Edmonds-Woodway High School’s Ari Giourard and Lynnwood High School’s Mikalaya Pivec received top honors Wednesday night during the Edmonds School District’s 14th annual Scholar-Athlete recognition banquet. A total of 17 graduating scholar-athletes, along with coaches and community members, were honored during the event, sponsored by the Edmonds law firm of Beresford Booth.
Giourard, a softball player and school athletic trainer, received a $4,500 scholarship, and was lauded not only for her athletic accomplishments but for her many activities outside of sports. Those included her four years in EWHS student government and her work as a student representative to the Edmonds City Council. She will graduate with a 3.91 GPA, and will attend the University of Washington, where she will major in biology. Rasmussen said coaches described Giourard as “an outstanding role model.”
Pivec has a full-ride scholarship at Oregon State to play basketball, so she did not receive a monetary award during Wednesday night’s event. However, emcee Al Rasmussen noted that she is considered “one of the most accomplished athletes in Edmonds School District history,” having played all four years on the Lynnwood High school girls basketball team that won the state 3A title in 2015 and also earning state track and cross country honors in several events during the past four years — and breaking several school records along the way. She has also been named the State’s Gatorade Player of the Year for the past two years. Despite all of her success, Pivec’s coaches note that she remains humble and grounded, Rasmussen said. She will graduate with a 4.0 GPA and plans to major in biology/bioengineering at Oregon State.
The 17 students chosen to be recognized — four athletes at each of the district’s comprehensive high schools plus one student athletic trainer — were not only stellar athletes, but also had significant academic and community service credentials. In addition, the event recognized an outstanding coach and a community contributor from each of the four high schools.
The My Neighborhood News Network of online community news sites — My Edmonds News, Lynnwood Today and MLTnews — was a coach’s award sponsor.
School District Athletic Director Stroncek also presented her own recognition — the Director’s Award — to Lynnwood girls basketball coach Everett Edwards, who is leaving his coaching position after nine years at the helm of the Royals. “I would talk about his wins and losses, but I just love watching him coach,” Stroncek said, noting that Edwards has received several awards for good sportsmanship. Edwards, who coached both his daughters — Jasmine and Jordyn — at Lynnwood, is leaving with a 163-65 record after nine years, including a 98-7 record during the past four years, and six state basketball tournament appearances. Jordyn Edwards was also honored Wednesday as a scholar athlete; her older sister Jasmine was honored as well, two years ago.
Here are the remaining honorees, by school:
Edmonds-Woodway High School
Megan Kelly, cross country and track and field, 3.92 GPA, headed to Western Washington University where she’ll major in biology/biochemistry, $2,000 award.
Susan Kim, cross country and track and field, 3.89 GPA as a full International Baccalaureate candidate, University of Washington, aerospace/biomedical engineering, $3,000.
Spencer Schultz, football and wrestling, 3.83 GPA, University of Washington, economics. $3,500.
Reid Whitson, baseball and football, 3.56 GPA, Gonzaga University, computer science, $2,500.
Parent Julie Tobaissen for her various volunteer activities, including running the school concession stand during sporting events.
Bill LeCompte, head girls soccer coach
Lynnwood High School
David Cooper, baseball and swim, 3.993 GPA, University of Washington, bioengineering, $2,000
Jordyn Edwards, basketball and track and field, 3.3357 GPA, Colorado State University (full ride scholarship to play basketball), fashion merchandising
Mikao Kirkman, football and track and field, 3.77 GPA, University of Washington, business administration, $1,500
Angela Morgan, Booster Club Co-Treasurer and active parent volunteer
Dave Douglas, assistant girls basketball coach (award accepted by his wife, Jody Douglas)
Meadowdale High School
Julio Abad, football and soccer, 3.22 GPA, California State University Monterey Bay (walk on for soccer), business administration or environmental studies, $2,000
Tiffany Daniggelis,soccer and tennis, 4.0 GPA, Boston College, Information Systems, $3,500
Ngozi Ezeokeke, basketball and track and field, 4.0 GPA, University of Washington, engineering, $4,000
Colby Saysanith, football and soccer, 3.63 GPA, Washington State University, mechanical engineering, $1,500
Kevin O’Neill, announcer at the Stable, school volunteer
Jackie Bykonen, assistant boys tennis, assistant girls basketball, assistant track and field
Mountlake Terrace High School
Gene An, wrestling and track and field, 3.994 GPA, University of Washington, $4,000
Bryson Bruno, hip hop dance team, 3.994 GPA, aerospace and astronautical engineering, University of Washington, $2,500
Ella Schroth, cross country and track and field, 3.51 GPA, kinesiology, Western Washington University, $1,500
Katherine Walter, cross country and track and field, 4.0 GPA, Seattle Pacific University where she will run cross country, $3,000
John and Tania Klippert, sports booster volunteers
Shannon Rasmussen, head softball coach