Congratulations to Edmonds School District Students of the Month for April

Edmonds-Woodway High School
Student Name: Morgan Dienst
Mother’s Name: Sharon Quiring
Father’s Name: Jeff Dienst
GPA: 3.79
Clubs & Activities: I am currently in the Hi-Q club, which is an academic trivia group that studies source material and then goes to competitions where we are quizzed. I am also an actor in Edmonds-Woodway’s Play Production group. We act, design and build sets, costume, find props and market our shows ourselves.
ASB: In freshman year I was the freshman class president.
Community Service: I volunteered at the Creative Retirement Institute through Edmonds Community College. They provide courses for people who want to continue learning into their retirement. I sat in on a Geology of Water course to provide a connection to the youth of today.
Culminating Project: I am in the IB program so my culminating project was my extended essay. It was an analysis of the use of the filibuster in the United States Senate.
Future Educational Goals: Next year I am attending Whitman College in Walla Walla. I don’t know what I will major in, but I do plan to go onto a graduate program.
Future Career Goals: I have considered biochemistry or chemical engineering or possibly a position with the state department. However my interests are wide ranging and I really don’t know.
Anything else we should know: I love science trivia and costumes.
Student Name: Jameson Jones
Mother’s Name: Jaime Roberts-Jones
Father’s Name: Coby Jones
GPA: 3.9
Clubs & Activities: Trumpet in Jazz Ensemble 1; trumpet section leader for Wind Symphony and Pep Band; member of high school brass quintet; secretary, assistant editor and contributor to the independent, student-run magazine Zeitgeist; member of EWHS Writers Guild (I really like to write poetry); this last summer, I applied, got into and attended the three-week Young Writers Workshop at Bard College at Simon’s Rock (in western Massachusetts); member of Destination ImagiNation (a creative problem solving organization for youth and adults) team during freshmen and sophomore years of high school; full-IB diploma candidate.
Athletics: Member of local high school ultimate Frisbee team; captain of boys Frisbee team that competed my sophomore and junior years of high school; my freshman year of high school, I tried out and got into an exclusive Seattle Ultimate Frisbee that competed on a national level at the Youth Club Championships
Honors: Last Spring, Jazz Ensemble 1 was one of 15 jazz bands in three countries to be accepted into the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition & Festival in New York; member of brass quintet that won for large brass ensemble at regional level of SKMEA Solo & Ensemble competition, now getting ready for statewide competition; being member of ultimate Frisbee team that went to Youth Club Championships; getting into the Young Writers Workshop at Bard College at Simon’s Rock; member of National Honor Society; member of Tri-M Music Honor Society
Awards: Destination ImagiNation team moved on to statewide level of competition every year we competed (6th grade-10th grade), placed 1st every year except 8th and 10th grade at regional level, placed 3rd at state-wide level our sophomore year
Community Service: Volunteer for Pilgrim (charity organization helping fund and maintain boarding school in Uganda for Ugandan child-soldier refugees); tutored my neighbor in math, English, and Spanish; volunteered for the Rock and Read Marathon
Culminating Project: I’m a full-IB diploma candidate, so I did not have an official culminating project. Instead, I wrote my extended essay, which is a 4000-word research paper required of all full-IB candidates. For this paper, I addressed the following question: In what ways and to what purpose does Langston Hughes portray jazz and other related forms of African American music in his poetry of the 1920s? I chose it because it spoke to both the musician and the poet within me. It fused my interests. Being a poet, I could appreciate the linguistic aestheticism of Hughes’ writing. And, being a jazz musician, I could hear how Hughes’ writing conveyed the jazzy sounds that were echoing around Harlem at that time (Langston Hughes was a famous contributor to the Harlem Renaissance).
Future Educational Goals: I plan to attend Bates College starting fall 2011. After I get a bachelor’s degree, I’ll probably go to some sort of graduate school. I’m still deciding what sort of degree I want and what field it’ll be in.
Future Career Goals: English professor/teacher and/or writer
Meadowdale High
Student Name: Noah Beardsley
Mother’s Name: Claire Beardsley
Father’s Name: Tom Beardsley
Clubs & Activities: I am involved in sports.
Athletics: I participated in Football and Wrestling.
Community Service: I did 43 hours of community service for my senior project.
Future Educational Goals: I plan on going to Central Washington after my service in the military, then involving myself in political science, history and environmental issues.
Future Career Goals: I plan on serving in the military as one of my first careers than moving on to college becoming a historian or history teacher.
Student Name: Anna Ketola
Mother’s Name: Jessica Ketola
Father’s Name: David Ketola
GPA: 3.72
Clubs & Activities: I sing in the Chamber Choir and Impressions Jazz choir, the top choirs at MHS.
ASB: I serve as a Senior Senator in ASB and have served in student leadership all four years.
Honors: I’m part of National Honors Society, and am taking AP Classes, AP US Government and AP Literature and Composition.
Awards: I received an outstanding soloist award at the Central Washington University Jazz Festival this year.
Community Service: I’ve volunteered over 450 hours during my high school career, locally and internationally. I’ve worked with immigrant teens and families, after-school programs, spent time with elderly in Aegis Inn, served local Seattle homeless in the Nicklesville community, and worked as a youth leader and one of the music team leaders at Shoreline Vineyard Community Church. Over summers past, I’ve done everything from feeding programs to spending time with orphanages in Mexico and Nicaragua, and raised funds for a needy orphan and widow community in Rwanda for my senior project.
Culminating Project: I worked with the non-profit organization, Go the Second Mile, which has built relationship with a local Rwandan citizen, Steve, who has raised over 80 orphans and aided 60 widows in a needy community. With the help of Go the Second Mile, I launched a new malaria prevention campaign called “What’s Their Net Worth?” in which I raised funds to buy malaria nets for this community, and spread awareness about the disease and how my peers and community can get involved. I designed and sold shirts of my own to raise money and spread awareness. I also participated in a benefit run/walk for Congo Women put on by a fellow senior, Ava Izdepski, to further raise awareness and spread word about my cause. I’ve sold over 50 shirts and raised around $1,000 dollars for malaria nets.
Current Employment: Currently, I work as a hostess at Anthony’s Beach Cafe in Edmonds.
Future Educational Goals: Next year, I will attend Western Washington University where I’ll obtain my bachelor’s degree.
Future Career Goals: I hope to go through Western’s school of business. I’m thinking about managing my own non-profit or working in micro-financing, but no matter what I decide, I hope to use my business skills to benefit those who are less fortunate than myself.
Anything else we should know? I feel very privileged to be picked for Senior Student of the month. I couldn’t be more excited to begin a new journey, but I am so thankful to be a Maverick and will always remember my time at Meadowdale.

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