The Wheel for this meeting is exceptionally long as the details for each student receiving a scholarship is included. It is great reading to learn about these terrific OHS students. These appear at the tail end of the Wheel and you can skip them if necessary.
Rotary Club of Olympia
The Wheel
Date:  April 24, 2017
Today’s Program:  21st annual Dick Nichols Scholarship Awards Luncheon
Meeting called to order by:  Wendy Holden
Invocation by:  Skip Steffen
Pledge of Allegiance led by:  Mark Boyer
Song:  America the Beautiful by Bruce Saunders
Four Way Test led by:  Joseph Bolger Past President, Hawks Prairie Rotary
Introductions: Rob Bradley, President of the West Olympia Club was introduced and said a few words about Rotary members attending a joint meeting to honor outstanding students from seven Thurston County high schools. Rob introduced Rotary Presidents Christian Hoffman, South Puget Sound Club, Bill McCarthy Tumwater Club and Past District Governor, and John Masterson from the Lacey Club.
Opening Remarks: Stephen Henderson, committee chair, introduced Dick Nichols and his wife Carolee who was in attendance. He thanked all of the school staff and personnel from seven high schools in the Olympia, Tumwater and North Thurston School Districts. The schools choose the award recipients based on their excellence in academics, athletics and community service. Each student will receive a $1500 scholarship award and a special portfolio. Each portfolio included a special congratulations from the students’ school principal, parents, and Governor Inslee.
Stephen also recognized the many sponsors:
Gold Sponsors- Hawks Prairie Rotary, Lacy Rotary, Olympia Rotary, Tucker Foundation, West Olympia Rotary.
Sponsors – Capital Medical Center, Heritage Bank, Indian Summer Golf & Country Club, KGY Radio, Olympia Federal Savings, Olympia Orthopedic Associates, PLLC, The Olympian , Thurston Community Television
Associate Sponsors – Adams Real Estate, Dan Berschauer Mediation Services, Law,Lyman,Daniel,Kamerrer & Bodganovich, PS, Robert L. Perlot, DMD, Tumwater Rotary, TwinStar Credit Union, Washington Business Bank, West Bay Marina
Friends of Scholar Athletes – Bron’s Automotive, Law Office of David D. Cullen, Flat World, LLC, Dirk F. Havlak, MD, Henderson Law Group, PLLC, Larry Linn, Stephen Masini, Law Office of Allen Miller, Dick Nichols, Drake Nicholson, Larry Norwood, Rainier Dodge, Rants Group, Cyndi and Jerome Zechmann
In addition to Stephen Henderson and Rob Bradley the rest of the award luncheon committee members were introduced – Teresa Dean, Sandy DiBernardo, mark Boyer, Neil Falkenburg, Dale Kamerrer, and Cyndi Zechmann.
Stephen Henderson gave a brief history of the award with the help of a PowerPoint presentation prepared by Karla Fowler.
Program21st annual Dick Nichols Scholarship Awards Luncheon
Stephen Henderson introduced Dick Nichols, former County Commissioner and well-known sports broadcaster. Dick thanked Rotarians for the honor of using his name in this program, and that the driving force is committee chair Stephen Henderson. He also thanked his wife Carolee who has attended all 21 events (even though he missed one due to scheduling conflicts)!
Dick addressed the fourteen scholarship recipients as fortunate young people who have people in their lives who have supported their efforts in academics and athletic events. He reminded them they have been given much and much is expected in return. Each one can make a difference through contributions large and small. Words matter – and the 4-way test should guide our actions especially “Is It the Truth?” It is all about our values and our choices reveal who we really are. Take the 4-way test with you and live a life about service above self.
Teresa Dean described the portfolio and congratulated the students. Stephen Henderson presented the scholarships and portfolios to 14 outstanding students from seven high schools in Thurston County. The students shook hands and were congratulated by each of the Club Presidents.
2017 Dick Nichols Scholarship Award Recipients
A.G. West Black Hills – Emma Duff and Christian Williams
Emma has a 3.6 GPA and was Academic All-Conference all four years of high school. She was the Olympian’s girls’ basketball Player of the Year 2016-2017, All-Conference basketball MVP 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and The Olympian’s All-Area volleyball second team 2-16-2017. Her volunteer work included Link Crew and youth Basketball tournaments. She plans to study biology or pre veterinary science at WWU.
Christian has a 3.77 GPA and was a seven-time Evergreen Conference All-Academic, All-League first team quarterback and South Sound All-area second team multipurpose player in 2016. He was a five-time US Judo Federation Academic and participated in the judo federation Junior Olympic Tournament in 2012. He has served as a student judge as well as Day of Champions and youth football camp coach. He plans to attend Whitworth University in Spokane.
