Auburn Mountainview High School senior Matt Burrows and Auburn Riverside High senior Michael Broch have been named 2008 Washington Scholars.
The Washington Scholars program recognizes the accomplishments of three high school students from each of the state’s 49 legislative districts. Students can use the scholarships at any public or independent college or university in Washington, and the scholarships are equal up to four years of full-time resident undergraduate tuition and fees.
High school principals nominate the top one percent of their graduating class on the basis of academic achievement, leadership and community service. A committee, composed of high school principals and college admissions staff, makes the final selection.
‘Safe Routes’ honored
The Auburn School District Transportation Department’s “Partnership Approach to Safe Routes to School” has been declared a Top 50 program of the 2008 Innovations in American Government Awards competition, administered by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School.
Selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants, the district’s program represents the best in government innovation that addresses two common large-scale problems – transportation inefficiency and childhood inactivity.
The core of the innovation is the partnerships formed among the school district and community residents and professionals. The purpose of the partnerships is to increase the practice of walking and cycling to school by creating safer routes for the district’s 14,500 students.
The program has proven itself, providing safe walk routes to 20 percent of the district’s student body population.
As a Top 50 program, Auburn will be competing for a $100,000 award. Finalists will be announced on June 3.
The Auburn School District Board of Directors recognized Noah Freelund, a fifth-grader at Gildo Rey Elementary School, for being an outstanding student. …
Choir students from Auburn, Auburn Mountainview and Auburn Riverside high schools participated in the West Central District III solo and ensemble contest at Auburn High School. The following students qualified as winners and as first and second alternates for the state contest in Ellensburg this weekend: mezzo soprano (winner, Rachel Pack, AMHS; second alternate, Kalie Krueger, AHS); baritone (winner, Daniel McCafferty, AMHS); mixed large ensemble (winner: a cappella ensemble of Jessica Schmit, Rachel Pack, Jamie Ritson, Maddie Slettedahl, Katie Farrell, Kylie LiaBraaten, Svetlana Spatarel, Cathy Cederwall, Daniel McCafferty, Dmitriy Spatarel, Corey LiaBraaten, Jake Lombardo and Daniel Frerichs, AMHS); men’s small ensemble (winner, barbershop quartet of Lombardo, Spatarel, LiaBraaten and Frerichs, AMHS; second alternate, men’s duet of Travis Anderson and Tyler Anderson, AHS); tenor (winner, Daniel Schreiner, ARHS; first alternate, Thaddeus Wilson, AHS; second alternate, Spatarel, AMHS); bass (second alternate, Zac Berry, AMHS); men’s large ensemble, Lombardo, Tyler Goforth, Soa Sophanara, Spatarel, McCafferty, LiaBraaten, Bryson Stafford, Chris Williams, Brandon Pelfrey, Matt Seketa and Frerichs, AMHS); mixed small ensemble (first alternate, Kalie Krueger, Kahlani Badeaux, Naveed Badri and Bryce Davis, AHS; second alternate, Maddie Slettedahl, Jamie Ritson, Spatarel and Frerichs, AMHS); women’s small ensemble (second alternate, Michelle Schuller, Kaylie Rowe and Joy Hiibel, AHS); women’s large ensemble (second alternate, McKenna Swanson, Leah Noel, Mary Dusek, Kahlani Badeaux, Alyssa Ulrich, Lindsay Tosch, Anna Tokar, Marissa Flannery, Michelle Schuller, Nikka Badri, Kalie Krueger, Kim Williams, Joy Hiibel, Joplyn Williams, Liz Glavish and Anne Partridge, AHS).