Elizabeth Wesley merit scholars honored (2010-2011)

High schools throughout the district are celebrating the success this fall of 78 Puyallup School District students named as Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award recipients.


The Puyallup students make up more than a third of the 201 student scholars throughout

Pierce County recognized for the honor by the Tacoma Urban League. 


Certificates of recognition were presented to the merit winners during events at Emerald

Ridge, Puyallup, Rogers, and Walker high schools.

The Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award Program recognizes and honors

African-American youth in grades nine through 11 for academic excellence, community

involvement, and good citizenship.

The awards program is named for Elizabeth Wesley, a civic leader active in the

founding of the Tacoma Urban League.


The league awards each of the student winners $350, and the Puyallup School District award winners have their photos displayed each year at the South Hill Mall.  This year, the Tacoma Urban League also presented the 2010 Drum Major award to the Puyallup School District’s administration.


Puyallup School District leadership raised $7,931.50 during an auction in August for the Elizabeth Wesley award program.


The Drum Major award is presented each September at a countywide Elizabeth Wesley

recognition event to those who support and facilitate the implementation of the award program in their school or district.


Kim Bobby, co-chair of the Elizabeth Wesley Executive Committee, and committee treasurer Daniel Lunsford, received the district leadership team’s contribution

on behalf of the award program at a Puyallup School Board meeting.


“Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts,” Bobby said. “You are stepping up

and your students are stepping up ... We are so very proud to have a partnership with you.”