Rotary Club of Issaquah honors students of the month

January 17, 2012

By Staff

The Rotary Club of Issaquah honored the following seniors as its students of the month for December.

Cortez Ethridge

Cortez Ethridge

School: Tiger Mountain Community High School

Category of recognition: arts

Parents: Nida and Brad Ethridge

Sponsoring teacher: Lane Helgeson

Scholastic achievements: student representative for TMCHS at Issaquah School District Board meetings

Activities: lettered in music at Issaquah High School, drama — “Fiddler on the Roof” (rabbi)

Scholastic interests: bass in IHS choir, Running Start Program at Bellevue College

Hobbies: singing, acting, guitar

Outside school affiliations: Gay Straight Alliance; Lambert House; Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network; Bi, Gay, Lesbian Adolescent Drop-In; teenage drop-in center in Redmond

Future goals: Western Washington University for music and gay/lesbian studies; American Cultural Studies

Occupation/career: teach sexual sociology or sing opera

Audrey Johnson

Audrey Johnson

School: Tiger Mountain Community High School

Category of recognition: art

Parent/guardian: Margie Doty

Sponsoring teacher: Lane Helgeson

Scholastic achievements: Career and Technical Education Student of the Year for 2010 and 2011

Activities: assist with new Tiger library

Scholastic interests: knitting club, yearbook, working in library, advertisements for fundraisers

Hobbies: photography, writing, art (sketching, painting)

Outside school affiliations: volunteering with Seattle’s Banked Track Roller Derby Team

Future goals: attend Northwest College of Art and Design, majoring in photography and graphic design

Occupation/career: graphic designer

Carlie Mantel

Carlie Mantel

School: Liberty High School

Category of recognition: art

Parents: David and Connie

Scholastic achievements: 3.9 grade point average

Athletic honors: swim and dive team for four years, varsity swimmer for past three; participated in the Mukilteo Invitational and KingCo events, both of which have a time standard for races; voted most inspirational, sophomore year

Activities: piano lessons since first grade, yearly recitals and theory tests

Scholastic interests: likes all her classes, but favorites are math, science and art

Hobbies: drawing, swimming and playing piano; joined newly formed Robotics Club this year and served as an officer (secretary)

Outside school affiliations: member of Campfire USA and participated in various volunteer work throughout the year

Future education goals: go to college in state (have applied to University of Washington, Washington State University, Gonzaga and Whitman); have not decided on a major, but probably science related

Occupation/career: some sort of scientific research, but hasn’t decided which field yet

Brian Ruggles

Brian Ruggles

School: Issaquah High School

Category of recognition: foreign language

Parents: Kevin and Sandy Ruggles

Sponsoring teacher: Rebecca Nick

Scholastic achievements: 3.8 grade point average; 2070 SAT;    4 on Advanced Placement Spanish test; IHS Pride and Recognition Award (three years)

Athletics: third and fifth places individually at state swimming championships; IHS swim team captain; coach’s award; most valuable swimmer award

Activities: created the new outreach chairman position for Issaquah Youth Advisory Board to help increase attendance at events

Scholastic interests: physics, Spanish

Hobbies: building custom K’nex rollercoasters (won a worldwide contest); magic card tricks (in Spanish); swimming; speed cubing Rubik’s cubes (23 seconds)

Outside school affiliations: IYAB; Bellevue Club Swim Team (three years)

Future goals: engineering degree with a minor in Spanish

Occupation/career: engineer post college; presently a math tutor, private swim lesson instructor and a lifeguard

Amber Turnidge

Amber Turnidge

School: Liberty High School

Category of recognition: foreign language

Parents: Louise and Alan Turnidge

Sponsoring teacher: Michael Hansenflack

Scholastic achievements: five years of Spanish, one year of French, 3.9 grade point average

Athletic honors: third-year member and co-captain of Drill Team

Activities: first in state for DECA presentation, Associated Student Body senior class treasurer

Scholastic interests: Honor Society, LINK Crew

Hobbies: snowboarding, skiing, singing, friends and family

Outside school affiliations: volunteering at Northwest Harvest, worked at Nordstrom past two years

Future education goals: attend a four-year university, major in business and minor in Spanish

Occupation: job in the international business sector

Jeff Weng

Jeff Weng

School: Issaquah High School

Category of recognition: art

Parents: Jean and Lee Weng

Sponsoring teacher: Karin Walen

Scholastic achievements: National Honor Society, top 10 percent in graduating class, honor roll

Athletics: varsity tennis, Most Improved 2011/Varsity Tennis, participated in 3A District Tennis Tournament

Activities: patent pending for solar panel invention, designed and built a solar car 2010-11

Scholastic interests: physics, sciences, tutoring physics

Hobbies: wood turner, woodwork, painter, carver, making various trinkets

Outside school affiliations: robotics, commissioned painter, founder of the Ukulele Club, martial arts, Boy Scouts

Future goals: engineering university such as MIT, Carnegie Mellon, etc.

Occupation/career: engineer/innovator

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