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Outstanding Seniors 2021
Outstanding Seniors 2021
Posted on 05/24/2021

Each year the Puyallup School District highlights outstanding seniors from each of the district’s four high schools as well as the Puyallup Digital Learning program. Out of approximately 1,800 seniors districtwide, 75 students were identified by staff as best representing the Class of 2021.  Some characteristics distinguishing students from their peers include work ethic, leadership, encouragement of others, resilience, academic achievement, and positive influence.

Congratulations to these outstanding seniors! 

Emerald Ridge High School Outstanding Seniors
Link here to see the video narrated by Principal Ed Crow.

Name Honors Next Stop
Maya Bolin
Homecoming Royalty, Strong Musicianship and Leadership Award, Honor Society membership, Outstanding Achievement Award, H.E.R.O.E.S Award (representing leadership and good character within the school), On Fire Ready to Hire (part of the Ignite the Future program). University of Washington, Tacoma
Matthew Brosnon
Matthew Brosnon
Helped create the Varsity Letter for Robotics and obtained it two years in a row, Varsity Letter in Cross Country, National Merit Finalist (top 0.5% of the entire nation on the PSAT). University of California, San Diego
Elizabeth Cordes
Elizabeth Cordes
Scholar Athlete Award for Swim and Water Polo Teams, Varsity Letter for Swim, Rotary Student of the Month Award, Teaching Careers. Central Washington University
Cody Dever
Varsity Letter in Theater, ERHS Theater Sophomore Actor of the Year Award, Rotary Student of the Month Award. Pacific Lutheran University

Chonlada DiMascolo
Chonlada DiMascolo

Tacoma Athletics Commission Athlete of the Year Award, Girls Swim and Dive President's Award, South Hill Rotary Student of the Month Award in Computer Science, Puyallup Masonic Junior Achievement Award, WIAA swimming district and state championships (3 years), USA Swimming diversity and select camp selectee, AP Scholar Award, AP Capstone Award, USA Swimming Winter Junior Nationals Qualifier, USA Swimming Futures Qualifier, ERHS Swimming Outstanding Scholastic Award.  Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Hailee EnglehartHailee Englehart
2021 ERHS Daffodil Princess, Varsity Letter in Cheerleading, Student of the Month December, ASB Team. 

Gallaudet University to study American Sign Language
Yahir Gonzalez
Yahir Gonzalez
Student Citizen of the Year, Pacific Northwest Key Club Member, Spotlight Community Service Varsity Letter, Rotary Student of the Month Award, Masonic Junior Achievement Award, Varsity Letter in Track and Field (2 years), Track and Field Rookie of the Year Award, Track and Field Coach's Award.  University of Washington, Seattle for Neuroscience and Political Science
Ethan Halfaday
Ethan Halfaday
Varsity Letter in Football and Team Captain, Varsity Letter in Track & Field, MVP Teammate Award, shot put district qualifier, Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award in Football and Track, American Legion "Top Honors", Homecoming Court, Pierce College Dean's List.

Boise State University
Sam Husarik
Washington State Wrestling Coaches Academic All-State Champion 2019-2020, Corinthian Masonic Junior Achievement Scholarship Recipient, AP Scholar with Distinction, Outstanding Scholar Award (football), Outstanding Scholar Award (wrestling), Team Captain (football and wrestling), Varsity Letter in Football and Wrestling, ASB Vice-President, Sandra Bueler Social Studies Award, All-League SPSL 2nd Team Offensive Line, All-League SPS Honorable Mention Defensive Line, Kalles Junior High 2018 "Mr. Tyee". University of Notre Dame for pre-med.
Grant Irey
Varsity Letter in Theater, Dessie Evans Outstanding Youth Award, Rotary Student of the Month - ASL.  Washington State University
Hannah Lorenz
Hannah Lorenz
Varsity Letter in Volunteer Service, Rotary Student of the Month - Spanish and Math, Presidential Education Award for outstanding academic excellence, AP Seminar & Research Certificate, finalist at Velocity Dance Convention and 24/7 Dance Convention.   University of Washington, Seattle for biology/pre-med
Erica Losey
Varsity Letters for Theater, ASL and Volunteer Service, Jaguar Student of the Month (Career and Technical Ed.), Sign Language Honor Society Outstanding Students.  Central Washington University, in the Douglas Honors College Program
Hugo NtandaHugo
Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award, Varsity Letter in Track & Field, Outstanding Student Athlete Award. Shoreline Community College 
Joey Padilla
Jaguar of the Month, Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award. Pierce College
Joel Rink
Outstanding Scholar Athlete Awards in Soccer and Golf, Varsity Letter for Golf, Ferrucci Junior High Department Awards for English and Science. Western Washington University
Brooke RoscoeBrooke Roscoe
Varsity Letter in Theater, AP (Advanced Placement) Scholar with Distinction, AP Capstone President's Academic Award. University of Washington
Rozlyn Slichko
Rozlyn Slichko
Cross Country and Track & Field All Academic SPSL Team, Track Runner of the Year Award, Cross Country Runner of the Year Award, Ironman of the Year Award, All State Cross Country Student Record Holder for 5K and 3200m, Female Athlete of the Year, Fall Tacoma Athlete, 5-semester 4.0 GPA. University of Wyoming for civil engineering, Cross Country and Track & Field teams.
Savannah Vindivich
Savannah Vindivich
Varsity Letter in Unified Sports for Basketball, Softball and Bowling. More exciting things to come.
 Emily Wells
Varsity Letters in Cross Country and Track & Field, AP Scholar of Distinction, AAUW Junior Girl Award for achievement in math, Corinthian Masonic Junior Achievement Award. Brigham Young University
Lea WIlsonLea
AP (Advanced Placement) Scholar of Distinction, College Board National Rural and Small-Town Recognition Program, AAUW (American Association of University Women) Science Award, Varsity Letters in Track & Field and Symphonic Winds, Rotary Student of the Month. University of Washington

