Graduates receive nearly $30,000 in scholaships

The Federal Way Rotary Club gave $29,500 in going-away presents to 14 of the city’s graduating high school seniors last Thursday.

The students shared that amount in scholarship money. As presenter Bob Thompson said during the award luncheon at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club, “We’ve got a boodle of money to give away.”

The academic and related accomplishments of the recipients –– seven from Federal Way High, six from Decatur High and one from Thomas Jefferson High –– impressed the club’s Scholarship Committee the same way they inspired their educators, said committee chairman Bob McKenzie.

Typical of the raves was Federal Way High counselor Carla Boone’s comments about Stephen Hatch, who accumulated a 3.8 grade point average (gpa), will attend Green River Community College and hopes for a career in the CIA.

“In all my years at the school, Boone said in written remarks, “I can truly say that Stephen is one of my favorite students. He is an example of what is right with America’s youth today.”

Other scholarship winners included:

• From Federal Way High, Casey Bogert (3.4 gpa, plans to become a teacher, and called by English teacher Paul Bihary “one of the best human beings that I have ever met”); Daniel Fisher (3.3 gpa, Eagle Scout, will attend DeVry University in Federal Way); Abdirizaq Mumin (moved here from Somalia two years ago and became, in the eyes of math teacher Jean Licari, “a model student”); Shadia Fountain (3.4 gpa, choir member, tutor); Huyen Huynh (3.7 gpa, volunteer with Habitat for Humanity); Kyunh Shim (3.4 gpa, National Honor Society member, tutor, headed to University of Washington).

• From Decatur High, David Park (3.8 gpa, state math competitor, will study medicine in college to become a doctor); Alissa Fowler (3.2 gpa, editor-in-chief of student newspaper, wants to work with teens in rehabilitation programs); Gary Sabin Jr. (Eagle Scout, student council representative, varsity swimmer), Cristina Null (3.7 gpa, three-sport student-athlete, all-state volleyball player); Jennifer Tavares (3.4 gpa, National Honor Society, Federal Way Youth Commission member); Layla Ormbrek (3.7 gpa, involved in school and community drama, will attend University of Washington).

• From Jefferson High, Hailey Young (3.6 gpa, cross country runner, ranked by social studies instructor Joseph Gotchy “in the top 6 percent” of students he has taught in his 28-year career.)

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