Northwest NEWS

May 10, 1999

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Cedarcrest teen among top Washington scholars

   Three graduating seniors from the 45th Legislative District were recognized last week for being named among the top graduating high school seniors in the state of Washington.

   Joseph VanNausdle of Cedarcrest High School and Alyson Barham and Mark James of Redmond High School were honored by lawmakers and state officials during the 1999 Washington Scholars Luncheon in Olympia.

   The Washington Scholars program was created by the Legislature in 1981 to recognize the three top high school seniors from each legislative district based on their academic achievement, leadership abilities, and participation in community activities. A total of 147 students statewide were honored as part of Washington Scholars Day for 1999.

   "I'm extremely proud to be able to honor these outstanding young people through this program," said Rep. Kathy Lambert, R-Redmond. "These students have been chosen not only as top academic performers, but also as outstanding citizens."

   Washington Scholars are eligible to receive a cash scholarship for undergraduate study at a Washington public or participating independent college or university. VanNausdle plans to study engineering.

   "With young people like these, the future of our state will be in good hands," Lambert said.