The presentation of more than $600,000 in scholarships and special awards to members of the SHS Class of 2007 was a highlight of Steilacoom High School’s senior awards night, held on June 7. A large crowd of family members and friends attended the traditional ceremony held in the SHS Commons that evening.
In addition to the awarding of area college and university scholarships, more than half a dozen awards from community organizations such as the Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis of Steilacoom, Steilacoom Historical Education Foundation, Rotary Club of Clover Park, and the Rotary Club of Lakewood, were presented to this year’s honorees.
Other “local” scholarships included the Ben Cheney Scholarship, St. Martin’s University Faculty and Dean’s Scholarships, Pacific Lutheran University, Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship, Leanne Ehnat Scholarship, the Evergreen State College Scholastic Scholarship, the Michael Van Wert Scholarship, the Pierce First! and Pierce Now! Scholarships, and the Bill Rogers Memorial Golf Scholarship
Privately funded scholarships also were presented by individuals such as the Monica Lightell Memorial Community Service Scholarship, the John Anderson Scholarship, Tom White Memorial ALAS Scholarship, the David Sellars Memorial Scholarship, the Harold Allen Realtors Scholarship, the Campbell-Harris Music Scholarship, the O’Grady Family Scholarship, the Gloria Martinson Creger Memorial Scholarship, the Anna & Fred Ziegler Scholarship, the Chet Nichols Memorial Scholarship, plus several We Love Steilacoom Scholarships and Apple Squeeze Scholarships. Steilacoom Mayor Ron and Jan Lucas also presented a scholarship.
Matthew Passmore received an appointment to the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, while six students in the top five percent of the class received the Washington Principal’s Scholars Award, and 11 in the top 10 percent of the class, based on GPA and SAT scores, received Washington State Honors Awards.
A dozen SHS department awards, (such as Art and Drama, Math, Science and Foreign Language), as well as recognition of the Students of the Month during the past four years, also were presented.
Teresa Javillonar was selected as Class Salutatorian, and Elizabeth Meberg was selected as the Valedictorian.
Seniors receiving honors that evening included Carlon Addison, Amber Anderson, Andrew Andres, Stephanie Arnold, Randi Balogh, Ryan Barrett, Megan Beene, Amber Bradford, Maria Bruno, Chungmu Chon, Hana Cobb, Alex Collins, Katelyn Cushman, Theresa Dew, Charity Dow, Andrew Eggebroten, Alex Eley, Jan-Michael Escobar, Tami Ferris, Brittany Finwall, Greg Ford, Milan Franklin, Shane Garrett, Heather Grivas, Stephanie Hamilton, Amanda Hansel, Kramer Hensen, Horst Herting, Kieran James and Teresa Javillonar,
Also Claire Johnson, Ryan Keith, Cameron Kern, Jee Soo Kim, Brian Lewis, Jimmy Lu, Erin Lynch, Keli Lynch, Elizabeth Meberg, Vince Mindas, Arin Morris, Reilly Newhouse, Leah Newman, Sarah Norman, Monica Palmer, Matthew Passmore, Desiree Patty Christian Picardal, Kimberly Poblete, Mitchell Richards, Jaminah Shannon, Jeremy Smith, Kenny Tebaldi, Camille Torres, Marne Warner and Courtney Worrell.
Submitted by Nancy Covert