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NW Yeshiva grad wins Language Initiative scholarship

The U.S. Department of State recently announced that Northwest Yeshiva High 2006 graduate Elisheva Goldberg was awarded a stipend through the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program. The CLS program, part of the interagency National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), is a government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Goldberg, a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, plans to study Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt, this summer. After this intensive summer program, she will spend a semester in Rabat, Morocco. Goldberg reportedly hopes the language skills which she acquires will be used to aid the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.

St. Monica students win prizes at Archbishop Murphy HS show

Students from the St. Monica School of Mercer Island were recently awarded several prizes following an art competition at Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett.

Amongst the winners, seventh-grader Fernando Leon was awarded a gold award for “Best in Show” and a prize worth $200; second-grader Michael Greene won first place for drawing; sixth-grader Evan Welsh won first place for painting; and sixth-grader Jae Hong Ju won first place for “Sacred Art.”

A total of nine Catholic schools participated, with 225 students entering the competition.

2009 MI PTA Council Community Scholarship recipients

On May 27, 45 Mercer Island High School seniors were honored at the Mercer Island PTA Council Community Scholarship Program and presented with a $500 scholarship. The recipients, selected by the MIHS faculty, were recognized for their outstanding attitude, effort and achievement in a particular curricular area.

The 2009 recipients were: Bicentennial Award – Colin Ramsay; Marketing – Christopher Morris; Bilingual Ed – Chol Yoon; Tech Ed – Kelsey Salvo and David Wong; Media – Lucia Crebassa; Video – Kyle Schaeffer; Health – Lori Kelton; P.E. – Ross Di Julio; Crest – Jordan Turner and Damico Rios; Debate – Dakota Alcantara-Camacho; Drama – Jeremy Howell; English – Caroline Stephens, Emma Wippermann, Matthew Vincent, Derek Schulte, and Genevieve Gebhart; Journalism – Rory Lubner; Math – Michio Taya, Michele Zemplenyi, Murad Ulityonok, Peyton Bell and Olivia Witter; Choir – Julia Baxter; Band – Dan Caputo; Orchestra – Miriam Koh; Principal’s Award – Macken Bennett and Gabrielle Lane; Science – Inar Zhang, Renata Smith, Julia Gittelman, Paula Trepman, and David Clausen; Social Studies – Peter Fisher, Orlaith Duggan, Josh Radman, Marnie Hogue, and Henry Brockway; French – Caitlin Wood; Spanish – Lillian Bailey; Chinese – Joanne Huang; Visual Arts – Veronica Bone and Samantha Ruesch; and Yearbook – Rose Leavens.

The Community Scholarship Program is funded through community contributions and the sale of Graduate Grams. It is administered through volunteer effort and is sponsored by the Mercer Island PTA Council. For more information, contact

MIHS senior chosen for summer science program in Israel

Local student and budding scientist Paula Trepman was recently chosen to attend the prestigious summer science program at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. She is one of 18 American students in one of the world’s foremost centers of scientific research and graduate study.

Trepman applied for the 41st annual Dr. Bessie Lawrence International Summer Science Institute (ISSI) to pursue her passion for genetics.

Over the past year, she interned in a drosophila genetics laboratory in the Genome Sciences Department at the University of Washington, and still goes to the lab for a few hours each week to learn new techniques and help with any current projects.

ISSI, a four-week, intensive science exploration, affords students the opportunity to work in small groups with world-renowned scientists and graduate students, conducting actual, ongoing research. Participants select a subject area in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics or computer sciences. Senior Weizmann Institute scientists will give supplemental lectures, and participants are invited to join departmental talks and visit the campus’s state-of-the-art science facilities.

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