Edmonds-area high school Students of the Month for May

Edmonds eLearning

Liam Madson

Liam Madson

Mother’s Name: Lynn Madson

GPA: 3.4

Honors: Honors Biology and Honors Algebra 2

Awards: Cougar Pride (8th grade) at College Place Middle School

Community Service: Helping with eLearning orientations and website redesign, Helped with ESD laptop rollout

Future Educational Goals: Attend four-year university for computer science

Future Career Goals: Coding video games or websites

Anything else we should know? In STEM Magnet school at MTHS – on track to graduate in three years

Edmonds Heights K-12

Melissa Jeffers

Student Name: Melissa Jeffers

Mother’s Name: Dana Jeffers

Father’s Name: Sunny Jeffers

Clubs & Activities: Outside of school, my interests are drawing and sketching as well as some photography. One of my pieces was in the Edmonds Art Festival a couple years back. I also love being outdoors and going for hikes.

Honors: Sno-Isle TECH Honor Roll for Veterinary Assisting, 2012-2013

Culminating Project: For my culminating project I decided to aim it towards my artistic interests by writing and illustrating a children’s book. The book is a cute little story about the Sun and the Moon being friends.

Current Employment: While I am not currently employed, I am in fact doing a one-month internship at a small vet hospital, May 1 to May 30. So far, it has been quite an experience (saw a surgery on my first day).

Future Educational Goals: My hope is to go to WSU and become a licensed veterinary technician and later work towards getting into zoology.

Future Career Goals: It is my hope to get hired and work for a while as a veterinary assistant and then move towards becoming a technician. Later on, I want to work at a zoo. My ultimate goal would be to go work at Woodland Park Zoo, or even just volunteer there.

Anything else we should know? I have to thank my education for all of my recent success. Had I not chosen to switch schools, I could not ever have graduated on time. Edmonds Heights is the reason I am graduating this year, it is also how I found out about Sno-Isle Tech. Sno-Isle has been the jump start to my future goals, I have learned more in this year than I ever thought possible. Because of my education, my teachers, my family’s love and support, and the support of my friend Sandra, my future is bright. 🙂

Mohammad Dabbagh-May

Mohammad Dabbagh

Mother’s Name: Souha Hallak

Father’s Name: Mustapha Dabbagh

Edmonds-Woodway High

EWHS-Sydney Bennett-MaySydney Bennett

Mother’s Name: Mary Bennett

Father’s Name: Leigh Bennett

GPA: 3.99

Clubs & Activities: Over my high school career I have been involved in clubs/programs such as Ski Club, Warriors for Christ, National Honor Society and the Edmonds-Woodway leadership team. Additionally, I have been involved in YoungLife for the past three years, serving as a YoungLife student leader my senior year. My outside activities include dancing at Barclay Shelton Dance Centre for 13 years up through my junior year in high school, and skiing at Stevens Pass with my family.

Athletics: I have been an Edmonds-Woodway cheerleader for three years and was named a cheer captain my senior year. For the past two years, I have had the rewarding experience of working with the Sparkle Effect program, a nationally recognized program that facilitates the formation of high school cheer squads made up of girls with disabilities, who cheer along with a school’s regular cheer squad. My participation in this program includes mentoring six girls with disabilities at cheer practices, typically two times per week, and supervising them for two quarters of every home football and basketball game as they cheer along with our squad.

Honors: My senior year, I had the honor of representing Edmonds-Woodway as Homecoming Queen. I have also received an academic scholarship from the Edmonds School District Alumni Association, and was named Athlete of the Week by the Davis Law Group in Seattle.

Community Service: Volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the Seattle Muscular Dystrophy Walk (two years); Volunteer for the Edmonds City Council at the annual City of Edmonds Fourth of July Parade (three years); Volunteer for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series at the annual Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (three years); Volunteer for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (one year); Volunteer at Relay for Life in Edmonds, WA (one year); Volunteer for the City of Edmonds at the Edmonds Classic Car Show (one year).

Culminating Project: For my culminating project, I mentored life skills students at Edmonds-Woodway and constructed file folder games and activities to aid them in their learning.

Future Educational Goals: I plan to attend the University of Washington in the fall of 2013.

Future Career Goals: Hopefully attend law school following my graduation from the University of Washington.

Anything else we should know? Thank you so much for this honor, I really appreciate it!

