3 Kamiak students reign at Seafair
Three Kamiak High School students were honored as Seafair royalty during Seattle’s month-long annual summer celebration that ended on Aug. 4.
Kamiak’s Victoria Sonnenburg, Robyn Emery and Hudson Coulombe were selected as Seafair princesses and an ambassador, respectively, through its Ambassador and Scholarship for Women programs. In addition to receiving scholarships, all three have been paired with career mentors.
The Scholarship for Women winners were involved in more than 20 community events, including community service, public speaking event, a creative performance and almost all of Seafair’s signature events.
The Seafair princesses visited the Ronald McDonald house, were special guests at the Princesses and Penguins event at the Woodland Park Zoo and spent the day at a senior center getting to know the residents.
Victoria Sonnenburg, recent Kamiak graduate, was selected as the Mukilteo Community Princess through Seafair’s Scholarship Program for Women.
Sonnenburg’s community service was with Search and Rescue of Snohomish County, an organization she appreciates after their assistance to her following a jet ski accident.
A recipient of the Creative Expression special scholarship for her dance performance, Sonnenburg will study Business at Azusa Pacific University in California this fall.
“I was able to experience Seafair traditions firsthand,” Sonnenburg said. “Highlights were dancing in the street at the Bon Odori Festival and volunteering at the Rock and Roll Marathon. I enjoyed the camaraderie of many driven young women and have made life-long friends.”
Robyn Emery, also a recent Kamiak grad, was selected as the Sons of Norway Seafair Princess.
Her community service was for Seafair was Seattle Children’s Hospital, where her younger brother underwent treatment for pediatric cancer.
Emery is studying the Norwegian language and recently spent five weeks in Norway for a cultural home stay. She graduated from the Ocean Research College Academy at Everett Community College and will continue on to Northwest University in Kirkland to study biology and pre-med this fall.
“My favorite part of Seafair was being able to interact with all the different types of people and communities in Seattle,” Emery said. “It definitely opened my eyes to how many different perspectives are out there.
“I also enjoyed the personal growth that I gained from public speaking and leadership opportunities.”
Hudson Coulombe, a Kamiak junior, was selected as a 2013 Seafair Ambassador.
Chosen as one of 10 Seafair ambassadors from application essays, community involvement, and an interview, Coulombe volunteered at many Seafair events through the summer, including the Milk Carton Derby, holding the opening banner in Seafair’s Torchlight Parade, and Jam with the Jets, a breakfast with the Patriots Jet Team pilots.
Ambassadors were each awarded a college scholarship, and the group will travel to Seattle’s sister city, Kobe, Japan, to participate in a home stay exchange program in November.
“Seafair has something for everyone,” Hudson said. “I am already looking forward participating and volunteering at Seafair events next year.
I am very fortunate to have a great career mentor thanks to the program. Of course, meeting Gary Payton was a major highlight!”
Since its inception, the Seafair Foundation has recognized more than 1,650 participants and awarded more than $550,000 in scholarships through their community programs.
About the Seafair Foundation
The Seafair Foundation is a non-profit organization established to create and build opportunities for the Scholarship Program for Women, Ambassador Program, Special People’s Holiday Cruise and the Community-Sanctioned Events Program.
As an extension of the festival, the Seafair Foundation provides an additional avenue to direct resources towards making a greater impact on the community. For more information, visit www.seafairfoundation.org.