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Auburn School Board to honor Auburn Mountainview's Skyler White

In memory of Paris: Deanna White and her son, Skyler, are doing their part to help bring water safety awareness to the public through the Paris White Foundation.   - Mark Klaas/Auburn Reporter
In memory of Paris: Deanna White and her son, Skyler, are doing their part to help bring water safety awareness to the public through the Paris White Foundation.
— image credit: Mark Klaas/Auburn Reporter

The Auburn School District Board of Directors will recognize Skyler White, a senior at Auburn Mountainview High School, for being an outstanding student at 7 p.m. Monday in the board room at the James P. Fugate Administration Building.

White is an outstanding student-athlete. Whether putting a stop to bullying in the school hallways or raising awareness for the Paris White Foundation, Skyler is that kid who is making a difference in the lives of others.

White's positive and caring disposition is contagious. He continually contributes to the quality and culture of Auburn Mountainview and the community. This past summer Walker set up a public life jacket station and kiosk at Isaac Evans Park in Auburn as part of his Eagle Scout project. The stand is open daily in the spring and summer for the public to borrow and return life vests of varying sizes.

White's project was created in memory of his 2-year-old sister, Paris, who died in a drowning accident six years ago.

White also wears No. 23 on the Auburn Mountainview football team and has been nominated for the Rudy Award for his leadership, compassion and tenacity. He is a talented running back and defensive back. He also plays baseball, is a member of the Lion Crew, and is involved in his church.

White is an outstanding individual who consistently demonstrates a tremendous level of commitment to whatever he does. Each year for the homecoming football game players ask a teacher or administrator to wear their jersey for the game.

According to Principal Terri Herren, "I was thrilled and so proud to have Skyler ask me to wear No. 23."

Elsewhere: District to honor PAC Custodian Lyubov Grinakh

The Auburn School District Board of Directors will recognize Lyubov Grinakh, Auburn Performing Arts Center custodian, for her outstanding service at 7 p.m. Monday in the board room at the James P. Fugate Administration Building.

Grinakh keeps the theater in pristine condition and always ready for a crowd. Her daily routine includes cleaning the entire facility at least once and sometimes twice when there are multiple performances. Grinakh has even shoveled snow in the parking lot so patrons can access the theater.

Pam Smith, PAC coordinator, says, "From cleaning up sequins and feathers from hundreds of children's costumes after large dance shows to filling up dumpsters after community banquets and festivals, she remains ever-cheerful and helpful, knowing that the unique job description of 'PAC Custodian' demands flexibility, temperance and a diligent work ethic."

Growing up in Ukraine, Grinakh learned that public spaces, particularly theaters, are a privilege and should be treated with care. Grinakh worked as a custodian in a homeopathic retreat center before moving to the United States in 2003.

Grinakh provides exceptional customer service to all theater patrons. She works a different schedule each month to accommodate the performances. "There are always exciting events happening here," says Grinakh. "I am constantly learning about the community and different cultures."

Grinakh has dedicated six years of service to this position and thanks her mother for modeling a strong work ethic. Grinakh also has dedicated herself to learning the English language. She attended ELL classes at Green River Community College and often learns about the English language from her 11-year-old daughter, Oksana.

Grinakh and her husband of 13 years live in Auburn with Oksana.

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