AWARDS:

NASELLE - Most of the senior awards were presented earlier in the week at the Evening of Excellence awards program. Awards presented at the graduation ceremony included:

The Washington Association of Secondary School Principals honor the top one percent of seniors from each high school for their outstanding academic achievement. Cheryl Steppe and Jamie Bighill are this year's nominees for the Washington State Principals' Scholars Program.

Cheryl Steppe was also this year's nominee for the Wendy's National High School Heisman Award for her academic excellence, athletic achievement, and outstanding citizenship.

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction awarded the Washington State Honors Award to recipients from Naselle High School for the year 2006-07: Jamie Bighill, Naomi Galbraith, Caitlin McGuire, Kellyn Pakenen, and Cheryl Steppe.

The Principal's Leadership Award is presented to a student who demonstrates an ability to combine academic excellence with exemplary leadership in the school and community and went to ASB President Kellyn Pakenen.

The United States Navy presented awards to two members of this year's senior class, Sandra Rodriguez and Casey Heagy. The United States Air Force presented an award to Beau Keightley. The United States Army presented an award to Josh Martin.

SCHOLARSHIPS

School counselor Justin Laine, in introducing the scholarship winners, stated, "Many of these scholarships are selected by the Naselle Education Foundation on behalf of various community members and organizations. The names of Naselle Education Foundation scholarship recipients are engraved on permanent plaques. Local scholarship donors have contributed well over $45,000 toward the future education of this year's senior class. In total, this year's seniors have been awarded nearly $200,000 for higher education from the military and approximately $300,000 from colleges and universities! Great work guys!"

Thirty members of the class received 105 scholarships.

Those receiving scholarships included:

Cheryl Steppe - Lyle and Elaine Patterson Tribute Scholarship, presented on behalf of the Merle and Betty Sorenson family; the John and Pearl Doll Memorial Scholarship through the Naselle Education Foundation (NEF); a Naselle Lions Club scholarship; the Kelly Foundation of Washington scholarship; a four year scholarship from the Navy League; an ELKS Most Valuable Student Scholarship: a scholarship from the Long Beach chapter of the American Association of University Women; a scholarship from WAUNA Federal Credit Union: a University of Washington Merit and Promise Scholarship over 4 years.

Jamie Bighill - Naselle Education Foundation John and Pearl Doll Memorial Scholarship; a Rods and Reels Derby Scholarship through the NEF; the International Woodworkers of America award; the G & B Miller Construction scholarship; the local chapter of Alpha Theta-ESA: Local #3711 scholarship; the Naselle Community Congregational Church scholarship; the Naselle Assembly of God Youth Group scholarship; a scholarship from the Washington Contracted Loggers Association; a WSU Achievement Scholarship over two years.

Jenny Klinger - Rods and Reels Derby Scholarship through the NEF; the Naselle Education Foundation and the Bank of the Pacific, Naselle Branch scholarship; the Wahkiakum Community Foundation Covered Bridge Scholarship and the Mark Linquist Memorial Scholarship; the Ralph and Marie McGough Memorial Scholarship; a scholarship from the Foundation for Rural Education and Development; the Wahkiakum Dollars for Scholars Foundation in Cathlamet a Derby Scholarship; the Naselle Lutheran Church will scholarship; Jenny was offered a merit based scholarships and grants from Gonzaga University over four years. Jenny has declined these awards and will attend the University of Washington to pursue a degree in medicine.

Kellyn Pakenen - Lyle and Elaine Patterson Tribute Scholarship presented on behalf of the Merle and Betty Sorenson family; the Bobbitt Hall Memorial Scholarship; the Jacob and Wilhelmiina Pakenen Memorial Scholarship; the Naselle Lutheran Church scholarship; a W.C. Wally Ohlfs Scholarship from the Red Canoe Credit Union in Longview; Kellyn was also offered a Washington State University Academic Achievement Award over two years and a WSU Alumni Leadership award over four years. Kellyn has declined the WSU scholarships and will attend the University of Washington to pursue a degree in physical therapy.

Jeremy Ray - Academic achievement scholarship from Washington State University and a scholarship from the WSU engineering department over his first two years.

Caitlin McGuire - Rods and Reels Derby Scholarship through the NEF in tribute to Bud and Dot Mickelsen who are major contributors of time and resources to the Naselle-GRV communities; The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary scholarship; in recognition of her outstanding citizenship, academic excellence, and community service, Caitlin will attend Boston University and receive a grant over four years in recognition of her academic excellence.

