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2009 Scholarship Winners

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Damon Acoba, a senior at BEHS, is a model of tremendous work ethic and has garnered the respect of the student body and staff. He is the ASB president and has volunteered with Special Olympics, Interact Burlington and with Rotary International. He plans to attend UW and major in civil engineering. After completing his degree, he wants to join the Peace Corps. She will receive $500.00 to attend Skagit Valley College. He will receive $5000 to attend University of Washington - Seattle.     
Michael Acode, a senior at MVHS promotes diversity through his actions and volunteer work at the YMCA, LINK and Honor Society. As VP of ASB, he wrote the all school Welcome Assembly script with the theme, "Anything's Possible". Along with his rigorous class load, he has exemplified his belief that anyone willing to work hard can succeed at a high level. Michael plans to study science or engineering in college. He will receive $5000 to attend University of Washington - Bothell.
Angelica Ascencio, a senior at BEHS, has shown a deep seeded drive to be successful and a desire to help those around her. Angelica has participated in DECA, FFA, and the Multicultural Club and is the secretary for FBLA. She has enjoyed the Latinos in Action class and the community service opportunities it provides. She plans to attend SVC and WWU and ultimately obtain her masters degree in business management. She will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Blas Avalos, a senior at SWHS, is active in Teens against Tobacco ,FBLA, Spanish, French and Japanese Clubs, and is president of Skagit Teens Against Drug Use,. He is known for being driven academically and for his friendly and altruistic manner both at school and in the community. His future goal is to attend a four-year university and continue his academic pursuits in the science field. He will receive $5481 to attend Central Washington University.
María Avalos, a senior at SWHS, is well known at school for her academic achievements, her commitment to school and community service. Maria's quiet leadership is a positive force and influence that is felt by teachers and students. Maria is active in the Latina's Club and volunteers at SeaMar and Habitat for Humanity. Maria is focused on attending SVC to study early childhood education. She will receive $1000-$4000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Magnolia Booth, a senior at BEHS, is the Co-Founder of the BEHS Gay Straight Support Group and has been involved with the National Art Honors Society, Marching, Pep, and Concert Band, Drum Line, Earth Club, Photography Club, and Girls Swimming. Maggie wants the benefits of a well rounded liberal arts education and hopes to study her passion, art, at TESC or WWU. She will receive $3000 to attend The Evergreen State College.
Jacob Brooks, a senior at MVHS and a SVC Running Start student, would like to pursue a career in the environmental field. Jacob is Blackfoot, he volunteers for Skagit County's Search and Rescue and also enjoys spending personal time in the outdoors tracking and hiking. He plans to attend SVC, WWU or TESC to major in environmental studies. He will receive $3000 to attend The Evergreen State College.
Faride Cuevas, a senior at BEHS, is a leader. She is the Multicultural Club President, participated in Cosmetology Club, Key Club, DECA, FBLA, Mentorship Program, Latinos in Action and after school tutoring. She is always looking for someone to help and loves being a part of activities that help the community. Her dream is to graduate from TESC with a degree in education so she can have the greatest impact on peoples' lives. She will receive $3000 to attend The Evergreen State College.
Sonia De Los Rios, a senior at BEHS, is actively involved as a Varsity tennis player, President of the Multicultural Club and O Ambassadors, a member of ASB Leadership team, Natural Helper, Lead Peer Mentor, and volunteers as a tutor for other students as well as actively raising funds for third world countries. Sonia is planning to double major in Business and Psychology at WSU or WWU. She will receive $2000 to attend Western Washington University.
Mayra Delgado, a senior at BEHS and a SVC Running Start student is involved in Tennis, Latinos in Action, Multicultural Club, and has volunteered at Westview Elementary's ELL classes to help students in the Language Acquisition Program. She is an excellent role model illustrating positive school behaviors. She is interested in pursuing a transfer degree from SVC and majoring in bilingual education at a 4-year university. She will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Carlo Dimaculangan, a senior at OHHS, participated in Link Crew, Key Club and is President of the Cultural Club. He has volunteered for the Help House collecting food donations and is active in his church. He has interned at Whidbey General Hospital and Home Place and has passed the CAN exam. He plans to attend SVC and a 4 year university majoring in nursing. He will receive $1500 to attend Washington State University.
