Hometown students graduate from college, earn top marks

Hometown students graduate from college, earn top marks Kick: High school seniors receive scholarships toward their own college careers
By Nicholas Johnson | Jun 20, 2017

College students from Mukilteo are graduating and earning top marks around the country while local high school students are receiving scholarships to begin their own college careers.

Below is an incomplete roundup of those hometown students and their recent accomplishments.



Allie (Overton) Moran, a 2010 Kamiak High School alumna, has graduated from Washington State University with a doctorate degree in Veterinary medicine.

She finished the eight-year program in seven thanks to “the wonderful AP program and great teachers at Kamiak.” Moran plans to practice at the Mukilteo Veterinary Hospital, where she took her puppy at age 9.

Anna Xue, a 2007 Kamiak alumna, has graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and has received her M.D. degree. She was recently matched into an Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery residency position at the University of California Davis through the National Resident Matching Program.

Of nearly 31,800 residency positions available this year across all specialties, 35 Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery positions from 26 programs were available, making it one of the most competitive specialties for medical school students to match into.

Xue fell in love with cardiac surgery after participating in an open heart surgery during medical school and is looking forward to treating some of the sickest patients as a cardiothoracic surgeon.

Six Gonzaga University students from Mukilteo graduated this spring. They include Bryan Black, Kevin Bowen, Sarah Byquist, Connor Kelly, Jenelle Sisco and Matthew Walters.

Nicholas Gregory of Mukilteo has graduated with a degree in art from Wittenberg University in Springfield Ohio.

Lindsay Testerman of Mukilteo has graduated with a Bachelor of Science in equestrian studies and equine business management from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.

Madeline Cook and her father Jay Cook have both graduated from Seattle University. Madeline, a 2013 Kamiak alumna, earned her Bachelor of Arts and plans to the George Washington University Law School in August. Jay earned his Master of Business Administration.

Three WGU Washington students from Mukilteo graduated this spring. They include Carrie Nebeker, who received her Master of Science in nursing – education; Tera Bauer, who received her Bachelor of Science in nursing; and Sean Yengich, who received his Master of Arts in teaching in social science (grades 5-12).


Dean’s, president’s lists

Kylie Bloedel of Mukilteo was named to the dean’s list for spring semester at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri.

Darian Clogston of Mukilteowas named to the dean’s list for spring semester at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He is majoring in stage and production management.

Georgina Cromwell of Mukilteo was named to the dean’s list at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is majoring in computer science.

Kyle Black and Ceilidh Hamill of Mukilteo have been named to the president’s list for spring semester at Gonzaga University. That requires a minimum GPA of 3.85.

Eight Mukilteo students have been named to the dean’s list for spring semester at Gonzaga University. They include Justin Barnett, Kevin Bowen, Sarah Byquist, Alison Cantarano, George Kunthara, Sarah Ungvarsky, Matthew Walters and Marci Zainwel.

Three Mukilteo students were among 4,010 students named to undergraduate honor rolls at Montana State University for spring semester. Josephine Maley and Annabel Megenity were named to the dean’s list, while Jordan Hall joined 970 others on the president’s honor roll, which requires a 4.0 grade point average for the semester.

Fifteen Mukilteo students were named to the president’s honor roll for spring semester at Washington State University. They include Tyler J. Cheung, Jill Marie Davidson, Christian Keau Francisco, Jansen Thomas Garside, Braedon Frances Graika, Maximillian Vaughn Hart, Jacob Hastings, Paula Rachael Kimmerling, Alexandra Beatrice King, Alan Lam, Kathryn Marie Nantz, Taylor James Sexton, Elizabeth Anne Swanson, Kristofer Russlle Taylor and Nathan Allen VelaBorja.



Kamiak senior Mikayla Wood is one of 20 high school students nationwide to receive the 2017 Montana State University Presidential Scholarship, MSU’s most prestigious scholarship. She plans to major in mathematics.

Wood participated in student government and soccer, lived in Thailand for two years and traveled to Antigua, Guatemala, as part of a cultural immersion and service learning experience. She was also recently named a Rotary student of the month. She is the daughter of Kristy and Gary Wood.

Kamiak senior Kristina Kim was awarded a $2,000 Cascade Symphony Scholarship in May. The orchestra's Music Director Michael Miropolsky presented the cello player with the Robert B. Anderson Scholarship during a concert.

Six high school seniors from the Mukilteo YMCA were awarded scholarships during the YMCA of Snohomish County’s 17th annual My Achievers Program (MAP) Recognition & Scholarship Banquet on June 1. They include Veronica Kaneko, Rodrigo Huerta, Jessiann Jordan, Cynthia Hernandez, Britha Bokmeto and Ceilakha Srey.

The Mukilteo Education Association has awarded five scholarships.

Mekdes Abate of Mariner High School received the Brad Agerup Memorial Scholarship for $1,000. Jesus Banuelos of Mariner received the Joanne Brennan Memorial Scholarship for $1,000.

Paul Porter of Mariner and Maryevva Craggs of Kamiak each received the Michelle Reichenbach Memorial Scholarships of $500. Emma Williams of Kamiak received the Lois Jamieson Memorial Scholarship of $1,000.

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