VOLUME 28 NO. 11 | MARCH 7- MARCH 13, 2009

Diversity Makes a Difference
Part 2

Last updated 3-5-09 at 1:25 p.m.
From left to right, top to bottom: Misun Bishop, Poonam Vasdev, Sally Chu, Caner Gokeri, Vinh Hoang, Malcolm Moore, Drew Morrill, Jonathan Adusah, Chiloe Barrera-Cloyd, Damon Bomar, Josette Johanes, Aubrey Owada, and Lara Sidhu (far right, center).

By Staff

Every year, the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation gives five deserving high school students a $1,000 scholarship. Since 1994, Northwest Asian Weekly has sought out students who are champions of diversity and take action to increase cross-cultural understanding and awareness in their communities.

All nominees will be recognized at a dinner ceremony at Jumbo Chinese Restaurant in Seattle on Friday, March 27.

Continued from the last issue, this is the second installment of the nominees. The following nominees are in no particular order.

Misun Bishop
Senior, Squalicum High School
Nominated by Terri White

Misun Bishop is passionate about encouraging people from all backgrounds to join in and learn about different cultures. She was the founder of the Arashi Club, where students teach their peers about the language and culture of Japan. She has created lesson plans, organized “culture shock” days, and developed a paper crane project for her school. In her free time, Bishop enjoys studying Russian, Swahili, Mandarin, Korean, and Gaelic. She has also been involved in her school’s multicultural club, which promotes celebrating and standing up for diverse cultures. She has participated in a local nonprofit organization called the Service of Peace and was also a supporter in the Gay/Straight Alliance Club. Bishop is focusing on producing a districtwide dance for special education students.

Poonam Vasdev
Senior, Nathan Hale High School
Nominated by Jeffrey Jones

Poonam Vasdev is an active member of Nathan Hale’s diversity club, where she played a key role in the club’s annual Bite of Hale, an event where families share the foods and customs of their heritage. Vasdev also helped organize the school’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day assembly. A volunteer at Children’s Hospital on Saturdays, she says working with children has inspired her to pursue a career in the medical field. Vasdev is the daughter of immigrant Indian parents. She has been proactive in finding academic resources whenever she has needed help in order to fulfill her dream of attending a four-year college.

Sally Chu
Senior, Edmonds–Woodway High School
Nominated by David Quinn

Sally Chu is a dedicated and diligent student. She is the president of the math club, book and movie club, and the model UN. Her duties as the president for these clubs vary from supervising in-house math tutors to selecting and critically judging books and movies. Chu drafts agendas, studies policy briefs, and leads students through role-model simulations. Chu is a U.S. presidential scholar, an award that is only given to 50 students in the country. She is a four-time “Student of the Year” in all her courses. She is involved in Hi-Q competitions and plays the piano and violin.

Caner Gokeri
Senior, Kentridge High School
Nominated by Roselyn Robertson

Caner Gokeri is dedicated to the mission of his school’s multicultural club, which is to promote the understanding of diversity that exists in his local community and help alleviate the racial tension between various groups. He is a dependable and hardworking student who goes beyond what is expected of him. He helped coordinate “Mix-It-Up” week, where students are encouraged to learn about various cultures and make new friends.

Vinh Hoang
Senior, Chief Sealth High School
Nominated by Jol Raymond

Vinh Hoang is one of the 13 full diploma IB candidates at Chief Sealth High School. She was able to develop her leadership skills through the Teen Service Board, a community leadership development program that assists students in building confidence and skills. She has organized food drives for many of the homeless individuals of Tent City.

Malcolm Moore
Senior, Olympia High School
Nominated by Eileen Yoshina and Matt Grant

Malcolm Moore is a student ambassador for Village to Village, a community nonprofit organization that brings students from diverse cultures together to learn about each other. This year, Moore organized an event for more than 60 students from three local school districts. He has become a student leader within the organizations after years of dedicating his time. He leads Olympia High School’s STAND club (Students Together Advocating Non-Violence and Diversity). Moore planned “Mix-It-Up” days, where students are encouraged to sit with people they don’t know at lunch time. He also planned the Martin Luther King Jr. Day assembly. Moore created a deeply personal documentary about his grandfather, uncle, and their neighbors in Georgia during the Civil Rights movement. Moore plans to start a Black Student Union.