Kimberly Esparza, a senior at MVHS, has been able to provide a bilingual-bilcultural perspective to Honor Society, Key Club and FCCLA. Whether serving in student government as a Secretary and Treasurer or working as a social worker with migrant families for Sea Mar during the summer, she emanates confidence and enthusiasm. She plans to attend SVC and major in Nursing. She will receive $1000-$4000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Martha Flores, a senior at EHS, serves on the Leadership Council and in the MVHS Immigrant Leadership program promoting a school environment that welcomes and values each student. She volunteers at Skagit Valley Hospital and with local community Latino/Hispanic organizations at educational and cultural events. She plans to attend SVC and pursue a career in social services. She will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Manuel Garcia, a senior at MVHS, is the oldest of seven siblings and will be the first in his family to go to college. He is the winner of the Alexander Hamilton Merit Award, president of Latino Leaders, member of 4-H, National Honor Society and AVID. He helps tutor students in math and volunteers at a local retirement center. He plans to attend UW and study government and politics . He will receive $5000 to attend University of Washington - Bothell.
Pedro Garcia, a senior at BEHS, has been an active member of the student body in cheerleading, soccer and football. He has volunteered numerous hours as a coach and has modeled exemplary behavior to those students he has taken under his wing including his younger brother. He plans to attend SVC and UW for Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice and has his sights on becoming a City Police Officer. He will receive $3400 to attend Western Washington University.
Allysa Garza, a senior at MVHS, is on the Honor Roll while working 40 hours per week. She played volleyball for MVHS and a national club team. She received the Principal's Award and AVID and Kiwanis Student of the Month award. She has been an AVID Senator, member of Key Club and Band and attended the North Cascades Wild 12-Day Leadership Trip. She also participates in Careers in Education. She plans to attend UW or EWU and major in Early Childhood Education. She will receive $5000 to attend University of Washington - Seattle.
Julia González, a senior at BEHS, has been involved in the Multicultural Club, Latinos en Acción and volunteered with the Dual Language Program at West View. Julia is an intelligent, caring role model, not only for her family but also for her peers. She will be the first person in her family to attend college and sees her success as opening doors for her siblings and cousins. She plans to attend college and major in nursing/premed. She will receive $1000-$4000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Maira Guerrero, a senior at BEHS, is involved in Multicultural Club, Peer Mentor, and Key Club. She is an active member in "Latinos in Action" which is an outreach and mentorship program that models academic success and a positive approach to educational pursuits beyond high school. Maira plans on attending SVC, TESC or WWU and pursuing a degree as a Bilingual Resource Specialist. She will receive $3000 to attend The Evergreen State College.
Noemy Guevara, a senior at MVHS, understands the obstacles and stereotypes that hold many students back and demonstrates through her own actions and accomplishments that these can be overcome. She is a role model and intends to be the first in her family to go on and graduate from a four-year university. She plans to become a nurse. She will receive $1000-$4000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Celerino Hernández, a senior at BEHS, participates in Medical Club and Debate. He works at a fast food restaurant and has found customer relations to be a rewarding part of his job. His dream is to work in the medical field, and he is excited to have the opportunity to aspire to his highest educational level. He plans to attend SVC and major in Allied Health on his way to becoming a doctor. He will receive $1000-$4000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
María Hurtado, a senior at BEHS, is involved in Latinos in Action where she mentors elementary students. She credits her work in restaurants in learning how to treat people. She is a girl of action, assertive and inspiring. She has a passion for life and a love of working on cars. She plans to attend SVC and major in Automotive. She will receive $1000-$4000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Jessica Jewett, a senior at AHS, is a member of the Swinomish tribe and a student of remarkable resiliency who has overcome many obstacles. She has strong leadership skills that have become evident in her participation in 'Link Crew', a group that directly provides support and encouragement to incoming freshmen. She plans to attend SVC and CWU, working towards a Master's degree in accounting. She will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Ambrose Maldonado, a senior at BEHS, demonstrates leadership qualities through his involvement in athletics, where he has been a team captain, and through his participation in the mentorship and Natural Helper programs. Ambrose leads by example promoting ethnic harmony through his actions in these various groups. He plans to attend SVC to major in allied health and become a physical therapist. He will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Angelica Martínez, a senior at BEHS, tutors elementary students, volunteers for Community Action, and Cinco de Mayo activities at an elementary school. She has been involved in Multicultural Club and Key Club. She has a great attitude and puts everyone at ease with her style and grace. She plans to attend SVC and transfer to a university majoring in environmental studies. She will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Mireya Martínez-Bautista, a senior at BEHS, is actively involved in Latinos In Action where she tutors elementary school students. She is fluent in three languages and always willing to help others who cannot communicate as well. She also volunteers during parent teacher conferences by providing child care. She plans to attend SVC and major in education to become an English language learning teacher. She will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Aileen Mata, a senior at MVHS, provides a link between communities that is vital for uniting and learning about different cultures. She is treasurer of the senior class involved in FCCLA and Key Club and holds a part-time job. As a Latina, she is a source of strength as well as an inspiration for others. She plans to major in nursing at SVC and a university. She will receive $7000 to attend Eastern Washington University.
