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2012 Scholarship Winners

Photo of Scholarship Winner Elizabeth Alvardo Elizabeth Alvarado, a senior at Burlington Edison High School, participates in AVID and Latinos in Action. She volunteers through Skagit Harvest Festival, Buddy Walk, and the high school mentor-ship program. She is a member of Key Club, Earth Club, and Literary Club. Elizabeth plans to attend Eastern Washington University, earn a Bachelor of Arts in English, and become a writer. She will receive $7,933 to attend Eastern Washington University.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Tania Alvarado Tania Alvarado, a senior at Burlington Edison High School, is involved in AVID, Latinos in Action, and mentoring. She volunteers at food banks, Skagit Harvest Festival, Buddy Walk, and Mount Vernon Trail Builders. She is in Earth Club, Key Club, and National Honor Society. Tanya aspires to be a nurse and the first of her family to graduate from college. She will receive $1,500-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
No Photo Available Guadalupe Ayala, a senior at Burlington Edison High School, is a brilliant math student. She is an AVID student and active in Latinos in Action, Earth Club, and Key Club. Guadalupe has volunteered for Allen Elementary, food banks, Mount Vernon Trail Builders, Skagit Harvest Festival, and the Down’s Syndrome Buddy Walk. Guadalupe plans to study nursing at Skagit Valley College. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Zach Bamba Zach Bamba, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, is a driven young man who has overcome many obstacles. He has maintained a 3.4 GPA throughout high school while participating in extracurricular activities including, but not limited to DECA, basketball, and lettering in baseball and football. Through LA Missions and churches, Zach has volunteered at homeless shelters throughout California. He will receive $5,000 to attend Central Washington University.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Cassandra Becerra Cassandra Becerra, a senior at Burlington Edison High School, was born in Guadalajara. She is team captain of the wrestling team, participates in volleyball and track, and loves volunteering through her church and community organizations. Cassandra is attending the Northwest Career and Technical Academy to earn a Nursing Assistant Certificate and continue on for nursing at Skagit Valley College. She will receive $1,500-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Kimberly Carrilllo Kimberly Carrillo is a bilingual senior at Mount Vernon High School. For the past three summers, she has been serving the community through a partnership with Sea Mar and Between Friends. Kimberly also mentors migrant children, volunteers through B.E.C.K, and has been involved in Migrant/Bilingual Family events. Kimberly wants to study nursing or allied health. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Irma Ceja Irma Ceja is a senior at La Conner High School. In spite of great emotional and economic hardship, she has persevered. She has participated in ASB leadership activities and the Calling All Colors Club. Irma is attending the NW Career and Technical Academy to earn credits towards a Dental Assistant certificate. She plans to continue her education at Skagit Valley College. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
No Photo Available Magdalena Cerrillo is a senior at Burlington Edison High School. She is incredibly motivated, conscientious, and independent. As a member of Latinos in Action, Magdalena tutors students, interprets for families, speaks at Skagit Valley College Latino Education Conferences, and has become a great role model. She works very hard to be successful and plans to attend Skagit Valley College. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Airam Chavez Airam Chavez, a senior at Burlington Edison North High School, was born in Texas. She is fluent in Spanish and interprets for her family. Though she has faced a number of challenges, she has been working very hard to graduate from high school. Airam contributes to the community by organizing food drives, blood drives, and teddy bear drives. She will receive $1,500-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Joseph Colston Joseph Colston, a senior at Oak Harbor High School, is polite and hard working. Joseph has overcome many obstacles to become a successful 3.6 GPA student. He is a member of Link Crew and Key Club. Joseph will be the first of his family to graduate from college. He plans to study accounting or biology at the University of Washington. He will receive $10,000 to attend University of Washington- Bothell.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Virginia Conejo-Castro Virginia Conejo-Castro, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, is a voracious reader who takes several Advanced Placement courses and Honors classes. She understands how important education is and works very hard at school. Virginia is a LEAP ambassador, LINK leader, and FCCLA member. She has volunteered at Strengthening Families where she cared for children. Virginia plans to study law. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Alysha Conner Alysha Conner, a senior at Burlington Edison High School, is involved in National Honor Society and is currently Key Club President. She volunteers at West View Elementary School, where she volunteered over one hundred hours last year. Through Burlington Rotary, she also installed over seventy stoves in Guatemalan villages. Alysha plans to study nursing at the University of Washington. She will receive $10,000 to attend University of Washington –Bothell.