Mount Baker Volcano Research Center awarded research grants to three Western Washington University students: Julie Gross, a graduate student in the Geology Department; Paul Whelan, a geography graduate student; and Loren White, a geology undergraduate.
Gross is studying the chemistry of unusual lavas in the Baker's volcanic field. Whelan will hike into recently deglaciated areas below Coleman and Easton glaciers to investigate the rate of soil development in areas that were covered with glacial ice until the past 100 years or so. White will use GPS to map hundreds of boiling gassy fumaroles in Sherman Crater.
Mount Baker Volcano Research Center is a nonprofit organization in Bellingham. This is the first year the center has awarded research grants. This year's grants total $1,485, funded by the sale of center T-shirts and from fees paid by geology field trip participants. Details: mbvrc.wordpress.com.
Mt. Baker Rotary awarded scholarships to the following Whatcom County high school students:
Lynden High: Amber Stokes, Taylor Witman, Frasier Shindruk, Jeremy Korthuis, Cassidy Gunst and Sarrah VanZanten.
Lynden Christian: Brennan Huleatt, Jamie Jo Libolt, John Pawlowski, Chad Heerspink, Kayla Aupperlee and Kaitlyn Brown.
Meridian: Denver VanderYacht and Kelli Terpsma.
Mount Baker: Rachelle Larson and Ben Koehler.
Nooksack Valley: High Charity Caldwell and Courtney Edwards.
Laura Gelwicks, a junior at Nooksack Valley High School, was elected Evergreen Girls State 2012 Governor during a recent Girls State gathering at Central Washington University.
Morgan Parker of Bellingham was named to the spring-semester Dean's List at Boston University.
Sarah Stackhouse of Bellingham graduated from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, a college preparatory boarding school in Georgia, and plans to attend Gonzaga University in the fall.
Laura Gelwick's election as Evergreen Girls State 2012 Governor was corrected Aug. 9, 2012.
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