Mukilteo Kiwanis Club announces scholarship recipients

By Megan Managan | Jul 02, 2014
Photo by: Sara Bruestle Ten students from the Mukilteo School District received scholarships from the Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo this month. Those pictured include Samantha Muschett, Nathan McCarty, Bergen Bodensteiner, Ngoc Ma, Phuong Van, Rafael Villanueva Achacoso and Bianca Bayes. Not pictured are Reiley Schroeger, Nefertari Granados and Geovanni Ramirez. With the students are Marci Larsen, superintendent of the Mukilteo School District, and Anne Johnson, past club president.

The Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo recently announced its scholarship recipients for the 2014 school year. Students from Mariner, Kamiak and ACES high school, as well as the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center were eligible.

Students who earned scholarships will go on to a full accredited school, and were honored at a reception and breakfast in early June.

In total, 10 students received scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000, including four from Kamiak, four from Mariner, one from ACES and one from Sno-Isle.

All together, Kiwanis gave out $9,000 worth of scholarships this year and had over 35 applications.

Kamiak High School

Nathan McCarty earned a 3.44 grade point average and plans to attend University of Puget Sound to student exercise science and pre-physical therapy. He participated in baseball and basketball, leadership, was a Young Life student leader, was student of the month, is a cancer survivor and participated in Relay for Life.

McCarty’s community service activities included being a volunteer at Mukilteo Elementary and for the Mukilteo Little League and helping with Chamber of Commerce events, such as the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival.

In his application McCarty wrote: “The night I was diagnosed, my parents told me ‘God has a plan, and something exceptional will happen in your life.’ I have lived by that and kept pushing on with determination and relying on my faith.”

Bergen Bodensteiner earned a 3.52 GPA and applied to the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University, Gonzaga University, New York University and Boston University and plans to study business with an emphasis in economics.

While at Kamiak, she was a Link leader, participated in leadership and was both a peer tutor and conflict mediator. Her community services activities included volunteering in a special needs elementary classroom each week, as well as through the Key Club.

In her application, Bodensteiner said: “I plan to create a non-profit organization that provides the tools and resources needed for underprivileged children with special needs to reach their full emotional and intellectual potential.”

Samantha Muschett earned a 3.73 GPA and applied to University of Washington, Santa Clara University, University of California Los Angeles, Duke University, Boston University, Gonzaga, Washington State University and the University of Portland. She plans to study business.

While at Kamiak, she was a member of the dance team, took part in the Elite leadership camp, was a Link leader, member of the National Honor Society and was a conflict mediator.

Muschett was a student member of the Mukilteo YMCA board of directors, a member of the Snohomish County’s Teen Leadership Council through United Way and was a member of the Key Club.

“It was through a Key Club service event that I finally realized what I wanted to study in college and do with my education,” she wrote in her application. “I volunteered at The Christmas House in Everett. The Christmas House is an organization that allows struggling parents the chance to pick out donated Christmas presents for their children. Someday, I want to organize an event similar to this from start to finish. Not everyone has been lucky enough to grow up in such a giving and inspirational community.”

Reiley Schroeger earned a 3.93 GPA at Kamiak and plans to attend California Poly Technic State University at San Luis Obispo to student mechanical engineering. While at Kamiak, he was named student of the year, as well as student of the month, was a member of the leadership group, Link Crew leader, was a member of the National Honor Society and an associated student body representative.

He volunteered at Silverado Senior Living, working in the Dementia Care unit, and volunteered at the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe.

In his application, he said getting a degree in engineering will help him pursue a dream of working with race cars.

“This scholarship would help me become one step closer to reaching my dream of working on Formula1 racing team by allowing me to concentrate on my studies and less on the costs of college,” he wrote.

Mariner High School

Nefertari Granados earned a 3.94 GPA at Mariner and applied to both University of Washington in Seattle and Bothell. Granados plans to study biology with a minor in business and hope to go to medical school.

At Mariner, she was a member of the tennis team, was student of the year in MESA, was a member of the National Honor Society, took part in Key Club and served as the president, was on honor roll and worked at Little Caesar’s.

She volunteered at Discovery Library and helped with the Boo Bash at Rosehill Community Center, as well with a food drive and at Christmas House.

“Graduating from high school is an achievement that I will very gladly be the first in my family to experience, but attending and one day graduating from a university will hopefully inspire my siblings and younger family members to seek a higher education, too,” she wrote in her application.

Phuong Van earned a 3.76 GPA at Mariner and plans to attend the University of Washington to study biology or psychology.

She was named student of the quarter and earned an outstanding academic achievement award and participated in Camp of Knowledge, Key Club, French Club and was a member of the dance team, cheer, tennis and National Honor Society.

Van volunteer at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast, homecoming decorating, was a reading buddy at Discovery Elementary and helped organize a food drive.

In her application, she wrote: “I want to continue serving others, which I believe this scholarship will assist me in doing. Becoming an ER physician, I am assisting those in their most fragile state.”

Bianca Bayas earned a 3.6 GPA at Mariner and applied to both the University of Washington in Seattle and Bothell. She plans to study medicine, nursing or psychology.

While at Mariner, Bayas was a member of leadership and the Associated Student Body, took honors and AP classes and was a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society, was a peer tutor and was a member of the basketball team. She took part in Key Club events, the March of Dimes walk, leadership projects such as Giving Wishes, Harvest Fest and works at Kumon Learning Center.

As a member of Key Club, she volunteered at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival, elementary school reading and the Kiwanis breakfast.

“Since I have been with Key Club since freshman year, I have become an officer my last year to better make a change in the community that I live in,” she wrote in her application.

Rafael Villanueva Achacoso earned a 3.96 GPA at Mariner and applied to both the University of Washington and Seattle University. Achacoso plans to double major in nursing and public health.

While at Mariner, he was a member of DECA, National Honor Society, Bowling Club, advanced leadership and was a freshman mentor.

Achacoso volunteered with Volunteers of America Western Washington, worked with the Marysville Food Bank, and worked part time.

In his application, Achacoso said moving to the U.S. changed his life.

“I know that I was given a gift that can be characterized by a green card,” he wrote. “I know to take every single ounce of blessings I can from America. I know that people from all over the world would do anything to receive the blessing I have been given.”

ACES High School

Geovanni Israel Ramirez earned a 2.43 GPA at ACES and plans to attend Edmonds Community College to study mechanical engineering and will play on the men’s soccer team.

He was the captain of the soccer team and was named athlete of the week, student of the quarter and participated in Exercise Club. Outside of school he was a soccer coach and worked part time.

In his application, he wrote that continuing his education has been a long time goal.

“When I moved from Mexico, I had in front of me a better chance of getting an education,” he wrote. “Soccer is something that helps me work hard in school – with bad grades you cannot play. With your help I could set an example as an older brother to my two siblings and become someone in life.”

Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center

Ngoc Ma earned a 3.9 GPA at Sno-Isle and plans to attend Everett Community College to become a medical assistant. She was a member of the National Honor Society and was a member of the girls swim team at Mariner.

She participated in the YMCA Minority Achievers program, United Way teen leadership council, Volunteers of America youth action team and volunteered at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds.

In her application, Ma said her goal is to someday become a radiologist technician.

“Through volunteering, I realized that helping others make positive changes which transformed and improved their lives, myself included,” she wrote in her application. “I developed a profound sense of satisfaction as I gave my assistance to others who were in need of help.”

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