Kiwanis awards Mariner junior

By Ron Johnson | May 02, 2012
Courtesy of: Darlene Conkle Kamilla Othman, a junior at Mariner High School, is the Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo April Student of the Month.

The Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo recently named Kamilla Othman, a junior at Mariner High School, as the April Student of the Month.

With an outstanding 3.9 GPA, Kamilla ranks 14th out of a class of 420. She has attended nine AP or Honors classes with a projected of 12 completed by the time she graduates.

During her time at Mariner, Kamilla has participated in the French Club for three years, and the College and Career Club, Debate Club, M & M Connections National Honor Society and the Key Club for two years.

She has received the Lamp of Knowledge Award, Student of the Quarter and most recently the Award for Academic Achievement.

Kamilla gives back to the community by tutoring at Voyager Middle School, being a coordinator for Special Olympics, helping with food drives and working with Giving Wishes. She also gave up some of her summer time by volunteering in a Kazakh Orphanage.

Here is what some of her teachers and advisors have to say about Kamilla.

Janet Wheeler, French teacher: “Kamilla is an exemplary student who is exceptional for so many reasons. She’s reflective about what she’s learning, insightful and quick, and an outstanding writer, even in French.”

Malissa Weatherbie, Honors Chemistry teacher: “Kamilla is a dedicated and conscientious student. She always wants to be sure that she doesn’t just get the right answer but that she also understands why that answer is correct. She is also a very sweet and caring young woman.”

Patty Schmidt, Guitar teacher: “Kamilla is dedicated to learning her subject matter. She asks questions when necessary and is extremely disciplined about her practice. She uses her time wisely during class and always produces a quality finished performance. She models this behavior for other students in her group and influences them to practice for the best performance possible.”

Rob Caskey, AP English teacher: “Kamilla has a mature character and she carries herself with dignity and poise. She demonstrates a love of learning. She often stops by my desk each day with a comment about a current world event to discuss the significance.

“In AP English III, Kamilla is a bright, motivated and consistent student. Her work is always of the highest quality and always turned in on time. By her example, she has changed the lives of both students and staff members. Kamilla inspires me to become a better teacher and to always treat others with great dignity and respect. There is no higher compliment that I can give.”

Scott Bayles, History teacher: “Where do I start? Kamilla is a wonderful presence in the classroom. She is extremely sharp but very humble. She asks insightful questions about both current subject matter and related outside topics and current events.

“Kamilla takes her academic work very seriously but also is able to flash her wonderful sense of humor quite often. She is a unique and fascinating person to talk with about all kinds of cultural and societal issues. To me, she is the true example of what a “world citizen” should be.”

Linda McDonald, Key Club advisor: “Key Club was thrilled to announce Kamilla as the Student of the Month. Kamilla is a truly lovely young woman. I would agree with her teachers and use some of their same descriptive words in talking about Kamilla.

“She is an exemplary member of Key Club, attending nearly every meeting, and is a dedicated volunteer here at Mariner, other schools in our district, and our community in general. She is a role model to our members. I am so pleased Kamilla will be with us next year.”

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