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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Mayor to Present Scholar Awards to Middle School Students
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
5/29/2007  5:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Peter McGraw, (206) 615-0950


Mayor to Present Scholar Awards to Middle School Students

Winners receive $500 for school or for the charity of their choice

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels tomorrow will present this year’s scholar awards to 24 outstanding middle school students for service to their schools and their communities.

Students will receive the awards, along with a letterman’s jacket, at a reception beginning 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in City Hall’s Bertha Knight Landes Room.

Each of the students will receive $500 that can be used for education or donated to a charity. Criteria for selection include overcoming obstacles or meeting challenges, giving back to the community, and maintaining good academic standing. In addition, one of the eighth-grade mayor’s scholars will receive the mayor’s leadership award, a $2,500 scholarship for a four-year university or community or technical college.

“This award allows us to recognize Seattle’s next generation of leaders,” Nickels said. “Service to others is the foundation of a strong community, and I'm glad we can help these promising young people with their education and service goals.”

Students wrote short essays about how they contribute to their community and how they would use a $500 cash award. In addition, students were required to provide several recommendations from adults familiar with the students’ service work.

This year’s award recipients are:

Madison Beiler, seventh grade, Holy Rosary School
Lizajade Berg, sixth grade, Whitman Middle School
Cleressa Brown, eighth grade, Denny Middle School
Keano DeBari, sixth grade, African American Academy
Latisha Evans, eighth grade, Madison Middle School
Desiree Gross, seventh grade, Madison Middle School
Meron Gurmu, seventh grade, Eckstein Middle School
D'nique Harris-Welch, eighth grade, Madison Middle School
Peter Haskins, eighth grade, St. Joseph School
Jymaika Hutson, sixth grade, African American Academy
Chantell Jackson, eighth grade, African American Academy
Mandy Kwan, eighth grade, Asa Mercer Middle School
Megan Lamb, seventh grade, St. Anne School
Sarah Maguire, eighth grade, Hamilton International Middle School
Jessica Markowitz, sixth grade, Seattle Girls School
Nigel Norwood, eighth grade, St. Therese School
Van Phan, eighth grade, Eckstein Middle School
Malik Prince, eighth grade, Hamilton International Middle School
Daniel Ryan, sixth grade, Whitman Middle School
Manuel Segura Garrido, seventh grade, Denny Middle School
Rasha Shaibi, eighth grade, Hamilton International Middle School
Duyen Tat, seventh grade, The Bush School
Desiree Vann, sixth grade, African American Academy
Jeremy Villars, seventh grade, African American Academy

The awards are coordinated by the city’s Office for Education, a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, and funded entirely through private donations to the nonprofit Alliance for Education.

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