Students from each of the three Puyallup School District high schools were acknowledged for their community service experience, examples of citizens leadership, strong academic performance and involvement in school activities during an April 23 junior achievement scholarship presentation at the Corinthian Masonic Lodge in Puyallup.
Since 1965, juniors in the district have been awarded plaques, bonds and scholarship money. This year’s winners are Carson Lutterloh from Rogers High, Emily Baker from Puyallup and Dallen James from Emerald Ridge.
“We are all proud of our leaders and scholars in our high schools,” said John Adamson, a Puyallup resident and chairman of the Scholarship Committee. “This award recognizes future leaders.”
Each student received $1,000 and a plaque from the lodge. In addition to the scholarship money, students also received a free photography sitting for their senior photos, and two hours of free flight training from Green River Community College.
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Lutterloh, a 4.0 GPA student who’s enrolled in two AP classes, balances his time between running on the Rogers cross-country team, serving as a cadet deputy commander in the Mt. Rainier Composite Squadron of Washington Wing Civil Air Patrol and working part time at Safeway.
He credits his ability to juggle it all to time management skills — and keeping a little extra time at the end of the day to make sure he completed all of his tasks.
“It was really surprising,” he said about receiving the scholarship. “It’s nice to know that a lot of hard work has paid off.”
Lutterloh hopes to double major in computer science and economics after graduating next year.
James is a 4.0 student as well, and is active at ER in the Key Club, Honors Society, band and HOSA, a club designed for students interested in the medical profession.
He credits budgeting his time, a strong personal motivation and high expectations for his success as a student.
James hopes to attend Brigham Young University and major in bio-chemistry, with the goal of becoming an emergency room physician once he graduates next year.
“I would encourage everybody to look into it,” he said about the Masonic scholarship. “You find out more about their community. It’s given me a lot of confidence and a lot of ambitions about the future. It helped me realize I can set my mind to anything.”
Adamson and the Masons agree that the experience is just as special for them as it is for the students.
“It’s the best feeling when I get to meet these young men and women,” Adamson said. “They are all such well-rounded young ladies and gentlemen, and are all so organized and focused.”