Drew Morrill
Senior, Squalicum High School
Nominated by Terri White

Drew Morrill has been a mentor to incoming freshman by guiding them through their first year of high school. He has reached out to special needs students and ELL students, volunteered for scouting projects and community events, and performed music for people at local convalescent homes. Morrill is an ASB officer and was a leader in organizing the Martin Luther King Jr. Day assemblies. He has developed a recycling and food/paper towel composting program, where he is inclusive and approachable. He takes multiple AP classes, and he is considered to be one of the top students at his school.

Jonathan Adusah
Senior, Garfield High School
Nominated by S.K. Chief Labi and Leanne Hust

Jonathan Adusah is pursuing a career in the medical profession. He understands that education is an important factor in getting opportunities and demonstrates this through his rigorous honors courses. He has been a member of Garfield’s Symphony Orchestra and plays the violin and piano. Adusah has also been volunteering at the Swedish Medical center as a patient escort. He is fluent in three Ghanaian languages and is working to improve his fourth language, Spanish. He enjoys taking recreational and educational trips to Ghana, Africa, to visit his native land.

Chiloe Barrera–Cloyd
Senior, Chief Sealth High School
Nominated by Kory Kumasaka

Chiloe Barrera-Cloyd is a conscientious student who is taking a near full IB diploma program. She is an artist and community activist, and she is in the process of earning her black belt in Aikido. She is involved in the Service Board, a nonprofit organization that encourages young adults to get involved in the community. She has been a participant, employee, and peer mentor for the Board; this aligns with her belief that community organizing is an important factor in society. She is also the president of the GLBTQ group, and she conducts panel discussion and training around the Puget Sound area.

Damon Bomar
Senior, Garfield High School
Nominated by S.K. Chief Labi and Leanne Hust

Damon Bomar is a determined and hardworking student who plans to double major in management and music in college. He has been an active member not only in the Garfield community but also abroad in Ghana, Africa. He participated in a program called the Global Technology Academic, a nonprofit program that allows students to solicit for computers, electronic parts, clothing, and other materials that are donated to developing countries. During this trip, Bomar was able to demonstrate his abilities by teaching the staff and students of a village in Ghana, and he also helped direct setting up an area for a computer lab.

Josette Johanes
Senior, Bethel High School
Nominated by Sherry Davis

Josette Johanese is involved in a leadership class at her school, which plans and executes events. She is vice president of the ASB and is also on the executive board. She is in the Air Force JROTC. Johanes was chosen for the “Winter Wishes” royalty for her contribution to her school. She is strong academically and is also an outgoing and friendly student who reaches out to people of all ethnic backgrounds.

Aubrey Owada
Senior, North Thurston High School
Nominated by Susan Colard

Aubrey Owada is the student representative of the Multicultural Awareness Committee for the North Thurston School District. Within this community, she is working to fix the issues of achievement gaps between various ethnicities, having parents become more involved in their children’s education, and the intellectual challenges that students have. She is one of the student leaders who organizes the North Thurston Multicultural Fair. Every summer, she has a 7–10 day mission work to help areas that face difficult living conditions. From this experience, she was able to realize her passion to become a social entrepreneur who aims for transformational change that will benefit disadvantaged communities.

Lara Sidhu
Senior, Nathan Hale High School
Nominated by Jeffrey Jones

Lara Sidhu has been a member of the diversity club throughout high school and has been the group’s leader for the past two years. She was the driving force behind Nathan Hale High School’s Bite of Hale and its Martin Luther King Jr. Day assemblies. As leader of the diversity club, Sidhu sets weekly meeting agendas, leads meetings, and encourages student participation in the events. Sidhu is captain of the school’s squad and served both her junior and senior years. In ninth grade, Sidhu took a mission trip to help San Francisco’s homeless community. In 10th grade, she went to Tijuana to build homes for the needy. Proud of her German and Indian backgrounds, Sidhu has traveled through Europe and speaks German. She is an AP student. (end)


2009 Diversity Scholarship Banquet


Friday, March 27


Jumbo Chinese Restaurant
4208 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118


Guests of nominees: $20
Others: $40


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Seattle, WA 98104

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