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1/11/2019 | TACOMA, Washington
transgender student, Stella is very active in advocacy for transgender
students. She has amazing energy and is an excellent role model for trans
youth. Stella is a champion for the Gender Cool Project (www.gendercool.org), a national
storytelling campaign about trans youth. Being a Gender Cool Champion has
given Stella amazing opportunities to be on the TODAY Show, interviewed in numerous
newspapers, including the New York Times, written an Op-Ed for Teen Vogue and
spoke at major corporations across the country. Stella hopes to reduce the
fears about transgender people and make the world safer for people like her,
she is a doer.
Eden is a curious, socially conscious and academically motivated
student, visual artist and photographer. She has been commissioned to design
and provide artwork for individuals. Eden created a program for
students after school in 8th grade and continues to volunteer and support the
program while she's been in high school. She also spends every late start (every
Friday) volunteering at school. Her commitment to helping others makes Eden a
Solomon embodies the
spirit of Montessori: care for yourself, care for each other, care for this
place. In class he generates
enthusiasm by bringing activities to share. He is the Editor in Chief of the
Bryant Post, a newspaper publication with a staff of ten students that goes out
electronically monthly and covers student, school, local, and world news
topics. Solomon contributes, edits and distributes this publication to all
subscribers throughout the school and community at large. He recently organized
Astronomy Night, where students and families were invited to come to Bryant
Montessori in the evening to view the stars through telescopes brought by the
Tacoma Astronomical Society. Solomon is a doer who chooses to focus his amazing
energy toward making his community a better place.
BellaDonna is an amazing young woman who has taken on a
leadership for the AFJROTC (Air Force Junior Reserve Office Training Corps) program,
and serves as Cadet Captian at Foss. Her teacher, Major Phillips
describes her as a “mover and a shaker.” She puts a tremendous amount of focus and hard
work into AFJROTC and her school career as an International Baccalaureate (IB)
student. She gives her time and talent in school clubs and volunteers to help
lead and organize events throughout her school. BelleDonna’s peers describe her
as a “role model.”
Christopher is engaged in
just about every activity at Meeker Middle School. He brought down the house at
the school talent show with his Elvis rendition. He serves on leadership and
leads advisories. Each day he voluntarily does the morning announcements, and
he pioneered afternoon announcements to let students and staff know what clubs
and meetings are happening that day. It’s also the small things, like offering
a hello or kind word to everyone he meets. His teacher, Kate Kuravackal says, “He
is who I wish I were when I was in middle school.”
Travis is someone who
doesn’t need to be asked to help, when he sees a need he steps up to lend a
hand. He is involved in just about everything at SOTA, including volunteering
technical support for all events including evenings and weekends. Attending
performances for all departments, he does lighting, sound and clean up. Travis
is a musician, poet and artist. His drive and hard work helped to earn him a
place on a study service trip where he worked and shared his artist abilities
with young children in Florence, Italy.
On the football team, he is
considered the "Uncommon Man". The player who goes out of his
way to be encouraging and motivating. He is the example for all students and
adults alike on the power of compassion and empathy. Kyle consistently looks
for ways he can help, stepping to lend a hand wherever its needed without the
expectation of reward. His can-do attitude is infectious and others raise
their effort in turn. Kyle is a doer in
the purest sense of the word, he is a positive influence in every group that he
Ara is a leader in both her class and school. She never
fails to help others, and always with extreme kindness. A brilliant thinker and
patient with her explanations, Ara works well with everyone. At her school, she
serves as a peer mediator, on student council as a representative, on safety
patrol, and she plays in band. Outside of school she is a swimmer, plays piano and
ukulele, sews, and knits. Her teacher, Molly Callendar said, “The best part of
Ara is that she always remains humble, even with her multitude of gifts.”
At SAMI, teachers often joke that they should probably be paying Elena a stipend for all the work she does for the community. In addition to being an exemplary student, she is an accomplished student government leader, always brimming with fresh ideas and enthusiasm for her school. She has helped to start a newspaper at SAMI and plays a significant leadership role in yearbook. She's also a competitive volleyball player. It's hard to point out specifics because she contributes on a nearly constant basis to everything at SAMI. Her teacher, Stephanie Skaggs describes Elena as, “the most reliable and mature student she ever met, and deeply deserving of recognition.”
Reginald is a doer because he doesn't allow anyone or
anything to get in the way of his success. He is a part of the Lincoln
basketball program, playing on varsity since his freshmen year. As a student,
he is continuously willing to support and advocate for himself and others. In middle
school, he began serving as a tutor for AVID and served as ASB president.
Outside of school, he volunteers his time to better his community and strives to
gain experiences that will help him pursue his goals. Reginald is a natural
born leader who pushes himself to succeed.
Tayler is a proud Deaf student whose determination has encouraged and energized classmates. For the last three years, she has served as President of the Deaf T-Birds, helping them realize a trip to Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. and gather a team for the Deaf Academic Bowl. She has choreographed their part in the school's multicultural assembly, to highlight Deaf culture and pride. She has signed the King County proclamation the past two years at Seattle's Deaf Thrive event. Tayler has interned with NW Youth Corp and was chosen to speak at their leadership conference. As a result, she was offered an internship with the National Park Service and was their first Deaf intern.
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