10-06-11: Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award winners honored
10-06-11: Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award winners honored

High schools throughout the district are celebrating the success this fall of 77 Puyallup School District students named this year 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 are being presented to each of the merit winners during events scheduled this month at Emerald Ridge, Puyallup, and Rogers high schools.

The students also received recognitions and standing ovations during the annual Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award Program ceremony held in September at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood.

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 winners have their photos displayed each year at the South Hill Mall.

This year, the Tacoma Urban League also presented the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to Puyallup School District Superintendent Tony Apostle.

Jim Walton, retired Tacoma city manager, called Apostle on stage at the annual awards ceremony in Lakewood and presented him with a wooden plaque.

Walton recognized Apostle for his years of support to public education and listed many of the Puyallup School District accomplishments that occurred during his tenure as superintendent.

"He is a true believer in working with the community," Walton said.

Walton also highlighted and thanked Apostle for the school district's support of the Elizabeth Wesley award program.

The number of Puyallup scholars recognized by the program has grown from 14 in 2006 to 77 students this year -- the most students honored from any of the participating school districts.

"That is an outstanding record," Walton said.

Walton also asked several dozen Puyallup School District administrators in the audience to stand and be recognized "for their steadfast support" of the program.

In the past two years, principals, assistant principals, and other district leadership raised more than $22,000 in an annual fundraiser for Elizabeth Wesley youth merit scholarships.

This year, leadership raised $14,106 for the scholarship program -- nearly double the amount raised in 2010.

This year's 77 Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award recipients are:

Emerald Ridge High School
Samantha Bowling
Courtnay Byrd
Jazmyn Campbell-Williams
Garret Carter
Travis Courns
Johnny Dunbar
Azaria Evans
Shaban Gakere
Marcus Harris
Jaelyn Harrison
Spencer Heslip
John Huyghue
Alexander Jackson
Thoman Johnson
Justin Jones
Reginald Lawler
Chantell Maine
Kendall McClain
Alexis Montague
Carly Moore
David Proby
Shalaina Rollins
Olivia-June Scott
Gavin Sims
Devon Stark
Josephine Waddington

Puyallup High School
Christina Askew
Briana Blades
Brennan Carrington
Emmy Cornyn
Dwayne Gamble
Joshua Garnett
Rachel Garnett
George Houghton-Bynum
Anthony Johnson
James Lake
Aimriel Lewis
Kenzie McNeel
Ashley Owens
Breanna Schultz
Deashia Simmons
Jordan Walker

Rogers High School
Ashlyn Allen
Michael Askew, Jr.
Rachel Askew
Zhane Blades
Dennia Bussell
Tautiauna Carver-Lewis
Elizabeth Curl
Clemisha Davis
Yusufu Deen-Conteh
Wayne Dey, Jr.
Kaycee Doty
Tatiana Drain
Frederick Fisher
Johnnie Fuller
Savannah Grandberry
Kylah Harris
David Hilts-Hoskins
Keylin Huddleston
Chloe Jackson
Damian Jackson
Jaleesa Jones
Kizhane Massey
Mari Mathews
Shulaelu Mathews
Tranell Mayfield
Kiara McClain
Loren Miles
Victoria Miles
Evyn Purcell
Brittany Rose
Tevin Steinman
Jasmine Turner
Javonie Turner
DeCarlo Ward

Inactive
Cameron Miller