Unleash the Brilliance Parent Summit comes to Auburn High School on Feb. 8

  • Friday, January 24, 2020 12:15pm
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The Unleash the Brilliance (UTB) program – committed to closing the achievement gap for students at risk of academic failure – presents a Parent Summit at the Auburn High School Commons on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The gatherings promote family engagement for the betterment of the community, focusing on topics that is specifically customized based on feedback high schools receive from the parent population. Founded in 2008, the UTB workshop, presented by Terrell Dorsey, encourages parents to collaborate with their students to inspire, connect, empower and educate.

The event is free to all, especially parents throughout the Auburn School District and beyond, runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Commons, 711 E. Main St.

A free breakfast buffet kicks off the morning.

There will be numerous community partners on hand sharing valuable resources throughout the event. Summit-attendees are encouraged to arrive early to explore the important information provided by participants such as: the city of Auburn; Auburn School District; AmeriCorps; United Way; Valley Cities; Step Up; King County Library System; King County Health Department; Washington DSHS and others.

For questions, call the high school at 253-931-4880.


The BECU Foundation is recognizing and awarding $2,500 scholarships to full-time high school seniors and undergraduates currently enrolled in an accredited two-year, four-year or technical college or university who play an active role in giving back to their community. For more information on eligibility and to access the online application form, visit becu.org. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. …

Western Governors University is offering an incentive for busy adults making resolutions to earn a college degree in the new year: $1.5 million in scholarships. Students who apply to WGU through March 31 are eligible to apply for the New Year, New You Scholarship, which will award up to $2,000 per student. For details and an application, visit wgu.edu. …

Auburn’s Madison Manning and Cierra Wallin were named to the undergraduate honor roll for fall semester at Montana State University. … Auburn’s Nathaniel Kerlin has been named to the Eastern New Mexico University dean’s list for the fall semester. … M’kaela Rogers, of Auburn, achieved provost’s honor roll status for the fall 2019 semester at Whitworth University. … Auburn’s Hunter Floyd, a senior majoring in agricultural business, made the dean’s honor roll for fall semester at Fort Hays (Kan.) State University. …

Shaun Kerney of Auburn was among more than 200 undergraduate, adult degree and graduate-level students who received diplomas from George Fox University (Newberg, Ore.) at its Dec. 14 midyear commencement ceremony. Kerney earned a bachelor of arts in management and organizational leadership. … Emily Rohrer (freshman, nursing) earned dean’s list recognition at George Fox for fall 2019 semester. …

Applications for the Bank of America 2020 Student Leaders program are being accepted now through Jan. 31. The Student Leaders program is part of the Bank’s ongoing commitment to recognize youth who lead and serve in their communities, connecting them with tools and resources that will help them make their communities better. Each year, the program awards paid internships to community-minded high school juniors and seniors at a local nonprofit organization, and includes participation in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C. Five students from the Puget Sound region will be selected to join the program. Prospective Student Leaders can apply at bankofamerica.com/studentleaders. …

The Auburn School District Board of Directors recognized Stephanie Knapp, teacher at Lakeland Hills Elementary, as the outstanding staff member of the month for December. Knapp has worked for the district since 2003. Lakeland Hills principal Colleen Barlow said, “Stephanie is one of my all-time most competent teachers I have seen in my 28 years in education. She is dedicated, a very strong teacher leader, and always is willing to go above and beyond. She is a champion for her students.” … The school board recognized Jose Sanchez Valdez, an eighth-grader at Olympic Middle School, for being an outstanding student at the Dec. 9 board meeting. Sanchez Valdez takes high school level courses in geometry and biology. He participates in the Latinos Unidos service club. He also is an avid reader and reads about 10 books every month. Staff members describe Sanchez Valdez as an extremely kind student with a heart of gold. He genuinely cares about school, his peers and his teachers.

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