Stephanie Medrano, a senior at MVHS, is all about serving other people. She volunteers over 25 hours of her time each week in a daycare. She is actively involved in DECA, AVID, Key and Spanish Clubs and MECHA. She also volunteers at Link Crew, a student leadership group that helps to ease the transition of freshmen to high school. She plans to attend SVC and a university majoring in human services. She will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Virginia Morales, a senior at SWHS, is a member of the Club Latinas, has received an English Department Award and was Student of the Month for Physical Education and Health. Coming from a large migrant family, she plans to be the first in her family to enter college. She volunteers in her church youth group and at local nursing homes making gift baskets. She plans to attend a university and major in the medical field. She will receive $5481 to attend Central Washington University.
Rosa Morales-Cerda, a senior at BEHS is involved with the group "Latinos in Action". She has worked extensively in our elementary schools, tutoring younger students. Rosa is someone who is concerned about the rights of others and is interested in ethics and social work. She plans to attend SVC and transfer to a unversity for a major in human services. She will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Maria Muñoz, a senior at BE-North, is actively involved in the Multicultural Club. She has been a translator for staff at Westview Elementary and is currently showing others in her school that she is a very capable and responsible citizen. Maria is very assertive in her presentation of self and her culture. She plans to attend SVC and major in criminal justice. She will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Ivan Ocampo, a senior at MVHS, is a member of the AVID Club, State Soccer Team, and helps tutor elementary students. He is fluent in English and Spanish and is studying French. He has volunteered for various soccer tournaments and enjoys cooking and working with computers. He is a member of the Bulldog Service Project class and is a Senior Class Senator. He plans to attend SVC and WWU and major in architecture. He will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Brenda Ortega, a senior at SWHS, has spent hundreds of hours working with Skagit Heat promoting education and being a spokesperson about harmful effects of smoking and has been active in SKADU (Skagit Kids against Drug Use). She has been a leader in the Be the Change Club and Challenge Day. Brenda plans on attending WWU and majoring in Social Services or Business. She will receive $2000 to attend Western Washington University.
Amanda Ostman, a senior at SWHS, is an energetic, high-achieving student with a dizzying resume of rigorous courses, school involvement and awards. She makes a difference in her school climate by being involved in Club Diversity and Challenge Day. In addition, she participates in the Drama Club, FFA, French Club, Earth Corps and is captain of the debate Team. She plans to attend WSU and major in psychology. She will receive $1500 to attend Washington State University.
Nayana Pye, a senior at AHS, has surmounted language difficulties and personal hardships but has met the challenge with a remarkable positive outlook. She is strong and determined to succeed. She has managed to maintain a high GPA. Her strength and smile are an inspiration to everyone at AHS. She plans to attend SVC and university and major in dental hygiene. She will receive $1000-$4000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Alana Quintasket, a senior at LCHS, is proud to be a Youth Ambassador to the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) and has traveled as far as Washington D.C. in that capacity to inform legislative leaders about her culture and life as a member of the Swinomish Tribal Community. She is an honor roll student, participates as a school cheer leader, a member of ASB and serves as a role model to everyone. She plans to attend WWU or EWU and major in political science. She will receive $1500 to attend Washington State University.
