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Soroptimists hand out scholarships


Christopher Andersson

Recipients of scholarships from the Marysville Soroptimist Club at their recognition breakfast on June 5. Back row from left, Kaitlyn Norris, who was there to accept a donation to Marysville-Pilchuck High School's NJROTC program, Eleanor Wilde, Angela Stefoglo, Auria Coons-Hale, Katelynn Melohusky and Sarah Romero. Front row from left, Catherine Baxter, Cecilia Watson, Sarah Turral, Hannah Jones and Melanie Ryan.

This year the Marysville Soroptimist Club gave out $15,000 worth of scholarships to 10 graduating seniors from the Marysville School District.

School officials and community members gathered on June 5 for the scholarship breakfast to recognize the students.

Students were awarded based on their need, their contributions to the community, and their academic achievement.

Scholarship recipient Melanie Ryan plans to go to Washington State University and wants to become a special education teacher.

"She's had a lot of practice being a teacher in the life skills department at M-PHS this last year," said Wendy Willie, a counselor at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

A number of scholarship recipients hope to get into science or technical fields.

Sarah Turral plans to attend the University of Washington next year and study bio-medical engineering.

"A lot of these students who are specializing in engineering have had immense background experience at the high school, so it's great to see women doing that," said Willie.

Katelynn Melohusky is also attending the University of Washington and plans to go into computer science.

"I've also had the opportunity of knowing her the past three years, which has been a pleasure," said Willie.

Angela Stefoglo is another scholarship recipient. She has been in Running Start for a couple of years and wants to go on to study computer engineering applied to vehicles.

"She actually started out in our auto-tech program at the high school," said Willie.

Scholarship recipient Auria Coons-Hale has been accepted to the University of Washington Honors Program and hopes to pursue a medical degree.

"She shows up in my office the first day and she's a go-getter. She's intrinsically motivated," said Shauna Kopischka, a counselor for the district.

Several of the recipients will be valedictorians at their school, including Sarah Romero, Cecilia Watson and Catherine Baxter.

Romero plans to go to Western Washington University and wants to study marine biology.

Watson is studying bio-medical engineering and will be going to the University of Washington.

Baxter has been accepted to the Western Washington University honors program.

Volunteer efforts were also recognized with scholarships.

"All of these ladies, especially Eleanor [Wilde], had a lot of volunteer experience," said Willie.

Scholarship recipient Eleanor Wilde is planning on attending Grand Canyon University and hopes eventually to be employed by the FBI.

Hannah Jones, the final scholarship recipient, also spent a lot of time volunteering with special needs kids, according to Kathy Carroll, a counselor at Marysville Getchell High School.

Jones hopes to become an athletic director one day.

Kaitlyn Norris, a junior in Marysville-Pilchuck High School's NJROTC program, was also recognized and accepted a $1,000 donation to the program at the breakfast.

Local officials encouraged the students to continue working hard.

"We hope some of you will come back here and invest that back in Marysville, but some of you will undoubtedly get opportunities elsewhere," said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.

"I'm so excited about this young group of graduates, it is so amazing what our youth do," he said.

Marysville School District board member Pete Lundberg said he hopes students find their passion in college and give back to their communities.

"You're receiving scholarship money today and that feels good I'm sure, but in life what you give so far surpasses what you receive," he said.

"I hope that you will go out and do good things and make Marysville proud," he said.

Nehring also wanted to thank the Marysville Soroptimists, a local service club that supports women and raised the funds for the scholarships.

"These women spend a lot of their personal time raising money and doing things they know will help the young women succeed after graduating," he said.

More information about the local Soroptimist Club is available at their website at


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