Sophie Knudson, Shorecrest High Senior, Honored as Standout Student of the Year
Knudson was awarded the grand prize scholarship for her overall accomplishments in the classroom, the school and in the community. She stood out with leadership in the classroom with a 4.0 grade point average, her work in the community as the Washington state delegate to the Girls' World Forum, and her organization to help raise money for mosquito nets to help eradicate malaria for families in Kenya. Read more about Knudson's accomplishments.
The Standout Student Awards, a partnership with KIRO Radio, MyNorthwest.com, Comprehensive Wealth Management and the Rotary Club of Lynnwood, honored Western Washington students who stood out in the classroom, in school, and the community. Nine students were selected as monthly winners from September 2013 to May 2014. Each monthly winner received a $1,000 scholarship, was promoted on KIRO Radio and MyNorthwest.com, and was eligible for the grand prize of a $10,000 educational scholarship. The three grand prize finalists were selected by the general public through on-line voting at MyNorthwest.com from May 26-30, 2014. In turn, a Blue Ribbon Committee selected the grand prize winner, which was announced by Dave Ross, KIRO Radio Personality, on June 6, 2014.
"Our heartiest congratulations to Sophie and to her family," said Carl Gardner, VP/GM of Bonneville Seattle Media Group. "At KIRO we believe that every young person in our community has a spark of greatness within. Sophie is a terrific role model and inspiration to all of us, for the way she's turned her spark into a bright lantern. She has not only made the most of her education, she's also made a remarkable impact upon those around her. We can't wait to see what lies ahead in her life."
"Education drives prosperity and better lives. Our team at Comprehensive Wealth Management is very pleased to help support students who have shown themselves to be highly motivated, both academically and as good citizens," said Gary M. Arford, Founder of Comprehensive Wealth Management.
"The Rotary Club of Lynnwood is heavily involved in providing scholarships to deserving students so that they can pursue their educational goals," said Shilo M. Lockett, Youth Services Chair for the Rotary Club of Lynnwood. "The students we have seen from the Standout Student Awards are so impressive and the service they provide to their communities speaks to the very heart of Rotary as an organization - which is ultimately to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world."