Edmonds School District High School Students of the Month for January 2022


Edmonds eLearning Academy

AAndrew Gifford

Interests: I like to write and I play the guitar.

Community service: I help in the children’s wing at the church.

Educational objectives: Learn to write screenplays for television and cinema.

Career Goals: It would be fun to write a screenplay for a movie one day, but I’m not sure of my career goals yet.

Edmonds Heights K-12

isaac wright

Parents names: Danica Wright and Rick Wright

Anwen Fillmore

Edmonds Woodway High

Mihin Wijayasundara

Parents names: Wasanthi and Mahima Wijayasundara

GPA: 3.99

Clubs and activities: soccer, athletics, piano and viola

Athletics: Club Soccer for Seattle United B03/04 ECRL, EWHS College Sprinter (Athletics)

Honors: National Honor Society at EWHS; current conductor of the viola section of the EWHS Philharmonic Orchestra; college sprinter for EWHS; Grade 6 & 8 Edmonds Honor Orchestra

Awards: Royal Conservatory Piano Theorist Level 5, American Guild of Music Exams – Piano Level IB, Washington State Cup Soccer Finalist – Washington Rush (2017), Farwest Regionals Soccer Quarter Finalist – Washington Rush (2018), Washington State Soccer Cup Finalist – Seattle United Copa (2020), State Medalist in 4×100 Meter Relay – Edmonds Woodway High School Varsity Track, 2019 Freshman Championships 100 Meter Winner – Edmonds-Woodway High School , runner-up at the 2019 200-meter freshman championships; Edmonds-Woodway High School, second fastest freshman ever in the 200 meters, Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Community Service: EWHS Link Crew leader since junior year, environmentalist club treasurer at EWHS

Important school project: in-depth essay on divorce and its effects on children and adolescents; TOK essay on whether knowledge can be culture-independent.

Educational Goals: Go to a four-year college for pre-med before going to medical school.

Career goals: Something in medicine. I am currently interested in psychiatry.

Anything else we should know? : I firmly believe that to get better at anything, you have to fail over and over again. Albert Einstein encompasses this idea with the quote “Failure is ongoing success.” I also strongly believe in a quote from Tim Notke that says “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”. These are the two principles that I carry with me wherever I go and I think they are what allow me to push myself to be the best.

Lok Ting Wu

Parents’ names: Chui Wa Yeung and Man Kwok Wu

Lynnwood High School

Jenna Miller

Parents names: Annette Miller and Craig Miller

GPA: 3.99

Clubs & Activities: Tri-M

Athletics: cross-country and track

Educational Goals: My future educational goals are to go to a four-year college and enroll in a law program.

Career goals: I want to study environmental justice and fight to keep our earth clean.

Aaron McIntosh

Parents names: Lisa and Lance McIntosh

GPA: 3.8

Clubs and Activities: LHS Drumline Section Chief

Athletics: baseball

Honors: Advanced Placement Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculation

Awards: Musician of the Year

Community service: I help a classmate with AP Calculus

Career goals: Architect

Anything else we should know? Graduation is on my birthday, June 17

Meadowdale Top

Ella Ray

Parents names: Juliann and Kyle Ray

GPA: 3.99

Clubs and Activities: I am a member of the Gen Z Activism Club, Hi-Q Team, and Book Club. I’m also vice president of the National Honors Society and leader of LINK.

ASB: Three years – Senator ASB, one year – Treasurer ASB

Athletics: College volleyball captain and college tennis player

Honours: I took all the courses with honors and 9 AP courses of which AP Bio and AP Lang were my favorites

Awards: EPIC Magazine – Honorable Mention and Publication, Western Conference – All Wesco 2A/3A Conference Volleyball Honorable Mention, Boys and Girls Clubs of America – Youth of the Year Nomination, Meadowdale High School Superlatives – More likely to be president

Community Service: I am a volunteer English tutor for the Refugee Resettlement Team through my church.

Important school project: I helped plan last year’s prom and this year’s homecoming, as well as filming a video about social norms surrounding drug addiction on the campus to show in class.

Current job: Boys and Girls Club employee

Educational goals: I hope to attend the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill or Boston College to study nursing.

Career Goals: Neonatal or palliative care nurse, or nurse practitioner.

Anything else we should know? I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, painting, writing and playing the piano.

Aidan Reeve Parker

Parents’ names: Jennifer McLaughlin and Simon Reeve-Parker

GPA: 3.67

Clubs & Activities: Tennis captain

Athletics: Meadowdale High School junior varsity and varsity tennis

Awards: Multiple Neighborhood Student and Presidential Education Award.

Community Service: Sierra Food Bank and Service Project

Educational objectives: to specialize in psychology

Career goals: to become a therapist

Mountlake Terrace High

Ainsley district

Parents names: Rachel and Charlton Ward

GPA: 3.75

Clubs and activities: Creative Writing Club, D&D Club, National Honor Society ASB; Vice-president of the class of 2022

Athletics: college football, college basketball, tennis

Significant school project: Creation of a machine to recover used paper and recycle it into new paper.

Educational goals: to attend medical school

Career goals: to become a doctor

Shalom Abi

Parents names: Yeshi Degif and Agidew Zenebe

GPA: 3.9

Clubs and Activities: CONNECT Crew Co-Chair and National Honor Society Member of Parliament

Athletics: Women’s varsity tennis and manager of the men’s tennis team

Occupation: Intern at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and coach at Forest Crest Tennis Club

Project SEARCH

Schyler Bennett

Parents names: Kara Blanchard and Kory Harp

Awards: Student of the Month – VOICE

Community Service: I volunteer at Swedish-Edmonds Hospital; I did an internship in safety and I am currently an intern in materials management.

Important school project: I am part of the Swedish project Edmonds Project SEARCH.

Educational objectives: I would like to learn to animate.

Career goals: Work for Google or Amazon.

Anything else we should know? I love playing video games, making art and hanging out with friends

Elevated from Scriber Lake

Shams Alsalihi

Mother’s name: Huda Aliedani

Damarion Turner

Parents Names: Shalonda Nesbitt, Derrick Turner

GPA: 3.0

Athletics: Football, basketball

Awards: Principal Award, Good Attendance Award

Community service: equipment supplier for the half-marathon

Current job: I work at McDonald’s

Educational Goals: To graduate from a historically black four-year college or university.

Career Goals: Maintain a job that gives me financial freedom and wealth while doing something I love.

VOICE Transition Program

Marika Stazel

Parents Names: Emiko Stazel ​​and Andrew Stazel

Current job: VOICE Intern at Joann Fabric and Crafts

Educational goals: To continue my good work in VOICE. To apply for the SEARCH project for the next school year.

Career Goals: Obtain paid employment

Anything else we should know? I was an intern at Joann Fabric for a few months of my second year in VOICE. I love being on the VOICE program so far. Not only is it useful but it gets me out of the house


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