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2023 Scholarship Winners

Scholarship Winner Caley Buchan graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn, WA, with a 3.9 cumulative GPA. She is the grandchild of Dr. Robin Graeme Buchan, Class of 1953, as well as great niece of Alan Buchan, 1950, and George Buchan, 1945. While in high school, she volunteered for a middle school speech and debate program to support young voices going into high school. She was also the captain of the Girls Tennis Team and president of Speech and Debate. She has a passion for reading and writing, due in part to her grandfather, Dr. Buchan. Caley will attend Highline College with an interest in scientific research involving environmental studies. Her ancestry is part Native American, so the land, particularly in the Pacific Northwest where she has grown up, is precious and deserves preservation.
Scholarship Winner Matteo Droz graduated from Lake Washington High School in Kirkland with a 3.67 cumulative GPA. He is the grandson of Bonnie Hansen-Wilson, Class of 1958. He volunteered with the local little league, the food bank, and cleaned cars for local retirees. At school, he played baseball for four years, participated in cross country, and was an Attendance Office assistant. Outside school, he played club baseball, managed his Matteo Droz Mobile Auto Detailing business, and played piano. Matteo will attend Edmonds College where he will continue to develop his baseball skills and take courses that will prepare him to enter the fields of business and sports science/analytics as well as continue his baseball career at a four-year institution. He credits his single mom and his grandma Bonnie for his values and work ethic.
Scholarship Winner Amelia Freeland graduated with a 3.974 cumulative GPA. While at Lincoln, she was the varsity captain of the swim team, co-founder and vice-president of the Ethics Bowl Team, student life editor of the Lincoln Log, a Lynx Crew mentor, and participated in theater and class council. She also served as a volunteer at Hope Place Women and Children’s Shelter and was a Girls Rock Math Camp counselor. She will attend Northwestern University in Illinois where she plans to major in journalism and biology with the goal of becoming a science writer who can communicate complicated science and health policy in a way that makes it more accessible to the public so people can take educated actions regarding their health.
Scholarship Winner Isabel Ginsburg graduated with a 3.964 cumulative GPA. While at Lincoln, she participated in varsity cheer, was founder and president of the Mock Trial Club, and a member of the Lincoln Student Health Council. In addition, she has worked part-time at Ivar’s Salmon House and the Blue Star Café. Isabel will attend McGill University in Montreal, where she will major in life sciences and research how to best serve and empower women who do not have appropriate access to healthcare, nutrition, and education while immersing herself in a new culture and learning the French language.
Scholarship Winner Anna Hughes graduated from Ralston Valley High School in Arvada, Colorado, with a 3.73 cumulative GPA. She is the grandchild of Anne (Wallon) Grimes, Class of 1963, as well as the niece of Lewis Wallon, Jr., 1961, and Mary Wallon, 1960. She was a high school leader with the Jefferson County Outdoor Lab as well as a captain of the Tennis Team, a member of Ralston Valley basketball, on the Ralston Valley honor roll, and was awarded Academic All-State. Anna will attend Colorado State University where she is enrolled in Exploratory Studies but will most likely study education to become a middle school teacher and have a positive impact on the lives of young people. She also hopes to be a teacher in Japan to discover more of the world and experience new cultures. Colorado State is close to home and more affordable than out of state schools.
Scholarship Winner Samantha Taylor graduated with a 4.0 cumulative GPA. While at Lincoln, Samantha was in the Highly Capable Cohort and took 11th grade Physics and Chemistry as a 9th grader. She was also a leader on the wrestling team. She is an accomplished player of the oboe, scoring as one of the best oboists in the state when she auditioned in state solo and ensemble contest. She also performs regularly with the Seattle Youth Symphony. She will attend Oberlin College in Ohio and has not yet declared a major but loves science and music and wants to make a difference in the world.
Scholarship Winner William Versaw graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.975. While at Lincoln, he played varsity football and varsity baseball as the captain of each and was a member of the Lynx Crew. He also volunteered at a food bank, helped with little league try-outs, coached the girls flag football team, and worked for the Seattle Youth Soccer Association. William will attend the Colorado School of Mines where he plans to study engineering. His father and grandfather also attended Mines, and his interests in math and problem solving make the program there a good fit for him. He won’t be playing a sport but plans to make time outside the rigorous academics to work out and stay in shape.
Scholarship Winner Julian Walston graduated from Shoreline High School with a cumulative GPA of 4.0. He is the great grandson of Ruth Sumner, Class of 1935 and grandson of Sandra Gleason, Class of 1960. Julian taught an online course to help prepare other students prepare for the SAT. He also helped provide care for his disabled brother. His school activities included the Robotics Team, Tennis Team, Chess Club, Philosophy Club, and Investment Club. Outside of school, he was an avid ultimate frisbee player. Julian will attend Carleton College in Minnesota where he plans to major in Computer Science. He chose Carleton because of the friendliness of the school community as well as the place ultimate frisbee has in its culture.

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