Rotary clubs honor students of the month

April 4, 2013

By Staff

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Editor’s note: Photos for Jessica Pickering, Emma Welch, Paige Smith and Ian Acheznick were lost in a March 25 break-in of The Issaquah Press building and theft of company computers.


Dale Schrock, a senior at Hazen High School, was selected as a Renton Rotary Club Youth of the Month for March.

He maintains a 3.9 grade point average and has been involved in National Honor Society, choir and class office. He also played for the baseball and football teams.

Schrock has received a scholar athlete honor, an Advanced Placement Scholar Award and the Presidential Academic Achievement Award.

He works part time as a sales associate at Foot Locker and volunteers with Northwest Harvest, Fox Hallow Farms, Renton Little League and Newcastle Days

Schrock expects to attend a four-year college to study economics and politics. He plans to become a marine officer, but is also interested in studying to be a lawyer.





Melissa Blue

  •  School: Liberty High School
  • Category of recognition: foreign language
  •  Parents: Gabriela and Patrick Blue
  •  Sponsoring teacher: Sarah Duran
  •  Scholastic achievements: Advanced Placement Scholar with honors; level A2 diploma of French as a foreign language; level B1 diploma of Spanish as a foreign language; dean’s honors list
  • qAthletic achievements: athlete’s award, co-captain of cross country
  •  Activity Achievements: student director of GAIA, Service Honor Roll
  • Scholastic interests: languages (Spanish and French), history, math
  •  Hobbies: cross country, track and field, dance
  • Education goals: economics and international relations or business
  • Occupation/career: work at a nongovernmental organization ideally


Joe Dapper

  •  School: Liberty High School
  •  Category of recognition: art
  •  Parents: Monica and Pete Dapper
  •  Spon-soring teach-er: Anne Cooper
  •  Athletic achievements: two first-team All KingCo awards in soccer, Scholar Athlete award, varsity soccer captain
  • Activity Achievements: LHS 2010 Humanitarian of the Year award
  •  Scholastic interests: Honor Society, art, editor of the Patriot Press, art club, Patriot Crew, tutoring
  •  Hobbies: studio art, sculpture, soccer, fishing, hiking, mixed media art
  • Education goals: go to Cal Poly or the University of Washington to study architecture and architectural engineering
  • qOccupation/career: architect



Jessica Pickering

  •  School: Liberty High School
  •  Category of recognition: Leadership
  •  Parents: Jodi and Andrew Pickering
  •  Sponsoring teacher: Michelle Munson
  •  Scholastic achievements: Wendy’s High School Heisman LHS recipient, National Junior Honor Society (2009-13)
  •  Athletic achievements: state gymnastics (2009), state track (2010), volleyball MVP and captain (2012)
  •  Activity Achievements: Kind Club president, Patriot Crew treasurer
  •  Scholastic interests: English, public speaking, history
  •  Hobbies: volleyball, snowboarding, making posters for Associated Student Body
  •  Outside school affiliations: Athletes for Kids mentor
  •  Education goals: attend a four-year university and attain a degree in business management, with an emphasis in human resource management or marketing
  •  Occupation/career: work for nonprofit organization in either human resources or marketing


Emma Welch

  •  School: Liberty High School
  •  Category of recognition: career tech ED
  • Parents: James and Jamie Welch
  •  Sponsoring teacher: Delores Leber
  •  Scholastic achievements: freshman — VFW Academic Award, highest grade point average in ROTC; sophomore — American Legion Academic Award, highest GPA in ROTC; junior — honor cadet, highest GPA in ROTC
  •  Activity Achievements: first alternate in state in solo and ensemble competition last year
  •  Scholastic interests: choir, NJROTC, preschool lab
  •  Hobbies: music — piano and singer
  •  Outside school affiliations: member of ministry team that helps drug addicts, drunks, etc.
  •  Education goals: bachelor of music education
  •  Occupation/career: music teacher in an elementary school



Ian Acheznick

  •  School: Liberty High School
  • Category of recognition: music
  •  Sponsoring teacher: Robin Wood
  • Scholastic achievements: Overall Achievement award NJROTC
  • Activity Achievements: Eagle Scout
  •  Scholastic interests: Northwest IT Professional computer tech classes, founder of Graphic Design Club
  •  Hobbies: Web design, band – euphonium, backpacking
  •  Outside school affiliations: Boy Scouts of America
  • Education goals: major in web and integrative design, four-year university
  •  Occupation/career: Web designer


Paige Smith

  •  School: Liberty High School
  • Category of recognition: drama
  •  Sponsoring teacher: Katherine Klekas
  •  Scholastic achievements: National Merit nominee
  •  Activity Achievements: Liberty drama president, lead role in fall play, improv long-form performer
  •  Hobbies: improv, drama, graphic design, reading, art
  • Outside school affiliations: Lord of Life Lutheran Church Youth Group
  •  Education goals: four-year university in the Pacific Northwest
  •  Occupation/career: graphic design/English


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