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January High School Students of the Month - 2018

January High School Students of the Month

Posted on 02/09/2018

Each month, our high school programs select students to be recognized for their accomplishments and achievements. Information about each student is included below.

Congratulations, to these 15 students!


Edmonds eLearning Academy

Student Name: Dorea Oulmi

Mother’s Name: Nesrine Oulmi

Father’s Name: Farid Oulmi

Interests: I enjoy reading and writing, computer science, and studying astronomy. I like traveling to other countries to pick up on new languages and exposing myself to different cultures.

Community Service/Work: When not at school, I work as an executive assistant and as an HR assistant.

Future Education Goals: I’m going to study government/political science, law, as well as business management/business law.

Future Career Goals: I’d like to pursue a career in business law, as well as invest in the stock market or work in journalism.

Anything else you want us to know? I’m going to be going to Madagascar over the summer and volunteer to help clean up the ocean waters, monitor the biodiversity, health and growth of the reef system surrounding Nosy Komba. I will also be attending the International University in Monaco next fall.


Edmonds Heights K-12


Student Name: Alijah Benbrook
Mother’s name: Sarah Glover
Father’s name: Michael Benbrook
GPA: 3.6
Clubs & Activities: ASB
Community Service: Volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium
Current Employment: Pacific Science Center
Future Educational Goals: Continuing with the path I’ve been working on so far in a running start with the end goal of a double major in a marine science related degree and photography.
Future Career Goals: Underwater photography would be the dream job, but I also really love working in informal education and getting to teach people about the ocean.


Student name: Sierra Johnson

Mother’s name: Laura Johnson

Father’s name: Joshua Johnson

GPA: 3.5

Clubs & Activities: President of Edmonds Heights Thespian troupe

Athletics: Dance

Community Service: Civically engaged in local government and activism.

Significant School Project: Assisted in re-organizing the theater’s costume department.

Current Employment: Awesome babysitter

Future Educational Goals: Masters of Education, University of Washington

Future Career Goals: To become an elementary school teacher, after pursuing a career in the arts

Anything else we should know? Sierra has absolutely loved her time at Edmonds Heights. The creativity and flexibility that the program provides has prepared her in ways that a traditional educational setting could not. The love and support of the EH community has been instrumental to Sierra growing into the young adult she is today.


Edmonds Woodway High


Student Name: Samantha Hardan

Mother’s Name: Rhonda Hardan

Father’s Name: Dan Hardan

GPA: 3.7

Clubs & Activities: DECA; Bird Watching Club; President of Puzzle Club; Save Our Shorelines; Science Club

ASB: Executive Secretary

Athletics: Varsity Volleyball all four years; Space Needle Volleyball Foundation for seven years.

Honors: Second Team All Wesco AAA for Volleyball; Athlete of the Week

Anything else we should know? I am a full International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate


Student Name: Nebee Yohannes

Mother’s name: Almaz Godofy

Father’s name: Yohannes Yohannes

Clubs & Activities: Jazz Ensemble 1, Mellow-Aires, Wind Ensemble, Pep band (drum major), National Honors Society, Tri-M Music Honors Society (president), Link Crew Leader

Honors: Participant of the 2018 WMEA All-State Jazz Choir (playing piano)

Awards: Music Student of the Month for December

Community Service: Summer Music School

Significant School Project: 4,000-word IB Extended Essay on Miles Davis

Future Educational Goals: Nebee hopes to attend either UBC or UW Seattle and study medicine.

Anything else we should know? Full IB diploma candidate. Was a part of the EWHS Jazz Ensemble I that was recognized as a finalist in the 2017 Essentially Ellington competition in New York City.


Lynnwood High


Student name: Dillon Mathews

Mother’s name: Alison Mathews

Father’s name: Tim Mathews

GPA: 3.645

Clubs & Activities: Tri-M, Keyclub, Jazz band

Athletics: Soccer

Awards: Honor roll

Community Service: Key club, Tri-M

Significant School Project: Lynnwood Food Drive

Future Educational Goals: College

Future Career Goals: Business owner


Student name: Wendy Vu

Mother’s Name: Quyen Tran

Father’s name: Nam Vu

GPA: 4.0

Clubs & Activities: Hi-Q, Key Club, Swim, Link Crew, InterAct

Athletics: Swim

Honors: Swim Captain

Community Service: Key Club

Future Educational Goals: A short term goal is definitely getting into a good university, fingers crossed for UW!

Future Career Goals: I am still currently deciding what I want to do with my life.


Meadowdale High School


Student Name: Matthew Johnson

Mother’'s name: Sherri Woods

Father’s name: Mark Johnson

GPA: 3.8

Clubs & Activities: Bassist in Orchestra, Link Leader Stream Team, National Honor Society Member

Athletics: Football, Track

Honors: Captain of the Football Team; Link Leader

Awards: Rotary Student of the Month; Student of the Quarter; Second Team All WESCO Middle Linebacker

Community Service: Link Leader; volunteer for Meadowdale Summer Camps; Feeding the Homeless in Seattle through Operation Night Watch.

