AHS senior named Washington Scholar
August 27, 2008 · Updated 5:36 PM
ARLINGTON Arlington High School senior Annie Thordarson has been named one of the top scholars in the state.
Thordarson was one of only three students in the 39th Legislative District to be named a Washington Scholar, a title that includes an award of up to $5,757 at the University of Washington where shes headed this fall.
Thordarson and her fellow Washington Scholars were selected from the top 1 percent of graduating seniors in high schools across Washington state, as nominated by their principals on the basis of academic achievement, leadership and community service. Those nominees are then whittled down to three Washington Scholars and one scholar alternate per legislative district, receiving state scholarships for up to four years of public resident undergraduate tuition and fees.
Thordarson, who now has a full-ride scholarship to UW, is considering a career in chemistry, a subject shes enjoyed in school, although how she might apply her knowledge is still up in the air.
Chemistry is challenging and exciting, Thordarson said. Ive always wanted to be a teacher, but I could be a medical researcher or work in a hospital. Ill see where it takes me.
Thordarson claims theres no secret to her success, since she simply studies as hard as she can and completes all of her homework on time.
AP chemistry was a hard class to get an A in, but it was the most rewarding, Thordarson said.
AHS Principal Kurt Criscione characterized Thordarson as a student who undertakes many tasks at once and handles them all with aplomb.
Between classes, drama, music, church, volunteering, a loving family and a full social life, shes got a lot going on, Criscione said. And yet she maintains not just excellent grades, but a perfect 4.0. Teachers talk glowingly about her passion for learning. Chemistry doesnt come easy for her and yet, because shes passionate about it, she puts in the effort. She makes herself better through learning and I have yet to hear anyone offer anything but praise for her.