Education

Mid-Columbia students receive scholarships

Allie Stites
Allie Stites Contributed photo

▪ The Columbia Center Rotary awarded college scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $1,500 to high school graduates.

Kennewick: Makenna Behrens, Odalys Gonzalez, Brianna Hunting, Shelby Randall, Allie Stites, Yessica Cancino Valdovinos and Elijah Gomez.

Pasco: Cinthia Llamas and Miguel Rodriguez.

Richland: Natalie Mullen, Igor Sloboda and Travis Rybarski.

Prescott: Daniel Perez.

Elijah Gomez and Miguel Rodriquez also received the Tri-Tech tools and equipment award valued at $500.

▪ The Kiwanis Club of Boardman awarded four $500 scholarships to graduating seniors of Riverside and Irrigon high schools. The awards are for class achievement and service to the community and the schools.

Riverside High School: Stephanie Stokoe and Jennifer Shimer.

Stokoe is the daughter of Rick and Shari Stokoe of Boardman. She was active in softball, a member of Key Club and National Honor Society while holding a part-time job. She achieved a rank of third in her class and plans to attend Blue Mountain Community College to become a certified emergency medical technician and phlebotomist.

Shimer is the daughter of George and Marie Shimer of Boardman. She ranked sixth academically in her class of 57. She is a member of Key Club and National Honor Society, and was senior class president. She plans to attend Blue Mountain Community College and then transfer to Eastern Oregon University for a degree in business management.

Irrigon High School: Colten Charles Seelye and Nicholas Strong.

Seelye is the son of Casey and Rebecca Seelye of Irrigon. He has been active in Key Club, National Honor Society, football, and FFA. He ranked seventh in his class of 50. He plans to attend Mt. Hood Community College, then transfer to Western Oregon University to study criminal justice.

Strong is the son of Daren and Dianna Strong of Irrigon and is ranked first in his class, with a GPA of nearly 4.0. He has been involved in band and National Honor Society at his school, and is an instrumental member of his church. He plans to attend George Fox University, studying music and mechanical engineering.

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