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

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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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