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2009 Award Winners

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Jealisa Aguilar, a sophomore at SWHS, has been enrolled in AVID for the past three years and is a role model for student determination. She plays violin in the school orchestra and has challenged herself by taking honors courses this year. Her goal is to attend Washington State University to study music and become a concert violinist.

Kayla Allen, a senior at MVHS, is a member of AVID, FCCLA, LINK and on the Honor Roll. She is active on the basketball, cross-country, and tennis teams. She plays the piano and volunteers at Children of the Valley, teaches at Mount Vernon HIgh School's Little Friends Preschool and helps with the parenting of her siblings. She plans to major in human services to become a child psychologist.

Brian Anderson, a senior at MVHS, wants to help preserve the environment for future generations. He has been part of ASB, AVID, the MVHS Band and Drama Club. He has volunteered over 500 hours for Habit for Humanity, the Humane Society and his church youth group. He plans to attend SVC and WWU and major in science education. His dream is to become a forester for the National Park Service.

Audrey Andoy, a senior at OHHS, is the president of SADD, and active member of TATU, Key Club and the Multicultural Club. Her goals in life are to contribute to the business world, do missionary work, and stay involved in the Catholic Church. She plans to attend WWU or UW and major in International business.

Kyle Bartholomew, a sophomore at SWHS, participates in activities that break down barriers at SWHS, making it a safer place for students to be themselves. He was recently a Change Leader at Challenge Day and is active in Club Diversity. He would like to study art or science.

Janae Brooks, a junior at MVHS, is an extremely friendly and outgoing young adult. She is completing academic classes as a homeschooled student in addition to attending Running Start classes at SVC. She has a part time job and helps out her parents as she is the oldest of five children. Janae is Blackfoot and she will be the first in her family to attend college in the Pacific Northwest.

Violet Bryan, a sophomore at SWHS, is a wonderful young woman who is always smiling and helping others. She mentors freshmen and is a member of the Cub basketball team and has been in AVID for three years. Her team mates love her for her enthusiasm and "never ending" smile. She hopes to one day be a chef and plans to attend the Western Culinary Institute in Portland.

 

Gustavo Cazares, a senior at MVHS, has been a member of AVID for 5 years. He participates in varsity baseball and has a love for sports trivia which comes from his love for watching and playing sports. This year he took on a job to help his family with their bills. He will be the first in his family to go to college where he plans to major in Human Services and eventually pursue a career in sports management.

 

Jazmin Ceceña, a junior at MVHS, is a member of AVID, captain of the volleyball team and has attended the LEAP Conference. She volunteers in the community and is involved with Careers in Education. She would be the first person in her family to go to college. She plans to attend SVC and WWU to become a teacher.

Anna Cladoosby, a senior at LCHS and member of the Swinomish Tribal Community is proud of her heritage and honors the traditions important to her family. She is involved in Inter-high, Knowledge Bowl, and leadership class as well as choir and children's church. She plans to attend WWU, major in political science with the intention of continuing on to Law School and returning to the Swinomish Community as an attorney.

Edgar Corado, a junior at SWHS, is known for his leadership skills and his promotion of a more respectful student body. He has participated in Challenge Days and worked towards opening a Teen Space in Sedro-Woolley to provide a positive and safe place for teens in the community to gather. He is motivated to work for a better school and community for all students. He plans to attend UW and study business technology.

Rene Cruz, a junior at SWHS, is a positive influence at SWHS. He plays the trumpet in his band- La Autentica del Valle- at festivals and events all around the state sharing his culture with a broader community. He is also known for his leadership and sportsmanship on and off the soccer field. Rene is considering attending college and continuing his studies of music.

Ismael Domínguez, a junior at MVHS, is driven to serve. Based on his admirable leadership character traits, success in high school academics, and a desire to serve his community, he has been chosen for one of 12 openings to attend the Mount Vernon Police Academy. He plans to attend college and major in criminal justice.

