Edmonds-area high school Students of the Month

Edmonds-Woodway High

Student Name:  Liz Wilson
Mother’s Name:  Jenny Wilson
Father’s Name:  Hugh Wilson
GPA:  3.93
Clubs & Activities:  Member of the National Honors Society
Athletics:  Cheer Team Captain (2011-2012); Cheer Team (2010-2012); Varsity Tennis (2010-2012); Tennis Team (2009-2012); Volleyball Team (2008-2009)
Awards:  I received an award of excellence for a broadcast journalism feature story at the National Journalism Convention in Portland, Oregon (2010). I also received Most Valuable Player on the JV tennis team (2009).
Community Service:  I am a coach for the Sparkles Cheer Team which is a squad at Edmonds-Woodway High School for girls with disabilities. I was also a Teen Feed volunteer in Seattle’s University District preparing and serving meals to homeless teenagers.
Current Employment:  Summer Lifeguard at Yost Pool in Edmonds.
Future Educational Goals:  I hope to attend the University of Washington and major in Mathematics or Journalism.
Anything else we should know?  I’m a partial IB student at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Student Name:  Gabija Vaicekonis
Mother’s Name:  Asta
Father’s Name:  Dainius
GPA:  3.1
Clubs & Activities:  Mello Aires, Play Production, Leadership/ASB, Gardening Club, A cappella Club, Classical Piano, Vocal Jazz, Lithuanian Folk Dancing, Lithuanian Folk Choir
ASB:  Freshman Appointed Officer, Sophomore Treasurer, Junior Officer, Senior Homecoming Co-chair
Athletics:  Freshman Track and Field
Honors:  Full Honors, Full IB Diploma
Awards:  Winner at Sherman & Clay’s Bach Festival in 2006; 1st Place Winner of the Edmonds-Woodway High School 2011 Talent Show
Community Service:  Volunteering at Music Works Northwest
Culminating Project:  Extended Essay: IB Music: How did Scott Joplin’s Ragtime influence Claude Debussy’s Children’s Corner Suite?
Future Educational Goals:  Double Major in Environmental Studies and Classical Piano at a university: Eventually earn a Master’s, Ph.D.
Future Career Goals: Something in the Environmental Studies or Environmental Science field, and Music
Anything else we should know? My culture is very important to me. I was born in Lithuania and came to the United States when I was two years old, but Lithuanian was my first language and I am very involved in the Seattle-Lithuanian Community. Also, both my parents are pianists, so they have influenced me in being heavily involved in music.

Meadowdale High

Student Name:  Chelsea Noel Richardson
Mother’s Name:  Debbie
Father’s Name:  Clint
GPA:  3.9
Clubs & Activities:  I’m currently the president of our school’s anime club which I love; everyone is really open to hanging out with new people and having fun together.
Athletics:  I’m not on any teams or anything, but I love swimming when I can get to a pool.
Honors:  Right now I’m in a AP European History class, it’s fun learning about how all of those countries interacted and pushed others to evolve into the places we have today.
Awards:  I’ve had a couple of student of the month awards for individual classes and this last November I was awarded for writing a 50,000 word novel in thirty days.
Community Service:  I’m volunteering for a place called World Concern as well as knitting blankets for orphans in Africa and helping my mom and some other women put on brunches at our church. I also help out with the Edmonds Mural Society painting walls downtown.
Current Employment:  I don’t have a job right now, but I’m looking for this summer. I’m hoping to get something in Edmonds because I love the idea of driving towards the water whenever I have to go into work.
Future Educational Goals:  In the future I hope to go to Shoreline Community College for a few years and then transfer credits over to a university.
Future Career Goals:  To be honest I’m still not really sure. I’m thinking maybe a high school teacher, History or English, or a psychologist. I’m also hoping to do some video game design in my spare time for an indie gaming company a couple of friends of mine are working towards setting up.
Anything else we should know? I love hanging out with my friends and playing board games with my family. Reading, writing and drawing are all really important to me and I couldn’t imagine my life without stories. The video games I played as a kid and still play now, like Final Fantasy VII and The Legend of Zelda, inspired me to get into the arts as heavily as I am so I still love video games now.