Meadowdale High

Alex Rivarola

Mother’s Name: Pat Garcia-Gonzalez

Father’s Name: Pedro Rivarola

GPA: 3.2

Clubs & Activities: Jazz band, impressions, wind ensemble

Honors: Drum major for two years

Awards: Outstanding soloist awards

Community Service: Meadowdale jazz combo leader, summer music school volunteer

Culminating Project: Meadowdale jazz combo

Future Educational Goals: Berklee College of Music

Future Career Goals: Major in musical performance

MHS-Hyanghwa Kwak-May Hyanghwa Kwak

Mother’s Name: Namsook Kwak

Father’s Name: Jinman Kwak

GPA: 3.9

Clubs & Activities: Environmental Club; Girl Effect Club; Arts & Humanities Club

Athletics: Cross Country; Track & Field

Awards: AP Scholar with Distinction; Student of the Month, Pre-Algebra; Student of the Month, AP Statistics

Community Service: Global Peace Youth Corps; Sunday School Teacher

Future Educational Goals: Bachelor’s and maybe Master’s

Future Career Goals: Engineer

Scriber Lake High

SLH-Amelia Dahlen-MayAmelia Dawn Dahlen

Mother’s Name: Lynn Dahlen

Father’s Name: Thomas Dahlen

GPA: 3.215

Clubs & Activities: I’ve been in W.O.W. (women of wisdom) leadership since my junior year of school being a role model for girls dealing with the day-to-day struggles of high school and the drama that comes with it.

Athletics: Since the age of seventeen, I’ve been on a Tuesday night bowling league at Robin Hood Lanes right down the street from my school, SLHS. I bowl on the league with my father and two brothers who are my biggest supporters when it comes to bowling and because of them I went from having an average of 89 to 125 in a little under a year.

Awards: My senior year of high school I had the honor of winning a few awards. In early 2012, I won the Good Citizen of the Year Award from the DAR. In Dec of 2012 I won the Hidden Winner Award from the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club. Now in May of 2013 I am Student of the Month and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Culminating Project: For my senior project I held a Fundraiser for Costa Rica in order to help pay for my best friend’s way on the school trip in 2012. I held a bowling night at Robin Hood Lanes and raised over 500 dollars that night.

Current Employment: Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays I work from 2:00 until 6:00 watching my 10 month old niece, and I absolutely love it. After high school I plan on looking for a part-time job, hopefully working with children.

Future Educational Goals: After I graduate from high school I plan on going to EDCC for two years and then transferring to Evergreen State College where I will continue studying to get my degree in social work.

Future Career Goals: I have honestly gone back and forth about what I want to do when I graduate from college but the one thing I have in mind right now that I’m really passionate about is becoming a social worker and helping children. At the end of the day, I want to know I am making a difference in someone’s life, if only one.

Anything else we should know? Four years ago when I came to Scriber I had no idea on where I wanted to go in life. I didn’t even know who I was at the time, honestly I was a little lost. I never thought I’d figure it out and I never thought I would have so many people willing to help me, but Scriber is the place where I found myself and who I want to be. The people I’ve come across while at Scriber I will never forget. I don’t think I will ever truly be able to thank the entire staff at Scriber enough for how much they have helped me. Scriber tends to a get bad name, but honestly I feel like this school is the best high school out there because we all come here for one reason and that’s that we’re different and people tend to put labels on us before they really get to know us and it’s not right. There are amazing people at Scriber and if you just take the time to really get to know us you’ll see that.

SLH-Andrew Martinez-May enewsAndrew Martinez

Mother’s Name: Gayle Martinez

Father’s Name: Brian Martinez

Clubs & Activities: Photography; INSTEP; Hiking; Camping; Skiing

Athletics: Football freshman year

Honors: Chosen to attend Boy’s State

Awards: Scriber Lake High School STAR student

Culminating Project: Not sure yet

Current Employment: Courtesy Clerk at Safeway

Future Educational Goals: Ever since I was a little kid my plan after high school was to serve my country by joining the Army with the goal of becoming an officer

Future Career Goals: My plan is to stay in the Military. I would like to find a way to use my love of photography while serving my country.

Anything else we should know? Coming to Scriber Lake I learned to control my attitudes and got rid of negative influences in my life. The teachers and staff at Scriber Lake really motivated me and showed me education in a different light. I’ve always enjoyed learning, but not in the ways of traditional high school. Coming here really has helped me change my perspective, not only in education, but in life as well.


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