Puyallup High School Outstanding Seniors
Link here to see the video narrated by Principal David Sunich. 

Name Honors Next Stop
Katherine Abegglen
Katherine Abegglen
AP (Advanced Placement) courses in Human Geography, Biology, World History, United States History, Language, Literature, Seminar and Research, selected as PHS Daffodil Princess. University of York, England
Reagan AhoReagan
Presidential Academic Award, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Student of the Year, Puyallup High School Viking Knight, Honor Society Alumni, Academic Letter in Broadcast Journalism, Kiwanis Scholarship and Awards, Pacific Lutheran University Presidential Scholarship Recipient.  Pacific Lutheran University
Lauren Anderson
Lauren Anderson
WJEA (Washington Journalism Education Association) Superior Award for Yearbook Sports Photography, WJEA Excellent Award for Yearbook Sports Photography, Varsity Letter in Community Service, Girls Swim Post Season Championship Participant (Districts and State), Girls Water Polo Post Season Championships Participant. University of Washington, Seattle
Sarah Baxstrom
Sarah Baxstrom
Varsity Letter in Community Service, AP (Advanced Placement) Scholar with Distinction, Varsity Letter in HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), Orchestra State Qualifier. University of Washington, Seattle
Rikki Garces
Varsity Letters in Band, National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student. University of Washington
Adele Holland
Puyallup High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Co-President, National Honor Society, Varsity Letter in Volleyball, 2nd Team All-SPSL (South Puget Sound League), Tacoma News Tribune 1st Team All-Area, Honorable Mention All-State, MaxPreps Player of the Week, Varsity Volleyball Captain. Western Washington University
Madeline Hunt
Madeline Hunt
Homecoming Princess, Medalist several times in Special Olympics, State Champion Special Olympics Softball. Columbia Sportswear
Elyse Kreuger
Leukemia and Lymphoma Student of the Year candidate, Academic Achievement and Honor Society Membership, Varsity Letter in Volunteer Service, WJEA (Washington Journalism Education Association) Superior in Visual Communication/Infographic. University of Washington
Rebekah Lee
National Merit Finalist, AP (Advanced Placement) Diploma, Questbridge National College Match Finalist.

University of Washington
Peter Liu
AP (Advanced Placement) Scholar with Distinction Award, Varsity Letter for Boys Tennis, National Merit Commended Scholar, Varsity Letter for HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), All-Academic Team Award for Boys Tennis, Academic Achievement and Honor Society Member, Varsity Letter in Volunteer Service. Seattle Pacific University
Bao Vy Phan
Bao Vy
Questbridge Finalist, Grand Champion at Washington State Spring Fair's Diversity Art Show, AP (Advanced Placement) Scholar with Distinction. University of Washington
Tanner PierceTanner
Kalles Junior High John Bustad Most Inspirational Award, Kalles Junior High Leadership Servant Award, Puyallup High School Golf Coaches Award, Puyallup High School Golf Most Improved, Puyallup High School Debate Most Valuable Novice Speaker.  Chapman University
Christina Rhoades
Christina Rhoades
National Honor Society member, Features Editor for the Viking Vanguard, Print Editor for the Viking Vanguard, Varsity Letter in Band, Varsity Viking Student Media Letter.

