Rotary Club of Issaquah honors students of the month

February 7, 2012

By Staff

The Rotary Club of Issaquah recently honored the following students for the month of January.

Sierra Hunt

Sierra Hunt

Category of recognition: leadership/citizenship

School: Liberty High School

Grade: 12

Parents: Patty Kubeja/Drew Hunt

Sponsoring teacher: Dan Joslin

Scholastic achievements: 3.8 grade point average; Honor Society (four years); Stephen Decatur Leadership Award; Cadet of the Year in Naval Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps for outstanding dedication; highest possible score on Advanced Placement U.S. History

Activities: NJROTC commanding officer, Patriot Company; inducted International Thespian; sectional leader, wind ensemble; Associated Student Body member

Scholastic interests: AP biology, AP U.S. History and AP Government; Honor Society; Patriot Players, involved in 10 shows; Liberty Wind Ensemble/marching band; NJROTC

Hobbies: acting/singing, hiking, cycling (riding in Seattle to Portland 200-mile race this summer), clarinet, self-taught ukulele player, knitting

Future goals: accepted to Seattle University, Washington State University and the University of Portland; plan to attend University of Washington on a full-ride Army ROTC scholarship; major in nursing

Occupation: obstetrician

Julia Knitter

Julia Knitter

Category of recognition: leadership

School: Issaquah High School

Grade: 12

Parents: Karen and Clifford Knitter

Sponsoring teacher: Tim Baynes

Academic achievements: top 15 percent of class; honor roll

Athletics: KingCo soccer honorable mention, coach’s award, varsity girls soccer captain

Scholastic activities: Senior Class Council representative, Eagle Crew treasurer

Scholastic Interests: history and politics

Hobbies: soccer and reading

Future goals: attending University of Washington or American University

Career: humanitarian aid work

Tiffany Stephens

Tiffany Stephens

Category of recognition: career and technical education

School: Liberty High School

Grade: 11

Parent: Jill Meitzel

Sponsoring teacher: Delores Leber

Scholastic achievements: Honor Society, 2010 to present, 3.89 grade point average, No. 25 of 287 juniors

Activities: VOICE Mentor Program

Hobbies: reading, writing, studying French

Outside school affiliation: Briarwood Elementary School, School-Aged Care

Future goals: Western Washington University, Woodring College of Education

Occupation: teacher, and then eventually an elementary school principal

Shawn Terasaki

Tiffany Stephens

Category of recognition: career/vocational

School: Issaquah High School

Grade: 12

Parents: Wes and Barb Terasaki

Sponsoring teacher: Ellen Jarvinen

Scholastic achievements: National Honor Society Service Award, academic excellence award, named to Jostens National Sampler Yearbook 2011

Athletics: two years of tennis

Scholastic activities: hired to create T-shirts and sold more than 1,200; have more than 800 subscribers on YouTube

Scholastic interests: yearbook editor in chief; advanced art

Hobbies: making videos, making/designing T-shirts, playing guitar and drums

Outside school affiliations: Pacific Northwest Junior State of America director; National Honor Society

Future goals: attend university (undecided), major in architecture, graphic design or film production

Career: undecided

Phil Velozo

Phil Velozo

Category of recognition: pre-vocation

School: Tiger Mountain Community High School

Grade: 12

Parent: Ruth Velezo

Sponsoring teacher: Sheila Thacker

Scholastic achievements: 4.0 grade point average, student store manager, fundraising events coordinator

Athletics: volleyball, rugby

Activities: fixed and repaired vehicles professionally and for personal interest

Scholastic interests: math, finances, business courses

Hobbies: fixing/working on cars

Future goals: Universal Technical Institute, Western Tech, Lake Washington Tech

Career: Automotive Service Excellence certified automotive technician, specializing in Chevrolet

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