Comcast Names 90 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Recipients in Western Washington and Spokane County for 2015

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Here’s a photo of some of last year’s Leaders and Achievers winners and family members during a tour of the State Capitol in Olympia. Click on the photo to learn more about the event. Look for a new picture this year when we welcome 2015 winners to the Capitol in June 2015.

Update June 2015: Click here for an updated version of this post with photos from our reception for the winners and a list of their names.

The Comcast Foundation today announced that 90 high school seniors in Western Washington and Spokane County are among the 2015-16 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program awards.

“Our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners exemplify leadership and are committed to academic excellence and community service,” said Charisse R. Lillie, President of the Comcast Foundation and Vice President, Community Investment of Comcast Corporation. “We are honored to recognize their achievements, and excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys.”

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program provides $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

Here are the students, listed by what communities they live in:


Darby Throndsen, Lakewood High School


Alyssa J. Yun, Thomas Jefferson High School
Madeline Bratsch, Auburn Senior High School
Summer Rae Ramirez Auburn Riverside Senior High School


Mariah Miller, Bellingham High School
Timothy Lann, Squalicum High School
Megan Johnson, Sehome High School

Bonney Lake

Alexander Haynes, Tacoma Baptist


Olivia Carter, Henry M. Jackson High School
Claudia Wagener, Bothell High School


Rian J. Brooks, White River High School


Taya M. Zavala, Burlington-Edison High


Courtney Teshera, W.F.West High School


Kyra Reafs, Sno-Isle Skills Tech Center


Alexandra P Smith, Kentwood Senior High School


Courtney Kinniburgh, Enumclaw High School


Audrey Taber, Cascade High School
Timothy Peter Angelos, Mariner High School
Logan Wahl, Everett High School


Jacob M. Van Berkum, Lynden Christian High School

Federal Way

Victoria H. Andro, Todd Beamer High School
Miriam J. Prieto-Vital, Federal Way High School
Nicolas Alvarez Zavala Jr.,  Decatur High School


Hannah E. Sulak, Ferndale High School

Gig Harbor

Kaitlin Flanigan, Peninsula High School


Donald Roscoe Walkinshaw Jr., Graham-Kapowsin High School

Granite Falls

Dansil Green, Granite Falls High School
Emma R Sytsma, Highland Christian School


Rebecca Samuelson, Inglemoor High School


April Rose Nguyen, Kent-Meridian Senior High School
Simran K Gill, Christian Faith School
Kyla Klasen, Auburn Mountainview High School


Katherine Bechtel, Juanita High School

Lake Stevens

Kaitlyn P. Kurisu, Lake Stevens High School

Lake Tapps

Virginia M. Marquez, Muckleshoot Tribal School


Tylisha R Graham, Clover Park High School
Jenna Y. Kwak, Lakes High School


Haley Sandberg, Meridian High School


Kayla Chipongian, Edmonds-Woodway High School
Gladys Greene, Lynnwood High School
Maciel Mata, Mountlake Terrace High School


Christopher W. Eldred, Grace Academy


Katherine Breland, Fife High School


Brianna Celix, Monroe High School


Kaitlyn Bradley, Montesano Junior-Senior High

Mount Vernon

Iris  Hubbard, Mount Vernon High School


Nicholas Bliesner, Liberty High School

Normandy Park

Parker Bowen, Seattle Christian Schools

Oak Harbor

Amelia Berner, Oak Harbor High School


Evan Taylor, Olympia High School
Rebecca Behrens, Northwest Christian High School
Samantha B. Bibeau, Timberline High School


Sydney E. Ganyon, Puyallup High School


Genezaret Quintana, Raymond Jr/Sr High School


Joy L. Phillips, Charles A. Lindbergh High School
Jerome F. Siangco, Eastside Catholic High School


Ruth M. Smitherman, Bethel High School


Anne Robertson, Issaquah High School


Hannah Welzbacker, Klahowya Secondary School


Emily A. Yoshioka, Renton High School
Cecilia Bui, Ingraham High School
Hao Trieu, Health Science and Human Services High School
Lindsay Fasser, Ballard High School
Olivia de Vesci, Garfield High School

Sedro Woolley

Esmeralda Munoz, Sedro-Woolley High


Fethawit Musye, Shorewood High School

Magdalena R. Noriega, Shorecrest High School


Danika Morrison, Glacier Peak High School
Hailey Fagerness, Snohomish High School


Jamie Nord, Saint George’s School
Cameron Conner, West Valley High School
Spencer Babineau, Ferris High School
Jordan L. Sonneborn, Gonzaga Preparatory
Mia M. Sanchez, Governor John R. Rogers High School

Spokane Valley

Kelsi Walker, University High School
Kyley R. Jenkin, Central Valley High School


Joseph Schmidt, Sultan High School


Hailey Windish, Sumner Senior High School


Trenton Gardner, Franklin Pierce High School
Hunter Fruehling-Thomas, Wilson High School
Julia Hallis, Bellarmine Preparatory
Nicholas Freeman, Spanaway Lake High School
Maia Grudzien, Tacoma School District
Christina Lyro, Covenant High School
Ahmed Wafai, Stadium High School


Jared L Wachter, Tenino High School


Mamata Tamang, Foster High School


Casey O. Duff, A.G. West Black Hills High School

Madeline A. Seaman, Tumwater High School

University Place

Abby M Hogan, Curtis Senior High School

To date, Comcast has awarded more than $22.8 million to nearly 23,000 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners.

Connect with the scholarship winners at www.facebook.com/ComcastLeadersandAchievers. Explore and “like” Comcast in the community at www.facebook.com/WePowerDreams.

About the Comcast Foundation

The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities – expanding digital literacy, promoting community service and building tomorrow’s leaders. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.

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