Student Name:  Drew Petriello
Mother’s Name:  Rebecca Petriello
Father’s Name:  Salvatore Petriello
GPA:  3.95
Clubs & Activities:  Drama Club/Play Production – Acted in and did lighting design for ten plays from sophomore to senior year; currently, Senior Leader Improv Club – Participated Freshman to Senior year; currently, Senior Leader Former Police Explorer – Junior year; Guitar – 4th grade to present
Athletics:  JV Tennis – Freshman Year
Honors:  AP Scholar
Awards:  Student of the Month – Honors Sophomore English, Honors Pre-calculus, Spanish II Second Highest Academic Achievement – Police Explorer Academy
Community Service:  Driftwood Players Volunteer – Senior Year; Lighting design and operation for the Meadowdale Middle School performance of Aladdin Jr. – Senior Year
Culminating Project:  Volunteering at the Driftwood Players Theater
Future Educational Goals:  BFA/BA at a four-year University
Future Career Goals:  Actor/Musician/Writer/All three

Scriber Lake High

Student Name:  Tebra Draper
Mother’s Name:  Diana Erickson
Father’s Name:  Luke Draper
Clubs & Activities:  Women of Wisdom leadership; Y-Make Art participant (after school craft club)
ASB:  Served as committee president during junior year
Athletics:  S.O.S.; Learn to Ride; University Kids Snowboarding GroupsInStep; Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program participant
Honors:  Consistently on “Green Status,” offering additional privileges for good grades
Awards:  Received the Hidden Winner Award from the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club Rotary Youth Leadership Award
Community Service:  Volunteer at the Tết Festival at Seattle Center
Culminating Project:  Originated “New Start Trash Art” environmental craft club for Edmonds Heights and Scriber students
Current Employment:  Part-time Fatburger employee at Lynnwood location
Future Educational Goals:  Study graphic design, child psychology and development, science, private detective training, business, fashion; aiming for a combined degree at Evergreen State College in art, science and English. Tebra may begin at a community college first and then transfer to Evergreen. Eventually Tebra would like to go into the Peace Corps, and earn a Master’s Degree in education.
Future Career Goals:  1. Peace Corps / World Traveler / Explorer / Adventurer, 2. Volunteer Firefighter, 3. Detective, 4. Teacher, 5. Screen printer
Anything else we should know? Tebra is a lifelong learner, great writer, and has overcome many obstacles found in various stages of her life. She wants to BE the difference, inspiring others to be the best that they can be. “I want to pay forward the wisdom I have gained through hardships I have faced. It really made the difference for me when I saw that teachers at Scriber actually care. I want to be that difference.”

Student Name:  Lauren Nein
Mother’s Name:  Sandy Carlos
Father’s Name:  Gary Nein
Clubs & Activities:  Student leader in the Women of Wisdom anti-bullying program
Athletics:  Dance – ballet for 10 years
Honors:  Consistently on “Green Status,” awarded for good grades, allowing additional campus privileges
Awards:  Edmonds Exchange Club “Accepting the Challenge of Excellence” Award, February 2012; Women of Wisdom Leadership Award Recognition Award in Math; and SSR Award in English for creativity
Culminating Project:  Currently working on a collaborative culminating project in which she and her partner will be fundraising to provide musical toys and gifts for children who have cancer.
Current Employment:  Courtesy clerk at Central Market in Mill Creek
Future Educational Goals:  Lauren will be attending Evergreen State College beginning in the fall of 2012
Future Career Goals:  Lauren is considering several pathways, including music therapy, teaching, and animal protection services.
Anything else we should know?  Lauren feels passionate about protecting animals. She is also a strong proponent of music as therapy. She would also love to work in early childhood education.

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