Shelton Kiwanis Foundation Awards $10,000 to Local Students

kiwanis logo full white b-gShelton Kiwanis Foundation awarded seven $1,000 scholarships and two $1,500 scholarships to graduates of Shelton High School.  Students were recognized at the Shelton High School (SHS) Senior Recognition Night held on May 19. Longtime Kiwanian Don Jones prepared an ode for each recipient, as is tradition, highlighting unique talents and wishing them well on their future endeavors.

Kristopher Marsh holds a 3.45 GPA and plans to attend South Puget Sound Community College for two years prior to attending Saint Martin’s University. He will study History and plans to teach at the high school or college level.  Marsh is a member of NJROTC and Drill Team at SHS where he participates in Student Government and Academic Team.

Kristopher Marsh, so you want to be a historian, and to teach it is well,
For it is true our country has many stories to tell.
From what you have already done,
We believe you will find history to be very rewarding and fun.

Emily Frost maintains a 3.31 GPA and will also attend SPSCC before enrolling at Central Washington  University where she will study Elementary Education. Frost enjoys Cross Country and Track and participates in several school and community activities.

Emily Frost, a room full of 4th grade elementary students is a lot of energy to tame
But you Cross Country & Track experience will help maintain.
It will be rewarding to help them learn,
Your love for them will always be your concern.

Brook Tinsley has a 3.83 GPA and plans to study Education at Eastern Washington University.  She volunteers as a middle school tutor and played both Soccer and Basketball at SHS.    

Brook Tinsley your desire to teach science to Middle School students is very much in need.
You will enjoy helping them get up to speed.
Do continue this work while they are enthused,
And think on the number of good scientists you did not lose.

With a 4.0 GPA, Lindsey Goldsby will begin her study of Biology this fall at Whitworth University. Goldsby is the Valedictorian of the Class of 2016 and has served as ASB President in addition to her school activities, jobs, and SHS sports.

Lindsey Goldsby your many activities to help others set you apart,
And shows that you have a good heart.
We believe a fine biologist you will be,
For the passion of saving nature and the environment you have in thee.

Emily Goodale holds a 3.44 GPA and plans to pursue a degree in Elementary Education at Washington State University.  As Honor Society President and Senior Class Representative, she dedicates much of her remaining time to Key Club, community and school activities and mission trips.

Emily Goodale you are Key Club’s Volunteer Number One,
No matter what you had to do, you made it fun.
We are pleased with your desire to teach.
Maybe, if you are lucky, a student will bring you a peach.

Ariela Sanchez will study Physics and Astronomy at the University of Washington.  She is a National Honor Society Board member with a 3.83 GPA, served as Key Club President, ASB President and participates in a variety of sports activities; additionally, she volunteers for numerous local community service projects.

Ariela Sanchez, your leadership in Key Club has been handled very well,
Even with a heavy load of classes and helping Little Buddies excel.
You have Physics and Astronomy to do.
When you get that call from NASA, can we go too?

Grady Cress will pursue a career as a Journeyman Lineman. He will attend Northwest Line Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee School in Idaho this fall. He enjoyed Automotive Technology and Welding classes at SHS and holds a 2.85 GPA .

Grady Cress, you desire to be a lineman is a good one indeed,
One you will find rewarding and, when the lights are out, much in need.
So if you are up the pole or in the bucket,
You will know where that line should be stuck-ett.

Chloe Thompson maintains a 3.53 GPA and will attend Eastern Washington University to study Nursing. She volunteers at Mason General Hospital and participates in Key Club, Volleyball, Tennis and Track and Field at SHS.

Chloe Thompson, your desire to be a nurse is shown by what you have already done.
And now you know it is all not fun.
But no more rewarding work could you have found,
For treating the sick and making them sound.

Caroline Ray maintains a 3.49 GPA and will attend Clark College before heading to Washington State University to study Nursing. She plans to be a Midwife.  Ray has served 4 years in NJROTC and has held the position of second in command. She volunteers at community events and has attended the Northwest Leadership Academy and Northwest Leadership Conference.

Caroline Ray, nursing is no greater work than you possible could have done.
We hope you carry it through, for not all will be fun.
Hurry and finish the classwork that you will have to do,
For all of these old white heads are going to need you.

Three of the scholarships are provided through the Dell Abelein Endowment for students who major in the education field and the Thompson Family scholarships are granted to students going into nursing.  The remaining scholarships—for vocational/technical trades, Key Clubbers, and general merit—are funded by Shelton Kiwanis Club events like Pancakes in the Park as well as donations made directly to the charitable Foundation.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Shelton, Washington has been serving Mason County since 1924 and provides support to a variety of community efforts, particularly focusing on youth and education programs. The Kiwanis Foundation was established in 2004.