DIVERSITY MAKES A DIFFERENCE 2009




By Staff
Northwest Asian Weekly

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 who 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. The following are some of the nominees, in no particular order.

Anson Chan
Senior, Bellarmine Preparatory School
Nominated by James Knudson

Anson Chan is on the executive board of the Diversity Club, where he helps organize a schoolwide used clothing drive. He is the chair of the annual Asian Summit, a program that unites students from Jesuit high schools in the province to talk about their experiences and to listen to motivational speakers. Chan also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and he earned two first place finishes and one second place finish in the World Martial Arts Tournament. He is interested in learning about and spreading the cultural experiences of his Chinese and Japanese heritage. Chan is a strong and helpful student in his community.

Lily Clifton
Senior, Nathan Hale High School
Nominated by Brian Coon

Lily Clifton has helped out at many local events, including bimonthly blood drives and volunteering at local parks. She was honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award, which was sponsored by the City of Seattle and the Seattle Center. She was recognized for her work toward maintaining and promoting King’s philosophy of social justice. She has interned at the Seattle Public Library and the Mayor’s Youth Council. Clifton is currently working on a two-day “tree camp” for visually impaired elementary students so they can learn about the basics of horticulture.

Laura D’Asaro
Senior, Nathan Hale High School
Nominated by Kate Reynolds

Laura D’Asaro has consistently been an active member in the community by donating more than 1,500 hours of community service in the past three years. With a friend, she was able to raise $13,500 for a local neighborhood park that was in need of new equipment. D’Asaro is the founder of the ABC (Audio Books for Children) Organization, a program that has recorded more than 1,000 books for children. She raised $5,000 at the Relay for Life event, which also earned her a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest time to crawl a mile. She has worked with the Forgotten Children’s Fund and has collected more than 2,000 pounds of candy that were used to fill the stockings for children during Christmas.

Emma Henderson
Senior, Chief Sealth High School
Nominated by Jol Raymond and Courtney Velazquez

Emma Henderson has been involved in peer education with the King County Food and Fitness Initiative, where she is able to educate students about the benefits of having a healthy diet. She visits the High Point Neighborhood Center as a tutor for elementary students who need help in their math and reading skills. She was elected vice president of the Chief Sealth Filipino Club, and is working with various officers to plan social events. As the youth coordinator for the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in Delridge, she helps to connect students through arts and community programs.

Gabriela Hirata
Senior, Holy Names Academy
Nominated by Megan Diefenbach

Gabriela Hirata is the co-class president of her senior class. She is very involved in the Multicultural Student Union, specifically the Middle Eastern Students Association, where she holds the position of a leader. She is a dedicated student, taking advanced placement classes. Her teachers praise her strong work ethic and solid academic performance. She is known for being creative and charismatic.

Yue Deng
Senior, Garfield High School
Nominated by Chief S.K. Labi

Yue Deng is a diligent student who is taking honors classes to improve and challenge her understandings of the subjects. Deng is a tutor at the Bilingual Orientation Center, a center that provides intensive training and schooling for students with limited English proficiency. She has become a role model for the students that attend this center because she has successfully overcome the same language barriers that they are facing. She has also translated some chapters from math and history textbooks to Chinese.

Shirley Dullum
Senior, Nathan Hale High School
Nominated by Tony Renouard

Shirley Dullum is an outspoken advocate on issues of equity. She is currently working on the community’s Equity Summit, where her high school will be able to interact with members of the broader community to discuss and work on the issues of ethnicity and race. She has been involved in events at her school, such as producing the Martin Luther King Jr. assembly, The Bite of Hale, and the Anti-Bigotry program. In her junior year, she was the secretary of her student body, a position that is usually held by a faculty member.

Alexander Ching
Senior, Garfield High School
Nominated by Chief S.K. Labi

Alexander Ching is a student dedicated to his studies and his community. He plans to major in engineering or something related to science. He is taking several college level classes at the Seattle Central Community College through the Running Start program. Ching’s goal is to work with the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA). He has participated in the Washington Aerospace Scholars organization, where he had the opportunity to work for a summer at the Museum of Flight. He was in a group that designed a prototype for a mission to Mars, and the group spent a week building mini robots, rockets, and rovers. Ching has donated more than 430 hours of community service.

Andrea d’Aquino
Senior, Squalicum High School
Nominated by Mark Galvin

Andrea believes in the hands-on approach when participating and helping with the community. During her four years at her high school, she has been able to prepare hundreds of home-cooked meals to feed the homeless community. She is also involved in the “Shop with a Cop” program, which helps provide the lower income students with school supplies and support to succeed in school.