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Elany Corado Elany Corado, a senior at Sedro Woolley High School, is a go-getter who perseveres through adversity. Elany has participated in La Cima, NW Wild, and YAIL leadership programs. She was Be the Change leader, Safety Captain of Robotics Club, AVID member, and volunteers at Helping Hands Food Bank. Through Debate Club, Elany trains new recruits and competes in Congressional Debate. She will receive $5,000 to attend Central Washington University.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Jonathan Cortazar-Garcia Jonathan Cortazar-Garcia is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. Though he has faced many struggles, he has been a fantastic band student, advocate for minority students, and works hard to build a community of equality and acceptance in the Mount Vernon High School Music Department. He is the first of his family raised in the United States. He will receive $6,000 to attend Western Washington University.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Micaiah Davis Micaiah Davis, a senior at Oak Harbor High School, maintains a 3.5 GPA while pursuing a rigorous course load. She is a varsity Cheer Captain and Secretary for both the National Honor Society and Art Club. She volunteers at Military Appreciation Day, Soap Box Derby, and Boys & Girls Club where she was awarded the 2011 Youth of the Year. She will receive $6,000 to attend Western Washington University.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Andrea Garcia Andrea Garcia is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. Although she has faced many challenges, Andrea enthusiastically works hard to earn excellent grades and be involved in both LINK and Sports Medicine Club. Andrea is dedicated to achieving her educational goals, which she hopes will lead to her goal of becoming a pediatrician. She will receive $7,933 to attend Eastern Washington University. 
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Cierra Girdy Cierra Girdy, a senior at Sedro Woolley High School, is a role model because education is her top priority. She demonstrates leadership through her participation in DECA, Robotics Club, and Future Farmers of America. Cierra is an AVID member and the first of her family to attend college. She plans to study Criminal Justice and become a crime scene investigator. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Bryan Granados Bryan Granados is a bilingual senior at Burlington Edison High School. He is an AVID student and volunteers for his school, church, and the local food bank. He was chosen to attend a leadership academy sponsored by GEAR UP and has been a speaker throughout the district’s elementary schools. Brian will be the second in his family to attend college. He will receive $1,500-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Linnaea Groh Linnaea Groh, a senior at Sedro Woolley High School, is a community leader, Vice President of her school’s National Honor Society and volunteers for Lincoln Theatre, Earth Corps, and NPR pledge drives. Despite previous severe bullying, she takes pride in being an advocate for the LGBTQ community. Linnaea plans to study Communications or Rhetoric and volunteer in the Peace Corps. She will receive $5,000 to attend The Evergreen State College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Nancy Hans Nancy Hans, a senior at Sedro Woolley High School, is trilingual and currently learning Spanish. She succeeds in school despite her learning disability. Nancy has volunteered over one hundred hours of community service through the community center, Seike temple, and Sedro Woolley High School. Nancy participates in Latinos Unidos Club and Sparrow Club which raises money for terminally ill children. She will receive $1,500 -$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Enrique Hernandez Enrique Hernandez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. He plays three instruments and is president of his school band. As an officer in the Gay Straight Alliance, Enrique is a leader in both his school and community through his work promoting awareness and education regarding LGBTQ issues. Enrique plans to major in Human Services and Clinical Psychology. He will receive $1,500 to attend Washington State University.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Olivia Hernandez Olivia Hernández, a senior at Burlington Edison North High School, will be the first student in the school’s history to progress from freshman to senior year and graduate on time. She responsibly balances being a mom, Running Start student, and full-time employee, and still makes time to volunteer at blood drives, food drives, and the Adopt a Child Program. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Rolando Hernandez Rolando Hernández, a successful senior at Burlington Edison High School, is a strong contributor to diversity. Despite family tragedies, he volunteers at Skagit Valley Hospital, mentors, translates, and was nominated to be a Student Advisory Council member. He will be the first person in his family to graduate from high school and attend college. Rolando plans to become a nurse. He will receive $1,500 -$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Laura Holmstrom Laura Holmstrom, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, is a determined student who has succeeded despite learning disabilities. She attended the Veterinarian Technician program at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy last year, served as a teacher’s assistant this year, and has been President of her 4H Club for three years. Laura is interested in becoming an elementary special education teacher. She will receive $6,000 to attend Western Washington University.