Rotary clubs honor top students, teachers

January 2, 2014

By Staff

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Cheuk-Ning Li, a senior at Hazen High School, was selected as a Renton Rotary Club Youth of the Month for December.

She maintains a 3.72 grade point average and is involved in Key Club, STEM Club, Teen Cert, National Honor Society, East Hill String Lessons and the girls swim team.

Li has been named an Academic All Star, a Scholar Athlete, an Outstanding College Prep Scholar and an Advanced Placement Scholar with honors, and has received an orchestra varsity letter.

She volunteers with East Hill String Lessons, tutoring students who play the violin.

Li plans to enroll at the University of Washington or a liberal arts college. She is undecided on a major and career path, but is excited to explore her options at college.


Jeff Wood, a social studies teacher at Hazen High School, was selected as a Renton Rotary Club Teacher of the Month for December.

Wood attended Pacific Lutheran University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education.

He then enrolled at City University, where he obtained a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

He spent a year teaching at Bethel High School before joining the Renton team. He has taught in the Renton School District for 22 years.



Jeremy Stroming (October)

  • Liberty High School senior
  •  Recognition in science
  •  NASA Space Camp and Quarknet Cosmic Ray Workshop
  •  3.99 grade point average
  •  Rowing with the Sammamish Rowing Association
  •  Currently being courted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Emerson Collin (October)

  • Liberty High School senior
  •  Recognition in math
  •  College plan is to major in math and actuarial science
  • Washington All-State Marching Band
  •  3.95 grade point average, eight Advanced Placement classes
  • Key Club Student of the Year, 2012


Newcastle resident lands on dean’s list

Newcastle resident Justyn Jacobs was named to the Oregon State University fall term honor roll. Jacobs, a freshman, studies pre-environmental engineering and competes on the school’s women’s rowing team.


Issaquah board earns WSSDA honor

The Issaquah School Board was one of 15 entities in the state named as a Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

At the time of the award, Issaquah’s board was comprised of Brian Deagle, Marnie Maraldo, Alison Meryweather, Anne Moore and Suzanne Weaver. Lisa Callan has since been elected to Meryweather’s seat.

The annual Boards of Distinction program honors school boards that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards.


Grant help Renton music programs

Nearly 175 musical instruments were repaired for Renton School District students, thanks to a grant from the Randy Rockhill Foundation.

Through a generous grant of $14,000, students in all middle and high schools are now able to play trumpets, flutes, clarinets, violins, cellos, flugelhorns and many other instruments that were repaired or refurbished in the past few months.

The Randy Rockhill Student Instrumental Music Fund, managed under the Renton Community Foundation, is named for the professional musician and longtime Renton High School music teacher. Contribute to the fund at


Maywood musicians perform at state

The following Maywood Middle School students have received top honors by being selected to participate in the Washington School Music Educator’s Association Junior All-State bands, choirs and orchestra:

Halle Abel, Olivia Cole, Parker Coleman, Boyd Jarman, Abigail Peacock, Will Wick and Jessie Woldstad.

The groups will meet, rehearse and perform in Yakima on Feb. 15.




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