Future Educational Goals: To attend a four-year university

Future Career Goals: To utilize my business and marketing degree to work somewhere where I can manage and contribute to large scale businesses and projects.


Student Name: Camille Gates

Mother’s Name: Clare Gates

Father’s Name: Andy Gates

GPA: 4.0

Clubs & Activities: Link club, Hi-Q, and National Honor Society

Honors: Link leader of the month, and Junior Rotary Student of the Month

Community Service: Peer tutor and volunteer at Boyer’s Children Clinic

Future Educational Goals: To attend a four-year university and, hopefully, be a part of their engineering program.


Mountlake Terrace High


Student name: Samantha Garcia Perez

Mother’s name: Maria Garcia

Father’s name: Domingo Garcia

GPA: 3.7

Clubs & Activities: Teens against tobacco use, key club, link crew, Latino student union (Leader), Iatrix 21, UW Young Executives of color program, National honors society, STEM program

ASB: ASB executive secretary as a junior and senior.

Athletics: Volleyball, freshman and sophomore years.

Awards: Alderwood Terrace Rotary Student of the month

Community Service: Volunteer at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, volunteer for Edmonds Special Olympics

Significant School Project: I am in the STEM program at my school. As a senior, I have the opportunity of conducting an experiment that tests the effects of increasing mental health literacy in adolescents. I will teach a two day lecture to four health classes at my school where I will present on the stigma of mental illnesses, understating mental health and illnesses, the treatments and resources, how to help others and how to optimize good mental health. I will then test and analyze what the participants know before and after my presentation and see how their view around mental disorders and mental health change. My project and its findings will be presented at various Washington state science fairs.

Current Employment: Target Team Member, junior and senior years

Future Educational Goals: To study biology at a four-year university (dream school is UC Berkeley).

Future Career Goals: To work as a pediatrician

Anything else we should know? Thank you!!


Student Name: Ethan Pyke

Mother’s Name: Kathy Pyke

Father’s Name: Gordon Pyke

GPA: 3.957

Clubs & Activities: National Honor Society member, 2016-present; Jazz Ensemble 1 2014-present; Trombone Section Leader 2016-present; MTHS Pep Band 2014 - Present, and Band Council Leader 2016.

Honors: I was named First Trombone in the 2018 WMEA All-State Jazz Band and am part of the MTHS Jazz Band 1 that has made it to Essentially Ellington and won “Honorable Mention: Outstanding Brass” in 2017 and performed in “Hot Java Cool Jazz” every year.

Awards: AP Scholar with Distinction 2017; Director’s Award 2016-17; and Jazz Ensemble 1: Most Improved 2014-15.

Community Service: I have volunteered at the ESD Summer Music School 2017; Mountlake Terrace Middle School STEM Camp 2016; and have occasionally gone to the local middle schools to help the kids there.

Significant School Project: I am currently working on a project with two partners to create innovative algorithms and a device to detect and measure veins to help guide an intravenous catheter.

Future Educational Goals: After I graduate, I hope to attend a  four-year university and obtain a major in Computer Science while also continuing my passion for music.

Future Career Goals: I hope to eventually obtain a career as a computer programmer at a major technology company.


Project SEARCH


Student Name: Bobby Anderson

Mother’s Name: Linda

Father’s Name: Bob

Community Service: Volunteer, Swedish Edmonds Hospital

Significant School Project: I work on on the fifth floor at Swedish/Edmonds Medical Center cleaning, making coffee for patients and staff, and help out when needed.

Future Educational Goals: I would like to graduate Project SEARCH with a paid job.

Future Career Goals: I would like to work at Fred Meyer stocking shelves, facing the shelves, sweeping the floors full time.

Anything else we should know? I like to play the drums.


Scriber Lake High


Student Name: Onnalissa Dixon

Mother’s Name: Mistie Cordova

Father’s Name: Eddie Dixon

Awards: Resiliency award

Future Educational Goals: Lassen Community College, then transfer to a four-year college.

Future Career Goals: I hope to one day work as a social worker


Student Name: Jesus Arteaga

Mother’s name: Maria Arteaga

Father’s Name: Julio Dominguez (little brother's father)

Significant School Project: Proud author of Scriber Lake high school’s book “This is a Movement”

Future Educational Goals: To study psychology and music in college

Future Career Goals: Psychologist


VOICE Transition Program


Student Name: Arne Magpoc

Mother’s name: Lourdes Magpoc

Father’s Name: Tomas Magpoc

Clubs & Activities: Special Olympics

Athletics: Basketball, bowling and soccer.

Current Employment: Lynnwood Recreation Center

Future Educational Goals: To graduate from the VOICE transition program.

Future Career Goals: Lynnwood Recreation Center sweeping and cleaning!

Anything else we should know? Arne is a hardworking student and employee! He loves Special Olympics and participating in group sports and activities.