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Jennifer Landingin Jennifer Landingin, an honor roll senior at Oak Harbor High School, is a talented musician, tennis player, and cheer leader. She is active in KEY Club and leadership programs where she participates in community service projects such as food drives, fundraising for UNICEF, and assisting with food drives for migrant workers. Jennifer plans to pursue a career in nursing. She will receive $1,500-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Sarah Lindsay Sarah Lindsay, a senior at Anacortes High School, is an amazingly resilient and self-motivated student. Although she was born deaf, Sarah has been successful. She was a student cadet with the NJROTC, started the Sign Club for the deaf, and worked as a Martial Arts instructor and a camp counselor. Sarah hopes to become an educator for the deaf. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Edward Lockwood Edward Lockwood is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School. Despite turmoil in his life, Edward has stayed focused on his education. He volunteers at United Methodist’s Boys & Girls Club, tutors at Aleks , and is a strong figure in the Gay Straight Alliance community. Edward will be the first in his family to earn a college degree. He will receive $1,500 - $4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Luna Gabriela Gabriela Luna, a senior at Burlington Edison High School, is currently president of Future Business Leaders of America where she previously served as vice president. Gabriela has been involved in German Club, Latinos in Action, Peer Mentorship Program, North Cascades Wild, and volunteers at West View’s Centro de Padres adult education program. Gabriela wants to become a pediatrician. She will receive $1,500 to attend Washington State University.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Erdylle Macapinlac Erdylle Macapinlac, a senior at Oak Harbor High School, has taken accelerated and Advanced Placement classes while maintaining a 3.6 GPA. Erdylle is currently ASB treasurer, Wildcat Executive Officer of NJROTC program, and an active Bible Baptist Church member, where she helps run the daycare. Erdylle will be the first in her family to attend a four-year college in America. She will receive $1,500 to attend Washington State University.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Jessika Meadows Jessika Meadows, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, is currently a member of Careers in Education and has been involved in Children of the Valley, The Children’s Art Festival, and Kids Club at Riverside Health Club. Although she has struggled with a learning disability, she excels. She has played basketball, softball, and soccer. Jessica would like to study education. She will receive $5,000 to attend Central Washington University.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Marcelina Mendoza Marcelina Mendoza, a trilingual senior at Mount Vernon High School, has contributed to diversity in her school and community through her involvement in Latino/a Educational Achievement Project and Farm Workers’ Solidarity March. She has high academic expectations of herself and has taken many AP, Honors, and advanced courses. Marcelina would like to study law and specialize in immigration law. She will receive $7,000 to attend University of Washington – Tacoma.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Kalisha Miles Kalisha Miles, a senior at Burlington Edison High School, is co-President of Drama Club, co-Drum Major, Thespian Society Officer, mentor, and Student Advisory Council member. Kalisha was an Assistant Principal Interview Committee member and Master of Ceremonies for the Power of Hope’s Positivity event. She is also involved in drama and band. Kalisha plans to become a music teacher. She will receive $6,000 to attend Western Washington University.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Guillermo Mogollan Guillermo Mogollan, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, has tenaciously worked hard to overcome difficult challenges in order to be a successful student and takes Honors and AP classes. He is President of LEAP Club and a member of WFC Rangers, Honors in Science, and Young Democrats. Guillermo hopes to study law and advocate for the marginalized. He will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Rene Morales Sanchez René Morales Sanchez is a trilingual senior at Sedro Woolley High School. He is an AVID student and was an ESL student until last year. Although he has faced many personal struggles, including mastering English, he continues to work hard to be successful. René has volunteered at Sedro Woolley Food Bank and built trails through the Washington State Trails Association. He will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Andres Munoz-Alvarez Andres Muñoz-Alvarez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. Although Andres has faced many obstacles and challenges, he is self-motivated, responsible, and passionate about education. He has been an AVID member since 8th grade and has pursued a rigorous course load. Andres is actively involved in his church’s youth group and volunteers several hours a week at YMCA. He will receive $6,000 to attend Western Washington University.
