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2012 Award Winners

Photo of Awardee Annally Aviles Annally Aviles is a junior from Burlington Edison High School. As a volunteer at the SEAMAR Community Health Center daycare, she takes care of the children while their parents receive assistance. She also helps with translation between the parents and SEAMAR staff. Annally is actively involved in the AVID program and the Young Life Program in Burlington.
 
Photo of Awardee José Barajas José Barajas is a junior from Burlington Edison High School. Jose stands out because of his hard work and determination to succeed. He volunteers at his alma mater, West View Elementary, where he reads to the children and helps at events and celebrations. Jose plans to earn a degree in either Criminal Justice or Law.
 
Photo of Awardee Sydney Boyer Sydney Boyer, a sophomore at Oak Harbor High School, gives back to her community through her service with Biker's Fighting Cancer, Children's Hospital, and the Ronald McDonald House. Sydney has also been an active member of her school's leadership program, volunteered at homeless shelters, and worked with a domestic abuse prevention club.
 
Photo of Awardee Betsy Covarrubias Betsy Covarrubias is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She is a role model for younger Latino students because she has maintained a positive attitude and worked hard to stay on track while overcoming learning disabilities in reading, writing, and math. Betsy is currently attending the NW Career & Technical Academy, and she hopes to be a dental assistant.
 
Photo of Awardee Krystal Espinoza Krystal Espinoza, a sophomore at Burlington Edison High School, is actively involved in her school mentoring program. Krystal also tutors and translates for students who have recently moved here from Mexico. She is a church youth leader, participates in choir, and hosts a Bible study group at her home every week. Krystal's goal is to become an ESL teacher.
 
Photo of Awardee Ashley Everett Ashley Everett, a senior at Oak Harbor High School, has persevered despite the challenges she has faced with losing her mother at a young age. She participates in charity events, is a member of Teens Against Tabacco Use, and is a gifted and awarded artist. Ashley's goal is to become a registered nurse and join the military after completing her degree.
 
Champions of Diversity - No Photo Available José Fonseca, a senior at Burlington Edison North High School, is from Tizapan, Mexico. He wears his cultural diversity like a badge of honor, and he is respected for his acceptance of everyone. He has coached middle school soccer; adopted a soldier; and participated in local food drives, blood drives, and Back-To-School fairs.
 
Photo of Awardee Tami Garcia Tami Garcia, a sophomore at Sedro Woolley High School, is a talented artist and an incredibly quick learner. She has designed t-shirts and posters for school functions, and she teaches yearbook students how to use Photoshop and Illustrator, which are staples in the Graphic Design industry. Tami is also an active member of the Sedro Woolley High School student leadership team.
 
Photo of Awardee Anissha González Anissha González is a junior at Burlington Edison High School. She volunteers at Children of the Valley in Mount Vernon by assisting elementary students, grades two through six. She has been an AVID member for several years, and volunteers her time assisting her AVID peers with their homework after school.
 
Photo of Awardee Max Gregory Max Gregory, a sophomore at Sedro Woolley, volunteers at North Cascade Institute. He is a member of Varsity in Volunteerism; Earth Corps; National Honor Society; AVID at Sedro Woolley High School; and College Bound Club, where he serves as co-president. He is enrolled in Honors English, Advanced Algebra, and Chemistry while maintaining a 4.0. Max's goal is to study Psychology.
 
Photo of Awardee Flor Hernandez Morales Flor Hernandez Morales, a sophomore at Burlington Edison High School, wears many hats. She serves as translator for her family, helps at her church, and participates in Habitat for Humanity projects. At Burlington Edison High School, Flor participates in plays, mentors incoming freshmen, plays tennis, and is a Natural Helper.
 
Champions of Diversity - No Photo Available Dellisha Hodges is a junior at Burlington Edison High School. She participates in track and field, wrestles, plays in the band, and is actively involved in her church. Dellisha is able to share unique experiences with all those who she reaches out to and makes a point to connect with people who need help.
 
Photo of Awardee Nancy Linares Nancy Linares, a sophomore at Burlington Edison High School, has overcome many challenges including, relearning English, after returning here from Mexico. She is involved in the Photo, Interact, and Cosmetology clubs and mentors incoming freshmen at Burlington Edison High School. Outside of school, Nancy has volunteered at the community Harvest Festival and Christmas dinner.
 
Photo of Awardee Karina Luna Karina Luna is a junior at Burlington Edison High School. She has volunteered at retirement communities and Lucille Umbarger elementary school. Karina is also involved in Latinos in Action, working with the Hispanic population at local elementary schools. She has learned to balance her family responsibilities and academics to be a productive student and member of society.
 