Northumbria University, England
Angel Sanchez III
Angel Sanchez III
Cumulative GPA pf 3.93, Presidential Award, 2nd Team All-League Defensive Back, AP (Advanced Placement) Calculus Course, Heir Football Academy Defensive Player of the Year two times. Montana Technical University
Rhys Shah
National AP (Advanced Placement) Scholar, AP Capstone Diploma, President's Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, Puyallup High School Junior Achievement in Science, Varsity Letter in Community Service, Varsity Letter in Tennis.  California Polytechnic State University
Miriam Van Bergeyk
Van Bergeyk
National Merit Finalist, American Association of University Women Science Award, AP (Advanced Placement) International Diploma, two Varsity Letters in Volunteer Service, Lenore Erickson-Excellence in English Award.  Trinity Western University

Nima Warsame

University of Washington Bothell
Zoe Wilkinson
Varsity Letter in Volunteer Service, Kindest Person in Class Award, AAUW (American Association of University Women) Mathematics Scholar Award, AP (Advanced Placement) Scholar with Distinction, WMEA (Washington Music Educators Association) Duet Superior Rating, American Legion Award. 

Colorado Christian University
Lauryn Wright
Three year recipient of Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award, Masonic Junior Achievement Scholarship. Portland State University
Jacob Yang
Jacob Yang
Varsity Letter in Baseball, Baseball All League/All State Caliber Player, Honor Society, President's Award, Top 10 GPA in class, Student of the Month.  University of Washington

Rogers High School Outstanding Seniors
Link here to see the video narrated by Principal Jason Smith.

Name Activities  Honors Next Stop
Mariajose Balana
Rogers High School Band AP (Advanced Placement) Capstone. University of Washington
Tia Bonds
Track, competitive dance. Honor Society, Presidential Award AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), E. Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award. University of Arizona
Logan Booth
The Whatever Production, School News and Leadership.  Video Production Certified. Central Washington University
Colin Brannan
RHS Basketball, Leadership, club basketball and working at the YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association). 4A Basketball Academic State Champion, Math Student of the Month, English Academic Excellence Award. The Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University
Julia Gakin
Performing arts, school, working part-time. AP (Advanced Placement) Capstone, Key Club, National Honor Society, member of National Society of High School Scholars. Western Washington University
Hailey Isom
Rogers High School Cheerleader, Daffodil Princess, full-time Running Start Student.  Daffodil Princess. Boise State University
Jeremy Johnston
Football, wrestling, track and field. WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association) Academic Scholastic Award recipient, WIAA Academic Wrestling Honorable Mention, Wrestling Team Captain, National Football Foundation Nominee.  Boise State University
Katie Kerr
Basketball, frisbee, strength training and crafts.  Student of the Month, Most Inspirational for Unified Basketball. Continuing education and work in merchandise industry.
Dennis Madrid-Lopez
The Whatever Production, Ram TV and Yearbook.  AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), Math Student of the Month, Video Certified. University of Washington, Tacoma 
Elijah Melton
Wind Ensemble-Saxophone Section Leader, Jazz Band and Chess Club President.  Regional Solo Ensemble competition winner small woodwinds, Outstanding Musicianship Moawad Memorial Jazz Fest-Central Washington University, Pre-AP Honors-English, Social Studies, Algebra 2, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, AP Physics. AP Statistics.  University of Washington
Dean Mensonides
Varsity Football, Varsity Wrestling, Varsity Track and working part-time.  Sophomore Leadership Award, WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association) Academic State Champion.  Work and continuing his education.  
Chayana Moore
Rogers High School Renaissance  Taking food to older neighbors and offering to do anything they might need help with. Interning at Oakwood Educational Foundation
Grace Nice
Class President, ASB President, National Honor Society, Rambassador, tennis, Unified Basketball and Spanish Club President.  Certificates of Excellence in World Language, Science and Geometry.  Tennis Outstanding Scholastic, Tennis Most Inspirational, Leadership, Varsity Letter for Volunteer Service, Graphic Design for Bookmark Contest, Masonic Scholarship winner.  University of Washington
Cole Parker
Theater, track and basketball.  Varsity Letter in Volunteer Service, Ballou Junior High Peacemaker Award. Mission trip
Rickey Phan
Drama and choir.  Triple D Award for Discipline, Devotion and Direction in Choir. Central Washington University
Emily Reeves
Rogers Drama Productions - Suessical, Bring It On, She Kills Monsters, Dramafest, Poe's Fright Night  and A Comedy of Errors.  Yearbook Editor, Drama Board Officer, Most Patient Senior at Rogers, Daffodil Advisor, Top Ten Scholar, Regents Scholarship from Washington State University and the Deans Scholarship from Gonzaga University.  University of Washington
Alexandra Tate
Work, Swim Team, Leadership Class and ASB (Associated Student Body) Treasurer.  Homecoming Princess, Second in Area at DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), AP Scholar, Outstanding Scholastic. Colorado Christian University 
Victoria Trivett
Tennis, Key Club, Choir, National Honor Society, Chess Club, Daffodil Royal Court.  ASB (Associated Student Body) Homeroom Representative, Outstanding Math Student, Varsity Letter in Choir and Volunteer Service, AAUW (American Association of University Women), PNW Key Club Outstanding Club Secretary, Masonic Lodge Outstanding Junior Award, Rotary Student of the Month for English. Montana State University
Jordan Tschabold
Drama, choir, video production and art. AP (Advanced Placement) Capstone, AP Statistics, Presidential Education Award, Choir Award. Central Washington University
Gavin White
NHS, JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.) Battalion Commander, Marksmanship Team Commander, Academic Team Acting Commander. Third place Individual Regional Land Navigation and Orienteering Competition, third place Individual Academic Team Competition. Texas A & M College 

