Issaquah Alps Trails Club announces scholarship winners

May 28, 2013

By Staff

The Issaquah Alps Trails Club has announced the winners of its annual Bill Longwell Memorial Scholarship.

First place for $1,000 has been awarded to Joseph Domek, of Issaquah High School. Domek has a grade point average of 3.91, and is active in Issaquah-Sammamish Young Life, Relay for Life and Running Start classes. He plays football, wrestles, runs track and is college bound to Pacific Lutheran University.

Second place for $500 has been awarded to Jennifer Duff, also of Issaquah High School. Duff has a 3.93 grade point average, is treasurer of the Internet Service Club, is active in the Multicultural Club and Honor Society, and runs track. She plans to attend Pepperdine University next year.

Third place for $250 goes to Andrew Smith, of Skyline High School. Smith has a 3.98 grade point average, is senior class treasurer, swim team captain, and in Debate Club, Honor Society and Eagle Scouts. He plans to attend Middlebury College in Vermont.

Longwell was a longtime member of the Issaquah Alps Trails Club and taught English at Hazen High School. He built and maintained many of the local trails, often with the help of his students. During the 1970s, he surveyed and led the effort to build the 16-mile long Tiger Mountain trail system. He also helped build and maintain numerous other trails at Squak Mountain and in the Issaquah Alps. The scholarship was created in his honor shortly after his death in 2007. It is open to seniors at Issaquah, Liberty, Skyline and Hazen high schools.

Most of this year’s entrants chose the following essay topic: Interest in the environment and long term sustainability of our planet has never been greater. What should the Issaquah Alps Trails Club do to help our youth be better informed about issues and become more active locally? In other words support the often repeated phrase: “Think globally and act locally.”

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