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2008 Award Winners

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Michael Acode, nominated by Polly Hagg, is a junior at Mount Vernon High School. He is an AVID Senator and maintains a high GPA while starting on the football, basketball, and baseball teams. Michael wants to go to a four-year university.

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Miguel Alaníz, nominated by Rosey Hernandez, is a freshman at Mount Vernon High School. He is a top student while actively enrolled in soccer and enjoys playing the accordion and listening to Tejano-Norteño music. Miguel would like to major in music once he completes high school.

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Brian Anderson, nominated by Polly Hagg, is a junior at Mount Vernon High School. He is a 3.5 GPA AVID student who is also attending Skagit Valley College. He is taking advanced classes and participates in tennis and FBLA. Brian won a scholarship from Theater Production for Leadership Camp and is presently a teacher assistant.

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Blas Avalos-Garcia, nominated by Ellie Slabodnik, is a junior at Sedro-Woolly High School. He is president of Skagit Kids Against Drug Use, where he is often involved in lunchtime activities to positively impact the high school culture. Blas is mature and serves as a role model for other students.

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Natalie Cleek, nominated by Julie Wilson, is a sophomore at Mount Vernon High school. She is treasurer of Key Club, and she received the "Outstanding Community Service" Award in 2007. She volunteers at the Friendship House and has donated her hair 3 times to "Locks of Love." Natalie's career goal is to become a surgeon or dentist.

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Cindy Corrales, nominated by Julie Wilson, is a sophomore at Mount Vernon High School and volunteers at the Skagit Valley Hospital at the main front desk. She is also involved in helping her church with community functions. Cindy wants to become a doctor.

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Mayra Delgado, nominated by Ted Lundgren, is a junior at Burlington Edison High School. Mayra is working in the Latinos in Action Program and tutoring students at West View Elementary. She has also been a Counseling Office TA throughout this year and last year and assisted in translation for parents who are Spanish speakers only.

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Sonia De Los Rios, nominated by Ted Lundgren, is a junior at Burlington Edison High School. She is ASB VP and was selected by her peers as a Natural Helper. She attended a school leadership class as well as a Leadership Camp. Sonia is also a VP of the Multi-Cultural Club and volunteers as an interpreter for her school offices and classrooms.

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Rose Drummond, nominated by Margery Rogers, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She loves life, her high school, and she is committed to making this world a better place. Rose is the Mount Vernon ASB student body President and enjoys singing, dancing and is also an amazing artist.

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Carlos Flores, nominated by Julie Wilson, is a sophomore at Mount Vernon High School. He volunteers at Skagit Valley Hospital and tutors elementary school children to help them read and write better. Carlos is planning on attending a four year college or university.

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Martha Flores, nominated by Janice Condrin, is a junior at Emerson High School. She has volunteered and organized the Mount Vernon High School Immigrant Leadership program. Martha volunteers at Skagit Valley Hospital and plans to major in Human Services.

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Geraldine Garcia, nominated by Ted Lundgren, is a sophomore at Burlington Edison High School. She is involved in the Multicultural Club, the O Ambassadors, Key Club, Medical Club, and Drama Club. Geraldine is a great role model and has impacted Hispanic students because of her academic success and activity participation.

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Pedro Garcia, nominated by Ted Lundgren, is a junior at Burlington Edison High School. He is a student youth leader at His Place Church and helped the youth group build a ministry building. Pedro is also involved in soccer and cheer and is a varsity competitor in soccer and football.

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Allysa Garza, nominated by Polly Hagg, is a junior at Mount Vernon High School. She is an AVID student taking honors courses and playing in the school band. She enjoys playing on the volleyball team and participated in the North Cascades Summer Backpack Program. Allysa plans to attend a 4 year University and major in medicine.

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Maira Guerrero, nominated by Michael Sampson, is a junior at Burlington Edison High School. She is active in the Multicultural Club and impresses everyone with her kindness and her willingness to work towards changing the culture of her school. She is an intelligent, humorous and genuinely caring bilingual high school student.

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Silvia Guzman, nominated by Ted Lundgren, is sophomore at Burlington Edison High School. She is very much involved in Key Club, FBLA, Medical Club and Drama. Silvia balances a very challenging AVID, honors and AP course schedule with all of her activities.

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Kyle Hoagland, nominated by Margery Rogers, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. He was selected to participate in the HOBY Leadership program his sophomore year. Kyle has wrestled at the varsity level for 3 years. He also volunteered his time as a middle school wrestling coach and worked as a summer school intern.

