Steilacoom High School students Deelyn Cheng, Faythe Choi, Sarah Denning, Jacqueline Dilley, Niki Hobbs, Katie Howard, Taylan Swift, and Samantha Wiegman were part of the 481 Pierce County students honored for their community service at this year’s United Way of Pierce County’s 2014 Varsity Letter in Community Service celebration. The event was held on May 21 at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.
There were 29 students who received a Varsity Letter in Community Service for all 4 years of high school and Steilacoom High School had 3 students in that group: Dee Cheng, Niki Hobbs, and Katie Howard.
The Steilacoom High students put in a total of 1,821 hours of volunteer work which included helping teachers at Cherrydale Primary School, leading activities at Girl Scout camp, collecting books, leading kid activities at the Steilacoom Apple Squeeze, cleaning up a community park, helping at the Red Ribbon Bazaar and visiting with veterans on Veteran’s Day.
In addition to the varsity letter celebration, 15 Pierce County seniors, including Katie Howard from Steilacoom High, were awarded Willie Stewart Community Service Scholarships.
The 481 students are living the Minor Myers quote: “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly go into the world and do good.”
The program recognizes student in grades 9 through 12 who volunteered 145 hours or more in the last year. Scholarship eligibility requires students to qualify for the varsity letter, describe their most rewarding volunteer experience and demonstrate a history of community service through high school. Scholarships range from $1,500 to $2,500.