Jose Garibaldi
Senior, Olympia High School
Nominated by Matt Grant

Jose Garibaldi has received leadership training from the Institute for Community Leadership. He has worked with his peers on issues of immigration, and he allowed himself to be interviewed to share his experiences regarding the issue. Garibaldi takes part in the Rotary Interact Service Club and is a leader of the Climate and Culture committee at the school. Garibaldi has been committed to completing a mural project at Garfield Elementary School. He shares his passion for visual art with young students, and he also serves as a translator to the Latino community. Garibaldi has filmed a personal account of a peer’s grandfather during the Civil Rights era, a film which greatly affected the student body when it was shown. Jose regularly volunteers his time taking pictures of events for his school’s Web site.

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.

Insun “Sunny” Maria Choi
Senior, Edmonds-Woodway High School
Nominated by Vicki Clark

Insun Maria Choi is a member of the Multicultural Club at her high school. In 2007, she participated in an immersion program in Mexico, where she delved into the Mexican culture. During that time, she took salsa dancing lessons, cooking lessons, and spent much time in the Mexican museums. She also lived in a Mexican orphanage, teaching the children English, sharing meals, and engaging with them during play times. Her aspiration is to become a pediatrician who is able to communicate with her patients in their native language. Choi challenges herself by taking rigorous courses in the International Baccalaureate program. She coaches a third grade basketball team and enjoys the diversity that is on her team.

Satinder Haer
Sophomore, Kentridge High School
Nominated by Roselyn Robertson

Satinder Haer is the secretary of the Multicultural Club at her school. She has helped implement a lesson plan designed for the entire school. The plan aimed to foster an appreciation for the diversity at Kentridge. The lesson included a spectrum of diversity, ranging from religion, sexual orientation, race, and social status. She has been involved in developing multiple events, such as the “Mix-it-Up” day and the Martin Luther King Jr. assembly. She enjoys assisting those who are in need of help and believes that recognition is of little importance. Satinder is an active leader who is dedicated to her work.

Leonardo Rozal
Senior, O’Dea High School
Nominated by Jeanne M. Eulberg

Soon to be the first member of his family to attend college, Leonardo Rozal has been an officer of O’Dea’s ASB for all four years of high school. Rozal is in the first graduating class of a Seattle mentoring program called Rainier Scholars. It’s a program that requires students to invest extensive time. Rozal went to night, weekend, and summer classes. After completing the program, Rozal became a student adviser for the program, and he is a mentor to 10 children who look to him for advice and support. The top student of his class, Rozal takes the most rigorous courses that are offered.

Alexander Shigemi Honjiyo
Senior, Woodinville High School
Nominated by Jodi Ritter

Alexander Honjiyo is active in Woodinville’s Spanish Club, where he serves as Spanish Club Officer. In the fall of 2009, Honjiyo organized a “Latino Parent Night” because he felt it was crucial for Spanish-speaking parents of the students to understand all the requirements for graduation. Honjiyo has volunteered his time in helping other ELL students. He is proficient in Spanish and is currently learning Japanese.

Monyrith Chhen
Senior, Foster High School
Nominated by Sue Pike

Monyrith Chhen is a dedicated and tenacious student who is working to become the first person in his family to graduate from college. He is able to speak three different languages. He is in the National Honor Society and is the spokesperson for the Hero Program. He was elected as the treasurer of the Interact Club and a new member of the Breakdancing Club. His has volunteered more than 150 hours toward organizations such as the Tukwila Food Pantry, the Red Cross, and victims of the genocide in Darfur. He was named the Student of the Quarter at the Puget Sound Skills Center and the first place winner in Regional Electronics Competition at Devry University. Chhen is a determined and caring individual.

Duron Jones
Junior, Chief Sealth High School
Nominated by Marta Sanchez

When the Seattle School District decided to relocate Denny Middle School with Chief Sealth High School, Duron Jones informed students about the change, organized student protests, and spoke at school board meetings in opposition to the change. Once the change was finalized, Jones continued his work, informing his peers by holding student meetings. Jones is the only student member of the Building Excellence Design Team committee, a group comprising people responsible for rebuilding and remodeling Seattle schools. Jones is a mentor in the pilot Summer Bridge program and a residential adviser for the Northwest International Dormitory summer program; he also co-founded the nonprofit group Committee of Educational Support. Jones is a student representative of the Building Leadership Team and is the president of the Black Student Union. Jones is a freshman mentor in a program coordinated by the in-house YMCA program director.

Anne d’Aquino
Senior, Squalicum High School
Nominated by Mark Galvin

Anne d’Aquino is a supportive and encouraging individual to her peers. She has been involved in coaching young children about the game of tennis and has helped lower-income students with their academics. She is a strong believer in doing the right thing, despite what others might be saying.