Champions of Diversity - No Photo Available Mayan Magaña-Ortega is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School. She has contributed to diversity by participating in the AVID program, volunteering regularly at her church, and helping Latino families complete Deferred Action applications. Mayan hopes to be the first member of her family to graduate from college. She plans to study Criminal Justice.
 
Photo of Awardee Pristinavae Manning Pristinavae Manning, a junior at Oak Harbor High School, has lived in Japan most of her life. Moving here was an adjustment for her, but she has embraced the opportunity. She is president of the Oak Harbor Robotics Club, member of the National Honor Society, and maintains a 4.0 GPA. Pristinavae would like to work in the medical field.
 
Photo of Awardee Faviola Martínez Bautista Faviola Martínez Bautista is a junior at Burlington Edison High School. As a volunteer, she has tutored adults seeking their GED and watched children in the daycare at the Centro De Padres program at West View School, tutored students at Raspberry Ridge, helped with fundraisers at her church, and served as an interpreter at Burlington's Kindergarten Round Up.
 
Champions of Diversity - No Photo Available Brandi Mason, a junior at Sedro Woolley High School, is a talented and intelligent girl. She not only excels at academics while taking high-level Math, Science, and English classes; but she is a gifted actor and debater. She has gone to State the last two years in Duo Interpretation and she is a third year member of Club Diversity.
 
Photo of Awardee Courtney Opilas Courtney Opilas, a senior at Oak Harbor High School, emigrated from the Philippines in 2011. Although she faced many obstacles in the transition, she has excelled. She balances academic obligations, after-school employment, and extra-curricular activities effectively. She was recognized as the Health Career's Student of the Month for her outstanding academic work. Courtney plans to be a nurse.
 
Photo of Awardee Alana Ragsdale-Schuetzle Alana Ragsdale-Schuetzle is a sophomore at Sedro Woolley High School. She is a Challenge Day leader, Varsity Volunteer Club member, and College Bound Club co-president. Her enthusiasm is evident in her continual smile and recruiting of people to join projects in her school and community. Alana truly leads by example.
 
Photo of Awardee Itzel Rodrígues-Ramírez Itzel Rodrígues-Ramírez is a junior at Burlington Edison High School. She is responsible and hard working in school. She is an active member of AVID and has been involved in food bank donations. Itzel is enrolled in Running Start at Skagit Valley College, and she is on her way to becoming a nurse.
 
Photo of Awardee Vanessa Ruíz Vanessa Ruíz is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. Vanessa has worked hard and shown determination to overcome her learning disabilities in reading, writing, and math in order to achieve her goal of staying on track to graduate in June of 2013. Vanessa plans to attend Skagit Valley College and become a professional photographer.
 
Champions of Diversity - No Photo Available Jacob Serna, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, has been involved in the community and Mount Vernon School District throughout his life. He is football team captain, maintains a job, and participates in leadership conferences and workshops. Jacob will be the first in his family to graduate from college, which he attributes to family, AVID, and his drive to succeed.
 
Photo of Awardee Hannah Smith Hannah Smith is a junior at Mount Vernon High School. She is involved in AVID and Family Careers and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Through AVID, she has helped develop a college bound culture that transcends all social groups at her high school. Hannah has participated in extensive community service that connects her diverse high school to the community.
 
Photo of Awardee Janet Solana Cruz Janet Solana Cruz, a junior at Burlington Edison High School, has remained focused on her education despite facing great adversities. Janet has volunteered as a tutor at West View School's Centro de Padres and as an interpreter. She is a member of Latinos in Action, which gives her the opportunity to empower the Latino community through culture, education, and leadership.
 
Champions of Diversity - No Photo Available Melissa Torres-Flores is a junior at Burlington Edison High School. She has been in AVID, tutored at Raspberry Ridge, volunteered during the Cinco de Mayo celebrations at West View Elementary, attended La Cima Bilingual Leadership Summer Camp, and is currently involved in Latinos in Action. Melissa is currently in the Northwest Career and Technical Academy's Dental Technology program.
 
Photo of Awardee Lucisa Vivanco Lucia Vivanco is a junior at Burlington Edison High School. Through determination and hard work, she has become a model AVID student and has maintained a 3.59 GPA. Lucia has volunteered at a nursing home, and she babysits for her extended family. She is also a member of Happy Hands Club, providing services for the hearing impaired.