The April students of the month, as selected by the Marysville Soroptimist and Kiwanis clubs, both attend the Getchell High School campus, although they are enrolled in different Small Learning Communities (SLCs) at the school.
Desirae Countryman is a student in the Academy of Construction and Engineering (ACE). The senior has maintained a 3.8 grade point average throughout her school career, despite the fact that she works more than 30 hours a week to support herself.
Desirae earned an outstanding student award from the Masonic Lodge last year, along with an ACE social studies department award. She was selected to participate in ACE Leadership class this year.
Although her home situation is challenging, Desirae has learned many leadership skills while becoming a more independent and ambitious person. She has also found time to volunteer regularly at the Salvation Army and with her church.
Desirae has been accepted to the UW Bothell and will continue her education close to home.
Jacob Helm, a student in the Bio-Med Academy at Getchell, was voted student of the quarter both his junior and senior years for his work in social studies, career/tech ed and for his questioning skills.
Jacob participates in the men's swim team each winter and has been a player and referee with the Marysville Youth Soccer League for five years. His community involvement includes mentoring younger students, volunteering with his church to build homes in Mazatlan, Mexico, leading an afterschool youth program, and volunteering time with Eagle Wings ministry.
The young man is also the leading bass vocalist in Seattle Children's Choir, and sings bass with the Getchell chamber chorus.
Jacob, who has a 3.424 GPA, plans to attend Wastern Washington University after graduation.