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Awards & Achievements

-- Peter Hanson of Kennewick has been awarded the Steve Dahlen Scholarship for $975 for the 2012-13 academic year at Eastern Washington University. This award is given to a student majoring in an electronic media and film program, in the memory of Dahlen, a 1982 grad of EWU who was a sound engineer for the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour in NYC.

Hanson graduated from Kennewick High School in 2009, where he was involved in orchestra, symphony, marching band, National Honor Society, Knowledge Bowl, and International Club.

He is a junior majoring in film at EWU, and is a member of the Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity. He is the son of Cindy and Robert Hanson of Kennewick.

-- Doug Ault of Richland was selected to receive the Edmund J. Yarwood Dean's Honor Student Award at Eastern Washington University.

The award is presented to graduating seniors who have achieved academic excellence and have also demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities to Eastern and the community.

Ault, the son of Mike and Linda Ault, graduated in 2008 from Hanford High School in Richland, where he served on the Associated Student Body for two years and was a member of the varsity football and wrestling teams. At Eastern, he has been the recipient of a Gary Brown Memorial Scholarship and the Stewart Book Scholarship. He is the multimedia editor for the Easterner and does freelance video work for activities.

He graduated from Eastern with a bachelor's degree in film.

-- Riley Casper Gray of Richland was awarded the Frances B. Huston Award, the most prestigious award given by Eastern Washington University to a student.

Gray, the son of David and Elisa Gray of Richland, graduated in 2007 from Kamiakin High School, where he was involved in marching band, pep band, jazz band, symphony orchestra and wind ensemble.

At Eastern, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Music History Award in 2010 and the Outstanding Undergraduate Jazz Award in 2011, was a participant in the Piano Duo Recital and Big Band Arranging Contest and is involved in jazz ensemble, wind ensemble and "Tombo" Jazz Combo.

Gray will graduate from Eastern with a bachelor's degree in music.

-- Stephen Exarhos, the son of Dr. Gregory and Dr. Catherine Exarhos, Richland, was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in physics June 10 from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., at the college's 163rd commencement. Exarhos is a 2008 graduate of Hanford High School.

-- Eastern Washington University's College of Science, Health and Engineering awarded Abigail Winschell, who majored in biology/pre-med, minored in chemistry, with honors.

Winschell graduated from Hanford High School in 2008, where she participated in varsity soccer, varsity track, and honor roll. While at Eastern she researched with Andrea Castillo and was a laboratory teaching assistant for medical microbiology for nursing students.

She is the daughter of Tanya and Bert Winschell of Richland.

-- Eastern Washington University's College of Science, Health and Engineering has awarded multiple students with honors.

Christina Delarm, 22, bachelor of science in dental hygiene, graduated with cum laude honors. At EWU, Delarm participated in the Iron Eagle Triathlon. She graduated from Pasco High School in 2007, where she was involved with basketball, cheerleading, and DECA. Christina is the daughter of Ranae and Christian Delarm of Pasco.

Kathryn M. Pederson, 24, bachelor of arts and education in chemistry with a math minor, graduated cum laude. Pederson is a 2006 graduate of Kamiakin High School, where she was involved in the Buddy Club, Key Club, and National Honors Society. Kathryn is the daughter of Marian and Dennis Pederson of Kennewick.

Holly Arnold, 24, received a bachelor of science in dental hygiene. She is a 2006 graduate of Southridge High School. Holly is the daughter of Meredith and Steve Anthony of Kennewick.

-- Tri-City Optimist Club issued three $1,250 scholarships for 2012-13. The winners were chosen from 42 applications including five valedictorians, five students with SAT scores above 1,900. The winners are: Lauren Joseph from Richland High School. Her parents are Craig and Leslie Joseph; Brett Konzek from Southridge High School. Her parents are Glenn and Rene Konzek; and Alexis Hooper from Kamiakin High School. Her parents are Coy and Bernadette Hooper.

-- Yvonne Carrick of Kennewick has earned placement on the Gonzaga University president's list for spring quarter. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed.

She is a 2009 graduate and valedictorian of Tri-City Prep. She was awarded the Kennewick Education Association recipient of a $500 academic scholarship for the 2012-13 school year.

She is the daughter of Kathleen and Ernest Carrick of Kennewick.

-- Saint Martin's University has issued its spring semester 2012 Dean's List for outstanding academic achievement.

To earn academic honors, undergraduate students must receive a 3.5 grade-point average or higher (based on a 4.0 scale), carry at least a 12 semester-hour course load and complete all coursework undertaken for the semester.

Kennewick -- Sara R. Bakos, junior, elementary education; Taylor E. Bakos, junior, elementary education; Russell A. Deal, sophomore, chemistry.

Richland -- Marinella A. Chvatal, sophomore, community services.

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