The Marysville School Board invited accomplished seniors to the June 18 meeting to celebrate a wide array of achievements and awards the students had earned.
Students were recognized because they competed at the state level or were recognized locally or nationally for their talent, according to Ray Houser, Executive Director of Teaching for the Marysville School District.
"What an honor and a privilege to be able to recognize this tremendous group of young people. Their list of accomplishments is outstanding," said Houser.
Many student were recognized for their achievements in community service.
Maria Musante and Shelby Roark put together a fashion show from clothes donated from Goodwill and Value Village and then gave the proceeds to Cocoon House, an organization that helps homeless youth in Snohomish County.
In a similar vein, Brendon Rotter produced a music CD and gave the profits from selling it to Marysville Food Bank.
Kirstie Opel, who is also the Arts and Technology student of the year and the ASB president, volunteered for more than 200 hours at youth play productions.
Academic and artistic achievements were recognized by the board as well.
Rafael Achacoso, Kendahl Beecher, Kiah Beeman and Lindsey Hartleroad were recognized because of their participation at DECA competitions, which is an organization focused on preparing young leaders and entrepreneurs for future careers. Achacoso also competed nationally.
Many musicians were recognized, including jazz soloist Calvin White, who won a Louis Armstrong award. Another musician, Aaron Adams, was one of five pianists in the state selected to receive lessons from Simon Trpceski, a famous classical pianist.
Kollin Wasserlein was recognized for achieving a perfect score on the 2012 national Latin exam.
Megan Larsen placed fourth in the state's Veterinary Science Contest and took home first- and second-place awards from the Evergreen State Fair for livestock and poultry judging.
Teresa Ambat and Miranda Cooper received state Reflection Awards, which are awarded for artistic or literary pieces. Teresa's award was in the literature category and Miranda was recognized for her submission in visual arts.
Accomplished graduating athletes were also recognized, including 18 students who participated in state qualifiers.
Chance Mair, Elijah Reed, Baylie Self and Tyler Self all received recognition for competing together on a team that took first place in their division at the Washington state USBC youth bowling tournament.
Serene Wilkenson was recognized not only for her accomplishments on her volleyball team, but for the $12,000 Seattle Pacific University presidential scholarship and her Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship Award.
School board members expressed how proud that Marysville should feel because of its graduating class.
"You are what makes this community great, not just what you do inside the school, but also outside," said Chris Nation, school board president.
"I look forward to seeing more tremendous things from each of you," said Houser.
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