Schools honor top volunteers

April 8, 2014

By Staff

Issaquah School District Golden Acorn and Outstanding Advocate Awards were recognized at a reception at Swedish/Issaquah on March 25.

Golden Acorns are presented, by a local PTA unit or council, to volunteers in recognition of their dedication and service to children and youths.

Since the beginning of the program, more than 44,000 Golden Acorns have been presented to volunteers throughout Washington state. A contribution in the name of the recipient(s) is made by the honoring PTA to the Washington State PTA Scholarship Program. From these contributions, WSPTA is able to provide grants to freshman students entering post-secondary education.

In 2004, the Washington State PTA established the Outstanding Advocate Award, a statewide volunteer recognition program to recognize and honor individuals for their advocacy work on behalf of children and youths. Recipients receive a certificate and pin and a contribution is made in their name to the WSPTA Scholarship Program.

The Honorary Life Membership recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to a PTA at the local unit, council or state level.

Local winners are:

Issaquah PTSA Council

  • Golden Acorn: Deb Smith, Heather Maloney and Alicia Veevaert
  • Outstanding Advocate: Betsy Cohen

 

Apollo Elementary School

  • Golden Acorn: Amy Krohn and Kimberly Nocco

 

Briarwood Elementary School

  • Golden Acorn: Maria Bassett and Karin Manning
  • Honorary Life Membership: Leslie Kahler

 

Cascade Ridge Elementary School

  • Golden Acorn: Marci Bartholomae, Kelly Huber, Nga Selbig, Rajeev Goel and Jackie Mueller

 

Challenger Elementary School

  • Golden Acorn: Angie Dutcher, Jennifer Strach and Anny Figueroa

 

Clark Elementary School

  • Golden Acorn: Tina Ellis and Cindy Kelm

 

Cougar Ridge Elementary School

  • Golden Acorn: Jennifer Davidson, Becky Gordon, Catharine Holtan, Dorothy Liu and Wendy Shah
  • Outstanding Advocate: Rachel Auffant

 

Creekside Elementary School

  • Golden Acorn: Ghada Madkour, Kim Meade, Katy Loucks and Ed Kennedy
  • Outstanding Advocate: Neva Luke

 

Discovery Elementary School

  • Golden Acorn: Carla Berg and Lisa Vik
  • Outstanding Advocate: Mari Stevens and Denise Darnell

 

Endeavor Elementary School

  • Golden Acorn: Sarah Ransom, Melinda Flores, Lina Frankovich, Amy Sparks and Kim Olsen
  • Outstanding Advocate: George Meng

 

Grand Ridge Elementary School

  • Golden Acorn: Lisa Callan
  • Outstanding Advocate: Christy Otley

 

Issaquah Valley Elementary School

  • Golden Acorn: Anne Livingstone, Victoria Remer and Rachel Stoner

 

Maple Hills Elementary School

  • Golden Acorn: Korista Smith-Barney and Briman Wallior
  • Outstanding Advocate: Victoria Smith

 

Newcastle Elementary School

  • Golden Acorn: Chris Longfellow and Meri Hartman

 

Sunny Hills Elementary School

  • Golden Acorn: Katie Brown and Pailin Huang
  • Outstanding Advocate: Dana Rundle and Sally Porter

 

Sunset Elementary School

  • Golden Acorn: Victoria Fritch, Susan Hansen and Maryann Perry

 

Beaver Lake Middle School

  • Golden Acorn: Kirsten Juenke, Christy McCarthy and Maryann Bellavia
  • Outstanding Advocate: Nancy Francis and Carolyn Santos

 

Issaquah Middle School

  • Golden Acorn: Sara Carmichael, Shannon Jasman and Jennifer Tucker

 

Maywood Middle School

  • Golden Acorn: Stephanie Quinn, Doug Chappelle and Kristi Kirschner
  • Outstanding Advocate: Susan Reeder

 

Pacific Cascade Middle School

  • Golden Acorn: Jessica Burles and Lisa McGowen
  • Outstanding Advocate: Leslie Warrick

 

Pine Lake Middle School

  • Golden Acorn: Martha Swallow

 

Issaquah High School

  • Golden Acorn: Cyn Baumert and Tricia Jerue
  • Outstanding Advocate: Betsy Cohen and Dianne Bugge

 

Liberty High School

  • Golden Acorn: Diane Bliesner, Tina Waters and Carla Wigen

 

Skyline High School

  • Golden Acorn: Ina Ghangurde, Karin Plastina and Alayna Niehaus
  • Outstanding Advocate: Melissa Riesen
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