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Artur Hutcheson, nominated by Christopher Oliver, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. He has a strong interest in medicine and is currently volunteering with the Skagit County Emergency Response Team. Artur is an active member of the AVID Club and volunteers in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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Nahima Larreta-Quintana, nominated by Alipio Terenzi, is a junior at Mount Vernon High School. She is very interested in other cultures and has made great efforts to reach out to students of all cultures at MVHS. Nahima has truly acted like a bridge between cultures helping out her fellow students.

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Aszia Maine, nominated by Julie Wilson, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She was president of the French Club and served as a Link Leader. She is on the Tennis Team, and a member of the AVID Club and DECA. Aszia plans to pursue a career in computers/business.

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Sara Manrique, nominated by Lydia Byergo, John Banaszak and Julie Wilson, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She has volunteered at Headstart and has worked summers at the Washington Migrant Council is involved in her church youth group and teaches a Sunday school class. Sara plans to become a surgical nurse.

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Indira Mejia, nominated by Leah VanderStoep, is a freshman at Mount Vernon High School. She excels in the AVID program and helps to volunteer with community projects. Recently she has taken on the responsibility to be in the teen representatives on the planning committee for the community garden at La Casa de San Jose apartments.

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Adelaida Mendoza, nominated by Polly Hagg, is a junior at Mount Vernon High School. She is enrolled in advanced classes and maintains a 3.0 GPA. She displays a high level of integrity and strong work ethic. She volunteers in after school tutoring and is a teacher's assistant.

 
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Leticia Mendoza,nominated by Julie Wilson, is a freshman at Mount Vernon High School. She was awarded a Migrant Leadership Award and is active in Key Club, FCCLA and DECA. Leticia participates in varsity Soccer, track and cross country. She plans are to attend a 4 year university and promote cultural diversity as a teacher.

 
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Josh Norton, nominated by Ellie Slabodnik, is a junior at Sedro-Woolley High School. He has been instrumental in the school's new Diversity Club. He is working to create a welcoming atmosphere at the high school for all. Josh has a contagious enthusiasm for life and motivates others in a positive way.

 
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Priscilla Ponce-Venegas, nominated by Lori Buher, is a freshman at LaConner High School. She is a leader in the classroom, school government, on the sports field and among her peers. She is committed to becoming the first-generation in her family to pursue her education.

 
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Carlos Reyes, nominated by Rosey Hernandez, is a junior at Mount Vernon High School. He has been involved in the Future Farmers of America, National Honor Society and is also a member of the Peace and Justice Club. Carlos holds a 3.8 GPA and plans to attend WSU to become a veterinarian.

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Ryan Roque, nominated by Julie Wilson, is a freshman at Mount Vernon High School. He plays soccer on the Stanwood select team; after school he volunteers at Cascade Medical Group, and he is also an AVID Club senator. Ryan plans on attending a four year university.

 
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Amanda Sandate, nominated by Polly Hagg, is a junior at Mount Vernon High School. She is a part of the AVID Program and is taking several math and science courses. She volunteers her time tutoring younger students. Amanda is interested in attending a four year university following graduation.

 
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Adrian Santiago, nominated by Julie Wilson, is a freshman at Mount Vernon High School. He is currently a 4.0 student and gives free full sessions of soccer to kids who cannot afford a private soccer coach. He plans on attending a four year university to become an architect.

   
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Hannah Smythe, nominated by Lynn Blackmore, is junior at Anacortes high School. She is president of Schools for Schools and the International Club. She is treasurer for S.A.D.D, and is the chairperson for the French Travel Club. Last year Hannah led the coordination of a benefit concert to raise money for the kids in Africa!

 
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Melissa Solano, nominated by Michael Sampson, is a junior at Burlington Edison High School. She has provided daycare for parents when they have attended school events. Melissa also enjoys volunteering her time tutoring West View Elementary students.

 
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Mitzi Villaseñor, nominated by Ted Lundgren, is a senior at Burlington Edison North High School. She has promoted her Mexican heritage in all aspects of school life. She has modeled for others the positive way to live as a student and adult at the same time. Her educational goal is to become a paralegal.

 
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Yaner Wu, nominated by Chris Oliver, is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She is a member of the Technology Student Association, the Science Club and the Multicultural Club. She is a member of National Honor Society and DECA. Yaner volunteers at Skagit Valley Hospital, Sea Mar Food Bank and the Friendship House.