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2011 Award Winners

Photo of award winner non available Joyce Abides, a senior from Oak Harbor High School, is a member of various clubs including Link Crew which supports freshmen success.  She volunteers at Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  She assists exchange students transition to help ease the culture shock of being in a different country.
 
Photo of award winner Marchael Acode is a senior from Mount Vernon High School.  An academic and athletic leader, Marchael interacts with students from all walks of life and racial backgrounds, and works to help them feel welcome on campus. 
 
Photo of award winner Evelyn Alaníz is a junior at Mount Vernon High School.  She is a peer helper and officer in the Migrant Girls' Leadership Program.  Active in her community as a volunteer at Skagit Valley Hospital, she leads by example and presents herself and the Latino community in a positive light.
 
Photo of award winner Christina Alexander is a senior from Oak Harbor High School.  She has taken the lead on multiple events and activities such as Martin Luther King Day and Rally Against Bullying that have supported tolerance and racial understanding. 
 
Photo of award winner Elizabeth Alvarado is a junior at Burlington Edison High School.  She has worked with the Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome and the Harvest Festival.  She volunteers in the community and believes she has the power to make a difference in someone's life and that every day is a multicultural experience.
 
Photo of award winner Juan Arreguín is a senior from Mount Vernon High School.  He belongs to the Hispanic leadership club LEAP and orients and mentors incoming freshmen with fellow members of Link Crew.
 
Photo of award winner Annaly Áviles is a sophomore at Burlington Edison High School.  She is a member of numerous clubs and volunteers at the Sea-Mar Health Community Center.  An AVID student for four years, she is a fine scholar and sets a great example for students around her.
 
Photo of award winner non available Juan Áviles is a junior at Mount Vernon High School.  He tutors elementary students at the Kulshan Creek Neighborhood Station and participates as a mentor to Kulshan Creek youth.  He consistantly participates in activities to improve the quality of life in his community.
 
Photo of award winner non available Guadalupe Ayala is a junior at Burlington Edison High School and is in her fifth year of AVID.  She is a mentor for the freshmen class and a member of numerous clubs.  In addition she is active in the community including volunteering at the local food bank. 
 
Photo of award winner Allen Box , a senior from Mount Vernon High School, is a role model to students on and off campus.  He always shares words of encouragement.  No stranger to community service, he has been involved in picking up trash, working with kids, volunteering at the salmon barbeque and planting trees.
 
Photo of award winner Ivette Cerpa is a Sedro Woolley High School senior.  As an active member of Sparrow Club she helps families of children with a terminal illness.  In addition she volunteers at SeaMar clinic Community Health Center and at Skagit Valley Hospital using her bilingual skills.
 
Photo of award winner Anna Cook, a 9th grader at La Conner High School, is a member of the Swinomish Tribe and a leader.  She participates in "Connections," a service learning class, in anti-bullying activities, food bank support and efforts to improve school climate.  She is determined to make a difference in her community.
 
Photo of award winner Elany Corado is a junior at Sedro Woolley High School.  She has participated in the North Cascades Wild program, the Youth Adventures Leadership Conference and La Cima Leadership Camp.  She volunteers at the local food bank and often serves as a translator.
 
Photo of award winner Giordan Dolan-Umipig, a senior from Oak Harbor High School is a leader in multiple academic clubs and active as a sports manager and team captain.  As a world traveler, his exposure to different cultures has taught him to embrace cultural diversity and incorporate these values in his day to day activities. 
 
Photo of award winner Yesenia Duarte is a senior at Emerson High School.  Yesenia participates in numerous school and community activities: tutoring young children, school leadership, and church singing.  She is especially inspiring to other students with special learning challenges, modeling that with persistent effort you can succeed. 
 
Photo of award winner non available Marilu Fernández Silva, a freshman from La Conner High School, is a leader who is actively involved in making her school a better place.  She is proud of her family and their heritage and honors them by working hard and making plans for her future.
 
Photo of award winner Omar Gallardo is a senior from Mount Vernon High School.  He embodies the AVID acronym – Advancement Via Individual Determination.  Even with his busy academic schedule he makes time to volunteer at both Friendship House and with Skagit Gleaners.
 
Photo of award winner non available Nike Garcia is a junior at Burlington Edison High School and has been involved in various school activities such as Leadership Day, Cinco de Mayo, C Team Football, Youth Group Participation, and AVID.  He is currently involved in the Adopt-A-Family and has assisted many elementary school readers. 
 
Photo of award winner Erica Gilland a senior from Sedro Woolley High School is a survivor.  She believes education is the pathway both for a secure personal life and a means to stop the cycle of poverty in the larger community.  She excels in AP classes, participates in Earth Corps and works with children at a local church.
 
Photo of award winner Cecily Gubitosi  is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  She has volunteered with the Humane Society, and participated in both the Latino Educational Achievement Project and GEAR UP Leadership Camp.
 
Photo of award winner non available Nancy Guillen Lara is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School.  Tutoring plays a big role in Nancy's life.  She volunteered all summer in the Elementary ESL Enrichment Program and taught students how to read and do math.  She also tutored ESL elementary students in her junior year.
 
