June 3, 2008 · Updated 1:56 PM
American Association of University Women
On April 23, three young women from Mercer Island High School — Michele Zemplenyi, Ladan Mozaffarian and Tamara Babenko — were honored by the American Association of University Women for their academic success in math, science or technology. The students were distinguished before the organization, a national group that promotes education and equity for all women and girls.
Mercer Island High School senior Brian Tolkin won a $10,000 scholarship from AXA Financial Protection for his leadership and community service. One of 52 students chosen nationwide, Tolkin was distinguished for “using his love of boating to get more than 1,000 cancer patients onto the water.” Winners demonstrate drive and determination to succeed, the ability to thrive in a college environment, and respect for self, family and community. The $10,000 award will go toward Tolkin’s college education.
Mercer Island High School seniors Brian Tolkin and Sherrie Hsu have been distinguished as Washington Scholars, an award designed by the Association of Washington School Principals and the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board. In total, 147 graduating seniors across the state were honored with the distinction. In reward for their academic caliber, the students won full scholarships to any Washington public or private college. The youth were recognized at a ceremony on April 30. Gov. Chris Gregoire and State Superintendent Terry Bergeson attended the event, among other public figures.