14 student athletes receive honor at special luncheon

Fourteen student athletes were honored Tuesday at the 13th annual Rotary-Dick Nichols Award luncheon. The award is given to high school boys and girls from seven local high schools in the Olympia, Tumwater and North Thurston school districts. The students are chosen for their athletic achievement, academic excellence and community service. Each recipient gets a $1,000 scholarship. The award is given in the name of Nichols, longtime sports announcer, former county commissioner and supporter of young people.

Black Hills High School


3.99 GPA. Received All Academic awards for varsity fast-pitch and soccer; played soccer for four years, team captain for two years; 1st team All League and two years 2nd team All State; Coaches Award in 2007 and 2008. Played varsity fast-pitch softball for four years; voted most improved and received Most Hustle award; selected All-League Honorable Mention 2008 for fast-pitch. Participated in choir four years; received “Maestro” award at Canada Choir Festival for outstanding individual performance; presidents award and leadership award for choir. Volunteers through church youth group and Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentoring an elementary student and as a LINK CREW leader. She plans to attend Western Washington University majoring in exercise science.


3.996 GPA and ranked No. 1 in class of 212; four years Top 10 percent Academic Award; Evergreen Conference All- Academic Awards for four years. He was 2A 135-pound Wrestling Academic State Champion; received the Award of Excellence in Community Service and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Four years varsity wrestling, team captain two years; received Coaches Pick Award, Captains Award and participated at state level as a senior. Two years soccer. Three years marching band and jazz band and received most improved marching award. Evergreen Boys State Conference and Rotary Youth Leadership (RYLA) representative. Volunteered as an assistant wrestling coach and for the Black Lake Fire Department annual food drive; walked and volunteered in the Relay for Life and community service projects through the Boy Scouts. He plans to attend Central Washington University majoring in criminal justice.

Capital High School


3.88 GPA. Received Academic All-American awards for four years. Four years volleyball and 1st team All- League and All-State honorable mention in 2007; 1st team All-League, 1st team All-State and team captain in 2008; selected to participate in the Washington State Coaches Association All-State volleyball series for 2009; set school records for most digs in a match and most digs in a season. Volunteered for four years at the Puget Sound Blood Center, coached middle school volleyball and served as a page to the Washington State Senate. She plans to attend Western Washington University majoring in mathematics.


3.97 GPA. Received four years of Academic All- American awards and is an IB Diploma candidate. Four years of band and member of wind ensemble. Three years varsity cross country, named honorary captain, received conference Athlete of the Year award and was voted most inspirational. Three years varsity track and field in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter distance runs and was team captain. Volunteered for the Capitol City Marathon Lakefair Run for two years organizing water stops for the event and participated in Lakefair runs and band. He plans to attend the University of Portland majoring in mechanical engineering.

North Thurston High School


3.94 GPA. Varsity cross country and received Scholar Athlete award and Academic Excellence Award. Track and field, three years varsity and received Scholar Athlete award. Wrestling, three years and varsity letter; received Scholar Athlete award and Captain’s Choice award for most dedicated for wrestling. Soccer two years and varsity letter; received Scholar Athlete award and was voted most inspirational for soccer. She has volunteered as a LINK leader mentoring incoming freshmen; was an officer of Family Career and Community Leaders of America planning and participating in community service events; volunteered and participated in the HOBY youth leadership conference; volunteers at the First United Methodist Church. Chamber choir of the Olympia Youth Chorus, volunteered at the Olympia Union Gospel Mission and served as a page to the Washington State House of Representatives. She plans to attend Michigan State University double majoring in fashion design and international development.


3.91 GPA. Received top student awards for calculus, physics and mathematics; tennis, four years varsity and team captain. Swimming four years and team captain qualifying for district all four years. Three years soccer. Three years of Concert Chorale and president. Two years Jazz Choir’s select ensemble and president. Two years of WMEA All-State choir. Volunteered through National Honor Society at food banks and the “adopt a family” program; volunteers through Key Club and performs piano at a memory center for the elderly twice a month. He plans to attend the University of Washington majoring in electrical engineering.

Olympia High School


3.91 GPA. Volleyball four years and team captain two years; voted MVP her senior year. Tennis one year in doubles. Has volunteered as a volleyball coach for the YMCA two years; tutored young students in Spanish and algebra. She plans to attend the University of Washington majoring in civil engineering.


