Who’s News

June 21, 2011

By Staff

Marlena Norwood accepted to UC Berkeley summer program

Eastside Catholic High School junior Marlena Norwood was accepted into the National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine and Health Care at University of California, Berkeley.

In the 10-day conference, students will witness how to suture and perform a craniotomy demonstration, practice drilling into model skulls, participate in simulated clinical rounds and determine the identity of mystery “outbreak” diseases. They’ll also visit with physicians and researchers.

King County Library System Foundation hires Cindy Sharek

Cindy Sharek has joined the King County Library System Foundation as director of Major Gifts.

Previously, Sharek worked at Elder and Adult Day Services, Providence Health and Services, and David Evans and Associates.

She is a community volunteer with the city of Bellevue’s Network on Aging, Wesley Home’s Quality First Community Outreach Team and Clark Elementary School PTA.

A graduate of Oregon State University, Sharek and her family live in Preston.

Pomegranate Center wins Smart Communities award

Pomegranate Center, of Issaquah, has won a Smart Communities award for creating livable communities in Washington state.

Gov. Chris Gregoire gave the award for the center’s Washington Park Gathering Place project in Walla Walla.

Issaquah senior wins Oil Can Henry’s scholarship

Caitlyn Chaffin, from Issaquah High School, won a $1,000 scholarship from the Issaquah Oil Can Henry’s as part of the company’s national program honoring graduating high school students.

The 88 national scholarship winners were selected on the basis of academic record, leadership, participation in school and community activities, work experience and an essay submission. The 300-word essays focused on the topic “what trust means to me.”

Firefighters association awards scholarships to local seniors

The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2878, representing Eastside Fire & Rescue, recently awarded scholarships to the following high school seniors:

  • Mackenzie Bauer — Issaquah High School
  • Theodora Staikos — Skyline High School
  • Ashley Brenna — Liberty High School

Curves food drive tops 1,300 pounds of donations

The 2011 Curves Annual Food Drive brought in 1,364 pounds of food in Issaquah, which will benefit the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

Olivia Verhagen receives $5,000 community service award

In May, the Rotary Club of Sammamish awarded Olivia Verhagen, of Skyline High School, a $5,000 award for community service and academic excellence.

Verhagen will use her scholarship toward earning a degree in nursing at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland.

As a part of her passion to help people in need, Verhagen volunteered to spend 48 hours living in a box on the streets of Seattle to see life from the perspective of the homeless.

Friends of Youth names two to board of directors

Friends of Youth has announced two additions to the youth service agency’s board of directors — John Benson and Merisa Heu-Weller.

Benson is a senior deployment manager for Microsoft and has volunteered for many years on the agency’s Ad Hoc IT Committee.

Heu-Weller is an attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine where her practice focuses on employment issues. She has provided pro bono legal support for the agency.

Friends of Youth is a nonprofit agency that provides a complete portfolio of shelter, housing, counseling and prevention services for young people and their families in King and Snohomish counties.

Jessica Bowen wins $6,000 Siemens Merit Scholarship

Jessica Bowen, of Issaquah, has won the Siemens Merit Scholarship.

She is one of 60 students in 18 states who won the scholarship, which provides each student with $6,000 for tuition during their college years, given in installments of $1,500 per academic year.

The Siemens Merit Scholarship is an award given to children of Siemens U.S. employees. Recipients were chosen based on high scores on the PSAT as well as academic record, activities, contribution to the community, school recommendation and an essay about personal characteristics, plans and goals.

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