 
No Photo Available Gloria Nuñez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. Although she has faced many challenges because of her learning disabilities, Gloria has successfully met all the high school graduation requirements. She also assists teachers and students with translating. Gloria will be the first of her family to graduate from high school. Her dream job is working in culinary arts. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Zulen Pantoja Ortega Zulen Pantoja Ortega is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. Although she has faced hardships, Zulen is positive and reliable while maintaining a high GPA. She volunteers her services to farm worker families and serves as an intern with the US Forest Service while being active in various clubs and events. Zulen’s dream school is the University of Washington. She will receive $4,000 to attend University of Washington-Seattle.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Fortino Partida Fortino Partida is a senior at La Conner High School. He serves the community as a mentor, translator, youth coach, and caregiver while working hard to finance himself. He attends Native American cultural events, supports Spanish-speaking peers, and works with kids from extreme ends of the socio-economic spectrum. Fortino’s interest in international business drives him to pursue a college education. He will receive $5,000 to attend Central Washington University.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Jacob Paz-Perez Jacob Paz-Perez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. He volunteers at his church and is a leader at home. Jacob has struggled with language barriers and learning disabilities, but he continually fights hard to overcome obstacles so that he can stay in school and continue on to college. Jacob hopes to study Criminal Justice at Skagit Valley College. He will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Isidro Perez-Santoyo Isidro Perez-Santoyo is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. Although Isidro struggles with speech impairments and disabilities, teachers say he gives 100% effort every day, no matter the task or challenge before him. His willingness to risk failure and put himself out there makes him a student who is respected by his peers and teachers alike. He will receive $1,500-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Dalia Reyes Dalia Reyes, a senior at Sedro Woolley High School, has shown leadership and strength in the face of adversity. She works hard at school and encourages her peers to do the same. She volunteers at Boys and Girls Club, a local food bank, and United General Hospital’s Community Assessment of Neighborhood Stores program. Family, community, and education are Dalia’s priorities. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Award Winner Rosalynda Reyes Rosalynda Reyes is a hard-working senior at Mount Vernon High School. She has played softball since her freshman year and has contributed over one hundred hours of community service at migrant camps, for Children of the Valley tutoring program, and North Cascades Wild, where she refurbished campgrounds and cleared trails. Rosie plans to study Human Services at Skagit Valley College. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Natasha Robinson Natasha Robinson is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. She has volunteered at both her church daycare and The Well, where she served food to homeless families. She was a member of the cheerleading squad as a junior and is currently a member of Family Career and Community Leaders of America. Natasha is determined, strong, and honest. She will receive $1,500-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Azucena Rodriguez Azucena Rodríguez is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. Although Azucena has faced many personal challenges, she continually works hard and is very determined to succeed. She has been involved in LEAP, volunteers at Children of the Valley, and has attended numerous leadership camps and conferences. Azucena will be the first person in her family to attend college. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Jesus Antonio Rodriguez Pineda Jesus Antonio Rodríguez Pineda, a senior at Burlington Edison High School, is a devoted student who works hard to improve his community. He is involved in Latinos in Action, is a mentor and translator, and volunteers at food drives and the Giving Tree Program. Antonio plans to attend Skagit Valley College and earn a degree from Western Washington University. He will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Ashlie Roedell Ashlie Roedell, a senior at Sedro Woolley High School, is no stranger to disappointment, but she remains positive, compassionate, and determined. Ashlie has volunteered for Red Cross, Life Care Center, and Upper Skagit Indian Tribe. She was awarded numerous state cheerleading awards, helped coach junior division cheerleading, and participated in choir. Ashlie plans to study psychology and become a counselor. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Gustavo Sanchez Gustavo Sanchez is a bilingual senior at Sedro Woolley High School. His primary leadership activity is at home, as he cares for his three younger siblings. He takes his family and educational responsibilities very seriously. Gustavo volunteers at his church’s Sunday school, has participated in soccer and wrestling, and is a member of AVID and Future Business Leaders of America. He will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Beltran Sandre-Gomez Beltran Sandre-Gomez, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, is a born leader, volunteer, model student, FCCLA member, and former AVID member. Although he has faced hardships and struggled with a learning disability, he’s determined to achieve his goals through hard work. Beltran is intrigued by the car and electrical industries, and he would like to own his own business. He will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Austin Schuetzel Austin Schuetzel, a senior at Sedro Woolley High School, is a very resilient young man who quietly leads through actions. He is motivated and successful, despite many obstacles and challenges he has endured. He has made positive connections with peers, coaches, and parents through athletics. Austin plans to major in Sports Therapy to combine his passions for academics and athletics. He will receive $4,000 to attend University of Washington-Seattle.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Vanessa Serrano Vanessa Serrano is a trilingual senior at Mount Vernon High School. Although she has faced many challenges, Vanessa is determined to work hard and persevere. She volunteers at Madison Elementary School, works at Mira Vista, and has been active in Family Career & Community Leaders of America and French Club. Vanessa would like to be a veterinarian or zoologist. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Melina Soto Melina Soto, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, has overcome her past in order to become a successful student and tutor. Melina is a member of LEAP, FCCLA, AVID Club, Mount Vernon Girls' Tennis Team, and represented her high school at UW Math Academy. Melina volunteers through Artes Latinos and would like to work abroad as a civil engineer. She will receive $4,000 to attend University of Washington-Seattle.