 

Justin Paul Donato, a senior at OHHS, is involved in Key Club, DECA, SADD, Link Crew, Health/Careers Club, Engineering and Architectural Club, and is President of Cultural Club. He has participated in the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive for the Help House, Oktoberfest, Whidbey Marathon, and Asian Pacific Cultural Day at the base, where he spoke about his Pacific Islander heritage. He plans to attend UW Bothell and major in Allied Health.

Chelbi Eningowuk, a senior at SWHS, has been active in planning and participating in Challenge Days and other events promoting respect and diversity at school and in the community. She is a strong, mature, well-rounded young woman who volunteers at the Lincoln Theatre and at her church. She plans on attending WWU to study music and mathematics.

Joseph Finkbonner, a senior at LCHS, is a positive role model for the Swinomish students who attend LCHS. On the football field, in the school hallways and classrooms and during the summer on tribal canoe journeys when he serves as a skipper, he is a leader. Joseph hopes to attend EWU, and he is firm in his belief that a college education is of vital importance not only to him, but to the Swinomish Tribe.

Madeline Furlong, a senior at MVHS, is the president of the Earth Club and member of National Honor Society. She has volunteered providing childcare for the children whose parents were taking English classes though the Skagit Literacy Program, at Skagit Valley Hospital and Friendship House, for the Skagit Valley Christmas Fund, and at the food bank. She plans to attend UW and major in Journalism.

 

Geraldine Garcia, a junior at BEHS, has been actively involved in the Multicultural Club and is the president of the "O" Ambassador's Club where she raised money to assist other countries, such as Ecuador, to support the building and functioning of schools. Geraldine would like to pursue a degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Forensics. Her intent is to attend a four-year university.

Ricarda Garcia, a senior at MVHS, has proved to be an inspiring, enthusiastic, uniting force not only in her junior English class, but across campus. As a varsity wrestler, Ricarda placed 2nd in 2009 state tournament and was the district and regional champion that same year. Her goal is to return to MVHS as a math teacher and she has the vision to make that happen. She plans to attend WWU and major in Education.

Gloria Gay, a junior at MVHS, is an AVID student who is a member of the Girls Basketball team and is presently enrolled in Sports Medicine. She enjoys learning more about the world and has traveled to Puerto Rico, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and the Domican Republic. She plans to attend college and major in Business and Marketing.

Nishia Guerrero, a senior at OHHS, Is a member of ASB/Leadership, Link Crew, Key Club, Torch Club, DECA, Journalism Club, Health Careers Club and Cultural Club. She has joined the Race for Cure, and helped with the Canned Food Drive, Gravity Racing for Special Need Kids, Ronald McDonald's House at the Children's Hospital, Youth Center and Migrant Worker Project. She plans to attend UW for nursing or pharmacy.

María Guillen-Lara, a senior at SWHS, is an excellent student. Coming recently from Mexico, she struggles with English but is determined to stay and graduate from high school. She does PASS classes so she can earn all her high school credits in only 3 years. Maria is a teacher's dream and keeps them all motivated to continue teaching!

 

Sylvia Guzman, a junior at BEHS, is a member of the Multicultural Club where she is the publicist. She is also a very active member of the "O" Ambassador's Club and is the Vice-President of the Cosmetology Club. She is looking at WSU or EWU for a degree in medicine as either a physician's assistant or a nurse practitioner.

Kendra Hart, a senior at SWHS, is involved in Earth Corps, Honor Society and FFA. She devotes much of her energy to her role as vice president of Club Diversity, ensuring that every student at SWHS has the freedom to be themselves. Club Diversity has also led to more community service for her – from event planning to fundraising. She plans to attend WWU and major in environmental studies, psychology and women's studies.

Ruth Ibarra, a senior at BE-North, is a leader who assists other students in their work and models a positive attitude. She shows her pride in her Hispanic heritage throughout all that she does. She has helped raise funds for the needy and has planted native plants around campus. She plans on attending SVC and transferring to a four year university to study business.

Thomas Kahn, a senior at LCHS, has excelled academically in spite of being challenged by learning disabilities in the areas of math, reading comprehension and writing. Thomas exhibits an excellent work ethic, an extremely positive attitude and a consistent effort in everything that he does. He plans to attend SVC and major in culinary arts.

