2 MG students honored

MARYSVILLE – Skyleigh Morrison and David Samaniego are the Marysville Kiwanis-Soroptimist girl and boy of the month for September.

Both are seniors at Marysville Getchell High School.

Skyleigh is on the National Honor Society, is in DECA, is a class representative and in advanced leadership, is a senior class cabinet member and plays varsity softball.

Skyleigh spent about 200 hours last summer as a counselor-in-training at Warm Beach Camp. In that role she cares for campers while helping them understand their faith.

She has also volunteered in many other capacities.

•Little League Softball Tournaments and Big Buddies

•DECA, helping with school orientation, fundraising and football game sales.

•Life Skills, giving tours and helping students around school.

•AVID and math tutor.

•YMCA and Marysville Food Bank volunteer.

•She also helps plan senior events like prom, senior cruise and other dances, along with being involved in ASB events like assemblies.

She also works at the student store.

She has a job working up to 40 hours in summer and 20 hours during school at Calvin Klein at the Tulalip Mall. She plans to get a college degree in psychology and is interested in working in health, forensics or schools. Of her interest in psychology, “My ultimate goal is to help others understand their illnesses and overcome them,” she says.

David’s community service mostly has been through the Boy Scouts and his church.

He worked at Vacation Bible School and also went on a mission trip to Mazatlan, Mexico through his church. He helped build a home from a kit for a mom and two kids in about a week. David has been in Scouts since first grade and just left recently after turning 18. He held all types of leadership positions with Scouts, finishing as an Eagle. His project was to build houses for bats, and he put them in various parks.

“Bats are very undervalued,” he said, adding they are great for gobbling up mosquitoes.

He also volunteered through the National Honor Society for helping with projects like planting trees near streams and helping the Living Room Coffee House move.

David, who has a 3.985 grade point average, has also been a standout with MG’s Latin Club for four years. He’s won three first-place awards, including one similar to the game show Jeopardy.

He has played for the MG tennis team all four years, and has spent two years on the Principal’s Advisory Committee.

David plans to attend Western Washington University in Bellingham and major in education, with the goal of becoming a high school English teacher.

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