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'Evening of Awards' honors M-PHS students


Marysville-Pilchuck High School celebrated their students who had achieved scholarships, recognition or accomplishments as part of their “Evening of Awards” on June 2.

Thousands of dollars of scholarships were given out as part of the night, including awards from the Marysville Kiwanis, Soroptimist Club of Marysville, Roy Robinson Family Scholarship and other local organizations.

Seniors Alisha Purdom and Sam Watson received both the M-PHS Faculty Award and the W.I.A.A. Cliff Gillies Student Award this year.

“It’s their smile, their hello, their ‘can I do anything for you, can I do anything for the school,’ it’s helping the kid who just dropped his backpack,” said Paul Dockendorf, athletic coordinator at the high school.

“It’s these things that make those kids so special,” he said.

M-PHS co-principal Rob Lowry said that Watson was recognized for his “honesty” as well as his work on the student government, National Honor Society, and football and track athletics.

“He’s got an incredible smile and an incredibly positive attitude,” said Lowry.

“If I have to say one thing that makes me nervous is that the teachers tell me he wants to come back to M-P and take my job,” he said.

Purdom was recognized for her work with the big things and the “little things” said M-PHS co-principal Deann Anguiano.

“She’s shown tons of kids around, she’s really willing to help kids around and show her pride of the campus,” said Anguiano.

“One day when I was leaving at 7:30 at night there was a note on my windshield that said ‘thank you for everything you do,’” she said.

Purdom also received one of the Association of Washington Cities’ six scholarships they give out across the state.

“This scholarship has been awarded for the last five years by the AWC and this is the first one for the city of Marysville,” said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.

Purdom was recognized for her work with the Special Olympics, the special needs prom committee and volunteering with the Marysville Community Food Bank and National Honor Society.

She also “held a significant leadership role in getting this student body through some difficult times,” said Nehring.

Senior Eryn Hall also had an enormous amount of volunteer work though Snohomish County Parks and Recreation, the National Honor Society, the Boy Scouts of America, the YMCA, the Marysville Food Bank and her school’s music booster program. She has put in more than 600 hours of work into those programs.

For that work she has received the Presidents Volunteer Service Award.

“And by president, I am talking about president Barrack Obama,” said president of the United Way of Snohomish County Dennis Smith, who presented her with the award.

Smith also presented her with more recognition.

“For a number of years we’ve been giving out varsity letters for volunteer service. These go out to students that go out and do volunteer work,” he said.

“Eryn earned her letter four years ago and has repeated that each year for the last four years,” he said.

Retired commander for the Navy Joe Island also presented M-PHS senior Tiffany Johnstone with her acceptance into the U.S. Naval Academy.

Johnstone was one of about 16,000 to apply, but is only one of 250 will receive enrollment and tuition paid, said Island.

The academy looks for “well-rounded individuals such as Tiffany who have demonstrated leadership potential and a willingness to accept responsibility as well as excellent academic achievement,” he said.

“Marysville-Pilchuck should be very proud of Tiffany’s achievements,” he said.


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