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September High School Students of the Month

September High School Students of the Month

Posted on 10/31/2018


Edmonds Heights K-12

Student Name: Reed Riker

Mother’s Name: Jennifer Riker

Father’s name: Van Riker

GPA: 3.75

Clubs & Activities: Ultimate Frisbee, Guitar

Athletics: Ultimate Frisbee is my favorite but I’ll play anything involving physical activity!

Honors: School of Rock All Star

Community Service: This is a good wake up call for me … thanks ;). I’ve done work at wilderness and music camps over the past few summers, and my main gift to the community is that I’m always trying to make everyone’s days around me better.

Significant School Project: I went to Imagine Tomorrow at WSU my freshman year and I’m looking forward to my diploma this year!

Current Employment: AMC Oak Tree 6 in Seattle

Future Educational Goals: Business Major, Music Minor from a four-year college … perhaps Western (Washington State University)?

Future Career Goals: Part-time musician; figuring out the rest!

Anything else we should know? Talk to me about music anytime!


Student Name: Ayame Strothers

Mother’s Name: Crystal Hilliard

Father’s Name: Xhavar Strothers

GPA: 3.86

Community Service: Park clean up

Future Educational Goals: Double majoring in film and English

Future Career Goals: A writer for films and television

Anything else we should know? I was a pre-professional dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet for nine years but I’ve been dancing for a total of 14 years.


Edmonds-Woodway High

Student Name: James Gamboa

GPA: 3.72

Clubs & Activities: Principal Viola in the Philharmonic Orchestra, ASB, Tri-M Music Honors Society officer, National Honors Society, and Church Youth Choir

ASB: Executive Board-Publicity Officer

Honors: Full-International Baccalaureate Student

Future Educational Goals: Focusing on earning a BA in English and a Masters in Teaching in college.

Future Career Goals: Hoping to be an English teacher at the high school level


Student Name: Elizabeth Perenchio
Mother’s Name: Jennifer Perenchio
Father’s Name: Jim Perenchio
GPA: 3.94
Clubs & Activities: DECA – Placed 2nd in Area 2 Competition 2018 and have been a State Competitor for the past two years (Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making)
ASB: Involved for the past three years; Sophomore Class Appointed Officer; Junior Class Secretary; ASB Executive Secretary

Athletics: Volleyball - Captain of Varsity Volleyball 2018; Played on Varsity two years and JV two years; was also a captain for JV Volleyball; club volleyball (for All Out) for the past five years; tennis for two years

Honors: Member of the National Honor Society since 2016

Community Service: Volunteer Volleyball Coach for Edmond’s Boys and Girls Club in third & fourth grade league. I absolutely love sharing my passion and watching the girls on my team improve and fall in love with the game!

Significant School Project: Full IB Diploma Candidate; Taking six International Baccalaureate classes, and fulfilling the other requirements to receive and International Diploma: Theory of Knowledge (TOK) for 0 period, 4,000 word Extended Essay, 150 CAS (Creativity Action Service) Hours

Current Employment: Employee at Gravity Bar in Edmonds

Future Educational Goals: To attend college and study business, leading to an MBA

Anything else we should know? I’d like to thank my amazing parents and all my past and current teachers for shaping me into the person I am today! Another subject I’m passionate about is marine biology. I am a huge advocate for environmental awareness, especially ocean conservation efforts. The topic for my 4,000 word IB extended essay was the effects of sunscreen pollution of coral, and I hope to continue to do my part in order to make a difference to future generations.


Lynnwood High School

Student Name: Connor Bjornson

Mother’s Name: Shannon Bjornson

Father’s Name: Duane Bjornson

GPA: 3.53

Clubs & Activities: ASB President, Sports Medicine Club

ASB: President

Athletics: Swim, Track & Field

Honors: Varsity Track Team Captain, Honor Roll, First Team All-Wesco Javelin

Awards: Seventh place in State Javelin, 2018

Future Educational Goals: To attend a four-year university, where I will major in Kinesiology and minor in business

Future Career Goals: To work at a sports rehabilitation facility


Student Name: Madison Ryan

Mother’s Name: Heather Ryan

Father’s Name: Jim Ryan

GPA: 3.94

Clubs & Activities: Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Youth Group  

Athletics: Varsity Softball

Honors: Honors Geometry, Honors Chemistry, AP European History, Biotechnology, AP Calculus AB, AP Biology.

Awards: Instrumentalist Magazine Merit Award, Athletic Letter Award, Most Improved for Varsity Softball, Most Inspirational for Varsity Softball, Athlete of the month

Community Service: Assistant Softball Coach, Volunteer Children’s Teacher at Church

Current Employment: Papa Murphy’s shift lead

Future Educational Goals: Higher education in biological science

Future Career Goals: To work in a science lab

Meadowdale High
Student's Name: Katelynne Best

Student's Name: Gabriel Marshall

Mountlake Terrace High

Student's Name: Dora Burbank

Student's Name: Marianne Nacanaynay

Project SEARCH

Student’s Name: Matthew Mason
Mother’s Name: Teresa Mason
Father’s Name: Andy Mason
Clubs & Activities: Volunteering at the hospital
Athletics: Basketball and soccer
Community Service: Volunteering in Swedish
Significant School Project: Attending Project SEARCH
Future Career Goals: I want to work at a restaurant dishwashing and prep cooking
Anything else we should know?: I am developing a process for checking fire extinguishers, exit lights, and fire doors by creating maps