Alexandria Ramírez, a senior at MVHS, is a walking testimony for Champions of Diversity. Born into a migrant bilingual family, she is involved in a diverse variety of clubs, holds leadership roles, enrolled in advanced courses, volunteers, and holds a job. Specifically interested in criminal justice, she is a superior role model; warm, and compassionate. She plans to attend SVC and WWU or WSU and major in Human Services. She will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Carlos Reyes, a senior at MVHS, has participated in nine clubs, with leadership positions in seven of those, during his four years at MVHS. He has also volunteered within the community. He plans to attend WSU or UW and major in biological sciences to prepare himself for a future career in veterinary science. He will receive $1500 to attend Washington State University.
Christine Rivas, a senior at MVHS, is currently involved in AVID and the Bulldog Service Project class, where students help run assemblies and mentor younger students. She has been active in girls basketball and track. She has also volunteered with after school activities by helping set up for school dances. She plans to attend SVC and WWU and major in science education. She will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Jacqueline Rocha, a senior at MVHS, participates in FCCLA and Dance team. She will be the first in her family to graduate from high school and plans to make a difference in her community by being a good role model. Her dream is to attend a university, earn her teaching degree and someday teach third grade. She will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Esmeralda Sanchez, a senior at SWHS, is a member of Club Latinas where she is a role model for the younger middle school students. She is a natural teacher and helper often offering to help her teachers. She helps her family by working numerous jobs after school and in the summer. She would like to pursue her studies in Early Childhood Education at SVC and plans to work at a pre-school or Head Start program. She will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College. She will receive $1000-$4000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Amanda Sandate, a senior at MVHS, participated in the UDOC summer program and is determined to be the first in her family to go to college. She volunteers on a regular basis at Skagit Valley Hospital and tutors younger students. She has also served as a LINK leader helping to orient incoming freshmen to the school environment. She plans to attend WWU or UW to major in pre-med/radiology. She will receive $2500 to attend University of Washington - Seattle.
Felicia Smith, a senior at MVHS, has been involved in AVID, LINK, Spanish Club,and the volleyball team. She also works at a retirement center and volunteers at church activities. She plans to be a social worker or a teacher and hopes to help young students in need. She plans to attend SVC and a university majoring in Elementary Education or Health and Human Services. She will receive $1000-$4000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Melissa Solano, a senior at BEHS, has served as secretary and publicist of Multicultural Club, tutored elementary students in an after school program at Raspberry Ridge, and is in her second year with Latinos in Action. Melissa has really shown her desire to help change our community for the better. She plans to begin at Skagit Valley College and is currently very interested in transferring to TESC. She will receive $3000 to attend The Evergreen State College.
Daniela Solís, a senior at MVHS, has volunteered at Boys and Girls Club and utilized skills learned at leadership conferences. Her dream is to come back to Mount Vernon and teach at Little Mountain Elementary where she attended grade school. She would be the first person in her family to graduate from high school or college. She plans to attend SVC and WWU and major in Early Childhood Education. She will receive $1000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Wanlapha Tharngrakul, a senior at AHS and a SVC Running Start student will earn a transfer degree upon her graduation from high school. She maintains a well-balanced life by participating in Calling all Colors and Broadcasting Club. She would like to obtain a Bachelor's degree in international business and eventually start her own fashion line or work in her family's Thai restaurant. She will receive $2000 to attend Western Washington University.
Jennifer Tolentino, a senior at MVHS Is a leader in MEChA, Spanish Club , AVID, DECA, ACE Leadership Group and Link Leaders. She will be the first in her family to attend college and as such serves as a role model for incoming freshmen, specifically for young Latina girls entering high school. She plans to attend SVC and a 4-year university majoring in dentistry or Human Services. She will receive $1000-$4000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
Mack Zavala, a senior at LCHS, is one of the most persistent students at LCHS. He has overcome significant learning disabilities. While he excels at math, he has had to work diligently to maintain his own high standards in his other classes. Mack is a star on the football field, a hero to his 3 younger brothers and an inspiration to everyone who has watched his progress. He plans to attend SVC and EWU and major in law enforcement.He will receive $7000 to attend Eastern Washington University.