Auburn's Martens earns top honors
August 18, 2010 · Updated 5:10 PM
Auburn's Miranda Martens continues to shine.
Martens received the American Legion Award for being the most outstanding student at Mt. Baker Middle School. The Legion honor recognizes students who exemplify courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service.
In addition, the U.S. Achievement Academy named Martens an All-American Scholar At-Large award winner for her academic achievements.
The Auburn School District earlier recognized her for being an outstanding student. She also was a Kiwanis Student of the Month.
Martens, who will be attending Auburn Riverside High School this fall, ultimately plans to attend the University of Washington to study and pursue a career in a medical field.
"The accomplishment of my educational and career objectives would offer me countless opportunities to assist the less fortunate members of my community and therefore contribute to the improvement of society in general," Martens said of her goals.
At Mt. Baker, Martens was actively involved in student government as ASB president. She played the clarinet in the school band and is an accomplished pianist.
On the field, Martens played fastpitch and city rec softball, school and club volleyball. She also has pursued horse riding and theater. She attends Grace Community Church.
Martens, daughter of Perry and Sheila Martens, has been awarded for her outstanding leadership. She attended the National Youth Leadership State Conference in Seattle.
A straight-A student each year in the school district, Martens was recognized for her outstanding dedication to educational achievement, strength of character and leadership by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council.
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