LYNNWOOD, Wash., May 20, 2022 – The Rotary Club of Lynnwood presented $55,000 in scholarships to students on Thursday, May 19 at the Lynnwood Convention Center, for their outstanding academic achievements and commitment to community service.
“We are very proud of these children. We are so grateful to have so many active members of the community who are able to provide these opportunities and proud of the school district for producing these students,” said Debra Kilgore, Vice Chair of the District Board of Trustees. Edmonds School, to the Lynnwood Times. .
$5,000 University Scholarship Recipients for Four-Year Colleges
Alejandra Engel of Meadowdale High School who has served as a teaching assistant in her school’s library and a member of the automotive technician program, varsity track team, hurdles team, concert team, cheering band and jazz band. She also received the Best Exhibitor Award for Creative Writing from the Evergreen State Fair.
Engel has completed 274 hours of service through Edmonds Rotary on service projects and has served as vice president of the Snohomish County 4H Club, camp counselor and volunteer at several organizations. Engels wants to get involved in the medical field or welding after attending his dream school at St. Martin’s University in Lake Stevens.
“I’m really excited to hear about the caliber of students in the area and the limited number of opportunities, it’s really cool to have selected Alejandra,” Steve Engel, Alejandra’s father, told the Lynnwood Times.
“I feel really, really grateful and lucky,” said Alejandra Engel. “Hard work pays off.”
Saul Gonzales of Meadowdale High School has been involved with his school orchestra, the Black Student Union, the Ski Club, the Link Crew and others. He was Link Leader of the Month and a recipient of the Youth Merit Award at the Edmonds Rotary Club. He wants to become a teacher or youth counselor and achieve an equitable school system with plans to attend Edmonds College before Washington University.
Madeleine Karnikis of Meadowdale High School is captain of the high school swim team, a member of Young Life since sixth grade, a certified lifeguard at sixteen, and has worked at various parks and recreation programs throughout the area. She was a member of the honor society in the junior and senior years and set a swim team record in 2019. She volunteered in the Dominican Republic building bathrooms and cleaning up the water in the country. She has also volunteered with Special Olympics. Karnikis hopes to graduate in biology and pursue studies in medicine, through the lens of public health.
Meadowdale High School’s Aurysia Ko was on the executive team for the Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, National Honor Society, YEOC (Young Executives of Color), and Link Crew. She was Meadowdale High School’s Neighborhood Student in Physical Science, Meadowdale Arts Music Booster Organization Student of the Month twice, Link Leader for two years, and alto saxophone competition finalist. She participates in local clothing drives through Goodwill and wants to help college kids learn the alto saxophone. Ko hopes to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce with a minor and music and help local businesses. Ko’s family is building a restaurant and Ko will help set it up and keep it running while he attends the University of Washington.
Imogen French of Lynnwood High School was on the varsity tennis team for three years, served as class council and class principal two years in a row, and directed and planned her school’s talent show. His awards include honor roll for four years, homecoming, and volunteering at Edmonds School District Nourishing Network, Lynnwood Food Bank, and wishes to major in environmental science and minor in teaching at Oregon State. University.
“I am very proud. Imogen worked very hard throughout high school and dedicated a lot of time and effort to outside activities and projects. This award is incredible and she deserves everything she has,” Kevin French, Imogen’s father, told the Lynnwood Times.
Faith Murray of Lynnwood High School is an ACL leader and captain of her high school’s swim team where she served four varsity years and one varsity year on the track team. She was an honor roll student for two years, five quarters on the Dean’s Honor Roll at Edmonds College, received a Legacy Award on the Lynnwood swim team, and graduated high school with a associate degree from Edmonds College. She founded and organized Hope Group, volunteered at the Lynnwood Food Bank, and wants to focus on environmental studies.
Damarius Ibrahim of Mountlake Terrace High School was in track and cross country, jazz band and eco club. She won a Washington Journalism Education Association award in a feature film cancellation contest, received two Outstanding Musician awards at the University of Oregon Jazz Festival, and received University Letters. in cross-country and track. She has volunteered with Root of our Youth Coalition and aspires to pursue her passion for music and athletics and study environmental studies in college.
Ritika Khanal of Mountlake Terrace Secondary School is the editor of the school newspaper, the Hawkeye, and is a student councilor with the Edmonds School District School Board and a member of the Ecology Club. She served as a delegate from Washington to the Al Newport Journalism Conference and was Student of the Month in 2021 and 2022. She has volunteered with the Math Textbook Adoption Committee, volunteered with the Nepal Seattle Society, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Khanal wants to pursue a law degree and will attend Harvard University later this year.
Brooke Rinehimer of Mountlake Terrace High School was captain of the robotics program, a varsity golf player for four years, and a National Merit Scholar finalist, Advanced Placement with Distinction Award winner, National Honor Society, and Mountlake Terrace Athlete of the Month . She served on the Edmonds Town Youth Commission and volunteered at the Edmonds Food Bank. She wants to pursue a career in research after attending the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Minh Vu of Mountlake Terrace High School was in the National Honor Society, Connect Crew, Key Club, Vice President of the Asian Student Union, Class of 2022 ASB, and a Western Aerospace Scholar. He was an AP honors scholar and volunteered with his high school’s PTSA goodwill campaign, was a math tutor, and was a member of the soccer club. He will attend the University of Washington later this year.
$2500 Community College Scholarship Grant Recipients
Banelli Rios Santana of Scriber Lake High School wants to focus her future on helping the homeless. She has volunteered at Housing Hope and through her church on numerous community projects. She hopes to use the funds to receive an AA degree from Everett Community College and eventually secure a career in healthcare.
Meredith Camacho of Lynnwood High School participated in the robot program at school and helps run Lynnwood High School’s flower shop. She is an honor roll student and has participated in food drives during the holiday season. She hopes to one day run her own business and non-profit organization. She will attend Shoreline Community College and transfer to a four-year college after earning her associate degree.
About the Rotary Club of Lynnwood
The Rotary Club of Lynnwood is a community of leaders who voluntarily support others through professional, community, international and youth service. To learn more, visit https://www.rotarycluboflynnwood.com.