Awards & Achievements

By the Tri-City HeraldJune 14, 2013 

-- Krista Lingle-Mullen of Richland has been named to Eastern New Mexico University's dean's list for the spring semester. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in forensic science. She is a graduate of Richland High School.

-- Hannah Gallagher of Richland, a freshman majoring in chemical engineering, was named to Worcester Polytechnic Institute's dean's list for academic excellence for the spring semester.

-- The Richland High School Chamber Choir and Jazz Reaction recently performed at the Music in the Parks Festival. At the May 11 festival in Silverwood, Idaho, both choirs scored a perfect 200 and earned first place in their divisions. The Richland High School Chamber Choir also earned the "Spirit of the Festival" award for their attitude and music.

-- Suzanne Sullivan of Burbank recently was elected to the fundraising council for the Soroptimist International of the Americas. The organization is for business and professional women working to improve the lives of women and girls in their community and around the globe. In her new position, Sullivan will work with the council to solicit donations, gifts, sponsorships and more. She works as the president and CEO of Aero Outdoors, an outdoor and hunting retailer.

-- Noe Lopez of Richland recently graduated from Corban University in Salem with a degree in industrial psychology.

-- CenturyLink recently awarded Pasco teacher Gail Freitag with a $5,000 grant.

Freitag works with deaf and hard of hearing kindergarten students at Rowena Chess Elementary School. In the fall, she will begin work at Captain Grey Elementary.

The grant is part of the company's Teachers and Technology program. Freitag will use the money to buy tablets, laptops and flip cameras for her classroom to encourage learning and creativity.

-- The following people recently completed the 18-month AgForestry Leadership development program: Angela Smith of Kennewick; Jason Helms of Richland; Dustin Tobin of Sunnyside; and John Williams of Richland.

The Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation offers the program, in which participants learned about public affairs, decision-making, personal skills and Washington's natural resource industries and rural communities.

-- Kaylee Butz of Richland recently received a $2,000 scholarship from Eastern Washington University. She is the daughter of Kelly and Terri Butz.

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