Rotary clubs honors top seniors
May 1, 2014
Malcolm Mitchell, a senior at Hazen High School, was selected as a Renton Rotary Club Youth of the Month for April.
He maintains a 3.81 grade point average, and is involved in DECA, National Honor Society, and the swim and cross-country teams.
Mitchell has received awards for DECA, Letters of Achievement, the Unity Award and the swim team MVP Award.
He works part time at the Newport Hills Swim and Tennis Club, but also finds time to volunteer with the Newcastle Weed Warriors and the girls swim team.
Mitchell plans to attend a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree in business. He hopes to become a CEO or president of an environmentally responsible company.
Katy Orr (February)
- Liberty High School
- Recognition in music
- Plays Irish drum, sings, arranges music and directs a Celtic ensemble, learning bass drum
- Theater, screen writing, acting, active volunteer in church
- Maintains a 3.6 grade point average, taking Advanced Placement psychology, Honors physics, and college calculus
- Accepted at Northwest, Montana State and Eastern, pursuing degree in business and music or theater
Natalie Gress (February)
- Liberty High School
- Recognition in drama
- Member of National Honor Society
- Drama Club president, Improv Club captain, Honor Thespian, student chair for Renton Municipal Arts Commission, Select Soccer Team captain four years
- Holds a wide variety of leadership roles and works untold volunteer hours
- Goals of four-year college degrees in theater and English
Jacqueline Anderson (March)
- Liberty High School Recognition in physical education
- On Liberty’s state championship soccer team, member of Pacific Northwest Soccer Club
- Has a 3.4 grade point average
- Taking Advanced Placement courses in English lit, calculus and psychology
- Will attend the University of Puget Sound for a bachelor’s in business and a master’s in sports management
Newcastle student named semifinalist in statewide contest
Newcastle resident and Eastside Catholic Middle School student Eva Hartman was honored as a semifinalist in Washington’s 2014 Letters About Literature contest.
Letters About Literature encourages young readers to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world.
Eva wrote her letter to “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” author Rick Riordan.
Liberty student wins video contest
Liberty High School student Ashton Herrild, of Newcastle, took the grand prize in the Issaquah Drug Free Community Coalition’s Influence the Choice student video contest.
Contestants were challenged to influence friends and other teens to resist using alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs by submitting video “commercials” two minutes in length or less.
Herrild’s two-minute video encouraged teens to “live for the nights you won’t forget,” rather than the “nights you won’t remember.”
Watch the video at http://youtu.be/5tQDtsbqYuI.
Laurel Akada graduates from WSU
Newcastle native Laurel Irene Akada recently graduated with honors from Washington State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration.
Newcastle student makes dean’s list
Jeremy Hamann, of Newcastle, was named to Biola University’s fall 2013 dean’s list. Hamann was among 1,594 students to earn the honor at the Southern California university.
Hazen senior is merit finalist
Hazen High School senior Emma Tuschhoff is a National Merit Scholarship finalist.
She was selected based on her academic record, leadership abilities and her exceptional performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in critical reading, mathematics and writing.
She is among 15,000 finalists who made it to this round of the scholarship competition, representing less than 1 percent of all U.S. high school seniors.
Emma plans to study biology at the University of Kansas, the alma mater of her parents, Stephanie and Jeffrey Tuschhoff. She also plans to continue her studies to obtain a doctorate in biology and eventually work studying wildlife in the Amazon.