March 20, 2000
The Washington Scholars program, administered by the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) in cooperation with the Washington Association of Secondary School Principals, honors the accomplishments of three high school seniors from each of the 49 legislative districts in the state. Students selected as Scholars receive grants equivalent to four years of undergraduate resident tuition that can be used at any Washington public or independent college or university.
"These young people not only earned top grades, but also have been leaders in their schools and communities," said HECB Executive Director Marc Gaspard. "They've tutored elementary school children, staffed crisis clinics, and volunteered with the Special Olympics."
This year's winners include nearly 30 student-body and class presidents, and five Eagle Scouts.
High school principals nominate the top one percent of their graduating class. A selection committee then winnows the list to the top four students, naming three Scholars and one Scholar Alternate in each legislative district. More than 630 students were nominated.
Washington Scholars of 2000 from the Northshore area are: Heidi S. Bazick, Bothell, Inglemoor Senior High; Ella Braden, Bothell, Bothell HIgh School; Sneha S. Desai, Woodinville, Woodinville High School; Ann Otsuka, Mill Creek, Henry M. Jackson High School; and Kevin Christopher Rech, Woodinville, Bellevue Christian High School.