Alejandra Pinon
Senior, Olympia High School
Nominated by Matthew Grant

Alejandra Pinon has a willingness to listen and focus on solving whatever problems that may come her way. She was one of the students who delivered original essays geared toward promoting unity and preventing classism, racism, sexism, and discrimination based on sexual orientation. She has participated in local events such as the doorbell campaign for the food bank. Pinon has a strong leadership role within her school, and she has an eagerness to start college.

Christine Yamaguchi
Senior, Lindbergh High School
Nominated by Carrie Wong and Mike Yamaguchi

Christine Yamaguchi is the vice president of ASB and the president of the National Honor Society at Lindbergh High School. For the past four years, Yamaguchi was an officer in student government and encouraged fellow students to rise to the task of leadership. She is also a part of Tri-High, a consortium of officers from the three high schools in the Renton School District, in which the goal is to unite Renton area schools. Yamaguchi is also a gymnast and a hurdler.

Rosario Medina
Senior, Garfield High School
Nominated by Chief S.K. Labi

Rosario Medina believes in sharing her Mexican heritage with the local community. She has helped co-found Garfield’s Raza Unida, a club that seeks to unite Latino students and press for their educational advancement, group cohesion, and general academic success. With her involvement in the Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) group, she was able to win a scholarship from Boeing Sense. She has volunteered at a local church, where she was responsible for organizing events, cooking, and teaching traditional Mexican dances. Medina plans to major in Chicano studies and international relations, and she hopes to be an accomplished Chicano professor.

Jairo Flores Torres
Senior, Foster High School
Nominated by Andrea Gamboa and Brian Seigel

Jairo Flores Torres immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 2006; he knew little of American culture and could not speak English. Torres soon adapted and became a leader to his peers. Excelling in mathematics, Torres proactively reaches out to his peers of all backgrounds to help them bring up their grades. For the past three years, Torres has been involved in the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Astlan (MEChA) chapter, a student organization dedicated to promoting the understanding of the Latino community through education and activities. Torres ran for co-chair and was elected by his peers; he strives to make MEChA a part of the greater community.

Phuong Truong
Senior, Ballard High School
Nominated by Dina McArdle

Phuong Truong is a first-generation American, having emigrated from Southeast Asia. A strong student, she is the recipient of the Advance Placement Scholar Award. She has donated more than 200 hours to volunteer at both the VA and Swedish hospitals. She has tutored elementary school students and has worked at the Children’s Museum. Additionally, she is certified by the Washington state Department of Public Health as an interpreter. She speaks four languages fluently. She has studied abroad in China as a cultural ambassador with the American Field Service. Truong wants to pursue a medical degree and become a nephrologist.

Alejandra Barrera
Senior, Sehome High School
Nominated by Lindsay MacDonald

Alejandra Barrera has high expectations for herself and is always willing to help her fellow students. She is willing to take on extra responsibilities because of the current hardships that are happening within her family. Despite her struggles, she is able to keep taking rigorous courses. This year, she has participated with the Health Services Focus program and hopes it will bring her closer to her goal of being a pediatrician.

Balpreet Kaur
Senior, Squalicum High School
Nominated by Aramis Johnson

Balpreet Kaur is vice president of the Multicultural Society at Squalicum, where she works to create a positive school environment. She helped organize the school’s Martin Luther King Jr. assembly as well as the MLK conference held at
Whatcom Community College. Her passion involves increasing AIDS awareness in her community. She organized an AIDS Day in Bellingham, where she recruited speakers, one of them being Bellingham’s mayor. She believes that AIDS is not a problem for “other nations” but is a disease impacting our own communities. This is why she strives to educate and inform people.

Lauia Lamositele
Senior, Sehome High School
Nominated by Nancy Barga

Lauia Lamositele was the founder of the Gay-Straight Alliance, a group that raises awareness about the harassment of GLBTQ students. She has attended conferences from Mount Vernon to Seattle and has connected with state organizations. She has conducted research on how schools can benefit from having a Gay-Straight Alliance and has participated in a community forum at Western Washington University as a high school representative in the anti-harassment and bullying movement. She is proud to share her Samoan heritage with her peers and community. Lauia is an active member in the Multicultural Club and the Combining Literature and Arts at Sehome High (CLASH) Club. Next year, she will be working with the City Year program of the Americorps, where she will be providing mentoring and guidance to inner city youth.

Marilin Moul
Senior, Garfield High School
Nominated by Susan Battin

Marilin Moul has high expectations and goals for herself as a student and as a member of society. She has been involved with College Access Now, a program that helps prepare students for college. She also had the opportunity to work with Team Read, where she is able to tutor elementary students. Marlin is currently volunteering at a children’s hospital and has participated in a research regarding eating habits of teenagers. Her arrival to the United States in 2005 did not inhibit her goals or personal expectations. Rather, she has continually been a hard worker and an ambitious student.

