Bright student athletes to get Rotary awards

Luncheon today will honor them; each to receive $1,000 scholarship

April 30, 2013 

Fourteen student athletes will be honored today at the 17th annual Dick Nichols West Olympia Rotary Awards Luncheon.

Awards will be given to two graduating high school students from each of seven high schools in the Olympia, Tumwater and North Thurston districts. The recipients are chosen for their excellence in academics, athletics and community service. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The award is given in the name of Dick Nichols, a long-time sports announcer and former Thurston County commissioner. The ceremony is at noon today and is open to the public. Lunch costs $15.

Here are the award winners:

JESSE PERKINSON

Black Hills High School

3.57 GPA. Plays varsity football and soccer; All-Academic League award for soccer and football. ASB treasurer, Advanced Leadership. Volunteers as a tutor, youth football coach and at the Thurston County Food Bank. Plans to attend Eastern Washington University to study athletic training.

HOPE MORTENSEN

Black Hills High School

3.097 GPA. Four-year varsity volleyball, basketball and track teams; four-year academic award; was team captain for volleyball, basketball and track. Participated in Advanced Leadership. Volunteers with kids basketball and volleyball camps; organized a community fundraiser called “Socks of Love.” Plans to attend Saint Martin’s University to study occupational therapy/prosthetics.

MATHEW COX

Capital High School

3.833 GPA. Four-year varsity football and basketball, captain of football and basketball teams; Academic All-American Award all four years. Performed in several piano recitals. Volunteers as Little Cougar Referee for elementary school players; Olympia Choral Society usher. Plans to attend University of North Dakota to study civil engineering.

ELIZA RAMSEY

Capital High School

3.90 GPA. Academic All-American Award all four years, international BA diploma candidate. Four-year varsity cross country and track; team captain in both sports. Writes for Capital Outlook, head editor for one year. Serves on Link Crew to help incoming freshman; co-coaches Little Cougars Basketball; assists Capital Marathon Association and a food bank in Celaya, Mexico; writing intern at Thurston Talk. Plans to attend Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., to study political science.

TYLER RIDGEWAY

North Thurston High School

3.937 GPA. Four-year Scholar Athlete Award; Student of the Month; Honor Society. Four-year varsity letterman in swimming and baseball; team captain in both sports; Most Inspirational Player. Leader in Renaissance Club; volunteers with CAN Nights, an afterschool learning program for kids; offers help with personal workouts/training to get in shape. Plans to attend U.S. Naval Academy to study mechanical engineering.

HALEY HARN

North Thurston High School

3.886 GPA. Honor Society; honor roll; four-year Scholar Athlete Award. President of Interact Club, officer in Renaissance Club. Played on varsity girls basketball, volleyball, fast pitch and tennis teams; captain of basketball and volleyball teams for one season. Volunteers with Capitol City Athletic Center, Little Rams Basketball Camp, Lacey Parks & Recreation. Plans to attend Pierce College, then Central Washington University, to study para-medicine.

JOHN STORMANS

Olympia High School

3.449 GPA. Narrows League Scholar Athlete Award; Gael Scholar Award and scholarship recipient; Tennis Ambassador Award. Earned varsity letters in tennis, track and field, baseball; tennis team captain. OHS Chamber Choir member; Bear Crew leader; ASB senator. Volunteers with small-group service projects, church mission trips. Plans to attend St. Mary’s College of California.

CLARE BEUSCH

Olympia High School

4.00 GPA; ranked first in class. Future Business Leaders of America Awards; Math Student of the Month; National Merit Scholar, Letter of Commendation; AP Scholar with Honors. Played varsity girls basketball, cross country (Most Inspirational Player), and soccer; girls basketball JV captain. FBLA treasurer and president; ASB treasurer. Works on staff at South Sound Estates; babysitter. Plans to attend University of Washington to study accounting and minor in French.

BRAD WALLACE

River Ridge High School

3.712 GPA; Top 10. All-Academic Award in football, basketball and baseball; All-League awards in each sport; varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. ASB Leadership. Volunteers with Charlie’s Safari feeding homeless families; Hawks of Tomorrow youth basketball; rebuilding homes with Shirts Across America. Plans to attend a four-year university to study criminal justice.

BRIELLE RASMUSSEN

River Ridge High School

3.623 GPA. Academic Award all four years; 17th in class; AP/Honors courses. All-American Cheerleader at camp; varsity gymnastics and cheerleading, served as captain. Choir; ASB secretary. Works at Coldstone Creamery. Leader with church youth group; coaches Little Hawk Cheer team. Plans to attend Washington State University to study education.

TANNER RISK

Timberline High School

3.91 GPA. Distinguished Scholar Award; Outstanding Math Student; Wrestling Academic State Champion; National Honor Society, secretary. Church quorum president. Varsity letters in football, wrestling and track; wrestling team captain. Volunteers with Boy Scouts as troop leader; Blazer Youth Football Camp; Camp Helaman president. Plans to attend Brigham Young University–Provo as a pre-med student.

SARAH MCKEE

Timberline High School

3.993 GPA. American Association of University Women; Girl Scouts Bronze Award. Most Inspirational/Player of the Year in basketball; basketball team captain. DECA; National Honor Society; writes for the Blazer Newsmagazine. Volunteers with Girl Scouts, tutors, works as student store employee. Special Olympics basketball coach for kids ages 10-13. Plans to attend Portland State University to study software engineering

ANDREW BROWN

Tumwater High School

3.336 GPA. Evergreen Conference All Academic Award for football and track; The Olympian’s All-Area Football Player of the Year; Seattle Times All-State Football Team Returner; varsity letter in track and football; football team captain; All-League MVP; THS Outstanding Athlete 2012. Coaches Thurston County Youth Football League; volunteers with Tumwater Parks & Recreation. Plans to attend University of Washington to study sports training.

EMILY BARCLIFT

Tumwater High School

3.965 GPA. Math Student of the Month 2011; business Student of the Month 2010. Sportsmanship Award for soccer; The Olympian’s All Area Team for varsity tennis, MVP 2011-12; varsity soccer captain. Vocalist with Bonne Chanteuse Concert Choir; National Honor Society; Advanced Leadership class secretary. Volunteered on Jamaica Mission Trip; Blackfeet Indian Reservation Mission Trip. Teaches youth tennis; coach at Junior T-bird Soccer Academy. Plans to attend George Fox University or Seattle Pacific University to study nursing.

Staff report

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