Lynnwood Kiwanis award $24,000 in scholarships to 11 local high school seniors

Kiwanis president Harvey Smith with scholarship recipients Julianne Summer and Michelle Pham, and Kiwanis board member Ralph Baggerly. (Photo courtesy Lynnwood Kiwanis)

The Kiwanis Club of Lynnwood has awarded a record-breaking $24,000 in scholarships to 11 Edmonds School District seniors who showed a commitment to helping their community.

As those students head to college, here are some of their words of wisdom:

  • Olivia Nguyen from Lynnwood High School: $2,500 (Shay Thoelke Scholarship): “By taking time to step out of my schedule and work life, I find that it will set a ripple effect to show how genuine happiness also comes from lifting others up to feel success and worth with you.”
  • Abigail Douglas from Lynnwood High School: $1,500 (Helen Olson Scholarship): “I hope to reach out to people in my surrounding community to gain numerous meaningful relationships so that I may be the one inviting people to the events that I will be hosting.”
  • Michelle Pham from Meadowdale High School: $6,000 (Helen Olson Scholarship): “Growing up, the lessons my father learned from his immigration to America has influenced how I perceive my role in society. Raised with those values, I discovered myself emphasizing the importance of service and work ethic in my actions to serve those who are in need.”
  • Matthew Johnson from Meadowdale High School: $1,500 (Helen Olson Scholarship): “As I become more and more independent, I want to further my involvement with community service and leadership … I especially want to contribute by continuing to help feed the homeless because I have seen firsthand how a simple meal and some kind words can better one’s day.”
  • Madison Aguilar from Scriber Lake High School: $1,500 (Gourley/Rust Scholarship): “In leadership class, we would organize clothing drives, food drives, and public feasts for the less fortunate … I plan to graduate college and become an English teach at an alternative school. I hope to be able to teach a leadership class myself so that I can teach others the joy that comes from giving back to the community.”
  • Klara Gaspers from Edmonds-Woodway High School: $1,500 (Helen Olson Scholarship): “This year, I have been in charge of the Lessons for All program which provides free instrumental lessons to fifth and sixth graders who cannot afford them … I believe the organizational skills I have developed will equip me to volunteer on many projects. One thing I have learned is that plenty of people are willing to help, but nothing gets done without someone to organize them and manage events.”

Other recipients:

  • Kate Nicodemus from Lynnwood High School: $1,500 (Virgil Whitehead Scholarship)
  • Julianne Summer from Scriber Lake High School: $1,500 (Virgil Whitehead Scholarship)
  • Jeffrey Nguyen from Lynnwood High School: $2,500 (Baggerly Scholarship)
  • Tuan Thai from Lynnwood High School: $2,500 (Ernie Goshorn Scholarship)
  • Aileen Pham from Lynnwood High School: $1,500 (M.J. Hrdlicka Scholarship)

Lynnwood Kiwanis wishes to thank the sponsors of the July 21 Golf Fore Kids golf tournament, which raised $7,000 to fund other projects for children and young people in the community. Business sponsors were Town & Country Fence, Silver Spoon Thai Restaurant, Travel Leaders/Travel with Alan, Lynnwood Honda, Snohomish Kiwanis, Griffith Flooring & Countertops, Edmonds Burger King, Macris Realty Group, Silver Spoon Thai Restaurant, Meadowdale Chevron, Channel Marker, College Place Optical Center and 1st Financial NW Bank. Several Kiwanis members were also sponsors.

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