Community awards scholarships to top student-athletes

17 Edmonds School District seniors honored at 17th annual banquet
By David Pan | Jun 07, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale athletic coordinator Beth Marriott awards Matthew Johnson a scholarship during the Edmonds School District Scholar-Athlete & Coach/Community Recognition Banquet Wednesday, May 23, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Seventeen graduating seniors took their turns in the spotlight at the 17th annual Edmonds School District Scholar-Athlete & Coach/Community Recognition Banquet.

The 17 students were honored for excellence in their athletic endeavors and their work off the field at school and in the community Wednesday, May 23, in Edmonds-Woodway High School’s Great Hall.

A total of $36,500 in scholarships were awarded

Meadowdale’s Matthew Johnson shared the top honors with Lynnwood’s Abby Douglas. Each received a $3,500 scholarship.

Johnson played football, basketball and participated in track and field during his high school career. He served as a team captain his senior year in football and track and field.

The Meadowdale standout also held leadership roles in the school orchestra, where he played the bass, along with guitar and drums. Johnson served as an ASB Senator for two years and also was a Link Leader.

Johnson took his passion for video editing and developed the school’s weekly news program. As director and editor, Johnson produced a program that brought his fellow classmates together to better inform and support school programs.

He also volunteered at a homeless shelter and had more than 100 hours of community service through the National Honor Society.

Johnson wrote of the role of sports in his life – “Sports have helped me to grow into the young man I am today because athletics have taught me dedication, perseverance, leadership, time management, and given me an incredibly strong work ethic.”

Johnson plans to attend Chapman University in Orange County, California, and will study business communications.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Salihou Fatty received a $3,000 scholarship. Fatty earned six varsity letters during his high school career – four in wrestling and two in football. He was a team captain for both sports his senior year.

Fatty advanced to the state wrestling championships for three straight years and was a two-time state placer. He served as class president his freshman, sophomore and junior years and was voted ASB President his senior year.

The Edmonds-Woodway standout plans to attend the University of Washington and will study information systems.

Meadowdale’s Kendyl Anderson received a $3,000 scholarship.

Anderson was a member of the cheer squad for three years. She also played soccer as a freshman.

She also was involved in ASB and Link Crew and was a member of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Anderson has volunteered at Clothes for Kids and at a fifth grade outdoor camp with one of the district’s elementary schools.

Anderson will attend Gonzaga University and plans to study nursing.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Tyler McAtee was awarded a $2,500 scholarship.

McAtee was a four-year member of the football and track and field teams. He was a team captain for both teams his senior year.

As a defensive lineman, McAtee earned first team, all-league recognition. In track, he won league titles in the shot put and discus to help the Warriors to a team championship.

In addition to being a full IB Diploma candidate, McAtee was involved in ASB and also volunteered with his church’s children’s ministry.

McAtee will be attending the University of Washington where he plans to study civil and structural engineering.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Hannah Hicks received a $2,000 scholarship.

Hicks capped off her senior year by winning the high jump title at the 3A state track and field championships.

During her high school career, she earned three varsity letters in soccer and four in track and field. She served as team captain for both teams her senior year. As the team’s goalkeeper, Hicks helped lead the Warriors to one Wesco 3A title, two district championships and a third place finish at state in her sophomore season.

Hicks supported Unified Sports through her organizing of a school assembly and a soccer game, which raises funds and awareness for Special Olympics. She completed the International Baccalaureate Full Diploma curriculum and plans to attend Montana State University where she hopes to compete in track and field and study medical laboratory sciences.

Meadowdale's Will Schafer received a $2,000 scholarship. Schafer is a three-sport athlete, who was a key member of the football, basketball and baseball teams. He was a captain for all three sports his senior year. In addition, he was a Link Crew Leader for two years. A member of the Hi-Q team, Schafer also was honored as a STEM Student of the Month for his excellence in physics and calculus.

With a 4.0 GPA, Schafer will attend California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where he will study Mechanical Engineering.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Yukino Parle was awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

Parle wrapped up her high school career by winning the 3,200-meter race at the 3A state track and field championships. She also won the 3,200 during her sophomore season. Parle finished second in the 3,200 at last year’s state meet and placed second at the state cross country meet her senior and sophomores seasons.

The Edmonds-Woodway runner holds the school records in the 800, 1.600 and 3,200.

Outside of athletics, Parle is a member of wind ensemble, Link Crew and was selected to all-state band. She volunteers at all-comers track and field meets during the summer.

Parle is headed to Boise State to run cross country and track and field. She plans to study exercise science.

Meadowdale’s Kiara Dailer received a $1,000 scholarship.

Dailer earned eight letters in cross country and track and field and was named a captain for both teams her senior year.

The Meadowdale standout also was a four-year member of the school’s band and was a member of the stage crew for her school’s theatre group.

She was a leader for the Save Our Shorelines organization and has been a camp counselor for Beach Camp at Sunset Bay the past four summers.

Dailer will be attending Western Washington University with plans to study Marine Biology.

The other nine scholar-athlete award winners were:

• Abby Douglas, volleyball, basketball, golf (Lynnwood), $3.500

• Meghan Spears, student-trainer, volleyball, golf (Lynnwood) $2,500

• Brooke Thompson, cheer (Lynnwood) $2.500

• Hannah Gibson, cheer (Mountlake Terrace) $2,500

• Kendall Yackley, baseball, basketball, cross country (Mountlake Terrace) $2,000

Brayam Juarez-Ramirez, cross country, wrestling, soccer, track and field (Lynnwood) $1,500

• Jasmine Zenk, softball, basketball (Mountlake Terrace) $1.500

• Michael Kilgore, cross country, soccer (Lynnwood), $1,000

• Jake Peters, tennis (Mountlake Terrace) $1,000

The district also honored four coaches and four community contributors from all four high schools.

The recipients were:


Coach honoree: Robert Brown

Community contributor: Emily Crum


Coach honoree: Allen Paves

Community contributor: David Harvey


Coach honoree: Stephanie Tastad

Community contributor: Shannon Bjornson

Mountlake Terrace

Coach honoree: Clint Rankin

Community contributor:
Al Shannon

The Director’s Award went to Edmonds-Woodway assistant principal Geoff Bennett, who is retiring this year after a 43-year career in education.

Due to an editing error, information about Edmonds School District Scholar-Athlete Will Schafer of Meadowdale was inadvertently omitted from a story in the June 6 print edition of the Beacon.

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