JH and HS scholars receive Elizabeth Wesley merit award (2011-2012)

High schools throughout the district are celebrating the success this fall of 77 Puyallup School District students named 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.  Each of the merit winners received certificates during recognition events scheduled last month at Emerald Ridge, Puyallup, and Rogers high schools.


The students also received recognition 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 Ahievement

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.


Principals, assistant principals, and other school district administrators raised more than $14,000 this year to support the annual Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award program.