-- The National College of Emergency Room Physicians has selected local student Shakira Bandolin as a 2014 National Outstanding Medical Student. She is one of five top students in the country to receive such recognition.
The 2009 biochemistry graduate recently completed her M.D. from the University of Washington, and began a three-year residency at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.
Bandolin served with the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund in Ethiopia, where she gained much of her experience in medicine. In addition to being nominated an outstanding medical student, she was also recently granted an award for Excellence in Emergency Medicine on behalf of the Washington chapter of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.
Inspired by her time in Ethiopia, Bandolin hopes eventually to find a long-term position at a hospital serving a rural community.
-- Nine students from Kennewick high schools have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The seniors are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2015 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students nationwide who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Kamiakin High School: Skyler Boehnke, Tanner Jones, Alyxandria Powell, Sean Skinner, Alec Sun, Matthew Tillenburg.
Kennewick High School: Joshua Leavitt, Emma Staley.
Southridge High School: Cameron Nichols.