Graduation news and honors

Here is a list of location graduations and honors received this spring by Mercer Islanders.

Monique Chanel Schreiber has earned a Bachelor of Science in health education from Linfield College in Oregon.

Sarah Anne Spranger has earned a Bachelor of Arts in business management from Linfield College in Oregon.

Rebecca Di Julio, a Western Washington University student and daughter of Douglas and Regina Di Julio of Mercer Island, received a $1,200 Netteke Scott Memorial Scholarship Endowment for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The Netteke Scott Memorial Scholarship Endowment is for Western juniors and seniors enrolled in the Elementary Education program at WWU’s Woodring College of Education.

Di Julio, a senior at WWU, is majoring in Early Childhood Education, has earned a 3.73 GPA and is expecting to graduate in winter 2012. She currently works at a Child Development Center and hopes to own a child care center in the future.

Sander Lavine, of the Lakeside class of 2007, graduated Summa Cum Laude with departmental honors in physics from Skidmore College.  He is the recipient of the Theodore H. and Marie M. Sarchin Fellowship at the University of Washington, where he will pursue his doctoral studies in aeronautical engineering in September.

Christopher Bailey received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in economics, with a minor in chemistry, from Whitman College. Bailey, who helped lead the MIHS boys’ tennis team to two consecutive state titles, also helped lead Whitman’s nationally ranked men’s DIII tennis team to four consecutive conference championships.

Courtney Hammond was presented with the Deans Plate at Dartmouth College. The award recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to the Dartmouth campus, community and world. Hammond is a member of the ski team, a five time All-American and finished 10th in the NCAA giant slalom championships. She is earning her degree in psychology. She is one of two to earn the award this spring.

Frannie Rudolf received her Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and Phi Beta Kappa membership on May 22. She will attend the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in the fall.

Psychology Outstanding Graduate Zoe Barnow earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Barnow is a graduate of Mercer Island High School and the daughter of Felice Barnow and Rick Posmantur. Barnow works for the Womencare Shelter as part of the advocate relief staff, answering the 24-hour emergency hotline and working one-on-one and in groups with clients to discuss housing options and goal-setting. The recipient of the Presidential Scholarship and the Adams Woodring Scholarship, Barnow co-authored a study of “relationship satisfaction” that was published by the Journal of Family Psychology in 2011. She also presented the study at the 2010 Association for Psychological Science Conference in Boston. After graduating, Barnow, who is a caregiver for adults with developmental disabilities at Evergreen Supported Living, will continue to live and work in Bellingham then attend graduate school in the San Francisco area to earn a doctorate in psychology. She plans to pursue a career as a therapist.

Mercer Island resident Anna Kathleen Swanson is among Northeastern University’s 2011 graduating class. Swanson graduated magna cum laude in Northeastern University’s 109th commencement on May 6 at TD Garden in Boston. A student majoring in psychology, she was one of 3,200 graduating seniors.

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