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Al-Rikabi, Desenberg named Students of the Month


February 21, 2018 | View PDF

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Chanel Desenberg

Chanel Desenberg and Fatima Al-Rikabi were recognized as the February Students of the Month for Marysville for their academic work and community involvement.

The Marysville Soroptimist and Kiwanis clubs give out the Student of the Month award to two local students every month who have excelled academically or by being a part of their school and community.

Marysville-Pilchuck High School student Fatima Al-Rikabi was recognized for her work in her community and in her school.

She is an advocate who has been involved in local politics, including being a page in the Washington State House of Representatives, sponsored by Everett Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, and serving as a secretary for the Mukilteo Area High School Democrats.

For about a year and a half she has been volunteering at the local Refugee Resettlement Office where she helps translate for refugees. Fatima can speak both Farsi and Arabic.

Last summer she took an internship at the Seattle Children's Research Institute where she helped with a research project, as well as supporting patients and caretakers at the hospital.

Fatima has also served as an instructional intern at a local special education class as a student aide.

At her current school and her former school in Everett she has been involved in a number of clubs.

She was secretary of the Spanish Club where she helped organize events and meetings. In addition she has been a member of the local Key Club, where Fatima took on various service projects, and a member of Amnesty International, where she advocated for social issues.

Other clubs she is currently involved with include the Debate Club and the Horticulture Club.

Chanel Desenberg is a senior from Marysville-Pilchuck High School who is involved in a number of programs at her school.

She has been part of the school's Navy Junior Reserve Office Training Corps (NJROTC) program for more than a year now.

While part of the NJRTOC she has been recognized with a Leadership Award, as well as a participation ribbon and a community service ribbon for her work volunteering.

Chanel is also part of the Naval Sea Cadets, a youth organization that is part of the Everett Naval Station.

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Fatima Al-Rikabi

While part of the program, Chanel completed the N.L.O. boot camp and earned a Naval League Orientation certificate.

At M-PHS she is also part of the Auto-Tech program which teaches students about automobile repair.

Chanel has earned a number of online certificates through the program including a Mechanical Pollution Prevention certificate, Mechanical Safety certificate and Collision Pollution Prevention certificate.

Her interests include advanced manufacturing, writing, web design, veterinary medicine and music.

She is also part of a number of clubs, including the Advanced Engineering/Manufacturing Club at Totem Middle School and the Her Vision Her Voice anti-bullying group.

For one semester she also supported her school's Big Buddy program.


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