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Wilmot receives Fisch scholarship

Anna Wilmot, a 2008 Sequim High graduate, was awarded the Richard E. Fisch Memorial Scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Fisch was a member of the faculty when Peninsula College opened in 1961 and he served in the Washington state Legislature. After his death in 1987, his family established a scholarship in his name for students pursuing studies in the fields of social sciences or public service.

Wilmot, the daughter of Mark and CleAnn Wilmot, plans to attend Western Washington University to study environmental policy and Canadian-American relations.

Hanson, Wilson get WSU degrees

Aaron Michael Hanson and Janice Lee Wilson, both of Sequim, received degrees from Washington State University following summer quarter 2008.

Hanson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in kinesiology while Wilson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in human development.

Eaton named scholar at Cal Lutheran University

Aaron Eaton, a 2008 Sequim High School graduate, was named a Presidential Scholar at California Lutheran University.

The program recognizes freshmen for outstanding academic caliber who embody the school's educational and social goals. Presidential Scholars receive scholarships from $14,500 to full, four-year tuition.

Eaton was the only Cal Lutheran Presidential Scholar from Washington state.

County fair organizers seek royalty scholarship applicants

Applications for the 2009 Clallam County Fair Royalty Scholarship program are available at all high schools on the Olympic Peninsula, including Olympic Christian School and Peninsula College.

The program is a one-year commitment with county fair dates set for Aug. 20-23. The program is open to any high school student 16 or older involved in school, including Running Start students. Applicants do not have to be members of 4-H or FFA.

Application deadline is Oct. 16.

For more information, call 681-2024.

First Teacher events

The First Teacher program hosts story time guest readers each Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. in Room 4W at Sequim Community School, 220 W. Alder St.

Guest readers include First Teacher mom Caitlin Sundin on Sept. 29.

First Teacher also hosts Friday events. On Sept. 29, Jody Moss, director of Clallam County United Way, offers the presentation, "What are the Benefits of United Way for Parents of Young Children?"

First Teacher is a resource for parents of birth to school-aged children. For more information, call 582-3428.

Study abroad program blends Spanish, biology in Costa Rica

The Interamerican University Studies Institute is offering a Spanish immersion summer program in Costa Rica, for high school students who are interested in environmental biology. Costa Rica ¡Pura Vida! combines intensive language instruction, individual homestays and field trips to three areas of the country.

Students see national parks, a marine biology sanctuary open only to scientists, a village of 12 families in the midst of the Cloud Forest, and birds, animals and tropical flora.

The program is open to students 15-17 with two years of high school Spanish and a course in biology (by June 2009). Scholarships are available.

Scholarship application deadline is Dec. 5. Priority application deadline is Feb. 6, 2009.

Session information and details are available at or by calling 800-345-4874.

Statewide essay contest asks students for education views

A statewide essay contest gives Washington's public high school students the opportunity to share their views about the quality of their education and its success in preparing them to live and work in a global economy.

Winning essays earns $100 for the students and their schools in each of the state's 49 legislative districts, plus $250 for one statewide winner.

Sponsored by the nonprofit Network for Excellence in Washington Schools, the contest asks students to write a maximum 500-word essay on the following two-part question:

"Washington's Constitution states that it is 'the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children ....' In order to prepare you to live, work and compete in the global economy of today and tomorrow, what do you believe this education should include, and why? How well are our state's public schools succeeding - or not succeeding - in delivering the kind of education you need to be successful in life?"

Entrants must be in grades nine-12 and attending a public high school or public alternative high school. Deadline for receipt of essays is Oct. 24.

To enter, or for more information, visit Web site, write an e-mail to or call 206-721-9540.

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