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Soroptimists award scholarships


Christopher Andersson

The 11 Marysville School District seniors who were awarded scholarships from the Soroptimist Club of Marysville, and one junior who accepted a gift to the NJROTC program, during the Soroptimists' awards breakfast on June 6.

The Soroptimist International of Marysville gave out scholarships to 11 local women students this year at their annual awards breakfast on June 6.

The $1,500 scholarships are one of the main ways that the Soroptimists serve the community.

Recipients were seniors from the Marysville School District.

"This is the highlight of all we do all year," said Linda Clay, current president of the Marysville Soroptimists.

"It is our opportunity to celebrate some of the best and brightest in Marysville," she said.

Funds come from the Soroptimist club's own fundraising efforts, like their annual fall auction.

Clay said that there was "quite a variety of young women" who were awarded with one of the scholarships.

Scholarship recipients are planning to go to a variety of schools, from the nearby like Everett Community College or the University of Washington, to the far away like San Diego State University or Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D.

They also had a variety of goals including becoming a pediatrician, pursuing fire science or becoming a high school counselor.

"It's so great to come every year and see the investment in young women in our community," said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.

Soroptimist member and Marysville-Pilchuck High School NJROTC teacher Kathleen Wilde said that she was impressed with the essays and accomplishments from all the students.

"Everyone here has an individual talent," she said. "No matter what path you go on, we each have a light that is bright."

Many of the recipients have volunteered a lot in the community as well.

"It's always so startling to hear how much these young ladies are accomplishing in the community even before they get out of high school," said Nehring.

Recipients like Mackenzi Champan, who received the special Mary Jane Miller scholarship, in part because of her 350 hours of volunteer work over the last three years, including helping at Providence Hospital in Everett.

Clay also wanted to "honor and recognize the scholarship recipient's family that has nurtured them along the way," she said.

Pete Lundberg, president of the Marysville School District board of directors, also wanted to recognize the parents there.

"As a parent I understand how it feels when a child is having the kind of success that we are seeing in this room," he said.

"And I want to say congratulations to the parents, because this doesn't happen by accident," he said.

Jason Thompson, executive director of human resources for the Marysville School District, wanted to thank the Soroptimists for their work supporting local schools.

"Marysville School District is a beneficiary of a lot of hard work and fundraising all year long," he said, "and this is a culmination of the benefits we get from the Soroptimists."

More information about the local Soroptimist club is available on their Facebook page at


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