Graduation awards

Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Paul Suh multi-tasks after the ceremony fielding phone calls, talking to family and carrying several bundles of flowers. -
Chad Coleman/Mercer Island Reporter Paul Suh multi-tasks after the ceremony fielding phone calls, talking to family and carrying several bundles of flowers.
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Each year, MIHS faculty, community members and students select a number of graduates for their leadership, academic excellence, personal strength, inspiration and dedication to their school and community. The following is a list of this year’s recipients, presented during the class of 2007’s Senior Assembly on June 13.

Ethel C. Johnson Award — Presented to a senior selected by the faculty, who exhibits outstanding qualities of scholarship, leadership, citizenship and service: Daniel Naylor

Robert S. Studebaker Award — Presented to a senior who has excelled in scholarship and leadership and foremost in service to school and community as exemplified by Mr. Studebaker: Jeffrey Benca

Norrie Lamson Inspirational Award — A committee comprised of the class presidents and ASB officers selects an MIHS senior for outstanding contributions in the areas of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, athletic ability, courage, and service: Sara Ramsay

Tyler Cox Memorial Award —Voted on by all MIHS seniors, in honor of a student who best exemplifies the “Tyler Cox” model of good citizenship, school spirit, dedication to community, inspiration to fellow students and respect for family, school and nation: Derek Poppe

Gwen Lewis Memorial Scholarship — Acknowledges a student who gives unselfish attention to the needs of others, showing compassion for all people, cultures, religions, and lifestyles: Shanna Dulin

Krishna D. Vara Scholarship — Awarded to a student who exemplifies the values of perseverance, equality and strength, and is a true friend and inspiration to all. Vara graduated as a Valedictorian in 1998, and passed away shortly after to cancer: Marina Kuhns

Brett Storie Memorial Scholarship — Awarded to a student athlete who embodies Storie’s inspirational spirit, dedication to sport and academic excellence. Storie graduated with honors from Mercer Island High School as a National Merit Scholar in 1999. He attended the University of California at San Diego, where he battled Acute Mylogenic Leukemia for two years: Suzy Myre

In addition to those distinguished at the Senior Assembly, recipients of the following two scholarships (among others *) were announced during the Senior Awards Breakfast Celebration on June 14:

National Merit Scholarship:

Awarded to students who placed within the nation’s top 5 percent on the SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Jacob Bobman, Katherine Defliese, Anders Forsgaard, Michael Holtzman, Alexandre Puttick, Elliott Spelman and Brittney Wong.

Jacob Bobman received the Washington State Scholar Award, a four-year scholarship for academic achievement, outstanding leadership and community service. Only two high school students from each of the state’s 49 legislative districts are awarded this honor.

* Approximately 50 percent of this year’s 360 graduates were distinguished for earning the Washington State Honors Award, which means they placed within the top 10 percent of Washington’s graduating seniors.

For a full list of academic awards and scholarships go to:

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