2021 winners

Piper Bauer – Okanogan

As a division officer in Key Club, Piper trained, advised, and facilitated communication among multiple Key Clubs throughout a large geographic region. She has participated in a variety of volunteer projects through Kiwanis and Key Clubs and serves as an officer in student government and Future Business Leaders of America. In addition to competing on her school’s swim, soccer, and softball teams, Piper has helped encourage young athletes as a Little League softball coach. Piper plans to study sociology and political science, with the ultimate goal of developing a curriculum to teach young adults to think critically, research, and develop informed political opinions.

Lynda “Brisa” Hernandez – Pasco

Showing a strong interest in public policy, Brisa has participated for four years in Legislative Advocacy Day in Olympia and traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for career and technical education. She has been involved both locally and nationally with Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Brisa has been honored with her school’s Hispanic Academic Achievement Award as well as an Athletic Scholar Award as a varsity cheerleader. A social media campaign she spearheaded, “100 Days of Kindness,” benefitted over 5,000 people in and around Pasco. Brisa’s career goals involve working in the public policy arena to provide support and services to children from broken homes.

Kaden Anderson – Cathlamet

Kaden hopes to combine his interests in real estate, construction, politics, and community service into a career as an affordable housing developer. He is engaged in his community as a student liaison to the local school board, chamber of commerce, and county health department. As Key Club vice president, Kaden has led successful fundraising efforts for a regional children’s hospital and served as a mentor to help incoming freshmen succeed both academically and socially. Rounding out his school and community leadership activities, Kaden plays varsity golf and is starting quarterback on the varsity football team.

Jacob Lockman – White Salmon

Jacob aspires to be a social innovator at a high-tech company, inventing technologies to solve real-world problems. He has already won recognition from Stanford University for his work developing an assistive device to make it easier for people with cerebral palsy to socialize. Poverty relief, food security, and racial equity are other issues Jacob is passionate about. Co-founder and president of his school’s National Hispanic Honor Society, Jacob is also active with Future Business Leaders of America, Knowledge Bowl, and mock trial. In his spare time, Jacob plays jazz trumpet, referees soccer, and serves as a mentor at STEM camps.

Gloria Arauja Ruiz – Lakewood

Gloria’s commitment to civic engagement shows through her involvement with the City of Lakewood Youth Council, Lakewood Community Services Advisory Board, and Association of Washington Student Leaders Equity Cohort. She serves her school community as president of the Student 2 Student educational leadership program, academic tutor, and organizer of SAT prep sessions. Gloria is active in student government, Key Club, symphonic band, and soccer. After earning a degree in political science or economics, Gloria plans to attend law school and pursue a career in politics.

Alejandra Pulido – Bremerton

The daughter of immigrants, Alejandra plans to become a human rights attorney and pursue a political career. She was honored with the 2020 Kitsap County Human Rights Award, in part for her leadership within the organization Kitsap Advocating for Immigrant Rights and Equality (KAIRE). In addition to starting her school’s debate club, writing for the local newspaper, and leading student voter registration efforts, Alejandra has participated in orchestra, basketball, and student government.


2020 winners

Edgar Quiroz Sanchez, Pasco • Federico Colin, Jr., Bridgeport • Joo Gyeong Kim, Lakewood • Leah Tran, Tacoma • Milena Johnson, Pullman • Nivedita Kumar, Mukilteo

2019 winners

Colt Corrigan, Chelan • Silvia Esparza, Quincy • Sargun Handa, Mukilteo • Chanelle Hunt, Cusick • Gabriela Ruiz Heras, Vancouver • Katrina Wagner, Enumclaw • Kristina Te, Tukwila • Collin Pittmann, Rosalia

2018 winners

Johana Ocampo Becerra, Mount Vernon • Nayeli Cervantes, Pasco • Zachariah Fincher, Friday Harbor • Savannah Kimzey, Yakima • Evarosa Perry, Cheney • Collin Pittmann, Rosalia • Hannah Stewart, Mercer Island • Kristina Te, Tukwila

2017 winners

Abigail Brandt, Mill Creek • Uyen (Cathy) Dao, Sequim • Kristina Dorris, Soap Lake • Rosalyn Goveia, Ellensburg • Claudia Penney, Lakewood • Amber Torell, Longview

2016 winners

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

2015 winners

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

2014 winners

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

2013 winners

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

2012 winners

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