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Top 25 Seniors (Class of 2021)

Today's featured Top 25 Senior:



Oliver filled up his life in high school with activities and was a part of many groups. He has been a competitive gymnast for 12 years, and has been at the top level (level 10) for the last four years. Oliver is going to continue as a gymnastics coach during college. He has also been a boy scout for the last five years, and advanced through the ranks to become an Eagle Scout, in addition to having been the Senior Patrol Leader of his troop for a time. Oliver has been a member of five bands at Shorecrest. He played first trombone in the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, is the Drum Major of the Shorecrest Marching Band and Pep Band, and participated in the pit orchestra for five Shorecrest Drama musicals. From being a member in these musicals, volunteering throughout his boy scout career, and participating in other community service activities, he has over 450 hours of community service. In addition to these activities, Oliver also has a job as a merchandising sales associate at Crate & Barrel, a camp counselor at Camp Shoreline, and is a gymnastics coach at Cascade Elite Gymnastics. His plans for next fall include going to the University of Washington Seattle, and study aerospace engineering.

Music teacher and band director Vince Caruso says this about Oliver: As the drum major for Shorecrest's marching band, “Oliver has attended leadership and drum major camp; co-lead the band at football games, basketball games, and assemblies; assisted with rehearsals; and is always asking, ‘What can I do to help?’ … As his band director, one of his most impressive accomplishments took place during the COVID lockdown from March through June 2020 while we were all relegated to being at home. For more than three months Oliver and his family (brother, father, mother) took time each week day to learn a pop/rock song by ear, write a simple arrangement, and perform it from the front steps of their home for their neighbors. This daily ‘tiny porch concert’ was not only an excellent demonstration of his dedication to and love of music, but also an uplifting and unifying event for his neighbors and community. It perfectly illustrates the type of creativity and optimism with which Oliver approaches school and life—even when the silver lining is hard to find.”


May 12 feature:



Top 25 Senior Karina McDuffie has been a member of Shorecrest’s National Honor Society. Her favorite opportunity for community service hours has been volunteering at her old elementary’s 5th and 6th grade Camp Caber for two years. Since sophomore year, Karina has had a job and is currently on her second one at a retirement home! In the fall, she will be attending Seattle Pacific University with all four years paid through scholarships! During her time at SPU, Karina will major in mechanical engineering and she can’t wait to dive in deeper and is so excited for her future.


Shorecrest science teacher Nicole Steward writes this:  "Karina has been a smiling, calm, and kind presence in every class I’ve had her in. She has a sparkling confidence, a great attitude, and creates the most beautiful notes and assignments. Since the day she stepped into my room as a freshman, she was a student ready to take on any challenge, a friendly classmate to all, and always dedicated to her education."


May 11 feature:



Vivian is always up for a challenge. When the opportunity came to take Running Start classes at Shoreline Community College, she jumped at the chance. She has always loved math and science. While at SCC she completed both the calculus and chemistry series, and has taken engineering physics, and advanced math courses. Outside of class Vivian enjoys volunteering and working in the community. Last summer and fall she helped pass on her love of math to girls as a counselor at the Girls Rock Math camps. She also works with students of all grades as a math tutor at the Shoreline Mathnasium. Vivian has been involved in martial arts for over ten years. She enjoys studying the different fighting arts from around the globe at MKG Martial Arts in Seattle and she was a youth instructor at MKG for several years. Two years ago she completed a grueling two-day test to finally earn her black belt. Vivian will be attending the University of Washington in the fall where she was accepted into the College of Engineering through their Direct to College admissions program. She is interested in pursuing either Chemical or Environmental Engineering.


Advanced Placement World History teacher Maija Waugh says this about her: "Vivian is a strong, quiet, honest and respected student in the school community. She is gracious, kind, generous and thoughtful. She can make anyone feel comfortable and positive about their work. Vivian works well with anyone and offers insightful feedback and help to classmates. Most remarkable, Vivian applies the same dedication and commitment to all of her activities, it doesn’t matter if they are “high profile”, she simply wants to do the best job possible. Vivian has displayed incredible character in my class. Asking for help and clarification when needed, using her strengths to help others and always with humility. Her honesty and conviction are remarkable and desirable traits in a climate where 'getting ahead no matter the costs' is typical. This displays the maturity and responsibility that Vivian has with everything she does in her life. What sets Vivian above other students is this character.”