 
No Photo Available John Paulo Sumayang, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, is a member of Technology Student Association, Young Republicans Club, and Skagit County Search and Rescue. Although he has faced many hardships, he maintains a 3.65 GPA, served as Vice-President of his class, and participated in three sports. John plans to study electrical engineering and join the U.S. Army Rangers. He will receive $1,500 to attend Washington State University.
 
No Photo Available Micaela Vanderwal is a senior at Sedro Woolley High School. With blonde hair and a Dutch surname, Micaela wasn't easily accepted into the Squaksin Indian Tribe. Her experience provided insight into what it feels like to be a minority. As she became more involved with the tribe, she grew more open, receptive, and understanding of other cultural ideas and beliefs. She will receive $5,000 to attend The Evergreen State College.
 
David Velazquez David Velázquez is a senior at Burlington Edison High School. He is a self-motivated leader who is proud of his Mexican American heritage. Through AVID and Latinos in Action, David helps younger students reach their academic goals via tutoring and mentoring. David also interprets for staff and parents at his school and fall conferences. He will receive $1,500-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Jasmine Vick Jasmine Vick, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, has overcome tremendous adversity. She is completing high school despite the challenges presented by her multiple disabilities. Jasmine fundraises for charities, volunteers in the high school cafeteria, serves as teacher's assistant, and peer-tutors in the classroom. Jasmine's goal is to make a valuable contribution to society by becoming a Veterinary Assistant. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Brian Warbus Brian Warbus, a senior at Sedro Woolley High School, will be a first generation college student. Through Teens Against Tobacco Use, he attended leadership conferences and training at the Washington State Prevention Summit, Thrive Prevention Conferences, and Native Wellness Leadership and Cultural Camp. Brian has participated in numerous community educational presentations. He plans to study music and business administration. He will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Amanda Washington Amanda Washington, a senior at La Conner High School, is a leader, role model, and inspiration. She helped start a successful Calling All Colors group, which forms a bridge between many cultures. As Miss Swinomish, she represents her tribe, helps at ceremonies, and has visited over forty different tribes in Washington State. She plans to major in nursing. She will receive $1,500 to attend Skagit Valley College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Melissa Wilkerson Melissa Wilkerson, a senior at Sedro Woolley High School, has persevered through many traumatic experiences. She is a Change Leader and trained facilitator at The Landing, where she helps grieving kids. She's been involved in Robotics Team, Club Diversity, Natural Helpers, AVID, debate, drama, and sports. Melissa hopes to study psychology or counseling to continue helping and caring for others. She will receive $5,000 to attend The Evergreen State College.
 
Photo of Scholarship Winner Sheirelyn Yabao Sheirelyn Yabao, a senior at Oak Harbor High School, has contributed to diversity through her ASB Inter-High leadership role, Key Club membership, and participation in Leadership class. Although she has faced many obstacles, she's kind and responsible both at home and at school. Sheirelyn would like to study nursing, and her empathy and intelligence will make her a successful nurse. She will receive $1,500-$4,000 to attend Skagit Valley College.