Lakes High School senior Jane Lee, daughter of Kwang and Jong Lee, was selected as a 2009 Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) winner. As a WAVE winner, Lee receives a grant that covers two years of tuition that she plans to use next fall at the University of Washington.
Lee, who must maintain a 3.0 grade point average while in college in order to continue receiving the award, plans to become a pharmacist or an accountant. She is an honor graduate, senior class senator, a member of the Distribute Education Clubs of America, Key Club and National Honor Society. She is also on the varsity golf team and is an Ignite mentor.
“I am so honored to receive this award,” said Lee. “The application process was intense and it was so hard to be patient while waiting to see if I’d won. I strongly encourage other students to apply–this scholarship helps make my educational goals even more attainable.”
WAVE is designed to honor students for outstanding achievements in vocational and technical education. WAVE recipients receive a grant that provides six quarters or four semesters of tuition and service/activities fees at community or technical colleges; regional or research universities; accredited independent colleges; or licensed private vocational schools located in Washington state. The state Legislature created the award in 1984. Since then, more than 3,000 students have received assistance in paying their college tuition, boosting their ability to reach education and career goals.
Three WAVE recipients are chosen from each legislative district by a selection committee, which is comprised of representatives of business, labor and education. Applicants are selected based on occupational proficiency, leadership, community service, work experience, character, attitude and attendance.
Todd Pehowski, a Lakes High School business marketing teacher, was selected as the Pierce County Chapter Washington Association of Vocational Administrators (WAVA) Educator of the Year. He and Lee will be honored along with other Pierce County WAVE Award winners, students and teachers, at a May 20 dinner and award ceremony at Bates Technical College.