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Monroe gets full-ride to Stanford

Jessica Monroe, a 2008 Westside Christian High School graduate, has received a full-ride graduate fellowship to Stanford University. The scholarship covers graduate tuition, room, board, books, travel expenses and a monthly stipend beginning this fall. She will pursue a master's degree in structural engineering.

Monroe graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga University with a bachelor of science in civil engineering this spring. While at Gonzaga, she played on two or three intramural sports teams each semester, took full advantage of recreational activities in the Spokane area, taught Sunday school, served as an officer in the civil engineering society, participated in a national honor society and was a Gonzaga Ambassador.

Westside Christian alum lands internship

Westside Christian High School 2007 alumna Aly Quatier was recently awarded a full-ride Graduate Assistant Ministry Internship at Whitworth University. The grant covers graduate tuition, room, board and a monthly stipend for two years beginning this July. Quatier will pursue a master's in theology and Christian ministry.

Quatier received her undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University in 2011 with a double major in music and educational ministry. While there, she was mentored by Bob Zurinsky, SPU's Associate Director for University Ministry and the Center for Worship. It was Zurinsky who brought this opportunity to Quatier's attention.

Quatier is currently serving as a college ministry intern at Bethany Community Church in the Green Lake area of Seattle. Bethany has a congregation of approximately 2,500 members.

Mullins awarded Perry Research grant

Peter Mullins of Lake Oswego has been awarded a Louise B. Perry Research Award from Whitman College. The Perry grant, ranging in value from $2,500 to $3,000, gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work with professors on a summer research project. Grants are awarded to student-professor teams in many different academic fields.

Mullins is collaborating with associate professor of chemistry Frank Dunnivant on studying PCB and DDT concentrations in remote alpine lakes in the Pacific Northwest. Next fall, Mullins will return to Whitman College as a senior chemistry major.

He is the son of Grethe Larson and Jim Mullins and is a 2009 graduate of Wilson High School.

Arndorfer receives book award

Jesuit High School student Katherine Arndorfer of Lake Oswego has been named the 2012 recipient of the Saint Michael's College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience. The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement.

Saint Michael's, located in Burlington, Vt., was founded on the belief that serving others is part of its Catholic tradition and, through the award, seeks to honor those who demonstrate the true spirit of volunteerism.

Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.

Arndorfer was presented the book "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" by Loung Ung, a 1993 Saint Michael's College graduate who has become a widely acclaimed author.

In the book, Ung gives a powerful autobiographical account, from a child's perspective, of surviving captivity during the genocidal Pol Pot regime in Cambodia.



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