May 11 feature:



While at Shorecrest, Isaac was a member of ASB for four years as a Senator, Treasurer, and Vice President where he planned events, fundraised, and advocated for the needs of students. He has also been a four-year member of the Varsity Track and Field team. Isaac was a member of DECA his junior and senior years competing in team entrepreneurship with his partner Gabe Nelson, qualifying for the International Conference both years. In his free time, he looks to the mountains where he enjoys backpacking and climbing and is an active member of the Mountaineers Club. Isaac also tutors elementary students in math, as well as volunteers for his youth group, helping him obtain the President Service Award. Next year, Isaac will be attending the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, where he plans to study Economics and Business Administration. He is incredibly grateful for the infectiously kind Shorecrest community and the overwhelming support of his teachers and peers.


David Svreck, honor biology/bio-technology teacher writes: “Isaac has challenged himself academically by enrolling in AP Physics, AP US History, AP Comparative Government, UW Pre-Calculus, AP English Literature, AP Calculus, AP Biology, and AP Leadership…. He is very passionate about his school and community service. He recently volunteered in Mexico at an orphanage for a week, is the environmental club leader, and the church leader for community service projects focused on youth outreach. From freshman to seniors, Isaac is the common denominator that all students can rely on for sound advice and guidance.”


May 7 feature:



While at Shorecrest, Jerlen’s proudest accomplishments were centered around community service. She has been awarded the President’s Service Award for multiple years, acquiring 400+ community service hours. Many of these hours were spent as a Girls Rock Math! summer camp counselor, a group leader for Central Washington’s Explore Mars Academy, and one of Briarcrest Elementary School’s 4th/5th grade Math Olympiad coaches. Since her freshman year, she has been a part of Shorecrest Key Club. Spending her first three years as club secretary, she later served as her division’s Lt. Governor, representing five other high school Key Clubs at the district level. She was also a part of Shorecrest’s Model United Nations, National Honor Society, and spent a lot of her nutrition and lunch breaks filming or editing videos for SCNN. For the last two years, she has worked as a Kumon Training Assistant and has been attending Shoreline Community College as a Running Start student. She’ll miss everyone at Shorecrest but can’t wait to start studying at the University of Washington’s College of Engineering.


Shorecrest Counselor Wendy Friedman writes: “It was clear from the start that Jerlen would accomplish great things during high school. She started her freshman year with rigorous classes and has continued to challenge herself each year with honors, AP, and community college classes. Jerlen excels in math and science and has shared her knowledge with younger students by volunteering many hours with Girls Rock Math Camp and Math Olympiad. She has logged hundreds of hours of community service over the last four years, volunteering at local elementary school carnivals, neighborhood events and beach clean-ups. Jerlen knows the value of education and community and the University of Washington is lucky to have her join their community in the fall.”


May 6 feature:



During his time at Shorecrest, Tyler participated in the Shorecrest TSA club, and was a member of the Shorecrest boys swim team. He is also a member of National Honor Society. Because Shorecrest did not have an ultimate frisbee team, Tyler played ultimate frisbee on a club team. Additionally, he spent a lot of time volunteering as an assistant coach for the ultimate frisbee team at the middle school he attended. Tyler has not decided where he is going to college, but he plans to study some kind of engineering, and he has narrowed his choices down to Stevens Institute of Technology, Colorado School of the Mines, Gonzaga, or UW.


Engineering teacher Kari Potter says this about him: “Tyler enrolled in my robotics class during his sophomore year. In the robotics classroom, the students have a lot of freedom to push themselves. Tyler excelled in this environment. He was always on task and took his learning very seriously. He asked questions when he wasn’t sure, and then pushed forward completing every task with a high level of academic maturity. Tyler is also a role model citizen in the classroom. He is kind to everyone, and students enjoy working with him.”


May 5 feature:



Throughout the past four years, Madeleine has been a part of Tattoo (Shorecrest’s literary arts magazine) and Gainz club. She swam on the varsity swim team since joining as a freshman and had the pleasure of being captain this season. She also enjoyed designing this year’s swim t-shirts and hoodies. Madeleine has been a full-time Running Start student for the past two years at Shoreline Community College. It was at one of her art classes there where her art professor formally asked permission to use her art as examples for his future classes and promotion for the Shoreline Community College Studio Art program. Madeleine has also been working for the King County Library System for the past year. Next fall she'll be attending Whitman College where she was awarded an academic excellence scholarship and is interested in studying art, psychology and sociology.


