Rotary Club of Bellingham endows scholarships

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 7, 2013 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Adam Hayward helps carry a 50-pound bag of sugar into the Ferndale Food Bank, June 28, 2013, during a tour of the facility. Hayward and other NFL players, including Ferndale’s Jake Locker and Michael Koenen, played in a charity flag football game to benefit to the Food Bank Friday night at Ferndale High School. Koenen also hosts an annual youth football camp at the high school.

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Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation is supporting college scholarships through an endowment of almost $500,000 to Whatcom Community Foundation's Bellingham Dollars for Scholars program, according to a press release. Ten recipients were announced May 29.

The Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation Scholarship for best overall student, awarded for academic achievement and extracurricular activities, went to Hannah Truong of Squalicum High School and Jaime Korner of Bellingham High School.

Most-improved student awards went to Danielle Ziegler of Options High School, Emily Head of Squalicum and Maclean Cook of Sehome High School.

Outstanding academic achievement awards went to Kara Junttila and Amy Han, both of Sehome.

Vocational excellence awards, for students who will study and work in an occupation that requires technical training, went to Kaitlyn Vevag, Trevor Koehn and Joseph Harrison, all of Ferndale High School.

FLY TO GERMANY SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED

Angela Bates, a junior at Bellingham High School, is the first recipient of the Asher A. Kinney "Fly to Germany" Scholarship, according to a press release.

The scholarship, created this year by Sandi Heinrich through Whatcom Community Foundation, honors Sandi's son's dream of flying to Germany. Recipients receive help with airfare to participate in the German American Partnership Program, a nonprofit high school exchange program between schools in Germany and the United States.

Angela was awarded $750 for her essay "Opportunity of a Lifetime," in which she described her long-held fascination with Germany. She will visit her exchange partner in Haar, Germany, in July.

MT. BAKER ROTARY HONORS STUDENTS

Mt. Baker Rotary awarded $2,000 scholarships to students based on academics, community involvement, leadership and special circumstances. Winners are: Jose Martinez, Taylor VanDalen, Bret DeGraaff, Maddie Hommes, Calob Symonds, Jan Wolfisberg, Morgan VanSlyke and Jeff Propersi from Lynden High School; Blake TeVelde, Mikayla Jansma, Hunter Weinert, Trevor Dalla Santa and Cody Lindquist from Lynden Christian High School; Tucker Bronkema and Sali Matheson from Meridian High School; Nicholas Bean from Mount Baker High School; and Morgan Perry and Melissa Stadt from Nooksack Valley High School.

FOUNDATION RECOGNIZES STUDENTS

Whatcom Community Foundation recognized 13 students through two award programs. Eleven local middle school students received the Cole Student of the Year Award, a fund established by Sue and Craig Cole for inspirational and hardworking Whatcom County middle school students. The students get a plaque to keep and their name is inscribed on plaques at their schools.

Two graduates from Lynden high schools received the Georgeff Scholarship, established in memory of Roy Georgeff of Lynden, who left a portion of his estate to establish a scholarship fund for graduating Lynden High School and Lynden Christian High School seniors. This year each senior got a $500 scholarship for college tuition.

Receiving the Cole Student of the Year awards: Jacob Frazier of Assumption Catholic School, Gabrielle Nicole Icay of Baker View Christian School, Irena Ageyev of Blaine Middle School, Elissa Vreugdenhil of Cornerstone Christian School, Dana Ebe of Horizon Middle School, Camden Burgess of Meridian Middle School, Duy Nguyen of Shuksan Middle School, Bassoumi Najib Boulos and Autumn Engebretson of St Paul's Academy, Jackie Jolly of Vista Middle School and Maclain Schapler of Whatcom Day Academy.

The Roy Georgeff scholarships went to Toby Dalla Santa, a graduate from Lynden Christian High School who plans to attend Calvin College, and Jay Roper, a graduate from Lynden High School who plans to attend Whitworth University.

GOLFERS RAISE MONEY FOR RED CROSS

More than $45,000 was raised for local disaster relief at a golf event in Bellingham, according to a press release.

The Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross partnered with Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery for a 19th annual golf tournament and golf ball drop June 28 at Shuksan Golf Club. The players, 34 four-person teams, won souvenirs and prizes from local businesses.

Ferndale Ready Mix and Gravel sponsored the golf ball drop after the tournament. More than 450 pre-sold golf balls were dropped onto the practice green. The numbered balls that entered or came closest to three designated holes won a cash prize, an overnight package with Silver Reef Casino, and two roundtrip Alaska Airlines tickets.

"Everything we do is made possible by the generosity of individuals and businesses in our community," said Executive Director Stacy Rice. "Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a great success."

QUICK NOTES

Lynden High School students performed May 10 as part of the Disney Performing Arts Program. The concert band and Mane Event were on stage at the Anaheim, Calif., resort.

... The League of Women Voters of Washington recently honored the Bellingham/Whatcom League with its Citizen Award for "connecting citizens with government." The group's efforts to promote the widest possible public dialogue on potential environmental impacts of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point were cited in the award.

... Twelve families displaced from their homes after the May 6 fire at Sunset Pond Apartments shared a $10,000 donation from Associa Cares to help them replace lost belongings. The nonprofit organization is affiliated with EMB Management.

... Maralee Smith tells me the Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association has donated $2,500 to the Mount Baker High School FFA forestry team to help the students go to the national competition in Indiana in October. Team adviser Todd Rightmire said the group won the state FFA career development event May 3 in Chewelah. Hunter Gates placed first, Jank Oiness was second, Trevord Richner was fifth, Jamie Vanderyacht was sixth and Dalton Munsell was in the top 15.

... Brigadoon Service Dogs, a Bellingham nonprofit organization that provides "a helping paw" to veterans, adults and children with physical and developmental disabilities through human and dog partnerships, is looking for board members. If you are interested, contact founder and Executor Director Denise Costanten at 360-733-5388 or check out the website at brigadoondogs.org.

... Stacey McDaniel, refinery manager at BP Cherry Point Refinery, has joined the board of United Way of Whatcom County. Retiring board members Sandi Howard from Sargento's, Mary Humphries from ForestEthics, and Jeff Pitzer from BP Cherry Point, were honored for their dedication and years of support at a recent annual meeting.

Out and About is published on Mondays in The Bellingham Herald. Reach Executive Editor Julie Shirley at 360-715-2261 or julie.shirley@bellinghamherald.com.

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