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October High School Students of the Month 2019

October High School Students of the Month

Posted on 10/29/2019

Edmonds eLearning Academy
Student Name: Alan Nazarov
Mother’s Name: Elvira Nazarova
Father’s Name: Feruz Nazarov
Interests: Probably everyone knows that I love to split firewood, but other than that I like to spend lots of energy whenever I am not sick. I like to play sports for fun, do swimming, be outdoors, etc. Doing coursework is also fun in a room at room-temperature.
Community Service: Haven’t done any yet, perhaps will in a couple of years.
Education Goals: Finish High School with a 4.0 GPA and be able to store all of the education in long-term memory.
Career Goals: Get a degree in a field of science or engineering and build my own house.
Anything else you want us to know? Time is of the essence ... it never stops moving. Let’s make it work good!

Edmonds Heights K-12
Student Name: Anson Nash
Mother’s Name: Janet Nash
Father’s Name: Ken Nash
GPA: 4.0
Clubs & Activities: Olympic Ballet School and Theatre – nine years; The Nutcracker and other ballets, dancer/performer for nine years; lead male dance roles in Olympic Ballet productions such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, dancing with professional dancers for three years; German language school – four years; I spent 2018-19 on a German exchange program with Meadowdale High School and Kassel Germany, first hosting a German exchange student and then traveling to Germany as an exchange student. I took German for three years and achieved German honors. I’m the founder of Coastal Resolution Project; a C.O.A.S.S.T volunteer at the University of Washington every year during high school. Speaker and workshop presenter at the 2017 Sandhill Crane Festival.
Athletics: Eleven years in ballet; baseball; swimming.
Honors: Honor Society – Meadowdale High; Third place state finish in the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) ballet competition; outstanding Student of the Month – German 3, Meadowdale High.
Awards: In 2015, I earned third place in the Youth American Grand Prix ballet competition.
Community Service: Olympic Ballet volunteer for younger boys classes and theatre stage prop help.
Significant School Project: The Coastal Resolution Project. I am the founder and director of a formal, active website that I designed. I manage other media outreach venues including personal interviews with native tribes and native tribal youth councils and other environmental leaders both locally and internationally. I have met with leaders in Olympia and other non-profit groups to discuss clean water issues, dams and salmon, and other concerns affecting our area, including Orca whales and the ocean.
Educational Goals: To study sustainable landscape management and horticulture.
Career Goals: Sustainable landscape and the environment, ocean awareness.
Anything else we should know? I have become very active in many areas concerning the environment and the climate crisis, including organizing beach clean-ups and meeting with native tribes, non-profit environmental groups and officials in Olympia to discuss issues and concerns and I continue to be active as the Founder of the Coastal Resolution Project. I also manage the website and a volunteer staff.

Student Name: Skylar Vayda
Mother’s Name: Betsy Czark
Father’s Name: Reyn Vayda
GPA: 3.9
Clubs & Activities: Musical theater; play production; vice president of EHPA Thespian Society; member of the Theatre Advisory Committee.
Honors: Honors in Spanish language, national thespian honors.
Awards: Outstanding Cast Member, Most Supportive Cast Member.
Community Service: Fundraising for theater and other school trips and projects.
Educational Goals: To earn a double major in political science and acting.
Career Goals: Legislator, and later, Congresswoman.
Anything else we should know? I was the Student Ambassador for the 2019 Europe Trip.

Edmonds-Woodway High
Student Name: Unathi Machyo
Mother’s Name: Rose Gatobu
Father’s Name: Collins Machyo
Clubs & Activities: Jazz band, Wind Symphony, Mello-Aires Jazz Choir, Black Student Union.
Honors: National Honor Society Member, Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Awards: 2017, 2018 Lionel Hampton Vocal Jazz finalist.
Significant School Project: I am a full IB diploma candidate.
Future Educational Goals: I plan to attend college, a four-year institution!

Student Name: Andrew Rutz
Mother’s Name: Dawn Rutz
Father’s Name: Daniel Rutz
GPA: 3.94
Clubs & Activities: I’ve participated in jazz band all four years and wind symphony for two.
Athletics: I’ve been on the swim and dive team each year, pole vault in track and field for two and varsity tennis for a year.
Honors: IB Spanish 4, IB Math HL, IB Advanced Physics.
Awards: National Honors Society; outstanding soloist award at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival; MVP for swim.
Community Service: I am a partner for Special Olympics soccer, student leader at Younglife.
Current Employment: Swim Instructor at the YMCA.
Future Educational Goals: To learn more about mathematics and science by studying engineering.
Future Career Goals: I would love to become an astronaut.
Anything else we should know? In the summers I am a performer in the Wenatchee youth circus as a high wire walker and a catcher on the flying trapeze.
I spent six weeks of my summer in Peru on a missions trip. Also, I am a part-time IB and running-start student.

