Community news roundup — schools, high school, college, dean’s lists, scholarships

August 26, 2014

By Staff

National Merit Scholarship

Five local high school seniors are among its collegiate-sponsored winners for the 2014 scholarship program of the National Merit Scholarship Corp.:

  • Catherine Ball, Issaquah High School, is pursuing a degree in computer programming at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
  • Grant Vaska, Issaquah High School, will attend Washington University in St. Louis, Minn.
  • Kathleen Park, of Sammamish, will pursue a degree in communications at Wheaton College near Chicago.
  • Shanchen Pu, of Sammamish, will pursue a degree in medicine at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
  • Nikila Vinugopal, of Sammamish, will pursue a career in dance at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

High School News

Liberty High School student Steven Tuttle participated in a Washington Aerospace Scholars Summer Residency session this summer at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

The program connects high school juniors with educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through independent learning, hands-on interaction, professional guidance and site-based tours.

To qualify, each student spent five months studying a University of Washington and NASA-designed online curriculum and was selected based on academic performance in those lessons.

Four students from Skyline High School won Student Emmy Awards at the Northwest Emmy Awards.

‘Paradise’ won in the Music Video category with Andrea Gomez as actor, Damian Banki as actor/director, Jeremy Millar as actor/editor and Langston Nichols as cinematographer/editor.

‘A Smile for the City’ won in the Public Affairs/Community Service category with Millar as director/editor/cinematographer and Nichols as cinematographer.


College news

Isabelle Chu, of Issaquah High School, a junior majoring in biological sciences: cell and development at the University of Rochester, N.Y., has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honorary society.

Bridget Rowe, of Renton, has been awarded the Dordt College Social Work scholarship from Dordt College, in Sioux Center, Iowa. She is a senior, majoring in art with an emphasis in fine arts studio and social work. She also has minors in sociology and the Kuyper Scholars Program.

Faith Fowler, of Issaquah, was named a recipient of the Dr. Bruce and Doris Lister Endowed Fellowship in Chemistry Research. Fowler spent her summer conducting research under the mentorship of a professor at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, N.Y. Fellowship recipients receive a $3,500 stipend and a grant to cover half of their on-campus housing costs.


College graduates

  • Marissa Haberlach, of Issaquah, Boston University in Boston, Mass., Master of Science, medical science, and Master of Public Health, international health
  • Caitlin Doxsie, of Issaquah, University of Puget Sound, majored in communication studies and history
  • Brian Sancewich, of Issaquah, Kansas State University, in Manhattan, Kansas, with a Doctor of Philosophy in economics
  • Christopher Schaap, of Issaquah, Magna Cum Laude, Seattle University, Bachelor of Arts, film studies and a minor in creative writing
  • Matthew Hjelm, of Issaquah, Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, physics and mathematics Norwich University, in Northfield, Vt.
  • Callen Farmer, of Issaquah, Bachelor of Science, nursing, Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
  • Victoria Kraft, of Issaquah, Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science, athletic training from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.
  • Robert Hiester, of Sammamish, Bachelor of Science, nursing, Linfield College, McMinnville, Ore.


Honor roll

Anthony Mantz, of Issaquah, Williston Northampton School, in Easthampton, Mass.

Washington State University: 

Issaquah: Arthur Bennett, Megan Biddle, Jessica Biggins, Samuel Borom, Morgan Brennan, Jarrett Brown, Madison Callan, Davis Cook, Kathryn Cunningham, Krysta Dawson, Ali Dematteo, Anthony Dematteo, Ryan Dickinson, Matthew Dompier, Madison Dutro, Marc Egland, Sean Elliott, Kyle Farmer, Jacob Farris, Jessica Ganak, Taylor Graham, Jerdon Helgeson, Bryce Hendrix, Katherine Hill, Christopher Hogan, McKenna Hogan, Cory Jenneskens, Lauren Johnson, Miranda Jones, Alexander Kaser, Eunice  Kwon, Alexander Lambdin, Jenna Lambdin, Linda Larsen, Elana Levy, Mony Loeum, Erin McKee, Lauren Merdinyan, Michael Murphy, Ashton Powell, Carly Ross, Molly Shade, Becca Southwell, Katherine Vlahovich, Peter Wiggum and Emily Zajac

Newcastle: Pui Lam Ho, Henry Kohm, Paige Lane, Ryan Maio and Chelsea Moorhead

Sammamish: Grace Allodi, Cameron Avcu, Kianna Bertolino, Tyler Bongiani, Mary Bosseler, Blaire Brady, Chase Carlin, John Castle, Emily Copeland, Travis Cox, Emily Dwyer, Jane Dwyer, Heidi Fielden, Danielle Figone, Lauren Files, Kenzie Fleischman, Lisa Gaviglio, Hannah Goehri, Samantha Gottschalk, Thomas Hanan, Colleen Hess, Brittany Hogan, Nicholas Howard, Felix Humay, Steven King, Melissa Krieg, Morgane Leguennec, Konrads Leitis, Taylor Lonborg, Madeline March, Diana McGrail, Tara Northey, Steven Pankiewicz, Thomas Pelluer, Barrett Porter, Kayten Porter, Andrew Ramirez, Jordan Richards, Heather Rife, Kelly Senegor, Kelsey Smith, Travis Snider, Leda Solaimani, Alexandra Staikos, Abigail Student, Amelia Student, Derek Tempel, Matthew Thompson, Mikel Tihista, Lowell Troyer, Matthew Vander Kooi, Anna Vinson, Bryalynn Vowels and Kristen Ware

Oregon State University, in Corvallis, Ore.:

3.5 or above: Michelle M. Pighin, of Issaquah; Carter G. Michell, of Preston; and Ashley J. Center, Daniel J. Christianson, Avalon P. Dunbar, Erik D. Mietzner, Kayla J. Shim and Emily M. Skrobecki, of Sammamish

4.0: Sarah Jacobi and Devin O’Donnell, of Issaquah


Deans’ lists

  • Andrew Tierney, of Issaquah, University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Okla.
  • Anna Fairhart, of Issaquah, Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Amelia Meigs, of Issaquah, Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Braden Hahn, of Issaquah, College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, Va.
  • Nell Hoehl, of Issaquah, Samford University, in Birmingham, Al.
  • Jason Walker, of Issaquah, and John McLeod, of Renton, Wake Forest University, in Winston Salem, N.C.
  • Adrian Tiliacos, of Issaquah, Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, in the Industrial Design program, in Rochester, N.Y.
  • Sierra Meads, of Issaquah, Hartwick College, in Oneonta, N.Y., majoring in nursing and psychology.
  • Mariah McHolland, of Renton, Pacific University, in Forest Grove, Ore.



Katherine Chun, of Issaquah High School; Stephanie Hays, of Liberty High School; and Jordan Boyle, of Skyline High School, were each awarded Local 2878 Professional Firefighter’s Scholarships by the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2878 for 2014.

Overlake Hospital’s 2014 Overlake Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarships, for their outstanding academics, leadership and community service:

Charly Nelson, of Issaquah High School, plans to attend Washington State University; Stephanie Hays, of Liberty High School, plans to attend Elon University; and Madison Laycock, of Skyline High School, plans to attend the University of Washington this fall.

Kayla Ortiz, 17, of Issaquah, Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program for making a positive impact in their communities through volunteerism. She received a $50 gift card, and qualifies for the chance to receive a $1,000 scholarship at the regional level followed by a $10,000 scholarship at the national level.


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