The Comcast Foundation today announced that 90 high school seniors in Western Washington and Spokane County are among the 2015-16 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program awards.

"Our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners exemplify leadership and are committed to academic excellence and community service," said Steve Kipp, vice president of external affairs for Comcast in Washington. "We are honored to recognize their achievements, and excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys."

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program provides $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

Here are the students, listed by what communities they live in:


Darby Throndsen, Lakewood High School


Alyssa J. Yun, Thomas Jefferson High SchoolMadeline Bratsch, Auburn Senior High SchoolSummer Rae Ramirez Auburn Riverside Senior High School


Mariah Miller, Bellingham High SchoolTimothy Lann, Squalicum High SchoolMegan Johnson, Sehome High School

Bonney Lake

Alexander Haynes, Tacoma Baptist


Olivia Carter, Henry M. Jackson High SchoolClaudia Wagener, Bothell High School


Rian J. Brooks, White River High School


Taya M. Zavala, Burlington-Edison High


Courtney Teshera, W.F. West High School


Kyra Reafs, Sno-Isle Skills Tech Center


Alexandra P. Smith, Kentwood Senior High School


Courtney Kinniburgh, Enumclaw High School


Audrey Taber, Cascade High SchoolTimothy Peter Angelos, Mariner High SchoolLogan Wahl, Everett High School


Jacob M. Van Berkum, Lynden Christian High School

Federal Way

Victoria H. Andro, Todd Beamer High SchoolMiriam J. Prieto-Vital, Federal Way High SchoolNicolas Alvarez Zavala Jr., Decatur High School


Hannah E. Sulak, Ferndale High School

Gig Harbor

Kaitlin Flanigan, Peninsula High School


Donald Roscoe Walkinshaw Jr., Graham-Kapowsin High School

Granite Falls

Dansil Green, Granite Falls High SchoolEmma R Sytsma, Highland Christian School


Rebecca Samuelson, Inglemoor High School


April Rose Nguyen, Kent-Meridian Senior High SchoolSimran K. Gill, Christian Faith SchoolKyla Klasen, Auburn Mountainview High School


Katherine Bechtel, Juanita High School

Lake Stevens

Kaitlyn P. Kurisu, Lake Stevens High School

Lake Tapps

Virginia M. Marquez, Muckleshoot Tribal School


Tylisha R. Graham, Clover Park High SchoolJenna Y. Kwak, Lakes High School


Haley Sandberg, Meridian High School


Kayla Chipongian, Edmonds-Woodway High SchoolGladys Greene, Lynnwood High SchoolMaciel Mata, Mountlake Terrace High School


Christopher W. Eldred, Grace Academy


Katherine Breland, Fife High School


Brianna Celix, Monroe High School


Kaitlyn Bradley, Montesano Junior-Senior High

Mount Vernon

Iris Hubbard, Mount Vernon High School


Nicholas Bliesner, Liberty High School

Normandy Park

Parker Bowen, Seattle Christian Schools

Oak Harbor

Amelia Berner, Oak Harbor High School


Evan Taylor, Olympia High SchoolRebecca Behrens, Northwest Christian High SchoolSamantha B. Bibeau, Timberline High School


Sydney E. Ganyon, Puyallup High School


Genezaret Quintana, Raymond Jr/Sr High School


Joy L. Phillips, Charles A. Lindbergh High SchoolJerome F. Siangco, Eastside Catholic High School


Ruth M. Smitherman, Bethel High School


Anne Robertson, Issaquah High School


Hannah Welzbacker, Klahowya Secondary School


Emily A. Yoshioka, Renton High SchoolCecilia Bui, Ingraham High SchoolHao Trieu, Health Science and Human Services High SchoolLindsay Fasser, Ballard High SchoolOlivia de Vesci, Garfield High School

Sedro Woolley

Esmeralda Munoz, Sedro-Woolley High


Fethawit Musye, Shorewood High SchoolMagdalena R. Noriega, Shorecrest High School


Danika Morrison, Glacier Peak High SchoolHailey Fagerness, Snohomish High School


Jamie Nord, Saint George's SchoolCameron Conner, West Valley High SchoolSpencer Babineau, Ferris High SchoolJordan L. Sonneborn, Gonzaga PreparatoryMia M. Sanchez, Governor John R. Rogers High School

Spokane Valley

Kelsi Walker, University High SchoolKyley R. Jenkin, Central Valley High School


Joseph Schmidt, Sultan High School


Hailey Windish, Sumner Senior High School


Trenton Gardner, Franklin Pierce High SchoolHunter Fruehling-Thomas, Wilson High SchoolJulia Hallis, Bellarmine PreparatoryNicholas Freeman, Spanaway Lake High SchoolMaia Grudzien, Tacoma School DistrictChristina Lyro, Covenant High SchoolAhmed Wafai, Stadium High School


Jared L. Wachter, Tenino High School


Mamata Tamang, Foster High School


Casey O. Duff, A.G. West Black Hills High SchoolMadeline A. Seaman, Tumwater High School

University Place

Abby M. Hogan, Curtis Senior High School

To date, Comcast has awarded more than $22.8 million to nearly 23,000 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners.

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About the Comcast Foundation

The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities - expanding digital literacy, promoting community service and building tomorrow's leaders. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

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