Mountlake Terrace High School Students of Month for June



Gifton Okoronkwo
Gifton Okoronkwo

Student Name: Gifton Okoronkwo

Mother’s Name: Patricia Okoronkwo

Father’s Name: John Okoronkwo

GPA: 2.9

Clubs & Activities: Robotics

Athletics: Track and Field , Soccer- Varsity (2010-2012), Basketball

Awards: Most improved (2010) Basketball , Most Improved (2012) Soccer

Community Service: Math assistant for Madrona K-8th

Culminating Project: PLTW Engineering class

Future Educational Goals: Engineering degree (mechanical)

Future Career Goals: Working in an engineering field, doing more talking, and negotiating, while having the engineering background

Anything else we should know? I have done track for less than a year, and pride myself in leading the state (3A) for triple jump.

Kyra Dahlman
Kyra Dahlman

Student Name: Kyra Dahlman

Mother’s Name: Andrea Dahlman

Father’s Name: James Dahlman

GPA: 3.41

Clubs & Activities: Journalism (Hawkeye), 10th – 12th grade; Art Club, 12th grade

Honors: I’ve taken Honors English 10, AP English 11, AP English 12, AP Psychology (12th grade) and AP Physics (12th grade).

Awards: March 2011, I was awarded a Superior in Editorial Cartooning from WJEA at the Washington State Journalism Conference and Competition; April 2012, I was awarded an Honorable Mention in Computer Design- Photoshop Art at the JEA/NSPA Spring Convention in Seattle. This was for the poster I made of the 2012 State Basketball Team; June 2012, I was presented with a Career and Technical Education Leadership and Achievement award for Photography; November 2012, I was awarded an Excellent in Editorial Cartooning at the JEA/NSPA National Convention in San Antonio, Texas; April 2013, I was awarded a Superior in Computer Design- Photoshop Art at the JEA/NSPA Spring Convention in San Francisco, Seattle. This was for the poster I made of the 2013 State Basketball Team.

Culminating Project: The main focus of my Culminating Project is graphic design, but the subcategory of my project is packaging design. I’m redesigning DVD packaging by completely redesigning the packaging of the case and then tailoring it to fit 3 different animes. (They’re El Cazador De La Bruja, The Slayers, and K-ON!) I’m specifically using the Adobe products InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. I am working closely with my mentor to create a product that I can use in my portfolio for college.

Current Employment: I don’t currently have a job, but I do babysit on the side. I also take artist commissions on my DeviantArt page. I don’t make much money off of that, but it’s something I enjoy doing.

Future Educational Goals: I’m planning on going to Shoreline Community College in the fall and enrolling in their two-year graphic design program. I also plan on submitting my portfolio to Seattle Central Community College in hopes to get into their graphic design program throughout the two years I’m at SCC. After I finish my two years at SCC, I plan to either go to SCCC and enroll in their two year graphic design program or to transfer to UW and get a degree in business.

Future Career Goals: I plan on becoming a graphic designer. I’m not entirely sure what I want to do, whether it be packaging design like my senior project, or making more web based graphics. That’s one of the reasons I’m going to school for this, so I can figure out what I want to do with my career in graphic design.

Anything else we should know? I helped the art club create the murals in the art hallway. I worked with three other people to create a tribute panel to Hayao Miyazaki, creator of most of the movies from Studio Ghibli. Our mural includes his movies Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. The mural took about 50 plus hours and it’s still not done. We plan to finish the entire art hallway before the end of the year.



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