Karin Kawauchi, a senior at MVHS, is the editor of the yearbook and member of Honor Society, Art Club and Key Club. She volunteers at the Skagit Valley Hospital and the YMCA. Passionate for learning languages and studying different cultures, she plans to study Korean, her fourth language. As captain of the swim team she has won many awards. She plans to attend UW and major in Visual Communications.

Ashley Kim, a senior at LCHS, is an extremely motivated young woman who sets high standards for herself and does her very best to meet or exceed them. She maintains a high GPA while taking a rigorous course load. Ashley is involved in volleyball, band and knowledge bowl. Using her skill as a pianist, she plays at church and community events. She will attend a four year university and plans to become a pharmacist.

 

Chelsea Lankford, a senior at MVHS and a SVC Running Start student volunteers with the Children of the Valley After School Program. Most of the children in this program are Latino with Spanish as their primary language. She hopes to own her business/company where she will be able to give back to communities in need. She plans to attend WWU and major in business, environmental studies or art.

Jesus Lopez, a junior SWHS, is an active participant in Be the Change Team. He continues to give generously of his time, energy and creativity to develop plans for school wide change by promoting respect and celebration of diversity. He plans to go to college and study science.

Luís Lopez, a junior SWHS, is an active participant in Be the Change Team. He continues to give generously of his time, energy and creativity to develop plans for school wide change by promoting respect and celebration of diversity. He plans to go to college and study science.

Noel Malig, a senior at SWHS, is active in the French Club, Earth Corps, and track. He is committed to community service (especially involving the environment), loves to study math and is talented in French. He volunteers at Goodwill and participated in NSRA – tree planting. He would like to run his own business or teach. He plans to attend WWU and major in business.

 

Jenny Marín, a junior at SWHS, is an AVID student who excels in school and is motivated to one day attend college. Jenny has done several migrant student leadership events and has had the opportunity to visit the WSU campus. She is taking AP Biology and Honors English. She is a joy to have in class.

Raul Martínez, a senior at BEHS, is interested in the business administration aspect of the construction industry. He contributes to diversity through his labors in our attendance office, often serving as translator or barrier breaker. He has intense pride in his goals and achievements, in his community and his heritage. He plans to attend SVC and major in Business Administration.

 

Esmeralda Martínez-Bautista, a junior at BEHS, is known for her willingness to help others. When a volunteer opportunity comes up, she always comes to ask how she might help. She is tri-lingual and loves helping students who have difficulty with language. She is currently working with three other students to provide a bilingual program after school at West View for kindergarten students.

 

Thomas Murrell, a junior at SWHS, came from Ethiopia only 3.5 years ago. He is a new learner of English and has excelled in school. He played varsity soccer, did an excellent job as a Challenge Day leader, and is an all around great person. Thomas is a fantastic role model for freshman with his good attitude and great grades! He plans to attend SVC and WWU or WSU.

 

Joshua Norton, a senior at SWHS has been Club Diversity's pioneering president leading the club in community service activities. Club Diversity strives to make SWHS emotionally and physically safe for all students. He has also worked and spoken at PFLAG fundraising and community events. He plans to attend WWU and major in human services or fine arts.

 

Hector Orozco Lopez, a senior at SWHS, would like to pursue a career in automotive technology. Nominated because he is the most improved student, he will be the first in his family to graduate from high school. Hector is a positive role model for other Hispanic students considering dropping out of school. He plans to attend SVC and major in automotive.

 

Annalise Pasillas, a senior at MVHS, is involved in FBLA and ASB . She currently is a volunteer for the Niño Del Valle after school program helping/assisting children in 1st-7th grade with homework assignments. Throughout high school she has participated in sports and has been involved in the Latino Club. She plans to attend SVC and a university and major in Criminal Justice or Radiology.

