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Students honored for academic achievements, community service


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Jacob Omer

Two students from Marysville Getchell High School's Academy of Construction and Engineering were for their community service and academic achievements this May.

Seniors Leonor Bejarano and Jacob Omer were awarded the May Student of the Award given by the Marysville Soroptimist and Kiwanis clubs.

Jacob Omer is a senior at Marysville Getchell High School who currently has a 3.826 GPA.

He spends many hours each month volunteering at local organizations, including 16 hours a month at the Evergreen Hospital where he has responsibilities at the front desk and works with patient discharging.

He also volunteers 12 hours a month at his school where he assists teachers and works in the school garden.

Jacob also volunteers for teen camps at this church where he leads groups and sets a positive example for other youth.

He has been recognized before with the President's Award for Education all four years he has been in high school. This March, he was voted as the High School Student of the Month.

He plays for the varsity baseball team at his high school and has taken AP courses in calculus, English and literature.

Jacob has been accepted to the University of California Irvine and the Bothell and Seattle campuses of the University of Washington, and he plans to attend the University of Washington and major in Biology.

After attaining a bachelor's degree he hopes to attend medical school and become a pediatrician.

"I like working with kids and have always enjoyed helping others," he said.

Leonor Bejarano said that she comes from a Hispanic family, and hopes that she can be an example of how each individual, regardless of their ethnicity, "is worthy in this world."

"All it takes from each individual is hard work, dedication and potential," she said.

She has big goals, as she said that she wants to attend a four-year college "as a stepping stone to become someone important in this world. I want to be able to make a difference."

At her school she has participated in intramurals and school assembly since 2012. Since September 2013 she has been a part of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) academic club.

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Leonor Bejarano

She has practical work experience as a customer service worker at a couple of local restaurants.

In addition she has been recognized as a past Student of the Month, was awarded a Rotary scholarship and was recognized with an Everett Assistance League Graduation award.

In her community she has volunteered at numerous organizations, including being a Lights of Christmas ticket seller in Stanwood, the Marysville Public Library and the Everett Gospel Mission.

She hopes to eventually become an accountant or work for the government.


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