Kris McDuffy, Arlington School District Superintendent, and the chair of our Student of the Month program, introduced us to our May Students of the Month on June 2.  President Jeff, one of the Directors of the Arlington School District, acknowledged that this is probably the last time Kris will do the presentation as she will be starting as the Edmonds School District Superintendent on July 1.  She is pictured below with each of the students.
 
Matt Taylor – Arlington (Arlington HS)    Paying it Forward to The Trevor Project   
                         
Matt is a Senior at AHS.  He will be attending Willamette University majoring in Political Science and International Relations.
 
At Scholarship Awards Night he received:  Superintendent’s Scholar - Leadership with Heart Award, Vine Street Group Scholarship, and Tim Hart Memorial Scholarship, Booster Club Scholarship.
 
During his high school career he has been involved in Jazz Band, Concert Band, Link Crew, and National Honor Society.  He has also been an outstanding student-athlete.  He has been a two time state qualifier in Cross Country, leading his team to a 3rd and 4th Place finish over the past two years.  He was also named to the 1st Team All League Team.  In Track he was a District finalist in the 800, 1600, and 3200 Meter events over the past two years.
   
He has taken many AP and College in the High School courses and volunteered at many events through National Honor Society.  All of this while maintaining a 3.85 GPA.
 
 
Emma VanderWeyst – Arlington (Arlington HS)    Paying it Forward to Purrfect Pals
        
Emma is a Senior at AHS.  She will be attending Gonzaga majoring in Political Science and/or Public Relations.
 
At the recent Scholarship Awards Night she received:  Scholarship Trustees Scholarship, Superintendent’s Scholar -Leadership with Heart Award, Rotary Scholarship, and the Cascade Hospital Service Award.
 
She has been recognized for her talent in Drama with two-time nominations for Outstanding Individual Performance over the past three years, and this year is part of the case of Pippin which has been nominated for Outstanding Performance and will perform on stage at McCaw Hall at the 5th Avenue Awards on Monday.
 
She volunteers with National Honor Society throughout the year as well as at Purrfect Pals, Pioneer Elementary, and the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen. Last summer she volunteered as Director of a student-led production of Medley to raise money for the Arts. Emma is the Queen of the Sons of Norway in Everett and volunteers time there as well.
 
With all of her many accomplishments and rigorous courses including many AP courses, she has maintained a 3.95 GPA. 
 
 
Jo-Ann Tapia – Arlington (Weston HS)    Paying it Forward to Arlington Relay for Life
 
Jo-Ann Tapia is the quintessential high-performing Weston High School student and the daughter of Lucero Galeana.
 
She started at Weston in the fall of last year and was a little behind in credit.  She has demonstrated leadership, motivation, and drive to graduate. Jo-Ann consistently works hard and perseveres in everything she does. She has proven herself in upper level classes such as Robotics, Forensics, and Bridges to English.
 
She has also helped promote a positive learning environment in Leadership. Jo-Ann applies herself completely to everything she does and her hard work has paid off as she will be graduating with one of the highest GPA's at Weston. She will be  leading the Turning of the Tassel at our commencement ceremony. 
 
Jo-Ann has applied and plans to go to EvCC in the fall where she would like to study Anthropology and Criminal Justice with the goal of becoming a Forensic Anthropologist in the future.
 
Jo-Ann is always has a smile on her face, gets along well with all students and staff, and is a positive influence on our culture at Weston High School.
 
 
 
 
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