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Mill Creek, WA  98012
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Student of the Month

At our May 9th meeting, we recognized two students of the month for outstanding achievement in "Academic Excellence."

Drew Carlton

Drew Carlton is our May Student of the Month from  Archbishop Murphy High School. Drew has earned a perfect 4.00 grade point average so far!  And, he has done so while taking many rigorous advanced courses!  
Drew is very active on campus.  He is a member of the tennis team and the mock trial team, is on the student council, and competes in DECA, Knowledge Bowl and History Bowl. In addition, Drew volunteers to help prepare and serve meals to the homeless and serves physically-disabled persons through Special Olympics. 
Drew will be going to Texas A&M in the Fall and plans to study engineering. Congratulations Drew!

Harshu Musunuri

Our Student of the Month from Henry M. Jackson High School is

Harshu Musunuri. Harshu has has taken 14 AP classes and has an overall 4.0 grade point average!  In 2016, Harshu was named a Davidson Fellow laureate in Science.  She is vice-president of the Math Honor Society, vice-president of the Technology Student Association, and president of the Science Research and Engineering Club. She is also the curriculum director of Girls Rock in Science and Math (GRISM), a non-profit whose goal is to spark interest in girls to pursue the STEM field.  

Recognizing that sepsis infections are the leading killer of people following surgical procedures, Harshu is working on a simple, cost-effective method, to sample the blood and provide a rapid indicator to doctors to take action!  

Harshu has been accepted into Stanford University.   We'll be hearing more from her in the future!  Congratulations Harshu!


Student of the Month

At today's meeting, we recognized two students of the month for outstanding achievement as "Scholar Athletes."

Matt Keck

Matt Keck is our April Student of the Month from  Archbishop Murphy High School. Matt has been an integral part of Archbishop Murphy's football and wrestling teams.  Matt was an outstanding football player on both the defensive and offensive lines. Matt is also an outstanding wrestler and led the team this year as its captain.  
In addition to being a stellar athlete, Matt is an extremely hardworking student.  His course load has included six advanced placement (AP) classes and five honors classes.  Even with  these challenging classes, he maintains a 3.99 overall grade point average!   
Matt will be going to Carroll College.  He plans to focus on studying  and major in either biochemistry or biology, with plans to go on to medical school. Congratulations Matt!

Jon Cook

Our Student of the Month from Henry M. Jackson High School is

Jon Cook. Jon has taken 13 AP classes - including a full load of six in his senior year - while maintaining a overall grade point average of 3.98!  On the athletic side, Jon is a varsity swimmer who holds six state titles!  He was named the "swimmer of the meet" for the past three years at the state championship event. Additionally, Jon holds the school record in every swimming event, taking down some long-standing records. Outside of swimming and school, Jon enjoys hiking and reading the news.

Jon has been accepted into Stanford University as a scholar athlete.  He plans to study chemistry or mechanical engineering focused on renewable energy fields.  He will continues his endeavors in swimming, with aspirations of competing in the Olympics. Congratulations Jon!



Saleem Juma

Saleem Juma wearing his Mr. Washington State scarf, shown with member and future District 5030 governor, Bill McElroy.


Our April 4th speaker was the 2017 Mr. Washington State, Saleem Juma.  Saleem spoke about his journey. Saleem is a 23-year-old model and college student from Seattle, Washington. He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16 and had a full prolectomy at 19; he was also diagnosed with anxiety disorder and depression that same year. However, Saleem never lost his vision of helping people and being an inspiration to everyone that was suffering from the same things he was. Despite another recent life threatening surgery where he lost 9 centimeters of his small intestine, he has continued to model and is focused on fitness modeling now, as well as running his website/blog


The "Orion"


At this Wednesday's meeting,  Kevin Campion, Captain, and Lindsay Walker, Education Director and Chief Mate, of the sailing vessel Orion, talked about the boat, the Deep Green Wilderness organization, and the many youth and adult education programs available aboard the Orion (a 64 foot wooden yawl built in 1934).  Deep Green Wilderness offers a variety of education programs throughout the year, mostly targeted at junior and high school aged youth.  Each program is designed to highlight different aspects of the Salish Sea and includes learning opportunities in marine science, environmental issues and policies, and providing a hands-on sailing experience.

A Turning Point

Paula Newman-Skomski with Noreen Laggert, Peoria Home's Executive Director.

Our speaker at yesterday's meeting was Paula Newman-Skomski, the founder of Peoria Home. Paula talked about prostitution and trafficking in Snohomish County and the lack of assistance available to help women over 18.  Peoria Home addresses this by providing long-term shelter and an array of support services. 

Peoria Home just acquired its first home which opened last month in Everett. I'm sure we'll hear more great news in the future. Interested in helping out? Peoria Home needs volunteers - see for more information. 




Student of the Month

At our March 15th meeting, we recognized two students of the month for outstanding achievement in "Leadership Ability."

Grace Siemering

Our Student of the Month from Henry M. Jackson High School is Grace Siemering.  Grace is a senior who is recognized for her service and her leadership.  Recently recognized as a Super Kid by the Everett Herald, Grace has left her fingerprints on the student culture.  She has served in leadership roles in Girl Scouts, as a camp counselor, and YoungLife.  She is also a Link Crew Commissioner, organizing other juniors and seniors to create events that help new freshman get connected with the school.  She has helped plan assemblies and homecoming, and she organized a "week of giving." Grace leads by example through serving others, and she continually seeks out new challenges that inspire her to become even better.


Grace looks forward to attending Gonzaga University next fall with aspirations of enrolling In the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. Congratulations Grace!


Anjelica de Leon

Anjelica de Leon ("AJ") is our January Student of the Month from  Archbishop Murphy High School. AJ is a leader through and through. AJ has been an active member of the AMHS community. She has been on the student council her sophomore and junior years and was an elected ASB member her senior year. She has also been a member of the varsity soccer team all four years and became captain her senior year.
AJ is an All-Star Ambassador for Healthier Generation, an organization dedicated to educating students on healthy nutritional habits and living out healthy lives. AJ is also a Youth Advisory Board member for Buddy Project, an organization that aims to prevent suicide and self-harm by pairing teens with buddies and raising awareness for mental health. Finally, AJ dedicates time to volunteer at Camp Patterson, a summer camp for children who are disabled or have special needs. 
AJ is currently applying to schools and is interested in the areas of Social Work and Marketing/Communications with a strong emphasis on non-profit organizations. Congratulations AJ!

Sean Dennelly

At this Wednesday's meeting, we recognized the February Rotary Student of the Month for Jackson High School. 
The theme for our Student of the Month for February is "Musical Excellence."  At yesterday's meeting, we recognized Sean Dennelly as our Student of the Month from Jackson High School.  Sean leads the cello section of Jackson's 16-member symphony ensemble.  Sean has had a huge impact on the ensemble, which is now in its second year, and has been described as the glue that brings the ensemble sections together. Talk about making a difference in a short period of time - this is Sean's first year at Jackson High School!  He is a senior who moved here from the Chicago area.    Sean plans to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering and to work for Boeing in the future..  Congratulations Sean!
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