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Category: Honors & awards


KBTC wins regional Emmy Award

For the sixth consecutive year, TV station KBTC, a service of Bates Technical College, has won an Emmy Award from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Tom Layson, producer and host of KBTC’s Northwest Now, a weekly, locally-produced public affairs program, accepted the statuette at the awards ceremony last month.

Winning in the category of Public/Current/Community Affairs-Program/Special, Northwest Now’s episode “I Do” takes on the gay marriage debate, and features studio guests Joshua Friedes, director of Marriage Equality, Equal Rights Washington, and Joseph Backholm, director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington. This episode also

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Puyallup names outstanding seniors

Outstanding high school seniors in the Puyallup School District are honored each year by the Puyallup School Board. Students from each high school are nominated for the honor by faculty members from various departments at each school.

This year’s honorees are:

Emerald Ridge High School: Elizabeth Clemens, Megan Cuddie, Anna DeCaterina , Grace Hiegel , Kendelle James, Austin Kelley , Sam Lund , Garrett Metz , Abigail Newby,
Nathan Norawong , Amisha Parikh, Rutvi Patel, Cameron Powers, Alexandria Proby , David Proby, Kyle Rink, Jerry Tang, Virginia Van Keuren , Kayla Walker , Cody Worhatch.

Puyallup High School:

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Tacoma grad earns Fulbright scholarship

Western Washington University graduate Matthew Osborne of Tacoma has received a Fulbright Scholarship to help teach English in Hallein, Austria.

Osborne, a graduate of Charles Wright Academy, majored in a self-designed course focusing on political science and music. He graduated from Western in 2010.

He will start his Fulbright program in September and be in Austria through May 2014. Osborne will teach at a business-oriented technical high school and a college preparatory high school.

Osborne’s award was one of eight awarded to Western students or recent graduates, its most ever as an institution.

The Fulbright Program is a

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Rogers High student wins Congressional art contest

Rogers High School senior Angela Salyer is the winner of the 10th Congressional District Art Competition, U.S. Rep. Denny Heck announced. Salyer is a student of digital photography teacher Pam Sarell.

Salyer’s piece, “Blooming in Spring,” will be on public display in the United States Capitol. It will hang for one year, alongside the winning pieces from every other Congressional District in the United States. An awards ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C. later this year.

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school

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Students earn scholarships from Exchange Club of Tacoma

The Exchange Club of Tacoma has announced the winners of its 2013 A.C.E. (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) Award. This award recognizes students
who have overcome great physical, emotional or social obstacles and are eligible for graduation.

This year’s recipients are: Mitchell Aguilar – Oakland Alternative High School; Kymberlynn Johnson – Challenger High School; Christina Maxwell – Wilson High School; Aaron McQuerter – Stadium High School; Nancy Pum – Gates High School; Austen Kampe – Walker High School; Michael Moody- Walker High School; Albert Carrillo – Learning Opportunity Center; Lucretia McMurray – Henderson Bay High School; Tamar Brown

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Steilacoom teen earns national award for space-themed video

A Steilacoom teen has won one of three top awards from the Coalition for Space Exploration and the NASA Visitor Center Consortium.

Clyzzel Samson of Steilacoom is the second place winner in the “Why Space Matters to the Future” video contest. Addie Augsburger, of Olympia, is the first-place winner.

Winners will earn a trip to one of three space centers, in Florida, Alabama or Texas. Winning videos will be featured on the web sites of the coalition and NASA, shared through social media networks, and shown to NASA executives and elected officials in Washington, D.C.

Samson uses her

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Tacoma Public Schools honors top high school seniors

The Tacoma Superintendent’s Scholars Awards Presentation and Reception tonight honors 129 seniors from seven Tacoma high schools.

The ceremony for scholars and family members takes place in the Wilson High School Auditorium. Wilson’s Scintillation 2013 will present a musical performance called “Grease Medley” following the presentation of arms by the Wilson Marine JROTC Color Guard.

“Tacoma Public schools is very proud of the outstanding academic achievements of these students and wishes to recognize their dedication,” said Superintendent Carla Santorno. “We also wish to recognize the families and the important role they play in creating a positive educational environment.”

Superintendent’s Scholars

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College students named to All-Washington Academic Team

Students from Pierce County colleges have been named to the All-Washington Academic Team, which recognizes top scholars from our state’s community and technical colleges with scholarships.

This year’s team includes:

Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom
Theresa Carr
Eileen Papale

Pierce College-Puyallup
Hannah Lampert
Colin Williams

Tacoma Community College
Onias Kaunda
Chun Hei Tam

Bates Technical College
Tovah Singleton
Katie Wilkinson

Clover Park Technical College
Liliya Shkarina