Awards and Achievements for May 12

Herald staffMay 11, 2013 

— Eric Simiele of Richland was awarded Purdue University’s 2013 Eli Lilly Health Physics Award.

Simiele was honored for his achievement in the university’s radiological health sciences program.

He is a graduate of Hanford High School and is the son of Connie Simiele.

— Three Richland High School students earned Outstanding Musicianship Awards at the Jazz Unlimited Festival, held April 13 at Columbia Basin College.

Tenor sax player Conner Smith, guitarist Denin Koch and trumpet player Ryan Shannon were honored.

— The Regional Service Corps recently announced the winners of its “I Love to Read” poster contest.

The contest is a part of the Mid-Columbia Libraries and Richland Public Library’s annual “Go Wild for Reading” event.

Students were asked to read during their school breaks with the goal of designing a poster about literacy. More than 100 posters were submitted and judged.

One finalist was chosen from each of the six libraries. Ainsley Peery of Richland, Trinity Carlson of West Richland, Leela Brewer of Kennewick, Leticia Gallegos of Pasco, Chris Bonilla of Keewaydin and Becky Young of Benton City all were finalists. Leela also was chosen as the grand prize winner. She received a new bicycle from Scott’s Cycle and Sports and the Chinook Cycle Club.

— Kamiakin High School students Megan Filippello and McKenna Keng recently earned the Top 10 Award at the International DECA Competition in Anaheim, Calif.

Megan and McKenna completed and submitted an 85-page manual covering the operations, financial statements and promotions for Kamiakin’s school store, the Trading Post.

In Anaheim, the students competed against 180 other teams. They were judged on their promotional techniques.

In addition to the Top Ten Award, McKenna received a $1,000 scholarship from NAPA Auto Parts.

— Tamar Oostrom of Richland, a member of the class of 2013 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., has earned honor roll status for winter term 2013.

Honor roll status at Washington and Lee represents a term grade-average of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.

— Jacqueline Gates has been awarded an Academic Honors Scholarship for $4,000 for the 2013-14 academic year at Eastern Washington University. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshmen who has demonstrated outstanding academic merit and achievements in high school as well as maintained a GPA of 3.7 or higher.

Jacqueline will graduate from Richland High School in June. She is ranked 21 in her class. She was pole vaulted all four years of high school, was involved in leadership for three years and was the ASB secretary.

She is the daughter of Patrick and Mary Ellen Gates of Richland.

— Kaitlyn Broersma of Sunnyside was among 307 Dordt College in Iowa students awarded diplomas at the 2013 commencement ceremony held May 10 in the B. J. Haan Auditorium.

Broersma graduated with a bachelor’s in elementary education and Spanish.

— The following Kennewick area residents recently graduated from the University of Portland: Fiona Thornhill, bachelor’s, nursing; Molly Tuinstra, bachelor’s, secondary education; Benjamin Gadbois, bachelor’s, computer science; Jessica Eldrige, bachelor’s, nursing.

— Richland High School’s “You Raise Me Up” benefit concerts raised more than $4,000. The concerts were held April 25-26. The concert was held to raise money to assist choral director Greg Fryhling with his cancer treatment expenses.

— In 2012, Macy’s raised more than $18,500 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties. The donation will help the club support youths’ academic success and healthy lifestyle choices. The money was raised through Macy’s Thanks for Sharing campaign. Shoppers were encouraged to charge a one-time fee of $25 to their Macy’s credit card, a portion of which went to the club.

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