2017 winners

Amber Torell – Longview

Amber Torell possesses a passion for math, foreign languages, and girls’ education and wants to become a teacher encouraging young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Amber’s personal life has not been easy, finding herself homeless twice. Amber found empowerment through a leadership role in her school’s effort to host the Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL) Conference. Over 13 months, a steering committee worked to organize workshops, find homestays, and plan a service project. Through this project, she found strength by taking action within her own community. The executive director of AWSL said that in 25 years of conference planning, Amber stands out as one of the top students to have served as conference co-chair.

Claudia Penney – Lakewood

After experiencing cancer in her immediate family, Claudia Penney wants to pursue a career as a medical oncologist. As a mestiza, a woman of Filipino and foreign descent, she joined a local group called the Pilipino American Youth Organization (PAYO) which shared the Filipino culture through traditional folk dancing. While this group helped share who she is, Claudia taught younger children the folk dances and became role models to them. Claudia is a two-term member of the Lakewood Youth Council tasked with bringing issues and concerns of youth to city council.

Rosalyn Goveia – Ellensburg

Rosalyn Goveia has a passion for literature. Unsure where her career will take her at this time, one thing she knows is she wants to bring news of different people and cultures together, educating them about each other to achieve a greater peace. As vice president and president of Key Club, Rosalyn is amazed at the impact a few people can make in a community, especially at the individual level. Rosalyn visits the residents of the Hearthstone Assisted Living Center and wants to show the members of her club that it’s fulfilling to open up to the community in an effort to change lives.

Kristina Dorris – Soap Lake

Kristina Dorris plans to get her doctorate in psychology and open her own practice. Kristina has struggled with significant personal and financial challenges. Her father, the chief of police of Soap Lake, lost his battle with cancer in 2013 and her mother has experienced health challenges as well. As a result, Kristina has had to grow up fast. As an officer in the National Honor Society, she and others went to business and community members to ask for donations to help families in need of a Thanksgiving meal. Knowing that her family would do without didn’t stop Kristina. She and a team of others put together 20 Thanksgiving baskets. The group knew Kristina’s passion for others and her situation, so they provided her family with a basket of their own.

Uyen (Cathy) Dao – Sequim

Cathy Dao’s passion for cultures and language guide her commitment to international diplomacy with the ultimate goal of becoming a diplomat for the United States to China. Having recently moved to Sequim and the United States, Cathy has proven herself to be committed to her country and community. After arriving in Sequim, she was surprised by the run-down facilities and outdated resources available for students, and the fact her community had failed to pass a bond four times. Cathy took action into her own hands and among other efforts, composed a song to capture the importance of supporting future generations to nation building (Youtube: Cathy Dao-Keeping the Dream Alive).

Abigail Brandt – Mill Creek

Abigail Brandt’s decision to pursue a career in pediatric medicine is a personal one. In 7th grade, she spent months at Children’s Hospital relearning how to walk, run and live a normal life. This experience and the doctors who worked with her shaped who she is today. In her freshman year, Abigail took a risk and pushed herself to join student government. From freshman class treasurer, to sophomore class treasurer, to junior class president and finally to ASB President, Abigail rose through the ranks. In one of her reference letters, Abigail was described as a determined young woman who appreciates the gifts of education and life. Abigail hopes to make a positive change in the lives of as many people as possible.


2016 winners

Kioko Soneda, Burlington • Carson Bergstrom, Pasco • Alisha Purdom, Marysville • Grae Hill, Lacey • Ethan Toth, Wenatchee • Johana Ocampo, Mount Vernon

2015 winners

Zachary Anders, Lynnwood • Nandina Cengic, Tukwila • Nayeli Cervantes, Pasco • Joanna Santana, Quincy • Isabel Gabriel, Friday Harbor • Simran Handa, Mukilteo • Dagmawit Kemal, Seattle • Olesya Mironchuk, Seattle • Tin Vo, Seattle • Jalen Wright, Seattle

2014 winners

Katelyn Dolan, Liberty Lake • Prabha Dublish, Sammamish • Nina Klinkhammer, Lakewood • Lucas Gordon, Anacortes

2013 winners

Emina Dacic, Tukwila • Michael Dyer, Kelso • Danielle Larson, Almira • Elizabeth McKeen, Anacortes • Ce’Nedra Thomas, Latah • Kendall Todd, Odessa

2012 winners

Russell Wiita, Sultan • Mason Cole, Anacortes • Colleen Delp, Dayton • Sonja Sanchez, Bridgeport