July 6, 1998
by Tove Burhen
Special to the Valley View
Bonnie Turner is a young woman with big commitments. This 1997 graduate of Mount Si High School now attends Bellevue Community College, works two part-time jobs and cares for her 15-month-old son.
This busy scholar has aspirations of teaching elementary school.
"I don't know when I first had a desire to do this, it seems as if forever," Bonnie explained. "Confirming my interest were my high school experiences in a tutoring program where I helped in elementary school classes. Also I enjoyed coaching fifth and sixth grade girls in the Snoqualmie Valley HUB youth program."
Other activities that Bonnie took part in during her high school years were playing basketball and joining the Future Business Leaders of America. In FBLA, Bonnie competed in public speaking and won a trip to the State competition.
"I had good teachers in high school who prepared me well for college classes," she said. "I'm doing pretty good at BCC, having no problems with my classes."
These include algebra, English writing classes, speech and two psychology classes.
"The psych class on cognition, how the mind thinks, was very interesting," she added. "I think the speech class instructor was the best out of all the good instructors."
Bonnie has visited Western Washington University in Bellingham and plans to transfer there following her years at BCC. Bonnie feels that Western has a good reputation for preparing elementary teachers. Also, she has friends and relatives in Bellingham to visit when she is there.
In the meantime, Bonnie goes from classes to her two jobs at Snoqualmie Physical Therapy and Snoqualmie Clinic where she assists with patients, measuring height and weight and taking blood pressure readings. Then she spends as much time as she can with her son, taking him to Riverview Park and playing with him.
Upon her graduation, Bonnie received the United Snoqualmie Valley Scholarship Foundation award. "I wish to thank the Foundation for choosing me," she said. "The money was very helpful for tuition."
The Scholarship Foundation not only raises funds for yearly scholarships to Mount Si, Cedarcrest and Two Rivers students, they also encourage businesses, organizations and individuals to contribute awards for deserving graduating seniors.
During their few years of existence as a National Dollars for Scholars group, they have augmented the number and the amount of scholarships for Valley graduates. However, there are even more deserving students than there are awards, so the Foundation hopes to help create more scholarships.
Any business, club or person who could create a new award or donate to the Foundation should call Tove Burhen at 425-788-1266, Anthony Smith at Cedarcrest High School at 788-0287 or Diane Greer at Mount Si High School at 888-1921.