Edmonds School District honors top scholar athletes, coaches, community members

All of the student athletes honored gather for a group photo after the ceremony. (Photos by Char Blankenship)
All of the student athletes honored gather for a group photo after the ceremony. (Photos by Char Blankenship)

An annual tradition since 2001, the Edmonds School District on Wednesday night threw a banquet to honor the multi-sport graduating senior athletes who also are outstanding scholars, and also provided awards to coaches and community members from each school who support district athletes and athletic programs.

A total of 17 students — four athletes from each of the district’s high schools that have interscholastic athletic programs, plus one student athletic trainer — received scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 each.

And the winners announced Tuesday were:

Mountlake Terrace High School
LaRae and Seaun Richards from the Red Onion with MTHS Athletic Director Kim Stewart.
The Richards with MTHS Athletic Director Kim Stewart.

Community members: Seaun and LaRae Richards, owners of the Red Onion Restaurant, who have raised thousands of dollars for MTHS athletics and other student programs.

David Whalen

Coach: David Whalen, cross country and track coach


Taylor Arbuckle

Taylor Arbuckle, track and field/cheer, Western Washington University, elementary education, $1,000

Blake Fernadez

Blake Fernandez, basketball/track and field, University of Washington biology or chemistry, $2,000

AnhViet Nguyen

AnhViet Nguyen, basketball/tennis, Stanford University/international relations, $3,000

Christina Wimmer

Christina Wimmer, soccer/track, Shoreline Community College, nursing, $1,000

Lynnwood High School

Community member: Gayleen Gott, Booster Club volunteer

Coach: Everett Edwards, girls basketball

Arsenia Ivanov, volleyball/basketball/tennis, Washington State University, communications, $4,000

Isabella Maza, basketball/golf, University of Washington, physical therapy, $1,500

Ryan McArthur, cross country/basketball/track and field, Western Washington University, kinesiology, $2,500

Soren Steelquist, basketball/soccer, University of San Francisco, business or history

Bryce Landers (trainer), basketball/baseball, Whitworth University, $1,000

Edmonds-Woodway High School

Community member: Ron Phillips, who has served as treasurer for the Edmonds-Woodway Athletic Booster Club for the past three years.

Coach: Brian Alfi, wresting


Jack Griffing, cross country/track and field, attending Idaho State University to study civil engineering, $1,500.

Alex Hull, football/basketball/baseball, University of Washington or Tacoma CC (baseball scholarship) with plan to major in dentistry, $1,000

Lauren Nguyen, softball/swim, Bowdoin College, pre-medicine, $2,500

Emily Storino, soccer/basketball/tennis, Central Washington University, business, $1,000

Meadowdale High School

Community members: Kathy Coffey and Lisa Hummel, co-presidents of the school’s booster club

Coach: Brett Warner, JV baseball coach


Michael Cummings, football/track and field, University of Washington, science, $2,500

Julianne Kossian, volleyball/basketball, University of Washington, business management, communications or dentistry, $2,500

Chris Prasanna, cross country/soccer, California Polytechnic mechanical engineering, $2,000

Haley Suarez, cross country/track and field, University of Washington, marketing/advertising, $2,000

District Athletic Director Julie Stroncek with Dr. Jim Hsu.
District Athletic Director Julie Stroncek with Dr. Jim Hsu.

In addition, District Athletic Director Julie Stroncek recognized Dr. Jim Hsu with the Director’s Award, for his “countless hours of volunteer service as the team doctor for all four of our high school football teams.” A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Hsu has been giving up his Friday nights each fall since 2005, making himself available on the sidelines of all Edmond District stadium games, she added.


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