Top Edmonds District scholar-athletes earn honors
Last updated 6/6/2019 at Noon
Meadowdale’s Adriana Valadez earned top honors at the 18th annual Edmonds School District Scholar-Athlete and Coach/Community Recognition Banquet.
Valadez, a three-sport athlete who lettered every season of her four years in high school, was awarded a $3,000 scholarship Wednesday, May 22, at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Valadez played soccer and basketball and threw the javelin for the track and field team. She volunteered at middle school track meets and helped run summer youth basketball camps through Sno-King.
Valadez also was recognized for her talent in photography, capturing a Washington State Select Finalist award her junior year as well as CTE and departments awards. She was co-editor of the Unmasked magazine her junior year and served as editor for this year’s yearbook.
With a GPA of 3.92, Valadez will attend the University of Washington where she plans on majoring in sociology with a minor in Law, Societies and Justice in the hopes of working in law enforcement as a police officer.
Sixteen other scholar-athletes were recognized for their athletic accomplishments and their work in school and in the community. A total of $27,750 in scholarships was awarded.
Edmonds-Woodway’s Kristen Reijonen received a $2,500 scholarship. Reijonen played volleyball and basketball and was team captain in volleyball her senior year.
The highlight of her high school career took place in the fall when she planned the first-ever “Dig for a Cure” event during a volleyball match to bring awareness to and raise money for the fight against breast cancer. She started what will now be an annual event for the volleyball program.
Graduating with a 3.99 GPA, Reijonen will attend the University of Washington to pursue a law degree.
Ingrid Fosberg received a $2,000 scholarship. Fosberg earned all-league honors in both soccer and basketball and was a captain for the basketball team the last two years. Fosberg helped organize the annual boys versus girls soccer game to raise money for Special Olympics and Unified Sports.
Fosberg, a Link crew leader and co-President of the Writing Center, helped tutor numerous students. She has volunteered for Special Olympics and at Children’s Hospital. Fosberg completed the International Baccalaureate curriculum and will graduate with a 4.0 GPA. She will be attending the University of Washington and will pursue a degree in bioengineering or public health.
Edmonds-Woodway’s Grant Christian received a $2,000 scholarship. Christian lettered all four years in cross country and track and field. He ran at the state cross country meet all four years and helped the Warriors to back-to-back fourth-place finishes the last two years. One of his proudest moments was being a member of the 2017 Academic State Championship cross country team.
Christian’s love of the ocean guided his community service project, which focused on picking up beaches. Christian volunteered at all-comer’s meets and completed the International Baccalaureate program.
Graduating with a 3.91 GPA, Christian is headed to Humboldt State where he plans to pursue a fisheries biology degree.
Meadowdale’s Kelsey Cummins was awarded a $1,750 scholarship. Cummins earned four varsity letters in volleyball and three in tennis and was an all-league honoree in both sports.
As a Link coordinator, Cummins mentored younger students on campus and through her leadership within the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
With a GPA of 3.86, Cummins will be attending California Baptist University where she has been awarded a merit scholarship for her efforts in the classroom. She plan to study graphic and product design.
Meadowdale’s Matt Hartono received a $1,500 scholarship. Hartono played tennis for two years and was a member of the track and field team for three years.
In addition to athletics, Hartono has been involved in Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, Key Club, Environmental Club, Link Crew, National Honor Society and the Meadowdale Stream Team that studies the effects of pollutants to native species of fish in the Pacific Northwest.
With a GPA of 4.0, Hartono plans to attend Washington State University where he will be studying environmental engineering.
Meadowdale’s Andy Burk was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Burke was a captain for the cross country and track and field teams this year. His fondest memory was when the top distance boys on the track team ran a half marathon together.
Burk also is involved in the Computer Science Club, Photography Club, Link crew and participated in the Meadowdale Hazel Time Tutoring program.
Graduating with a 3.5 GPA, Burk will attend Washington State University where he will study civil engineering.
Edmonds-Woodway’s Luke Walker received a $1,000 scholarship. Walker earned varsity letters his senior year in football, wrestling and soccer. With just two years of wrestling, he qualified for state as a senior. In his first year on the varsity football team this year, he started at linebacker and kicker.
Walker was a member of the American Sign Language Club the last three years and helped organize and plan many ASL events.
With a GPA of 3.77, Walker will attend Temple University where he plans to purse a degree in sports management.
The other nine scholar-athletes were:
Trevor Leen/Mountlake Terrace (cross country, basketball, track and field) $1,000
Alex Nguyen/Lynnwood (tennis, swimming, track and field) $1,000
Hannah Swartz/Mountlake Terrace (sports medicine, softball) $1,500
Kennedy Cooper/Mountlake Terrace (cross country, softball) $1,500
Sarah Nguyeneung/Lynnwood (tennis, dance). $1,750
Jesse James Martineau/Mountlake Terrace (football, basketball, baseball) $2,000
Ian Bjornson/Lynnwood (football, tennis, track and field) $2,000
Britta Sinclair/Mountlake Terrace (cheer) $2,250
Ally McArthur/Lynnwood (volleyball, track and field) $2,250
Four coaches and four community contributors also were recognized.
Coach Honoree: Al Bonney
Community Contributor: Donna Hadaller
Coach Honoree: Josh Knowles
Community Contributor: Cynthia Abad
Coach Honoree: Annalise Mudaliar
Community Contributor: Karen Bergfield
Coach Honoree: Rebecca Lance
Community Contributor: John Richards