Posted by Jeffrey Brennan on Apr 10, 2019

Scholar Athletes

At today's meeting, we recognized three students of the month as outstanding Scholar Athletes.

Luke Riojas

Luke Riojas is our April Student of the Month from  Archbishop Murphy High School.
Luke’s involvement in the athletic program includes his participation in the AMHS football and track team. Over the past four years, his accolades in football include: Varsity football letter 2015, 2016, 2017 seasons, Cascade conference first team linebacker 2016, 2017 seasons, coaches award 2016 season and lastly was elected to be team captain for his senior year 2018 season. A quote from Coach Jensen, “Luke always has a positive attitude and pushes others to improve by modeling great work ethic and selflessness.” Luke also decided to try out track his junior year, earning himself a varsity letter for his first season. Luke has great dedication in whatever he does and always puts his best foot forward when doing so. 
Luke has spent a great deal of his time serving our community. He has volunteered with the worship team at his church, soup kitchens, Wildcat Buddies, Run to Win, Faith in Action, Special Olympics and I Heart Stanwood. 
Luke has been accepted to Redlands University and plans to pursue his desire to become a doctor.  Congratulations Luke!

Iyanla De Jesus

Our Student of the Month from Henry M. Jackson High School is Iyanla De Jesus, shown with Jackson High School principal and Rotarian, Dave Peters. 

Iyanla "Ice" De Jesus (formerly Pennington) is a senior at Henry M. Jackson High School.  She is a 4-year starter and 2-year captain of the softball team, and she was instrumental in helping win the school's first state softball championship last spring.  She was named both the Everett Herald and Seattle Times softball player of the year in 2018.  She led the Jackson High School Timberwolves in pitching with a 0.35 ERA and 282 strikeouts finishing with a 17-1 record.  Ice also led the team in hitting with a .507 batting average that included 9 doubles, 8 home runs, and 28 RBI's.  This year she has her focus set on leading her team to another state title.  Ice threw a perfect game to open the season and threw a 1-hitter with 18 strikeouts vs. another early opponent.  She’s a relentless competitor, a grounded leader, and a genuinely enjoyable person!

Iyanla will be attending Coastal Carolina College located minutes from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  She has received a full-ride softball scholarship, and she plans to study either Sports Exercise Science to become an athletic trainer or Chemistry as a preparation for medical school. 

Congratulations Iyanla!

Aviry Stratton

Our Student of the Month from Sno-Isle TECH is Aviry Stratton, a junior at Glacier Peak High School.

Aviry Stratton is a strong, competitive student who has Varsity Lettered in both Cross Country and Track and Field events at Glacier Peak High School.  She enjoys the sports aspect of her life because it balances out her scholastic achievements, National Honor Society and Outstanding Scholastic Award WIAA 2017 and 2018. Aviry was accepted into the Dental Assisting program last spring at Sno-Isle TECH.  Currently she is working on her internship portion of the program, gaining new knowledge at Penny Creek Family Dentistry in Mill Creek. Her future goals are to continue her education, enter dental school, and then become an orthodontist after the additional two years of education. Aviry knows that it will be close to 10 years before becoming an Orthodontist and she works hard every day towards her dream. Her positive personality and can do attitude will help in achieving her dream. 

Congratulations Aviry!