Awards & Achievements

Compiled by Tri-City Herald staff June 10, 2012 

-- Kennewick High School's marketing management class and DECA participated in the annual Project Goodwill competition May 2 at Columbia Basin College.

Kennewick's DECA won $800 in prize money by winning the best donation box fashion and the best in show prizes.

Students designed clothes made from items found at local Goodwill stores.

Each team had to design outfits for three categories, develop their own runway show and incorporate an MC and music.

-- Chief Joseph Middle School Symphonic Band traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Festival of States. The band performed May 18 at the Jefferson Memorial.

-- Dutch Bros. Coffee locations donated more than $174,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

A companywide fundraiser was May 4 in honor of company co-founder, Dane Boer-sma, who died of ALS in 2009.

-- Naomi Matson of Pasco has been awarded a Presidential Scholarship for $2,500 for the 2012-13 academic year at Eastern Washington University. This award is given to incoming students with a cumulative high school grade-point average of 3.8 or higher, or an SAT score of at least 1250.

She graduated as valedictorian from Chiawana High School this spring, where she took Advanced Placement courses. She served as the historian for the National Honor Society chapter and participated in DECA, color guard and Pottery Club.

She intends to pursue a degree in biology or business administration at EWU this fall.

She is the daughter of Kevin and Gina Matson of Pasco.

-- Erika Camacho was awarded a $2,000 Opportunity Scholarship for First and Second Generation Immigrant Students by the University College at Washington State University. Students receiving this award must have completed 12 credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, be a first- or second-generation immigrant into the U.S., plan to use his or her degree to contribute to peace worldwide, and demonstrate financial need. Preference is given to students who maintain full-time enrollment.

Camacho graduated from Pasco High School in 2009 and plans to graduate from WSU in May 2013 with a degree in political science. She works for the Chicana/o Latina/o Student Center and is a member of the Kappa Delta Chi Sorority.

She is the daughter of Teresa and Angel Camacho of Pasco.

-- Sengthian Sisayaket received a $1,000 Paul and Marjorie Clement Memorial Mathematics Scholarship from the Washington State University Department of Mathematics. Students receiving this award must be recently certified into the mathematics program and demonstrate academic merit.

Sisayaket graduated from Hanford High School in 2011 and plans to graduate from WSU in May 2015 with a degree in mathematics and secondary education. She is a member of the WSU marching and pep band, is the lead French horn in the WSU Symphony Orchestra and has been listed on the president's honor roll.

Sisayaket is the daughter of Somboun and Bounmy Sisayaket of Pasco.

-- The Kiwanis Club of Pasco recently honored 17 seniors in the Pasco School District for scholastic and citizenship Achievement. The award winners received special recognition at the club's general membership meeting on May 3.

Recipients were:

Pasco High School: Ajha Beckett, Erika Mendoza, Samson Martinez, Rocio Olivera, Brenda Sandoval, Issac Sappington, Citalli Silva-Rodriguez, Ramses Valdovinos and Dante Vega.

Chiawana High School: Aimee Calderon, Le'Ana Freeman, Monica Neri, Erika Martinez, Johanna Roach, Yarisa Romero, and Masooda Zarifi.

New Horizons: Zaida Huizar.

Two inspirational educators also were honored. They are Renee Matson, a counselor at Chiawana High School, and Kathleen Barton, an English teacher at Pasco High School. They were recognized for their efforts and skills to connect with high school students and personalize the high school educational experience for students.

-- Theodore Uecker of Richland has been awarded a Trustees Scholarship for $3,000 for the 2012-13 academic year at Eastern Washington University. This award is given to continuing EWU students with a GPA of 3.8 or higher.

Theodore is a senior at EWU, pursuing a degree in geology. On campus he participates in several plus groups and other study sessions, as well as helps make demonstration videos for environmental science labs.

Theodore is the son of James and Kerri Uecker of Richland.

-- Madison Moore of Prosser is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the McGregor Co.

Moore received the Standing Tall for Agriculture scholarship, awarded to students who show an interest in the agricultural industry.

Moore plans to major in business at Washington State University.

-- Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired received a $3,000 grant from Legends Casino.

The grant will help the center cope with increasing travel costs to serve impaired persons in Yakima and Klickitat counties.

-- Kennewick High School and running start student Jessica Gilmore was named one of the top 20 students at the food service management event at the DECA International Conference.

-- Jack Stratton, a 2006 graduate of Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a master's of science degree in geotechnical engineering.

He is the son of Bob and Peggy Stratton of Kennewick. Stratton will begin his new career with BGC Engineering company in Kamloops, British Columbia, in August.

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