Lynnwood Kiwanis awards $24,000 in scholarships

Aug 29, 2018
Courtesy of: Lynnwood Kiwanis From left: Kiwanis president Harvey Smith, scholarship recipients Julianne Summer and Michelle Pham, and Kiwanis board member Ralph Baggerly.

The Kiwanis Club of Lynnwood has awarded a record-breaking $24,000 in scholarships to 11 Edmonds School District seniors who showed a commitment to helping their community.

As those students head to college, here are some of their words of wisdom:

Michelle Pham from Meadowdale High School: $6,000 (Helen Olson Scholarship): “Growing up, the lessons my father learned from his immigration to America has influenced how I perceive my role in society. Raised with those values, I discovered myself emphasizing the importance of service and work ethic in my actions to serve those who are in need.”

Madison Aguilar from Scriber Lake High School: $1,500 (Gourley/Rust Scholarship): “In leadership class, we would organize clothing drives, food drives, and public feasts for the less fortunate … I plan to graduate college and become an English teach at an alternative school. I hope to be able to teach a leadership class myself so that I can teach others the joy that comes from giving back to the community.”

Klara Gaspers from Edmonds-Woodway High School: $1,500 (Helen Olson Scholarship): “This year, I have been in charge of the Lessons for All program which provides free instrumental lessons to fifth and sixth graders who cannot afford them … I believe the organizational skills I have developed will equip me to volunteer on many projects. One thing I have learned is that plenty of people are willing to help, but nothing gets done without someone to organize them and manage events.”

Matthew Johnson from Meadowdale High School: $1,500 (Helen Olson Scholarship): “As I become more and more independent, I want to further my involvement with community service and leadership … I especially want to contribute by continuing to help feed the homeless

Other recipients were Julianne Summer from Scriber Lake High School and Olivia Nguyen, Abigail Douglas, Jeffrey Nguyen, Tuan Thai, Kate Nicodemus and Aileen Pham from Lynnwood High School.


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