Press Release

June 2, 2010   
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Schultz, Director of Volunteer Services, 360-814-2142

                           
Five students earn Skagit Valley Hospital Guild scholarship awards

MOUNT VERNON - The Skagit Valley Hospital Guild announces the award of $500 scholarships to five deserving students who participated in the Junior Medical Volunteer program at Skagit Valley Hospital.

Mount Vernon High School students Nathan Rex, Madeline Furlong, Matthias Struck and Karin Kawauchi, and Sedro-Woolley High School student Kaila Eason were honored by Guild members on May 27 and recognized by the Skagit Valley Hospital Board of Commissioners on May 28 for their academic success and service as volunteers.

Nathan Rex has a 3.72 grade point average (GPA) and has participated for one year in Running Start at Skagit Valley College. He participates in orchestra, cross country, track and a variety of volunteer activities. He plans to study nursing at the University of Washington.

Madeline Furlong has a 3.95 GPA and is involved in community and high school theater, serves as president of the Mount Vernon High School Earth Club, is Features Editor for the school newspaper and a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to study international policy at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

Matthias Struck has a 3.46 GPA and has attended school full time through Running Start at Skagit Valley College. He is an Eagle Scout and a member of the National Honor Society. He plans to attend the University of Washington to study health sciences with the ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.

Karin Kawauchi has a 3.98 GPA and participates in the Chinook and Mount Vernon High School swim team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and serves as a swimming instructor and lifeguard at the Skagit Valley Family YMCA. She plans to attend the University of Washington to study visual communications and graphic design.

Kaila Eason has a 3.95 GPA who participates in band and wind ensemble, plays tennis and is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend the University of Washington to major in biochemistry or ecology, with the ultimate goal of becoming a neurologist. She also plans to spend time in the Peace Corps.