Photo of award winner Priscilla Hernandez> is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  She has overcome a language barrier and chooses education despite all the road blocks.  As a member of "Between Friends" she focuses on healthy relationships.  She will be the first in her family to graduate from high school and attend college.
 
Photo of award winner Rolando Hernandez , a junior at Burlington Edison High School is a quiet leader.  He is in his fifth year of AVID and mentors freshmen. He also has served on the Vice Principal's Student Advisory Committee.  He volunteers at Skagit Valley Hospital helping Spanish-speaking families.
 
Photo of award winner non available Marcelina Hilaro is a junior at Mount Vernon High School.  She is a leader in school and at home.  In school, she assists her classmates in math, history and other academic classes.  At home, she takes care of four younger siblings, overseeing their homework and household duties. 
 
Photo of award winner Michael Kim  is a senior at Anacortes High School.  As a member of the National Honor Society, he has performed community service.  Since his freshman year he has served as a volunteer tutor at his school's homework center.
 
Photo of award winner Melánia Marban-Zamora is a sophomore at Burlington Edison High School.  She is active in school and in the community.  She participates in AVID and is an officer of FCCLA.  She also volunteers at Sea-Mar Community Health Center.
 
Photo of award winner Carissa Mason is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School.  She has been an active member of Club Diversity all four years.  As a member of the Be the Change Team she helps raise funds to support the annual Challenge Day, which promotes the celebration of differences.
 
Photo of award winner Kalisha Miles is a junior at Burlington Edison High School.  She is involved in the Power of Hope, a multicultural youth empowerment organization.  Kalisha is Band President and is active in the Thespian Society, choir, and serves as a mentor for freshmen. 
 
Photo of award winner Francisca Ortiz-Lopez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  She volunteered to teach sixth graders the fundamentals of marine biology.  She is an active member of the Latino Educational Achievement Project, and she volunteered to provide childcare during parent teacher conferences.
 
Photo of award winner non available Isaiah Padilla is a 9th grader at Sedro Wolley High School and will be the first in his family to attend college.  Isaiah is a role model in class and helpful when students need tutoring.  He has seen others struggle and knows education is the key to his future.
 
Photo of award winner Felisha Palomera is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  She writes for her school newspaper about diversity and immigration.  She serves in a leadership role for her school's service project class where she and her peers volunteer many hours for community projects.
 
Photo of award winner Priscilla Ponce Venegas is a senior at La Conner High School.  She will be the first in her family to graduate from college.  She is highly motivated and a fierce competitor, and has channeled those strengths into sports, challenging academics, school leadership, and community service work.
 
Photo of award winner Dianne Quintasket is a senior at La Conner High School.  She is an active member of the Swinomish tribe's Canoe Family Dancers and practices with them year-around.  In addition she is involved with La Conner's Leadership Class.
 
Photo of award winner Azucena Rodríguez is a junior at Mount Vernon High School.  She has been inspired by and is very active with LEAP, the Latino Educational Achievement Project.  She also volunteers in the migrant camps.
 
Photo of award winner Ryan Roque is a senior at Mount Vernon High School.  He has attended numerous leadership conferences in various places across the country.  He coordinates a community-wide shoe donation program, and was the lead speaker for last year's annual GEAR UP financial aid night.
 
Photo of award winner Taylor Schmidt is junior at Sedro Woolley High School.  She is a leader of diversity and participates in "Be the Change" and Club Diversity.  She helps promote and model tolerance, understanding, and compassion. 
 
Photo of award winner Nycole Snyder is a junior at Sedro Woolley High School.  She is very active in the community and provides child care for children 1-5 years of age.  A swim team award winner with the desire to attend university in her sights, she is a role model for other students
 
Photo of award winner Nancy Soto is a Burlington Edison High School junior.  She is an outstanding citizen and scholar involved in FBLA, Earth Club, and Cosmetology.  She leads by example and participates in the peer mentoring program and with food drives.
 
Photo of award winner non available Jessica Taylor is a senior at Oak Harbor High School.  Proud of her Filipino-American heritage, she is an asset to both her community and to her school.  She is an ROTC cadet and a member of clubs such as the National Honor Society and Link Crew.
 
Photo of award winner non available Liborio Vasquez is a junior at Burlington Edison High School.  He is a hard worker whose positive attitude as a member of Latinos in Action has been an asset when working with West View and Allen Elementary students.
 
Photo of award winner Melissa Wilkerson is a Sedro Woolley High School junior.  Melissa is a leader and a role model.  She is actively involved in The Landing, where she volunteers weekly to help those dealing with grief.  In addition she is an AVID student, a member of Club Diversity, and the school GSA.
 
Photo of award winner Shelby Woodward is a senior at Oak Harbor High School.  Shelby is someone who persevered despite the challenges and obstacles she faced.  She has made a difference in the community and school.  As an ROTC officer she has been active in Girl Scouts, sports, and performed in community plays.