Kent students honored for their work in writing contest

  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018 5:13pm
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For the Reporter

High-schooler Jessica Turner of Kent Mountain View Academy was recently awarded second place in the high-school writing category of the Holocaust Center for Humanity’s 2018 Writing, Art, & Film Contest. Turner’s piece, entitled “The Secret Heroes of the Holocaust,” is a powerful work on those that worked to save so many of the oppressed in the Holocaust.

Sixth-grader DeShawn Sims of Scenic Hill Elementary was awarded third place in the middle-school writing category. Sims’ piece, entitled “Upstander,” is about the influence of those who stand up for others being bullied.

Both were honored in a community reception on July 15 at the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle. Their work will be displayed at the Holocaust Center, online, at events, and in publications throughout the year.

This year, 1032 students from a total of 75 different schools entered the Center’s Writing, Art, and Film Contest.

A full list of winners and their work can be viewed at

Elsewhere: Phuong-Quang Lam of Kent recently graduated with a doctor of medicine (MD) degree from New York Medical College (Valhalla, N.Y.). Lam will practice his residency at Internal Medicine Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. He received his undergraduate, bachelor of science degree from the University of Washington in 2013. Lam is the son of Nha and Cuc Lam. … Kent’s Rebecca Schiffman, a sophomore at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., has been named to the dean’s list for spring semester. She is the daughter of David and Sheri Schiffman of Kent. Bethel University is a leader in Christ-centered higher education with nearly 5,500 students from 48 states and 42 countries enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and adult education programs. …

The following Eastern Washington University students from Kent made the spring quarter dean’s list: Austin Carpenter; Star Dragon; Kellie Hatch; Laura Holman; Samantha Hsu; Tiffany Jamiel; Alexandria Kenney; Alexandra Klinkenberg; Abigail Klinkenberg; Grace Klinkenberg; Alexander Koch; Maximillian McDonald; Kara Monroe; Tien Thuy Nguyen; Brock Oneal; Rhiannon Sparling; Holly Surgenor; Isis Tilton; and Bailey Webb. …

Kent’s Katherine Baker (highest honors), Devin Figgins, Wyatt Kelly (honors) and Robert Nack were among the 1,561 Montana State University undergraduates who received diplomas during the school’s spring commencement ceremony May 5 in Bozeman. … Nhu Huynh has received the Peter A. Zornes Memorial Neuroscience Scholarship for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. He is the son of Thi Kim Duong and Tony Huynh of Kent.

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