior at Mount Vernon High School. He understands and accepts being a role model for his brothers and many other children. In addition to working twenty hours per week to help support his family, Ramiro volunteers as a tutor for elementary students at the local Neighborhood Station. He will receive a $3,000 scholarship to attend The University of Washington - Seattle.

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Elizabeth Rodriguez, nominated by Chris Oliver, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She has been involved in many clubs and activities and has successfully taken on many leadership roles. This past year she volunteered to be the MC at the AVID Senior Night and did a great job! She also volunteers tutoring at a local elementary school. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship to attend Western Washington University.

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Vanessa Salinas, nominated by Michael Sampson, is a senior at Burlington Edison High School. She is involved in Latinos in Action tutoring elementary school students and has shone as a bilingual tutor. Vanessa has interpreted for families at conferences and helped supervise children in the reading center program. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Diba Samadani, nominated by Jean Lungren, is a senior at Anacortes High School. She is Vice President of Link Crew. She also works with "Dinner at the Brick," helping individuals with financial or other personal needs. She has been a summer school volunteer for kindergarten students and sponsors an African child named Kenja. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship to attend Western Washington University.

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Isabel Sanchez, nominated by Michael Sampson, is a senior at Burlington-Edison High School. She is a member of Latinos in Action and has also been helping out with the Multicultural Club. She is part of a small group of students that advocated for a club to celebrate diversity. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Perla Santillan, nominated by Chris Oliver, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She has been a member of a Latino Girls' group; she is the secretary for the AVID club and has been involved in choir for 4 years. She has taken on many challenges including taking Honors English as a sophomore and AP Biology as a senior. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Itzia Silva, nominated by Maureen Harlan, is a senior at La Conner High School. She has served as a volunteer on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Skagit Valley College and with child care at His Place Church in Burlington. Her goodness and exemplary role modeling make a difference in her school. She will receive a $3,900 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College..

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Vanessa Trujillo, nominated by Dan Brehm, is a senior at Burlington Edison High School. She volunteers at West View Elementary School where she models great leadership skills to 3rd graders. Vanessa is a positive role model and is seen as someone who is always willing to help a classmate regardless of culture. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Skagit Valley College.

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Fiona Verschoor, nominated by Delinda Baughn, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She is a leader serving as a Junior Medical Volunteer, Communications Officer for the Criminal Justice Club, Teen Operative for Liquor Control Board, Snohomish County Sheriff's Office Explorer, and the Celtic Arts Foundation Super Volunteer Team. She will receive a $4,842 scholarship to attend Central Washington University.

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Loren Wang, nominated by Ted Lundgren, is a senior at Burlington Edison High School. She is the co-President of the Multicultural Club, Vice-President of O Ambassadors and Key Club, and is involved in FBLA and Medical Club. She has encouraged a number of young minority group students to participate in clubs and activities. He will receive a $3,000 scholarship to attend The Evergreen State College.

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Jasmine Zell, nominated by Laurinda Shelton, is a senior at Sedro-Woolley High School. She studies Japanese and has hosted Japanese Exchange Students. Her passions are music and theater. Jasmine excels in math and wants to become an engineer. She is preparing herself for this goal by enrolling in AP Calculus. She will receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend Washington State University.