Walker High School Outstanding Seniors
Link here to see the video narrated by Principal Michael Sanchez.

Name Activities      Honors Next Stop
Mohammadullah Basharwal
Mohammadullah Basharwal
Community Soccer Team, part-time job at McDonalds. Walker 2020-21 Leader of the Pack Academic Award, Student of the Year Awards for three years at school in Afghanistan. Pierce College
 Martin King
ASB President and Gaming Guild member.   Walker Wolf All-Around Student Award, Perfect Attendance Award, Award of Academic Achievement, Excellence in Social Studies, Excellence in Science, participant in Math in Art, Science Fair, 2nd place in Spelling Bee.  Tacoma Community College or Bates Technical College to eventually become a sales representative for Vector Marketing. 
Cyrus Love
Talent shows, choir, orchestra and Gaming Guild. Walker Way Awards for Kindness, Work Ethic and Excellence, Leader of the Pack Award. College and travelling.
Kevin Vasquez-Nunez
Orchestra and Santa Parade participant. Leader of the Pack Academic Award.  Military or college.  Wants to give back to his community and troubled youth.
Cassidy Warren
Walker Leadership Program, GSA, American Sign Language Club and Student Senate at Tacoma Community College. Worth Ethic Award, Attitude Award, Leadership Award, Kindness Award, Excellence Award, Resilience Award, Walker Wolf Award, Leaders of the Pack.

PLU or another university.

Puyallup Digital Learning Outstanding Seniors
Link here to see the video narrated by Director Dr. Adriana Julian.

Name Activities  Honors Hobbies  Next Stop
Gavin Berg
President of the Graffiti Club, member of LGBTQ, Music and Outdoor Clubs PDL Outstanding Senior Exercising, playing keyboard and being a makeup artist Cosmetology school to receive his license
Ruben Fernandez
Ruben Fernandez
Entrepreneurship and art PDL Outstanding Senior Playing basketball and creating clothing brands Pierce College
Christiana Gallagher
Christiana Gallagher
Best Voice for Girls' Choir Chess Club Singing, writing, drawing, dancing and hiking  Tint Beauty School
Jennifer Limon
Jennifer Limon

PDL Outstanding Senior
All kinds of art, drawing and painting Attending beauty school to become Nail Technician
Lillian Mohler
Tutored her 9th grade homeroom in English.  Lili has volunteered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, participating in a Haunted House play with the organization. PDL Outstanding Senior   Pierce College, University of Washington, Tacoma to study coding for website and game design.
Austin Shatto
PDL clubs, Foster Care Big Brother PDL Outstanding Senior, Most Outspoken   Cosmetic license and community college for business degree
Justin Tuatala
Football, working at Dick's Sporting Goods  Student of the Month and PDL Outstanding Senior Sports Arizona State University,  English Secondary Education
Jada Tapec
  PDL Dean's List, PDL Outstanding Senior Playing piano and hiking Tacoma Community College to get Associates of Applied Sciences degree with specialization in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Angelina Vasquez
Angelina Vasquez
Studying, working hard, being a leader among her peers and assisting her teachers PDL Outstanding Senior Serving the elderly, being a caregiver and helping others. California State University, Long Beach to study nursing
Anya Villa-Real
Pacific Northwest Key Club member (neighborhood cleanup group).  Anya serves at parks and forest lands by picking up garbage PDL Outstanding Senior Hiking, photography and sewing Pierce College