Meagan McIntyre, a senior at Sehome High School, has been nominated to be considered for a statewide scholarship opportunity, according to a city press release.
In partnership with the Association of Washington Cities' Center for Quality Communities, the City of Bellingham recently offered an opportunity for local graduating seniors to compete for one of six $1,000 scholarships to be awarded in the state. Students who have been actively engaged in civic activities were encouraged to apply.
"Meagan is an extremely accomplished young woman and I appreciate that her career goals are focused on public service," Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville said.
"Bellingham is a community of active, engaged citizens, and our students embody those ideals as well," Kelli said. "This is a great opportunity for us to recognize the contributions these students make to our community."
LOCAL RANCHERS GET BOOST FROM COLLABORATION
Whatcom Community Foundation is collaborating with the Northwest Agriculture Business Center and Industrial Credit Union to help launch North Cascades Meat Producers Cooperative, according to a foundation press release.
The 20-member meat producers cooperative has banded together to develop WSDA Custom Exempt and USDA-inspected meat processing services, as well as a cooperative-owned wholesale distribution program for interested meat producers from Island, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties. The cooperative is seeking additional members and needed some additional start-up funds. The Community Foundation is adding a deposit to its existing ICU account that will serve as a loan guarantee for the new meat producers' cooperative.
"Most people know the Community Foundation for our grant making," said Mauri Ingram, Community Foundation president and CEO. "And, of course, that's money we don't want back. We want to put it to work in the community. A loan guarantee is another philanthropic tool that allows us to invest in the community in a different way. In this case to help a new rancher cooperative get started that will increase the amount of meat that is produced and consumed in Whatcom County and the surrounding region. Once the loan is repaid, the money used for the guarantee can be recycled for other future opportunities."
STUDENT ACTORS WIN HONORS
Thirty-five Western Washington University theater students and its improv troupe, The Dead Parrots Society, participated and 14 students won awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival on Feb. 18-23 in Sacramento, Calif., according to a WWU press release.
The festival is part of a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities.
The winners from Western are:
Sammy Scott (Mercer Island) - Winner critics/dramaturgy;
Mario Orallo (Lake Forest Park) - First alternate directing;
Gavin Foltz (Everett) - 10-minute play selected for possible national selection;
Lyssandra Norton (Edmonds) - Full-length play is a candidate for David Mark Cohen National Award;
Hannah Bochart (Haines, Alaska) - Full-length play is a candidate for National Partners of American Theatre;
Kyle Mitchel (Bothell) - First alternate Irene Ryans and Mark Twain Comedy Award;
Fred Tse (Auburn) - Full scholarship for Colorado State University summer programs in stage combat;
Marin Johnson (Woodinville) - Northwest Drama Conference undergrad scholarly paper winner;
Dead Parrots Society (Zach Wymore, Spokane; Mario Orallo; Elizabeth Andrews, Richland) - Outstanding improvisational troupe.
The Irene Ryan acting scholarship finalists include Francesca Betancourt (Tuscon, Ariz.) and Zach Wymore, Jordan Watson (Ferndale) and Sam Turner (Buckley) and Kyle Mitchel and Zach Wymore.
WCC STUDENTS ON ACADEMIC TEAM
Whatcom Community College students Faline Jett and Troi (Kashia) Gale have been named to the 2013 All-Washington Academic Team, according to a school press release. They were to be recognized for their academic achievement and community involvement at a ceremony on March 21 in Olympia at South Puget Sound Community College. Governor Jay Inslee will be presenting the keynote address. Each student will receive a medallion in recognition of this honor, $500 awarded by the Key Bank, and eligibility for additional scholarship opportunities from various four-year institutions.
According to the school:
Faline Jett is a strong proponent for social justice with a great love for humanity. Small classes with personalized attention drew her to community college. Additionally, student government responsibilities and training have provided leadership skills that will help her succeed in her chosen field of aiding people in need. Faline currently works with community literacy programs to help adults acquire skills to enrich their lives.
Troi (Kashia) Gale initially selected community college for affordability. As Troi progressed, she experienced a strong sense of community here. The inspiration and support from her professors and fellow students have given her the skills and confidence to go further in her goals and education. Troi volunteers as an advocate for domestic violence and assault survivors, works at the local public library, and assists her disabled mother. Her ultimate goal is to open a resource/advocate center for low income families.
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