Ashley Vasquez
Senior, Sehome High School
Nominated by Jennifer Styer

Ashley Vasquez believes in raising awareness among students about the heritage and current struggles of Latinos. She has displayed her leadership through her involvements. This includes being a founder of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) Club, participating in tutor programs, and scheduling motivational speakers. She was able to organize two conferences that were dedicated to encouraging and facilitating Latinos to strive to attend institutions of higher learning.

Daniel Nguyen
Junior, Franklin High School
Nominated by Fina Marino

Daniel Nguyen is part of the UW Upward Bound program, a college prep organization for economically disadvantaged students who are the first in their family to go to college. He is Franklin High School’s junior class president. He serves on the Asian Student Association, Reclaiming Black Manhood Group, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Key Club. Through the Asian Student Association, he has volunteered at the Tet Festival in Seattle, the Wing Luke Asian Art Museum, and Seattle Center Guiding Lights. He participated in the recent African American Legislative Day, where he delivered a speech to more than 3,500 people. He became a member of Franklin’s Gay/Straight Alliance in hopes of ending homophobia at school. In Key Club, he collected donations to help AIDS victims in Swaziland, Africa. Nguyen also helps his single-parent family financially through his internship at Stoel Rives law firm, where he gains experience toward his dream of becoming a criminal lawyer who will represent economically disadvantaged people of all races and cultures.

Ben Phillips
Senior, Sehome High School
Nominated by Todd Leita

Ben Phillips is the ASB Vice President of his high school. He has earned top state recognition as a drama student for his performance as a mime. He has reached out to struggling students by providing them with encouragement and academic support. Phillips is a friendly and outgoing student who appreciates the diversity that his school has to offer.

Neama Said
Senior, Garfield High School
Nominated by Kenneth R. Courtney

Neama Said is a devoted student who strives to become the first of 14 children to graduate from a four-year institution. She has been involved with programs such as Upward Bound, Math, Engineering and Science Achievers (MESA), and Can Access Now (CAN). She was the president of her class in 10th and 11th grade and is currently the vice president of the Muslim Student Association. With the help of some friends, Said was able to raise $5,000 for the remodeling of a mosque. She was also selected to go to the National Student Leadership Congress in Washington, D.C., and was nominated by CAN to go to Bowdoin Bound in Maine.

Daniel Park
Sophmore, Kentwood High School
Nominated by Aida Fraser Hammer

Daniel Park has organized the annual Kent School District’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration for the past two years, providing input to the school district board of education as a community member on the Alliance for Diversity and Equity. He mentors and tutors students in Kentwood’s Student Minority Achievement Success Team and organizes diversity summits, dances, and other extracurricular activities. He is also a member of the school’s ASB. He was honored by Kentwood High School as a Champion of Diversity in 2008.

Sarah Wright
Senior, Sehome High School
Nominated by Lindsay MacDonald

Sarah Wright is deeply connected with her heritage and believes in helping her community. She had the opportunity to be involved with the Traveling School, an organization that allowed high school students to have a cross cultural connection with countries such as Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru. She is a member of the Multicultural Club and the MEChA Club at her high school. She has an interest in learning more about the Andean region and hopes to continue her studies at the Pitzer College.

Roderick Sherman
Senior, Olympia High School
Nominated by Matthew H. Grant

Originally from the American South, Roderick Sherman moved to the Northwest and fit in easily with his new classmates. Known as a great communicator, Sherman is a singer in his church choir as well as an emcee for Olympia High School’s Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly last year. He was also emcee for the nonprofit group TOGETHER’s awards banquet “Champions for Kids” and a speaker at an inaugural ball for President Obama sponsored by the Black Men in Leadership and Cielo. This year, he organized a power-point presentation for the student body about the civil rights movement, which he also narrated. Sherman was invited by the school’s ASB president to join the student government cabinet and, as a result, brought more student inclusion to assemblies.

Leslie Tran
Freshman, Chief Sealth High School
Nominated by Marta Sanchez

Leslie Tran is an energetic and charismatic student who is involved in many aspects of her school. She is a member of the Key Club, Earth Service Corps and the Seeds of Compassion Club, and was elected as an ASB officer. Despite her busy schedule, she is still able to maintain a solid grade point average. She was the winner of the City Year, which was sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Express Yourself Contest. In her free time, she volunteers at the library, counseling office, and main office. Leslie is also a youth leader at her local church, where she helps organize retreats and encourages the younger members to strive to become a youth leader. (end)

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