English teacher Joe Peterson writes: “She is a strong student, an amazing artist, and a student who really raised the level of discourse in my classroom. In 10th grade, Madeleine was a discussion leader in a class full of articulate students. She provided insightful commentary with her calm, laser sharp, and intelligent analyses. Madeleine worked hard to stay on top of the academic challenges of an honors class, while contributing positively to other activities around the school. I found her to be very reliable, and a good student to check in with when I needed a student’s perspective on the class.”


May 4 feature:


For her senior year, Jasmine was honored to be chosen as the Shorecrest High School National Honor Society president. In junior year, she was elected as the Key Club treasurer and has continued that position into this year. Jasmine has been a member of the Shorecrest varsity volleyball team since her freshman year of high school, and she played club volleyball at Cascade for three years. She has dedicated herself to helping the community by tutoring various subjects and being the assistant volleyball coach at the middle school. Jasmine received the President’s Award three years running and has volunteered for 375 hours. Her artwork was entered into the national Scholastic Art and Writing competition the past two years, and she has won three silver keys and one gold key. Sophomore year, Jasmine received the award for best drawing in a school wide art show. Her plans for next year include going to the University of Washington, Seattle, and studying environmental science and chemistry.


Science teacher Stacia Tellefson says this about Jasmine: "As her homeroom teacher, I have grown very close to Jasmine and had the joy of seeing her interact with a wide range of her peers. She is an incredibly thoughtful human and is one of the first to volunteer to help work with a peer or underclass person. It is in these interactions that I have seen the thoughtful, kind nature of Jasmine absolutely blossom and shine. I have seen her support peers that are exasperated with their math or on the verge of a complete shutdown and Jasmine’s warm nature slowly guides them back to learning. I have lost count of how many times I have witnessed these interactions over the years but they never cease to make our room a warmer space."


May 3 feature:


Whether by helping lead the creation of the first yearbook made during an entirely online school year, dedicating her leadership efforts towards promoting the Highland Piper newspaper, or helping preserve the Mandarin program within the Shoreline School District up until this year, Audrey has worked hard to make lasting impacts within her Shorecrest and greater Shoreline community. Outside of school, Audrey rowed for four years at Green Lake Crew and her lightweight 8+ boat placed ninth in the nation at the 2019 US Rowing Youth Nationals in Sarasota, Florida. She has also performed with the Melody Xie Dance Institute, a traditional Chinese dance troupe dedicated to spreading the art of Chinese dance, for nearly 15 years and has performed at a variety of venues throughout the Pacific Northwest. In continuing her education after high school, Audrey plans to pursue a double major in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Chinese and either International relations or Communication Design at Washington University in St. Louis.


Yearbook advisor Craig van den Bosch writes: “As a special note, she was one of four students, all editors, who picked up the baton and kept running toward the finish line when COVID-19 struck and closed down school. All sports were canceled and we had a lot of empty pages. Audrey, along with her fellow editors, decided to generate new, Covid reflective content instead of going with the company’s premade COVID/year in review. We even finished the book early despite all of the challenges this past spring. Even though there are many notable instances of her going above and beyond what is asked, her ability to step up with confidence to this daunting task is the distinct action that defines her character and is consistent with who she is on a daily basis.”


April 30 feature:



Audrey Hamm is excited to be attending the University of Washington next fall as a part of their Honors Program, where she hopes to study Public Health and Anthropology! At Shorecrest, Audrey served as Secretary of Model United Nations, co-lead of the Ambassadors, and was a proud member of Tattoo Literary Arts Club and Key Club. Extracurricular activities such as the 2019 Northwest Bioexpo and 2020 Seattle Children’s Research Training Program have helped her pursue her interest in biology, history, and politics. She has also trained as a pre-professional dancer with the Cornish Preparatory Dance program for eight years. Her training at Cornish as well as her community service involvement in Sisterhood at the Boys and Girls club of Rainier Vista and the Shorecrest Artreach group have nourished her conviction that the arts are an integral part of building community. Audrey’s dedication to academic excellence and community service involvement have been recognized with several awards, most notably the Gwenn Barker Endowed Scholarship, the title of AP Scholar with Honors, and the President's Community Service Award. She is grateful to all her teachers at Shorecrest for inspiring and supporting her and can’t wait to continue learning and growing in college.


Former English teacher Lacy Clark writes: "Throughout the year that I taught her, Audrey was always an active participant in our discussions and her curious nature opened up a lot of interesting conversations. Additionally, she always supported her peers; her compassionate personality allowed her to work well with others in a team setting, as she always respected others' opinions even when they differed from her own. Audrey has demonstrated an openness to and empathy for the opinions, feelings, and perspectives of others. All of these qualities make her an outstanding student and leader."