University women pick top Sequim students

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The Clallam branch of the American Association of University Women have named most of the group’s Girls of the Month from Sequim for the 2010-2011 academic year through February.


The university women’s group selects top students each month of the academic year and honors the students at an end-of-the-year luncheon and awards ceremony. They select one student for their annual scholarship.


The students are:

Emily Reis, October

A member of the Honor Society sophomore through senior years, Reis is involved in several school activities, from the high school band (all four years), debate club and flag team (sophomore through senior year), Knowledge Bowl (senior year), the high school musical (junior year) and History Day (freshman year, third place at state).


She was named SHS’s Science student of the month in her junior year.


She also volunteered at Dungeness Community Church’s nursery once a month for eight years. “I plan on attending a four-year university (preferably the University of Chicago) and working in pre-law courses and/or creative writing and literature,” Reis says. “I then plan to take a couple of years off and work with the Peace Corps before returning to go to law school or grad school to become a literature/creative writing professor.”


Her parents are Thomas and Nancy Reis of Sequim.


Rachel Hardy, November

Hardy says her love for math and sciences has driven her to pursue a career in engineering.


“After high school, my plans are to attend either the University of Oregon or the University of Oklahoma,” Hardy said, as she considers a career in nuclear engineering and biomedical engineering.


An honor roll nominee all four years of high school, Hardy twice was named Student of the Month. A varsity swimmer since 2007, she’s a three-time WIAA Scholastic Award winner and Olympic League Scholar Athlete Award winner. She won first-team all-league honors in 2007, 2008 and 2009. She also was named an Olympic League Scholar Athlete Award winner in track and field in 2008 and 2009.


Her other school activities include Associated Student Body secretary in 2009; National Honor Society since 2009, including vice president; International Club; Link Crew, 2009; Knowledge Bowl, 2008-present; and Women in Networks, 2008-present.


Her community activities and organizations include volunteering at Sequim Community Church, 2009-present; Santa’s Breakfast, 2010; and other community service projects since 2009.


“I enjoy cooking, reading, and spending time with my friends,” Hardy says. “I spend much of my free time at home with my 1-year-old niece.”


Hardy’s parents are William and Lesa Hardy of Sequim.


Miranda Robertson, December

Robertson’s career plans include attending Moorepark’s Exotic Animal Training and Maintenance program for her associate’s degree before finishing with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

“From there I hope to work training service animals,” she said.


Robertson has received college credit for her work in three Advanced Placement classes: biology, U.S. History, and language and composition.


Her school activities include: Debate Club (one year); Women in Networks (four years); Honor Society (three years); and Knowledge Bowl (three years).


Her other community activities include acting as a volunteer teacher’s assistant with the Sequim Middle School art club for four years and as a puppy-sitter for Guide Dogs for the Blind for two years.


Robertson worked at Camp Firwood as a counselor-in-training in 2010, at Olympic View Stables cleaning stalls in 2010 and as a yard work assistant with Tender Lawn Care in 2009.


She enjoys horseback riding, biking, cooking and art.


Her parents are Tim and Barbara Robertson of Sequim.


Audrey Lichten, January

Lichten said she plans to attend a four-year university with an emphasis in photography.


“I aspire to be a professional photographer working for a magazine or starting my own business,” Lichten says. “I enjoy capturing the beauties of nature, whether that be a sunset, forests, animals or people.”


Her awards include Rotary Student of the Month; Elks Student of the Month; SHS’s honor roll since 2007; Olympic League Scholar-Athlete since 2007; and second place in the Sequim Education Foundation Film Festival in 2009.


Lichten’s school activities include cross-country and track and field (four years each); Honor Society; Interact Club; Environmental Club; and ASB junior class secretary and executive treasurer.


Outside of class, she has participated in activities with the Dungeness Community Church youth group since 2004, including weeklong mission trips to Mexico.


Lichten’s parents are Don and Carol Lichten of Sequim.


Margaret Norlund, February

Norlund said she plans to attend a four-year university and major in business administration, “preferably in a co-op program where I can obtain work experience as I study,” she says.


She also hopes to take part in an international exchange program at the university level to take advantage of her Spanish skills and is considering a career in marketing.


Norlund’s school activities include playing soccer and assisting as the varsity soccer team manager; National Honor Society from 2008-2011, including president in 2011; International Club; Interact Club; Link Crew leader; Random Acts of Kindness Club; and the Women in Networks program.


Her awards include SHS’s honor roll since 2007; advanced math and multimedia classes; and a scholarship award at the Sequim Education Foundation Film Festival.


Outside of school, Norlund volunteers at Sequim’s First Teacher program, tutors fourth-grade students at Helen Haller Elementary School and, in the summer of 2010, helped out with the Adventure Camp at First Step.


Norlund has several jobs on her work experience resumé, including at First Step Family Support Center, Holiday Inn Express and Alder Wood Bistro.


Her other interests include multimedia, biking, reading novels, photography and traveling.


Norlund’s parents are Harold and Susan Norlund of Sequim.

Alice Hastings, March
Hastings attended the Queen of Angels school from kindergarten through eighth grade and has



Sequim High School since. She plans to attend a four-year university, possibly the University of Portland, and then attend graduate school at the University of Chicago. She hopes to become an art history professor.


Hastings has been named Science Student of the Month and Literature Student of the Month at the high school and Soroptimist Student of the Month.


Hastings is involved in student government, serving as sophomore class senator, junior class president and executive vice president. She earned a varsity letter for tennis and is involved with the FBLA program at Sequim High.


Outside of school, Hastings volunteers at the Juan De Fuca Festival and baby-sits for foster parents. She enjoys playing guitar and ukulele and is involved with the youth group at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.
Hastings is the daughter of Michael Hastings and Martha Keller.




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