Local youth receives national runner-up Samsung American Legion Scholarship | School briefs

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Michael Zendejas. COURTESY PHOTO

Michael Zendejas. COURTESY PHOTO

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Michael Zendejas of Auburn has earned a $5,000 Samsung American Legion college scholarship.

Zendejas, a full-time Running Start student at Green River College, plans to transfer to a four-year university next fall. American Legion Post No. 78 of Auburn and Auburn Mountainview High School sponsored him.

Out of more than 5,300 applicants, the Samsung American Legion Scholarship for 2017 awarded 10 national scholars with $10,000 and 10 runners-up with $5,000 for undergraduate study and 79 department finalists each received $1,250.

The recipients earned the award based on several criteria, including participation in American Legion Boys State or Auxiliary Girls State. Zendejas was Washington’s Boys State Samsung American Legion Scholarship winner.

The recipients were announced during the Legion’s annual Fall Meetings in Indianapolis on Oct. 11.

Since Samsung bestowed an endowment to the Legion in 1995 for the establishment of a scholarship fund for family members of U.S. citizens who are war veterans, more than $5.7 million has been awarded. The gesture was inspired by the support of the U.S. troops that came to the aid of South Korea while defending themselves against opposing Chinese and North Korean forces.

For more information about the scholarship, visit legion.org/scholarships/samsung.

Staff members honored

The Auburn School District Board of Directors recently recognized Patrick Mulick, district autism coordinator, for his outstanding service at a recent board meeting.

“Auburn continually challenges and supports me to grow outside of my bubble,” said Mulick, who is in his 13th year in the school district. “I work with so many great people. I get to be in the front line in the classroom and work on the administrative side.”

In addition to supporting student special services, Patrick is the district lead on Right Response de-escalation training, is involved in teacher recruiting and has been a keynote speaker for various audiences within the district.

In addition, the school board recognized Toni Dudley, technology support specialist at Auburn Riverside High School, for her outstanding service.

Dudley has worked in the ASD for 22 years and enjoys her job and many roles. She has been a computer lab para-educator and was co-coach for cheerleading for 11 years, with three years as the head coach.

“I have the best job. I work with the best staff and the most talented kids,” she said.


Laural Harris of Auburn was one of 259 Chadron (Neb.) State College students who met requirements for the fall 2017 president’s list by earning a 4.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours of coursework during the semester to qualify. … Meetra Hamedi, a sophomore theatre arts major from Auburn, was among approximately 890 Bob Jones University (Greenville, S.C.) students named to the fall dean’s list, which recognizes students who earn a 3.00-3.74 grade point average during the semester. … Mikayla Chicquette of Auburn has been named to the Eastern New Mexico University dean’s list for the fall semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours with a GPA between 3.25 and 4.00. … Sara Sheldon of Auburn graduated on Dec. 16 from Azusa Pacific University with a bachelor of arts in cinematic arts. … Auburn’s Yasmin Laird, School of Education at Baylor University, made the dean’s academic honor roll for the 2017 fall semester. … Elena Marquez of Auburn earned a spot on the Spokane Falls Community College fall semester honor roll. … Auburn’s Adrianna Parent, a junior studying biochemistry and biophysics, was on the Oregon State University fall term honor roll.

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