Maple Valley Rotary awarded $19,000 in college scholarships to five Tahoma High School students.
• Kelly Apperson, 3.98 grade point average, received $5,000. She plans to attend Whitworth or Seattle Pacific University. She was on honor roll, rotary student of the month and a Rotary Interact Club member. Apperson has helped out with Hurricane Katrina victims, has gone on numerous church mission trips and helps with feeding the homeless. All of this while lettering in multiple sports.
• Kayla Warr, 3.85 grade point average, received $5,000. She plan to become a lawyer by starting at Western Washington University, then transferring to Yale. Throughout high school, Warr received a solo ensemble excellence rating and was on honor roll. She was a Girl Scouts counselor and played on the tennis team. Warr stated, “I would like to stand out and make a difference in our country. I do not want to slide through life without contributing toward its greatness.”
• McKenzie Deutschendorf, 3.94 grade point average, received $3,000. She was Rotary Interact President and a rotary student of the month. She has participated in multiple mission trips to Mexico and helped out with several local projects in Maple Valley as leader of the Rotary Interact club. With a business degree in mind, McKenzie plans to start by attending Bellevue Community College.
• Samantha Kunze, 3.99 grade point average, received $3,000. She is a four-year honor roll recipient and rotary student of the month. She has donated time to UNICEF, Maple Valley Food Bank, and worked with STAND (Students Against Genocide). Kunze has a varsity letter and was a FIRST Robotics Microsoft Regional Champion. She also received a NASA space grant and plans to attend the University of Washington.
• Rachel Bowers, 3.88 grade point average, received $3,000. Bowers has volunteered at the Maple Valley Food Bank, Vine Maple Place, Corner of Love and worked with a Mexico mission outreach program. Bowers was also a rotary student of the month. She plans to attend Western Washington University.
Maple Valley Rotary is very proud of these students and thanks the community who made these scholarships possible by participating in the fundraising efforts throughout the year.
For further information about Maple Valley Rotary or our upcoming auction, please contact Patti Jenson, 425-432-1912.