Dick Nichols award ceremony today will present $1,000 scholarships to 14 seniors

OlympianApril 29, 2014 

Fourteen student-athletes will be honored Tuesday at the 18th annual Dick Nichols West Olympia Rotary Awards luncheon. Awards will be given to graduating high school students from seven high schools in the Olympia, Tumwater and North Thurston school 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, longtime sports announcer, former county commissioner and supporter of young people in the community. The ceremony is at noon Tuesday and is open to the public. Lunch costs $15.

BLACK HILLS HIGH SCHOOL

MITCHELL STONE

3.902 GPA, Top 10 percent of class award for four years, Evergreen Conference All-Academic Award, All-State Inidividual Academic awards, varsity baseball; football,  captain; varsity track; varsity wrestling. Volunteers as Thurston County Youth Football mentor/coach; Crystal Mountain Cleanup crew. Plans to study engineering at Washington State University.

ALEX PUTZIER

3.802 GPA, student of the month; swimming, captain and voted most inspirational team member; bowling team; band, flute section leader; WIAA state Athlete of the Week; most valuable and inspirational player. Volunteers as math tutor and baby sitter. Plans to study biology at McKendree University in Illinois or at Western Washington University.

CAPITAL HIGH SCHOOL

BENJAMIN MONK

3.873 GPA, Arts Recognition Night, second in painting; cross country, Evergreen Conference champion; track and field; secretary, Rotary Interact; volunteers with On the Run Events, Rotary Interact events, and works during the summer doing yard and contractor work. Plans to study civil engineering at Seattle University.

DREW ROTHENGASS

3.747 GPA, varsity volleyball, league and district champion; cross country and track; basketball team captain and most inspirational 2012-2013; leadership class. Volunteer coach and referee for fifth and sixth grade girls basketball; helped with “Pack the Gym” and other school events. Plans to attend Pacific Lutheran University.

NORTH THURSTON HIGH SCHOOL

HAYDEN MALISKA

3.3 GPA, National Society of High School Scholars 2012; Evergreen & Narrows League student athlete academic award; varsity football, baseball, swimming; football team captain; Ram of the Year; most improved player; most inspirational swimmer. Volunteers with Thurston County Youth Football League; summer work with Evergreen Christian School, and NT Citizens for Public Schools. Plans to study health, technology and mathematics.

MEGAN KRAMER

3.97 GPA, National Honor Society; perfect attendance award; cumulative GPA award, senior class vice president; varsity volleyball 1st Team All League; varsity baskeball and volleyball captain; MVP/Coach’s award. DECA Marketing Club; concert band. Volunteers with Big Sister program. Plans to study marine biology at the University of California Santa Cruz.

OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL

JOSEPH FORBORD

3.313 GPA; Top 5 in DECA competition; DECA officer; football and swimming, team captain; first team All 4A Narrows Football League; The Olympian Football All Area Team; best blocker award; Camp Michael counselor. Local trail maintenance volunteer; helped with Sand in the City event. Plans to study civil engineering at University of North Dakota.

MAGGIE DEBELL

3.885 GPA, National Honor Society; math student of the month; AAUW nominee for math; varsity soccer, captain; Solo and Ensemble Contest, superior rating; co-chair of Bear Crew activities; referee for youth soccer games; math tutor. Volunteers with St. Joseph Medical Center and its Health Adventures camps. Plans to study biology at Gettysburg College, Lehigh University or Brown University.

RIVER RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL

DANIEL MONTESA

3.77 GPA, academic wrestling state champ; All-State Academic Award in wrestling, football, track & field; varsity football; varsity wrestling, team captain; varsity track and field, team captain, 2013 pole vault district champion. Priority One Club; National Honor Society; ASB president; ASB vice president. Volunteers with food bank; counselor at Solid Rock Ranch Camp; worship team guitarist; barista. Plans to study law enforcement or physical therapy at the University of Washington.

ANNA VANDERWEYST

3.92 GPA, National Honor Society historian, Top 10 in class for GPA; All-Academic Award in varsity fastpitch and volleyball; varsity volleyball, team captain and honorable mention All-Conference; 2nd team All-Converence, WIAA state participant. Involved in school leadership program, volunteers at food bank; Kiwanis I-5 cleanup program; volleyball referee for school. Plans to study exercise science at Pacific University or Linfield College.

TIMBERLINE HIGH SCHOOL

DYLAN REINHOLD

4.0 GPA, AP Scholar award; fall All-Sports student athlete of the year, Distinguished Scholar award; varsity football, All-Area lineman; track and field, district competitor and throwers captain. Volunteers as Thurston County Youth Football League coach; Blazer Youth Football Camp; Blazer Buddy mentor program and assisted with the Lacey Senior Center rummage sale. Plans to study accounting at George Fox University.

KRISTA JONES

3.948 GPA, Distinguished Scholar Award, U.S. history student of the semester; varsity soccer, team captain, 1st team all-league forward; varsity softball, team captain, 1st team all-league outfielder; varsity bowling, 2nd in state, Top 10 average in district. Active in Key Club, volunteers with Mountain View Bazaar and Komachin Bazaar; Senate page. Plans to study pre-physical therapy at Eastern Washington University.

TUMWATER HIGH SCHOOL

JUSTIN GRAHAM

4.0 GPA, Gold Card Award, student of the month. Academic state champion for choir and basketball; baseball, 1st team All-State, MVP; basketball captain; football; concert choir; ASB treasurer; Advanced Leadership program; Link Crew member; National Honor Society. Volunteer coach for youth basketball and baseball; mentor at elementary school; helped with Day of Champions events; organized blood drives. Plans to study engineering.

BROOKE FELDMEIER

3.773 GPA, Gold Card Award; basketball, defensive player of the year; track captain, set six school records; heptathlon state champion; participates in Advanced Leadership program; ASB representative. Volunteers as coach with youth basketball; works at school concession stand; scorekeeper at elementary and middle school basketball games. Plans to study chemistry at the University of Mississippi.

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