 

Shannae Pello, a sophomore at SWHS, is in AVID and is a motivational tutor to others in the class in English and Math. She loves helping others learn and working as a team. She is a swimmer for SWHS and will compete in districts in two events. Outside of school, she also swims on a club team. After high school she plans to attend the UW and study pre-med to eventually become an oncologist and continue helping people.

 

Rosanna Perez, a senior at BE North, has been a mentor for the younger students in BE-North. She carries her Hispanic heritage as a "badge of honor," and shows the other students what acceptance of a multicultural society is all about. She plans to attend SVC and major in nursing.

 

Tobin Purcell, a senior at MVHS, is a student leader, self motivated, reliable and compassionate. While dealing with his own troubles, Tobin never forgot his commitment to his community and has spent numerous hours of his time helping others. He hopes to be a successful businessman and eventually come back to the classroom to teach students all that he knows. He plans to attend WSU and major in business.

 

Bilda Ramírez, a junior at BEHS, is active in Multicultural Club and serves as a mentor in the Mentorship Program for freshmen. She is a strong student currently taking three AP classes and plans a career in medicine.

 

Tianna Rhodes, a senior at MVHS, is the president of DECA, band secretary and secretary of the Performing Arts Club. She is also a LINK leader involved in fundraising activities, and she volunteers at nursing homes in the community. She is active on Girl's Varsity Golf and consistently models positive behavior. She plans to attend WSU and major in Business/Human Services.

 

 

Adolph Rivas, a junior at MVHS, is a gifted student-athlete who excels in the classroom and in the athletic arena. He is a three-sport athlete who is taking several higher-level courses including Honors Physics and AP Calculus. He enjoys his math and science course and hopes to study engineering in college.

Cesar Rodríguez, a senior at MVHS, models a strong sense of personal responsibility and work ethic. He has had to overcome language barriers and challenges himself to excel in all of his studies. Involved in AVID, he has enrolled in challenging courses. He plans to attend a university.

Grecia Rodríguez, a junior at MVHS, is part of Chorus and the Immaculate Conception Church Hispanic Service Chorus. She volunteers at nursing homes and the Skagit Valley Hospital, bringing music to the elderly. She also participated at the Neighborhood Station providing childcare for the children whose parents were taking English classes. She plans to attend college and major in Music.

 

Darryl Schuyler, a junior at SWHS, has a strong interest in the outdoors and science. He would like to to combine these and major in marine biology or environmental science. He plans to attend SVC and a university majoring in science.

 

Steven Schuyler, a junior at SWHS, has participated in Challenge Day and been in AVID. Steven has been active in football, basketball, and track. He volunteers at the Upper Skagit Reservation in the Education and Recreation Departments.

 

Ver Starr, a senior at OHHS, is a member of Honor Society, Wildcat Football and, Wrestling Teams, Key Club and DECA. He also has performed various community service projects in Oak Harbor. Ver's goal is to become a chemical engineer. He would like to attend the University of Texas or the University of Washington.

 

Marina (Ruby) Tenorio-Cuevas, a junior at SWHS, has taken on many leadership roles. She has been a Challenge Day leader and a member of the Be the Change Club. She has volunteered at KKOS camp and is a freshmen mentor.

 

Olivia Torres, a senior at BEHS, has tutored elementary students after school, assisted with translation in a high school office, and is involved in Latinos in Action which is a training and service class to develop teaching skills in high school students. She plans to attend SVC and major in Special Education Teaching or Social Work.

Jessica Trevino, a senior at MVHS, has been a member of FCCLA the past four years and an officer for the past two years. She has participated in many local and regional meetings and has been involved in countless community service projects. Jessica looks forward to attending the Seattle Art Institute to study Interior Design.

Ming Wagoner, a sophomore at SWHS, has been involved in Challenge Day and the Be the Change Club. She also volunteers in her neighborhood with free child care and yard work. She has been active in student council and has attended leadership trainings.

 

Fabiola Yupari, a sophomore at SWHS, studies Japanese and is active in Club Diversity which connects her to community service. Music is her passion – she studies the violin and would like to attend Julliard after high school. She is very active in orchestra and is first chair. She volunteers to work with younger musicians and has given private piano lessons for free.