3.98 GPA. Received the AP Scholar award, is a Terry Ennis Scholarship finalist, received the Washington Principals Scholar Award in 2008, and received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Four years football and three years team captain; selected MVP his freshman year; 1st team All-League and All-Area and 2nd team All-State as a junior; received “Most Inspirational” Captains Award, Defensive MVP and selected All-Area, 1st team All-League; honorable mention All-State and nominated for East-West All State game as a senior. Baseball two years and team captain; was freshman MVP and selected “most inspirational” for baseball. DECA, three years qualifying for State as a sophomore and senior also qualifying for Nationals as a senior. He volunteered for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, coached a fourth-grade youth basketball team, tutored students in math and Spanish and volunteered at Bread & Roses and the Olympia Union Gospel Mission. He plans to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy or attend and play football at Linfield College or Willamette University.

River Ridge High School


3.99 GPA. Received five All-Academic awards for soccer and track; received the 2006 Citizenship award. Four years varsity soccer and captain two years and MVP two years. Four years track and field and captain two years; competed for three years as a sprinter in 4x100 and 4x200 relays and one year in the 200-meter run at the state level. She volunteers at her church in child classrooms, volunteers at track meets, participated in a Los Angeles clean-up project through her church and was a Washington State Senate page in 2006. She plans to attend Tiffin University majoring in criminal justice.


3.88 GPA. Evergreen Conference All-Academic awards for seven seasons. Swimming three years and team captain. Voted most inspirational two years and placed in state for the 100 yard breast stroke. Baseball three years and JV captain two years. Varsity tennis, two years and voted most inspirational in 2007. Band, four years wind ensemble and concert band, four years jazz ensemble and four years 1st chair baritone sax and section leader; drum major three years. His community service includes teaching swimming and lifesaving to Boy Scouts, various projects with Washington State Parks and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. He plans to attend Saint Martin’s University majoring in engineering education.

Timberline High School


3.69 GPA. Received Distinguished Scholar award four times, Coaches award and Captain’s award twice and was voted most inspirationa for track and field. She received the Community Artist Award for aiding special education students and for artistic talent. Cross Country four years and team captain; selected All-League four years, competed at district level four years and at State two years. Track and field four years and co-captain; selected All-League and competed at district; holds school record in 1600-meter and 3200-meter distance runs. Three years Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. She has volunteered through mission trips to Ensenada, Mexico, to build housing and to Nassau, Bahamas, to provide a vacation Bible school for children; volunteered four years for the Capital City Marathon and with the Woodland Trail Team. She plans to attend the University of Idaho majoring in nutrition or dietetics.


3.88 GPA. Four years of All-Academic Awards; two years Distinguished Scholar awards; two years Who’s Who in Football award and two years Who’s Who among American High School Students award. Four years football and team captain two years; voted League MVP; All-Area MVP and 1st Team All-State for football. Four years varsity baseball. He has volunteered four years mentoring at Timberline football and baseball youth camps and with Environmental Services planting trees. He plans to attend Eastern Washington University majoring in environmental science and education.

Tumwater High School


4.0 GPA. First in class of 255 students; Pac-10 All-Academic Award and three years Evergreen Conference All- Academic awards. Varsity volleyball four years; 2nd team All-League as a sophomore; 1st team All-League and All-State honorable mention as a junior; team captain; team MVP; league MVP; area MVP; State MVP; The Olympian’s Athlete of the Year and Tacoma News Tribune’s 2nd team as a senior. Volunteered four years as a Sunday School teacher, peer tutor for freshmen, volleyball coach and referee at youth volleyball camps and volunteered for The Salvation Army. She plans to attend Life Pacific College majoring in biblical studies, youth ministry and education.


3.49 GPA. All-Academic athlete three years. Varsity basketball four years and team captain; selected 1st team All-League, The Olympian’s All-Area team and All-State team as a senior. Varsity football two years and selected All-State honorable mention tight end, All-Area Tacoma News Tribune and The Olympian’s All-Area team, 1st team All-League and Tumwater High “offensive player of the year.” Three years show choir, concert choir and honor choir. He volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentoring a 9-year-old boy; is a devotion leader for his youth group; volunteered four years as a coach and referee for Little T-Bird hoop camps. He plans to attend college majoring in physical therapy or business.