Lynnwood High
Student Name: Cami Quinton
Mother’s Name: Lisa Quinton
Father’s Name: Robert Quinton
GPA: 4.0
Clubs & Activities: ASB, Tri-M, Pep Band, National Honor Society, Interact.
ASB: ASB Executive Treasurer 2019-2020, Class Office Secretary 2018-2019.
Honors: All honors and AP classes throughout high school.
Awards: Musicianship Award, 2017; Musical Leadership Award, 2019.
Community Service: Volunteering through Interact such as the Giving Tree and helping at the Kids in Transition Auction. Volunteering through my church with things such as yard work. Volunteering through Tri-M with the food drive and the blood drive, making Blessing Bags with my family, tutoring through NHS.
Current Employment: I babysit regularly.
Future Educational Goals: To attend a four-year university.
Future Career Goals: I’m not completely sure what I want to do as a future career but I have considered going into teaching or counseling.

Student Name: Musa Camara
Mother’s Name: Khaddijatou Touray
Father’s Name: Karamba Camara
GPA: 4.0
Clubs & Activities: Key Club.
Athletics: Cross country and track every year of middle and high school.
Honors: I have taken honors and AP classes throughout my high school career. I’ve taken European History, U.S. History, and Computer Science advanced placement classes. I am currently enrolled in AP Physics, AP Calculus AB, AP Government and Politics, and AP Literature.
Awards: Cross country and track letter awards, and the Principals GPA Award.
Community Service: Key Club community service.
Significant School Project: Making a painting of Malcolm X that was entered into the Edmonds Art Festival.
Future Educational Goals: To go to college right after high school and work for The Boeing Co.
Future Career Goals: To become a mechatronics engineer.
Anything else we should know? I like to do art on my free time.

Meadowdale High
Student Name: Taylor Diaz
Mother’s Name: Jennifer Diaz
Father’s Name: Brent Diaz
GPA: 2.53
Clubs & Activities: Drama.
Honors: I’m currently in Honors Pre-Calculus
Awards: Awards for drama.
Community Service: Volunteering at drama and school events.
Educational Goals: To be accepted into Washington State University, then get a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design.
Career Goals: To become a real estate agent and stage houses!

Student Name: Raajii Sarka
Clubs & Activities: BSU
Athletics: Basketball.
Awards: Student of the Quarter.

Mountlake Terrace High
Student Name: Issa Moffet
Mother’s Name: Joann Moffet
GPA: 3.86
Clubs & Activities: Eco club.
Athletics: Track and field.
Current Employment: Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Future Career Goals: Firefighter!

Student Name: Alec Raring
Mother’s Name: Lisa Hiruki-Raring
Father’s Name: Nate Raring
GPA: 4.0
Clubs & Activities: Jazz Ensemble 1, Cascade Youth Symphony.
Athletics: Cross-country, track.
Honors: National Honor Society.
Awards: AP Scholar with Honor; All-Northwest Orchestra 2017; All-State Orchestra 2018
Community Service: 40+ hours of tutoring at MTHS, ~10 hours of trail maintenance work, ~5 hours of various NHS goods drives.
Significant School Project: A significant school project I am working on is my senior STEM project, which is focusing on finding new ways to effectively shield against particle radiation.
Current Employment: AGC Biologics Manufacturing Intern.
Educational Goals: My educational goals include getting a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and/or physics. I am also considering majoring or minoring in engineering instead of, or in addition to chemistry and physics. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I will attend graduate school to get my master’s degree.
Career Goals: My career goals are to work somewhere in the space industry. I am currently pursuing the path of becoming an astronaut, but other possible careers I have considered include planetary science, space physiology, and rocket engine design/astronautical engineering. If none of those pan out for me, I really love chemistry/physics and would be happy with a career anywhere in those fields.

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Student Name: Nikki Ibler
Mother’s Name: Theresa
Father’s Name: Gerald
Clubs & Activities: Special Olympics bowling, basketball, and softball.
Awards: I just earned a bronze medal in bowling.
Community Service: I volunteer at the Swedish Edmonds Campus.
Current Employment: I am a volunteer intern in the gift shop.
Educational Goals: I would like to attend Edmonds Community College someday.
Career Goals: I would like to work at the 5th Avenue Theatre.
Anything else we should know? I am funny and like to make friends. I like to play the guitar and the drums. I really like to watch Don Rickles, the famous comedian.

Scriber Lake High
Student’s Name: Daphne Murr
Mother’s name: Jessica Burnett
Father’s Name: Lawrence Murr
GPA: 3.649
Clubs & Activities: Bad Movies Club.
Future Educational Goals: To attend a culinary arts or art school, police academy.

Student Name: Kevin Lara-Flores
Mother’s Name: Maria Flores
Father’s Name: Juan Jose Lara
Clubs & Activities: Scriber Lake Life Skills Program.
Future Career Goals: Kevin will graduate this June and will work with a Supported Employment Agency to help with his post-secondary employment goals.

Student Name: Aliah Holsy
Athletics: Unified Special Olympics Athlete: Bowling, Basketball and Soccer.
Community Service: I have successfully completed student internships at Harbor Square, Value Village and MLT Pavilion.
Significant School Project: I am currently completing my 2nd internship at Value Village.
Future Career Goals: I would love to work at Value Village. I really enjoy sorting the hangers and finding the matching shoes.
Anything else we should know? I have worked hard during my time at the VOICE transition program.