AAUW honors top student scholars

  • Tue Apr 25th, 2017 2:53pm
  • Life

Academic scholarship winners were Carolynn Wicker of Oak Harbor High School, Fiona Callahan of South Whidbey High School and Bree Daigneault of Coupeville High School. Photo by Gina Ostman Burrill.

Dozens gathered on April 18 in Coupeville to honor Whidbey’s top female students with scholarships and stipends totaling over $18,000 during the annual Whidbey Island branch of American Association of University Women’s annual Scholar Recognition and Scholarship Awards Night.

Twelve seventh-grade students were awarded scholarships to AAUW’s Tech Trek, a weeklong science camp in July hosted in the region by Pacific Lutheran University and Eastern Washington University: Morgan Stevens of Coupeville Middle School; Grace Waite of Home Connection; Sarah Aree, Maggie Nattress, Emma Gossler and Elisabeth Findley of Langley Middle School; Alexis San Angelo, Audrey Taylor, Dulce McClure and Maile Rivers of North Whidbey Middle School; and Kaylie Bobson and Haven Lemme of Oak Harbor Middle School.

Nine juniors were chosen to receive stipends and certificates as STEM scholars, nominated by their science, technology and math teachers as being tops in their fields: Sofia Hassapis (science), Ayanna Jeter (technology) and Allison Wenzel (math) of Coupeville High School; Nicole Sanchez (science), Ainsley Pollitt (technology) and Tiaralyn Torres (math) of Oak Harbor High School; and Annika Hustad (science), Sophia Falso (technology) and Sydnee Thompson (math) of South Whidbey High School.

South Whidbey High School senior Katyrose Jordan was chosen to receive the Dale M. Fischer Memorial Art Scholarship, sponsored by Sarah Richards of Lavender Wind Farm. Jordan plans to double major in music and visual arts.

Last but not least, three seniors were awarded academic merit scholarships to the college of their choice: Bree Daigneault of Coupeville High School, Carolynn Wicker of Oak Harbor High School and Fiona Callahan of South Whidbey High School. After a rigorous selection process, these students were chosen from among 29 applicants based on their academic achievements, school activities, community service, work experience and two essays.

The purpose of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

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