$700,000 in scholarships awarded to Mariner seniors
The first scholarships awarded on Senior Awards Night at Mariner High School were in memory of the late Brad Agerup.
The Brad Agerup Memorial Scholarship honors the legacy of the Mariner teacher who was killed in 2009 along with his wife and neighbors by a drunken driver. The school’s Booster Club has awarded the scholarship to seniors every year since he passed.
More than $700,000 in scholarships and other special honors was awarded to more than 100 of the school’s 406 seniors during the ceremony held May 31. Senior Awards Night honors excellence among Mariner’s Class of 2012, which graduates this Friday, June 8.
“This is one of my favorite nights, at least for me it is, because it’s all about great things,” said Principal Brent Kline to the seniors. “I get to share with you the greatness you have achieved.”
The winners of this year’s Brad Agerup scholarship were seniors Alee Bryan, Martin Martinez and Marisa Priddy. This is the second time three scholarships were awarded.
“Brad was an amazing teacher, athletic trainer, friend husband, father and I miss him each and every day,” said Tom Myhre, who introduced the award. “This scholarship is to honor the Agerups and also bring awareness to drunk driving.”
Other awards included scholarships from Mariner High School Alumni Association, Mukilteo Arts Guild, the Kiwanis Club and the South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club.
In addition to financial aid, the school honored seniors who stood out at Mariner –in athletics, English, math, fine arts and more.
“It was one of the last experiences that I’m going to have with the senior class,” said Martin Martinez, winner of a Brad Agerup scholarship. “It was really cool to be there and see everybody’s great success and accomplishments this year.”
Martinez also won four other scholarships. He said he was honored to receive the Agerup scholarship because Agerup was once his sports trainer.
“He used to be a mentor to me,” Martinez said. “Just the fact that it was Mr. Agerup’s scholarship, that meant a lot to me.”
The scholarship meant a lot to winner Alee Bryan, too.
“I was really honored to be chosen for a scholarship like that,” Bryan said. “I knew what kind of person he was, so to be chosen for a scholarship like that was really an honor.”
Bryan won 14 awards or scholarships, for a total of $4,000 in financial aid. She was also awarded a Principal’s Award by Principal Brent Kline. She and two other recipients will have the honor of sitting on stage with the principal during graduation.
“I think it’s a really great way to recognize all the seniors and the hard work they do every year,” she said of Senior Awards Night. “It allows us to recognize the best of the best at Mariner as well as the people who are trying to improve over the years.”
LaVendrick Smith is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.