Posted by Jeffrey Brennan on Oct 16, 2019

Community Outreach

Today, we recognized our first Students of the Month for the 2019-20 school year.  From Jackson High School, Ethan Thong was recognized for excellence in Community Outreach.   Ethan is a senior and has had a deep-rooted belief from a young age that he should give back to his community through service.  During his time in high school, Ethan has served the community by  volunteering 195 hours at Providence Regional Medical Center, 80 hours through Honor Society, 75 hours in the JHS Sports Medicine Training Room, 40 hours assisting with the Mill Creek City Youth Advisory Board, and 70 hours as a member of the Mill Creek Library Teen Advisory Board. As a child, Ethan spent a significant amount of time with his brother in the hospital (his brother was born with a heart defect and needed open-heart surgery).  Through the process, Ethan watched many physicians work together to determine a solution for his brother and so many other patients.  Ethan's dream is to pursue a career in medicine, specifically in cardiology or biomedical research. Congratulations Ethan!

Our Student of the Month for excellence in Community Outreach for Archbishop Murphy High School (AMHS), was Grace Lefcourt. Grace embodies the true meaning of “service.” Over the last 4 years, Grace has volunteered more than 600 hours serving those in her community. Each summer during high school, Grace has volunteered her time at Camp Prov, a summer camp dedicated to children with special needs and their siblings. Grace spent time leading children through various activities, such as arts and crafts, nature walks and swimming. Grace also dedicates two Wednesdays a month to volunteering her time at The Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle. While there, Grace collaborates with other youth in discussions rooted in Social Justice. In addition, Grace is an alter server and youth group leader at her local parish. Grace is passionate in her support for the March of Dimes. Over the last 10 years, she and her team have raised over $100,000! Grace is currently applying to colleges and universities. She plans to major in History and Communications and possibly minor in Theatre.  Congratulations Grace!