Kelsi Nelson - Naselle Assembly of God Church scholarship and a Youth Group Scholarship; the Naselle Education Foundation presented her the Mae Streifel Memorial Scholarship; the Carson Burkhalter Memorial Scholarship from the NEF; the H. Robert Johnson Memorial Scholarship through the NEF; the Finnish-American Folk Festival scholarship through the NEF; a Clatsop Community College Success Grant per each term, over two years.

Rachelle Thomas - Rods and Reels Derby Scholarship through the NEF; the Emma Holm Memorial Schlarship through the NEF; the Naselle Lions Club Scholarship; the Wahkiakum Dollars for Scholars Foundation Derby Scholarship; a scholarship from Lower Columbia College over 2 years; the Wahkiakum Community Foundation scholarship on behalf of Sorenson Transportation; the Ilwaco Masonic Lodge, Occident #99 scholarship.

Amanda Wilson - Rods and Reels Derby Scholarship through the NEF; the Finnish-American Folk Festival scholarship through the NEF; the Naselle Lutheran Church scholarship; a Martha's Circle Scholarship; a Clatsop Community College Success Grant per each term, over two years.

Erin Saari - Rods and Reels Derby Scholarship through the NEF; the International Woodworkers of America award; Erin was offered a scholarship for academic achievement and another award for leadership from Washington State University. Erin will decline these scholarships and attend Grays Harbor College to work on a transfer degree and to play basketball. She will receive a 50 percent tuition scholarship over two years in recognition of her academic excellence and athletic achievement.

Naomi Galbraith - John and Pearl Doll Memorial Scholarship through the NEF; a Wahkiakum West Communications scholarship through the NEF; an American Association of University Women First Prize Scholarship; Naomi will attend St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and will receive merit based grants and scholarships over four years.

Brad Erickson - Academic achievement scholarship from Washington State University over the first two years of college.

Kelsey Fletcher - Naselle Education Foundation Scholarship.

Robert Rangila - Reuben Pentilla Memorial Scholarship through the NEF; the Naselle Community Congregational Church scholarship; the first annual Helen Jones Memorial Scholarship through the NEF; a Clatsop Community College Success Grant per each term, over two years.

Kody Hamp - Rods and Reels Derby Scholarship through the NEF; The Wahkiakum Community Foundation scholarship on behalf of Sorenson Transportation; an Alpha-Theta ESA: Local #3711 scholarship; the Naselle Assembly of God Youth Group scholarship, a Clatsop Community College Success Grant per each term, over two years.

Andrew Nortrup - Harry Thornberg Memorial Scholarship through the NEF; a Clatsop Community College Success Grant per each term, over two years.

Colette Beaulaurier - Hancock Forest Management scholarship; the Campbell Group scholarship; the Naselle Assembly of God Youth Group scholarship; Colette was also offered a tuition waiver for each year from the University of Idaho through the Western Undergraduate Exchange which would have extended over four years. Colette declined this U of I award and will attend Western Washington University in Bellingham.

Whitney Queral - Second Annual Berenice Appelo Memorial Scholarship on behalf of the Wahkiakum Community Foundation and Carlton Appelo; the Wahkiakum West Communications award through the NEF; a Rods and Reels Derby Scholarship through the NEF.

Jasmine Scheller - Agnes Appelo Memorial Scholarship on behalf of the Appelo family and the Wahkiakum Community Foundation.

Melissa White - Rods and Reels Derby Scholarship through the NEF; a Clatsop Community College Success Grant per each term, over two years.

Garrick Bennett - Naselle Education Foundation John and Pearl Doll Memorial Scholarship; the Naselle Assembly of God Church scholarship and a Youth Group Scholarship.

Destiny Gilbert - Clatsop Community College Success Grant per each term, over two years; the Ron Holm Memorial Scholarship through the NEF.

Molly Ballif - Clatsop Community College Success Grant per each term, over two years.

Matt Chavez - Naselle Lutheran Church scholarship.

Julia Christie - Margaret Hill Memorial Scholarship through the NEF.

Jessie Curtiss - Clatsop Community College Success Grant per each term, over two years.

Spencer Griss - Clatsop Community College Success Grant per each term, over two years.

Michael Phelps - Clatsop Community College Success Grant per each term, over two years.

Erinn Reinmann - Clatsop Community College Success Grant per each term, over two years.

Sunny Trent - Peggy Busse Memorial Scholarship through the NEF.

Laine concluded the presentation of awards and scholarships by stating, "We are very proud of this year's graduating class for their tremendous accomplishments. We are also very appreciative for the ongoing support of their families. Our students have worked very hard to earn their special honors, recognitions and awards. We wish each and every one of you the best of luck and look forward to hearing of great things from you!"

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