Awards and achievements for May 26

By the Tri-City HeraldMay 26, 2013 

-- Diana Wang of Richland recently received a medal at the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competition. Wang, a freshman at Hanford High School, received a second place medal for violin.

-- Tyson Fresh Meats recently awarded $6,000 to the children of seven of the company's Pasco employees.

The recipients are:

Jennifer Lima of Pasco High School, daughter of Guillermo and Cecilia Lima.

Asya Gubskaya of Richland High School, daughter of Vyacheslav Gubskiy.

Mirzeta Hasanovic of Kennewick High School, daughter of Mesija Hasanovic.

Sandra Herrera and Juana Herrera of Chiawana High School, daughters of Andres and Ramona Herrera.

Juan Manuel Rodriguez of Delta High School, son of Angelica Rodriguez.

-- Kendell Gilmore of Pasco recently received a Louis B. Perry Summer Research Grant.

The grant will allow Gilmore to perform collaborative research with Professor Nancy Forsthoefel of Whitman College. They will be studying the effects of gene overexpression in genetically modified plants.

She also recently presented a project on gene overexpression at the annual Whitman Undergraduate Conference, which celebrates the scholarship and creativity of Whitman students.

Gilmore is a biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology major at Whitman College.

She is the daughter of Joan and Tyler Gilmore and a graduate of Tri-Cities Prep in Pasco.

-- Thirteen Hermiston High School students recently were inducted into the National Honor Society: Andrea Champan, Hanna Dobson, Sofia Gispert, Denisia Leon, Ashley Moser, Kate Nordquist, Brandi White, Jessica Dixon, Andre Gispert, Megan Kane, Sydney Moore, Oanh Kim Nguyen and Michael Potts were all inducted.

The students were selected by the high school chapter's faculty council. They were chosen for their scholarship, leadership, service and character.

-- The Tri-Cities Exchange Club named Daniel Sereda its May Student of the Month.

Daniel is a fifth-grader at James McGee Elementary School in Pasco.

He was selected for his leadership and ability to stay focused and meet expectations.

He received a plaque and a $20 McDonald's gift certificate.

-- Kadlec Regional Medical Center has awarded $2,000 each to three graduating Junior Volunteers who have volunteered several hundred hours at the Richland hospital.

The students are:

Robert Bauman, a senior at Richland High School who plans to attend Gonzaga University. His parents are Robert and Stephanie Bauman.

Hannah Lentz, a homeschool student who plans to attend Columbia Basin College and pursue nursing. Her parents are Chris and Laurel Lentz.

Bethany Johnson, a senior at Hanford High School in Richland who plans to attend Lewis-Clark State College and become a registered nurse. Her parents are Bradley and Rebecca Johnson.

-- Kamiakin High School's Scarlet and Gold Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble recently were honored at the Music in the Parks festival.

At the festival, held in Coeur d'Alene, Kamiakin's music programs received first-place award recognition for their performances.

In addition, the choir and wind ensemble were recognized as top performance ensembles of the entire festival.

-- Jeremy Kinsey of Boy Scout Troop 126 will receive his Eagle Scout Award at 1 p.m. Saturday at West Highlands United Methodist Church, 17 S. Union St., Kennewick.

He earned 21 merit badges, served as a leader in his troop and completed his Eagle Scout project.

Kinsey's project focused on the Mid-Columbia Libraries' Kennewick branch's gardens on Union Street in Kennewick.

Kinsey, along with several other Scouts, family members and friends, sanded down and revarnished signs, butterfly houses and bee boxes in the garden.

-- Three Tri-City art students recently took top honors at the annual Superintendent's High School Art Show, sponsored by the state's office of superintendent of public instruction in Olympia.

Cooper Atkinson of Kamiakin High earned the superintendent's award for his photography titled Heaven's Doorstep.

Abbey McMinn of Richland High won the Professional Educators Standards Board award for her fused glass with wood art titled Apple Pickers.

Kaitlin Smith of Hanford High won the Washington Association of School Administrators award for her watercolor painting titled Beyond the Day.

-- The Richland Education Association Union awarded five $1,000 scholarships to children of Richland School District educators.

The recipients are Jacob Croshaw, Colin Horner, Abbey McMinn and Geoff Wuerl of Richland High School, and Luke Price of Hanford High School.

-- The Richland Association of Paraeducators Union recently awarded five $600 scholarships to seniors of district paraeducators.

The recipients are Kelly Breard, Elinor Lake, Justin Mitchell and Francesca Smith of Richland High School, and Haley Johnson of Delta High School.

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