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WHS grad receives Carol Ann Edwards Scholarship

  • Written by Deborah Stone
ReeceAnn Cabaniero-Buendia was recently selected by Prevail Credit Union to be the recipient of the Carol Ann Edwards Woodinville Community Scholarship.

The award, which was established five years ago in honor of Edwards and her longtime involvement in the community, is given to a graduating high school senior or currently enrolled college student who demonstrates leadership and a commitment to community service, as well as strong academic performance.

Those eligible for the award must also be a Woodinville resident and member of Prevail Credit Union.

As a Woodinville High School student, ReeceAnn was involved in ASB (Associated Student Body) serving as a sophomore senator and junior class president.

She served on the technology advisory committee for Northshore School District, was a parliamentarian, volunteered for the city of Woodinville during special events and helped coach the track team at Woodin Elementary.

She also actively participated in the Model United Nations and Future Business Leaders of America clubs, as well as held down a job as a hostess at Three Cups of Tea in Bothell, while earning a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

Goals have always been a focus in the teen’s life, with education a priority. She gained high school credits prior to entering high school by taking honors courses and summer school classes.

And then did the same while in high school in order to earn early college credit.

At a young age, ReeceAnn discovered her passion for math.

She writes, "In 4th grade, my teacher brought in Mrs. Iida as a higher-level math teacher.

"Mrs. Iida was an engineer and has been my main inspiration in becoming an engineer. I aspire to attend college, receive a degree in engineering, pursue an internship with an engineering firm while in college and apply my knowledge toward starting my own business."

ReeceAnn has been accepted at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, where she will enter the honors program this fall.

The $2,500 scholarship award will help make her dreams become reality.

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