Teacher and senior class advisor gave a speech during the Celebration of Success.

Students receive $130,100 in local scholarships

The day before graduation, Orcas High School seniors gathered for a special day with community members.

During the Celebration of Success, the students received scholarships from local organizations that ranged from $250 to full-ride tuition awards. As principal Kyle Freeman said during the June 10 event, it’s a tiny school with a huge amount of community generosity. The total amount (including four-year scholarships) reached $130,100.

The following students were also recognized for scholarships they are receiving from their schools of choice: Lily Ater, Rachel Brewer, Pasha Bullock, Ray Doss, Jo Gudgell, Simone Hansen, Anneke Ivans, Anthony Kaskurs, Reid Ledgerwood, Gwydion Mareth, Lilly Miller, Kahana Pietsch, Dana Sabine, Egil Sweet and Zach Waage.

Junior Kai McGregor was given an award from Bausch and Lomb for his dedication to physics and science. It qualifies him to compete for the science scholarship of $7500 per year over a four-year period.

The class of 2016 graduation ceremony is on June 11 at 2 p.m. in the high school gym.

Many of the presenters noted the well-qualified candidates in this year’s class. Several of the groups added scholarship amounts to accommodate more students. The 2016 class scholarships are as follows.

American Legion Scholarships

American Legion Citizenship Award : Ray Doss $250

American Legion Citizenship Award: Lillian Miller $250

Voyle B. Martin Academic Scholarship: Anthony Kaskurs $1,500

Claude A. Rubeling Academic Scholarship: Simone Hansen $1,500

Claude A. Rubeling Academic Scholarship: Zach Waage $1,500

In Honor of Fred Nicol Vocational Scholarship: Steven Bodenhamer $1,500

Islanders Bank Scholarships: Steven Bodenhamer $1000, Josephine Gudgell $1,000, Emma Minnis $1,000

Madrona Club Scholarship: Lillian Miller $2,000

Robin DiGeorgio Scholarship: Anthony Kaskurs $1,000

Orcas Center Margaret Exton Award: Ray Doss $250

Orcas Island Education Foundation Dare to Dream Scholarships: Pasha Bullock $500, Ray Doss $500, Lillian Miller $500, Simone Hansen $500, Wylie Kau $1,000, Anthony Kaskurs $1,000, Kahana Pietsch $500, Dana Sabine $500, Jo Gudgell $500

OIEF/ Realtors of Orcas Island Scholarship: Halle Thompson $1,000, Ray Doss $1,000

Orcas Education Associations: Ray Doss $500

PSE Scholarships: Ray Doss $150, Zach Waage $150, Emily Nichols $150, Dana Sabine $150, Emma Minnis $150

American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships

Sally Hart Memorial Scholarship: Zach Waage $1,000

Lar Vern Key Memorial Scholarship: Anthony Kaskurs $1,000

Mid Flaherty Memorial Scholarship: Ray Doss $1,000

American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships: Javier Orantes $1000, Wiley Kau $1,000, Mackey Cardinell $1000

Orcas Island Booster Club Scholarships: Pavel (Pasha) Bullock $500, Josephine Gudgell $500

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (Supported by the Thyra and Bud Anderson Advised Fund)

Marilynn Anderson Young Musician’s Awards: Jo Gudgell $500, Zach Waage $500, Anthony Kaskurs $500

San Juan County Sheriff’s Guild Scholarship: Steven Bodenhamer $500

Kiwanis Club of Orcas Island Scholarships

Kiwanis Academic Scholarship: Wylie Kau $1,200

Kiwanis Academic Scholarship: Kahana Pietsch $1,200

Kiwanis Academic Scholarship: Anthony Kaskurs $1,200

Kiwanis Academic Scholarship: Rachel Brewer $1,200

Kiwanis Leadership Scholarship: Lillian Miller $1,200

Kiwanis Voc-Tech Scholarship: Emily Nichols $500

Kiwanis Club Hat Draw Scholarship: Tiana Tompkins $400

Masonic Lodge

Vocational Scholarship: Sierra Morrison $1,000

Academic Scholarship: Simone Hansen $1,500

Academic Scholarship: Pavel (Pasha) Bullock $1,500

Lions Club

Jim Golithon Memorial Scholarship: Macky Cardinell $2,500

Vic Hughes Scholarship: Pavel (Pasha) Bullock $1,500

Joseph Bond Scholarship: Steven Bodenhamer $2,500

Abrahamsen Family Scholarship: Lillian Miller $2,500

Lions Club Foundation Scholarship: Kahana Pietsche $2,500

Leonard Wellnan Scholarship: Anthony Kaskurs $2,500

Orcas Road Classics Car Association: Wylie Kau $500

Odd Fellows Scholarships: Ray Doss $1,500, Lillian Miller $1,500, Pasha Bullock $1500

Eagle Forum Scholarship: Zach Waage $1,000

Kaleidoscope Scholarship: Lillian Miller $500

What I Didn’t Say Scholarship: Anneke Ivans $700

Lotioncrafter Entrepreneur Scholarship: Tiana Tompkins $1,000

Island Artisans’ Scholarship: Holden Griskey Watson $1,500

Daniel and Margaret Carper Foundation of Orcas Island Public School Student Scholarship (This scholarship is renewable every year for four years): Emma Minnis $8,000

Henigson Public School Student College Scholarship (This scholarship is renewed every year for four years): Lillian Miller $8,000