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Mercer Island graduate awards and honors

Friends and family watch and visit at the graduation ceremony for the Mercer Island High School class of 2010 Thursday. - Jenny Manning/Staff Photo
Friends and family watch and visit at the graduation ceremony for the Mercer Island High School class of 2010 Thursday.
— image credit: Jenny Manning/Staff Photo

The class of 2010 stepped out of Mercer Island High School last Thursday and headed off to various future plans, but not without their share of honors and awards. Here is a sample:

• The valedictorians were Aaron Azose, Ella Mathews, Alisa Owens, Marina Unutzer and Brian Williamson.

• The salutatorians were Kristin Fu and Julia Stafford.

• 167 seniors earned the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, for students who have earned GPAs of 3.5 or higher.

• 161 seniors were given Washington state honors awards, for students who graduate in the top 10 percent of the current year’s state graduates.

• Kristine Fu and Alisa Owens were named Washington State Scholars, students in the top 1 percent of seniors for academics, leadership and community service activities.

• 18 seniors earned Washington state Principal Scholars awards, for students who are in the top 5 percent of their graduating class.

• 4 seniors were National Merit Scholarship recipients. Alisa Owens was given a scholarship from Brown University, Aaron King earned a scholarship from the National Merit Corporation, Martina Unutzer earned a scholarship from the University of Washington and Matthew Wiens earned a scholarship from the National Merit Corporation.

• 114 seniors earned Community Service Gold Awards for completing at least 240 hours of community service.

Scholarships were given out during the annual Senior Breakfast on the morning of graduation. Those include:

• Robert S. Studebaker Award, selected by high school faculty for a student who has shown academic and leadership skills and who has exemplified the qualities of service to school and community, as seen in Studebaker. Will Voit earned the honor.

• Ethel C. Johnson Award was given to Martina Unutzer for being a senior who exhibits outstanding qualities of scholarship, leadership, citizenship and service.

• The Norrie Lamson Inspiration Award was given to Tori Davis and was chosen by class presidents and the ASB officers.

• Tyler Cox Memorial Award was given to Will Voit and voted on by classmates in the senior class in honor of Cox, who died in an accident weeks before his own graduation.

• Mercer Island Visual Arts League scholarships were given to Tim Malcham, James Suh and Olivi Wold.

• The Coaches’ Scholar Athlete of the Year honors were given to Hannah Lilly, Kirby Ingram and James Kashima.

• The Coaches’ Athlete of the Year award honors were given to Ellen Haas and Willy Reel.

The class of 2010 will attend various post-high school institutions and colleges across the country. Here is a breakdown of notable places that MIHS grads will be attending:

• 42 students will attend the University of Washington.

• 10 will go to Bellevue College.

• 16 will attend Washington State University.

• 52 students will attend school in the state of California, varying from the University of Southern California to Sanford and to Scripps.

• 27 will attend school in the state of Oregon, with 15 going to the University of Oregon.

• 2 students will attend schools overseas. Hedda Angel will go to the University of Trondheim in Norway, and Fanny Evansson will be going to school in Sweden.

• 4 students will attend school in Canada. John Harrison Jr. and Julia Stafford will attend the University of British Columbia, while Ian Fisk will go to Dalhousie University and John Frank will attend Qwest University.

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