Local Act Six scholars honored Tuesday
A total of 73 students from throughout the Northwest are winners of Act Six scholarships that are collectively worth more than $8 million.
Launched in 2002 by the Northwest Leadership Foundation in Tacoma, Act Six seeks to develop urban and community leaders. Many scholars are the first in their families to attend college.
The newest Act Six scholars will be recognized this week in community celebrations across the region, including one in Tacoma at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Urban Grace Church. The public is invited.
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This year’s winners, along with the colleges they plan to attend, include these Pierce County students:
Whitworth University: Noah McDonald, Puyallup High School
Pacific Lutheran University: Kevin Castellanos, Sierra Sirmans, Mount Tahoma High School; Jesse Pyle, Stadium High School; Bianca Vieyra, Harrison Preparatory School; Shaidaja Wilson, Emerald Ridge High School; Alexis Wosk, Washington High School
Northwest University: Micah Brown, Spanaway Lake High School; Uriel Castro-Ramirez, Lincoln High School; Kiara Clark, Malando Redeemer, Bellarmine Preparatory School; Jelsy Christine Gundao, Steilacoom High School; Grace Nyoro, Clover Park High School
Gonzaga University: Loren Carrillo, Lincoln High School
Trinity Lutheran College: Aida Acevedo, Nathan Samayo, Washington High School; Celeste Bazan, Mount Tahoma High School; Kaelyn Paige, Curtis Senior High School; Nodiainez Rogers, Tacoma Science and Math Institute; Luis Miguel Tovar, Rogers High School
Kids in need can have some test fees reduced
The U.S. Department of Education has announced that funds are available for low-income students to take the Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge Capstone program exams. Qualified and eligible students will pay $12 per exam, a decrease from last year’s reduced rate. There is no limit to the number of exams a student may take. For more information on the program go to k12.wa.us/AdvancedPlacement.
New school board member in Orting
The Orting School Board has appointed Jeannie Smith to fill a vacancy on the board in Director District No. 2. She was appointed to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Laura Fischer. Smith will serve the remainder of the first half of Fischer’s four-year term. To retain her seat for the final two years of the term, Smith must run for the office in November.
Learn about plans for new Wainwright school in Fircrest
Tacoma Public Schools will host a public meeting about plans for the new Wainwright Intermediate School at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1001 Princeton St., Fircrest. The new school will serve grades four through eight in partnership with Whittier, which will become a primary school for preschool through grade three.
For more information call Stacy Flores at 253-571-3350.
Information night set for Harrison Prep in Lakewood
Harrison Preparatory School in the Clover Park District, will host a community information night from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday.School officials can answer questions about the school and its International Baccalaureate program. Harrison Prep is open to students in grades 6-12 . The school is at 9101 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood. For more information call 253-583-5418.
Cindy Davis is new Bellarmine principal
Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma has named Cindy Davis its new principal. Davis had been serving as interim principal for the Catholic high school, and is the school’s former dean of students. A Tacoma resident, Davis has been at Bellarmine for over 30 years as a teacher and administrator.
School fliers coming to Puyallup parents electronically
The Puyallup School District is phasing in a new electronic flier distribution program starting in April. School fliers will automatically be sent to parents with e-mail addresses on file with the district. Parents will only receive fliers related to their school or to the district as a whole. Paper copies will be available in school offices for families that don’t have access to e-mail or electronic devices. The program will be fully operational in the 2015-16 school year.
Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers