Northwest NEWS

March 20, 2000


Washington Scholars of 2000 announced

   State leaders have announced this year's Washington Scholars, 147 high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership ability, and community service.

   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.

National Merit finalists

   Bellevue Christian High School seniors Kaylin Gibson and Kevin Rech have beeen named National Merit finalists for 2000. Kaylin is the daughter of Doug and Susan Gibson of Woodinville; Kevin is the son of Ron and Sarah Rech, also of Woodinville. The two students are eligible for a National Merit Scholarship this April, May, and July.