Capital – Delani West and Gabriel Barnes
Delani has a 3.92 GPA and is in the Running Start program. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Community College Honor Society. She is an Academic All-American and a 2017 DECA school-based enterprises national competitor. Delani played varsity girls basketball for four years and served as a basketball coach for two years for the Young Lady Cougars. She volunteered with Special Olympics and capital City Marathon. She plans to study business at OSU.
Gabriel has a 3.76 GPA and is an International Baccalaureate diploma candidate. He is a 2016 Transamerica Scholastic Honor Roll by the American Junior Golf Association and was a four-time boy’s varsity golf letter winner. He signed to play golf at CA State University where he plans to major in economics.
North Thurston – Maya Lawson-Rivera and Thomas Johnson
Maya has a 3.49 GPA and is a National Honor Society member. She was a four-year state competitor in swimming, a swim team captain in 2015-2016, and was a scholar athlete in 2016. Maya was a team leader in the advanced automotive class in 2016-2017 and a student athletic trainer. She volunteered at the Thurston County Food Bank. She plans to major in physical therapy at Central WA University.
Thomas has a 3.99 GPA and is a National Honor Society Member. He was a two-time varsity soccer MVP and captain for three years. He ran varsity cross-country and was a four-time state championship qualifier. Thomas earned second place in the South Sound Conference Championships, and was team MVP and captain. He plans to major in computer science or math at the Air Force Academy.
Olympia – Carly Becker and Jamie Bautista
Carly has a 3.94 GPA and is a National Honor Society member. She is events coordinator for the 10-12th grades and played three years of varsity soccer. She was first team All-League and first team All-Area in 2016-2017. She was voted most inspirational. Carly plans to study in the STEM field at the University of Portland.
Jamie has a 4.0 GPA. He is in the top 11 of the Class of 2017 is a member of the National Honor Society. He played on the state champion tennis team in 2015 and qualified for state and national tennis tournaments. Jamie was selected for the Pacific NW Zonal Team in 2013-2015. He received the We Before Me OHS baseball award. He plans to study engineering at the Air Force Academy or Gonzaga University.
River Ridge – Renee Pickard and Alex Coleman
Renee has a 3.49 GPA and served as student body president and the Outstanding Student Leadership Award for North Thurston Public Schools. She was a four-year varsity letter winner and team captain in soccer and was given the All-Academic Award and named second team All-Area and second team All-League. Renee was the student representative in selecting the River Ridge principal and the North Thurston superintendent. She plans to participate in the Army ROTC program at Gonzaga and study dentistry.
Alex has a 3.13 GPA and was a two-year Scholar Athlete Award winner. He was a three-sport athlete winning 2A State Team Championship in track, made the first team All-League defensive back in football, and named second team All-League guard in basketball. He worked as a volunteer wrestling tournament score keeper. Alex plans to study architecture or finance at Whitworth University.
Timberline – Natalie Stark and Jaelen Bush
Natalie has a 3.98 GPA and has been a Distinguished Scholar for four years, a National Honor Society member for two years, a Scholar Athlete Award winner and an Academic Achievement Award winner in Spanish. She was a three-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball and golf. In volley bally she made the first team All-State, second team All-League, first team All-Area and earned the coaches award. She also earned the coaches award in varsity basketball which she played for four years. Natalie played two years of varsity golf, where she once again earned the coaches award. She plans to attend WSU.
Jaelen has a 3.91 GPA, made the honor roll all four years, the President’s List and the Vice President’s List at South Puget Sound Community College. In additional he played three sports – football, basketball and soccer. In football he made the first team All-League 3A South Sound Conference, The Olympian’s first team All-Area, The News Tribune’s second team All-Area and the second team All-League 4A Narrows League. He played varsity basketball all four years and made All-League two years. In soccer Jaelen made The Olympian’s second team All-Area. He plans to study civil engineering at Oregon State University.
Tumwater – Brooke Hare and Cade Otton
Brooke has a 4.0 GPA, was named to the Evergreen Conference All-Academic Team and is a National Honor Society member. She served as student body president and secretary. She holds records for blocked shots in a career and in a season in basketball. In volleyball she was a two-time state champion and holds a serving-percentage record. She earned three All-League Awards. Brooke plans to major in English or literature at the University of Denver or UW and earn a law degree.
Cade has a 3.95 GPA and was named a Tumwater Scholar. In football he was a four-year All Academic Award winner in the Evergreen Conference, team captain for two years, first team All-League tight end, league and team defensive player of the year, All-Area tight end and MVP, All-State tight end and middle linebacker, 2A state MVP, league MVP, team MVP, Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association Athlete of the Week, and recognized for holding the highest GPA in the Class of 2017.He earned the team defend award in basketball and was named first team All-League and was a three-year All Academic Award winner for the Evergreen Conference. Cade plans to major in business and sports science at UW.
Meeting adjourned at 1:20pm by President Wendy Holden