Top 25 Centralia and Chehalis graduates honored at chamber scholarship luncheon

By Emily Fitzgerald / [email protected]

Staff at Jester’s Auto Museum & Event Center had to roll out additional tables Monday afternoon to accommodate the many family and community members who gathered to celebrate local scholars and the top 25 graduates of Centralia High School and WF West High School.

The seniors were each invited to introduce themselves to the crowd at the Rob Fuller Top 25 2022 Scholarship Luncheon and briefly share their post-graduation plans, which ranged from pursuing degrees in science fields , technology, engineering, or math at the University of Washington to take a gap year to travel or serve a church mission, play basketball at Centralia College and working at a tattoo shop while studying art.

“It’s the perfect time of year to celebrate a big time in your life when you’re making lots of plans and preparing for change,” Centralia College President Bob Mohrbacher said during his keynote address. opening at Monday’s event.

Mohrbacher – who recounted his college experience after being kicked out of the Library of Congress – encouraged graduates to ‘plan to be surprised’ and not dwell on projects that don’t go as they expect. .

“Say ‘yes’ to the opportunities that come your way,” he said, adding encouragement for seniors to stay curious and keep learning new things.

Mohrbacher ended his address by informing students that they are always welcome at Centralia College.

“If there’s anything we can help you with, just come knock on our door and we’ll be happy to see you,” he said.

The luncheon was hosted by the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce and featured a variety of giveaways – including gift cards from local coffee and fast food businesses and treats from Lewis County Coffee Company and Lucky n Lawless Bakery – and raffle items donated by Walmart for students.

Below are lists of the top 25 students from Centralia and WF West High Schools.

Centralia High School

Riley Babka, Athens Corona-Garcia, Trinity Dawson, Annarazelle Garcia, Asia Gardner, Lilly Gress, Jadyn Hawley, Elizabeth Hopkins, Landon Kaut, Annabelle Lewis, Jennifer Lopez, Isabella Martinez, Steven Neely, Leslie Nehls, Lucy Nowicki, Ella Orr, Victoriano Reyes, Hannah Robbins, Evie Rooklidge, Christopher Rose, Madelyn Sievert, Austin Ulrigg, Nathen Wethington, Natalie Wilkerson, Brandon Yeung, Shelby Zandecki

WF West High School

Reese Blinks, Lily Bagley, Wesley Bowers, Joseph Chung, Kaylynne Dowling, Amelia Etue, Abigail Finley, Xavier Flores, Emma Greene, Accadia Hazlett, Elaina Koenig, Claire Kuykendall, Logan Moore, Myah O’Neill, Jocelyn Robertson, Cassandra Sanchez- Franco, Ian Schow, Taylor Shipp, Kambriah Simper, Carissa Smith, Mimi Tien, Audrey Toynbee, Mason Walters, Elsa Wearner, Anna White

in addition To honor senior graduates, the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce officially awarded approximately $15,000 in scholarships at Monday’s luncheon.

The names of the scholarships and the students who received them are below:

• Rainier Connect STEM Scholarship: Austin Ulrigg, Centralia High School

The $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Ulrigg based on her educational experience with STEM, according to Amanda Singleton, who presented the scholarship.

Ulrigg plans to major in math at the University of Washington with the goal of becoming a college professor.

• Centralia Community Foundation Education Scholarship: Evie Rooklidge, Centralia High School

Rooklidge’s strong candidacy, outstanding academic record and commitment to community service are the reasons she was chosen to receive the $1,000 scholarship, said Larry McGee, who presented the scholarship. Rooklidge plans to attend Corban University to earn a degree in Secondary Education with a major in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages ​​(ESOL).

• Visiting Nurses Foundation Scholarship: Annarazelle Garcia, Centralia High School

Garcia plans to attend Evergreen State College with the goal of becoming a genetic oncologist.

“We want to be part of this journey for you, so here’s a $1,000 scholarship. We are really excited to see what you do and to help you achieve your dreams. So thank you for having ambitious goals and good luck,” said Jackie Jones, executive director and of the Visiting Nurse Association, which presented the scholarship to Garcia on Monday.

• TwinStar Credit Union Business Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship: Taylor Shipp, WF West

According to TwinStar Credit Union’s Shane Wood, Shipp’s commitment to stepping up his efforts to mentor his peers during the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining a high GPA and working part-time was why TwinStar awarded Shipp the $1,000 scholarship.

“That courage and compassion reflects the same drive we seek at Twinstar Credit Union,” he said.

Shipp plans to attend Foster Business School at the University of Washington.

• Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP Cheyllyn Collinsworth Scholarship: Evie Rooklidge, Centralia High School

The Cheyllyn Collinsworth Scholarship, which awards a minimum of $500 to a WF West or Centralia student pursuing a teaching career, was established in memory of a former senior and aspiring teacher at Centralia High School who died in a car crash. car shortly after graduating from high school.

“This scholarship goes to another very amazing young woman who is pursuing a career in teaching,” said Rep. Peter Abbarno, who presented the scholarship alongside Cheyllyn’s mother, Deborah Collinsworth.

• Title Guaranty Company of Lewis County Scholarship: Claire Kuykendall, WF West

Kuykendall was selected for the $1,000 scholarship because of her exceptional “citizenship,” according to the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce. She plans to attend Gonzaga University this fall to study human physiology.

• Olivia Mitchell Scholarship: Alyssa Davis, Adna High School

This $500 scholarship was created in honor of an Adna and Running Start High School student who was due to earn her Associate of Arts degree and high school diploma when she passed away in her senior year.

“Olivia was very involved in the community and often volunteered; really, really liked people, and was a very good soul. So the student I chose for this scholarship is also very community oriented,” said Olivia’s mother, Susie Mitchell, who presented Davis with the award.

“She’s very driven, such an impressive young girl,” Mitchell said of Davis.

Davis plans to attend Centralia College and pursue either forensic criminology or elementary education.

“I’m sure whichever path she chooses, she’ll do very well,” Mitchell said of Davis.

• Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce Rob Fuller Fellowships: Esmeralda Acuna-Gaspar, Kate Alexander, Amelia Etue, Logan Moore, Gideon Priest and Cassandra Sanchez-Franco

These scholarships of up to $1,000 have been awarded to WF West or Centralia High School seniors who are children or grandchildren of current Chamber of Commerce members. The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund was established to encourage and promote educational opportunities for the children of chamber members. In 2011, the Chamber of Commerce changed the name of the scholarship to honor longtime Lewis County resident, Fuller’s Inc. president and philanthropist Rob Fuller, who died in 2011 of lung cancer.

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