Bouffard, Steffan selected as Kent Rotary students

The Rotary Club of Kent students of the week are Kentlake seniors Mason Bouffard and Melissa Steffan, for their achievements in mathematics and science.

  • BY Wire Service
  • Tuesday, April 15, 2008 3:48pm
  • News
Mason  Bouffard

Mason Bouffard

The Rotary Club of Kent students of the week are Kentlake seniors Mason Bouffard and Melissa Steffan, for their achievements in mathematics and science.

Bouffard is the son of Rick and Jean Bouffard of Covington.

A self-described “literal thinker,” Bouffard started taking accelerated math classes in seventh grade, and has taken honors and advance-placement classes all through high school. He took the AP calculus exam last year, scoring a 5 — the highest possible score.

Bouffard also excels outside math class as a varsity swimmer. A member of the varsity swim team throughout high school, Bouffard has qualified for district meets every year, and twice has gone to state. This year he placed fifth in state for the 100 meter breaststroke, and set school records for several other swimming events.

Upon graduation, Bouffard plans to attend a four-year university to study science — possibly physics or electrical engineering. He has been accepted by the University of Washington, the University of Portland and the University of California, Davis, and is waiting to hear from the University of California, Berkeley.

Steffan is the daughter of Mark and Deann Steffan of Kent.

Steffan’s math achievements include earning high scores on the AP statistics test, and two AP calculus tests. She scored a 5, a perfect score, on one of the calculus tests. She has also maintained the highest math grade point average in her grade, while at the same time taking every math class offered at Kentlake.

Apart from math, Steffan has been involved at school in various communications-related activities, including editing Kentlake’s “Falcon Flyer” student newspaper and serving as senior class vice president. In 2007, she participated in a German-American exchange student program.

For the past four years, Steffan has volunteered as an after-school math tutor.

Outside of school, Steffan is involved in church activities at Lake Sawyer Christian Church.

Steffan plans to attend Seattle Pacific University, where she wants to study communication with a focus on journalism. She also wants to continue her German studies, and to travel abroad again.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

Courtesy Photo, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
Judge finds probable cause to hold Kent man for kidnapping girl

Man, 40, reportedly grabbed 6-year-old girl in East Hill apartment complex parking lot

t
King County residential property values rise 12.4% in SE Kent

King County Assessor John Wilson begins to release 2024 numbers

t
Three 11-year-old girls in Kent help stop kidnapping of 6-year-old girl

40-year-old man reportedly grabbed girl in apartment complex parking lot on East Hill

t
Kent Police seek male teen driver in fatal hit-and-run on East Hill | Update

Teen reportedly driving stolen vehicle and fleeing police during Saturday, July 13 incident; victim identified

t
13-year-old boy fatally shot in Kent on East Hill near Turnkey Park | Update

Boy found shot near apartment complex Tuesday night, July 16 identified by medical examiner

t
Kent School Board votes 3-1 to send levy to voters in November

Capital projects and technology levy reduced from $192 million to $97 million after previous failures

t
Kiwanis clubs to place painted rocks at downtown Kent parks

Purpose is to ‘spread joy and positivity’

t
Driver caught on I-5 in Kent using fake passenger in HOV lane

Driver called it a ‘training aid’ after State Patrol trooper pulled her over near South 272nd Street

t
Kent Police seek public’s help to find woman missing since 2009

Release sketch of what Alyssa McLemore might look like today as detectives seek to solve case

Courtesy Image, Sound Transit
Far right lane of southbound I-5 in Kent to close for 2 weeks

July 21 to Aug. 5 between South 259th Street and South 272nd Street for light rail drainage work

t
Kent firefighters extinguish three separate brush fires on West Hill

Fire breaks out early Friday morning, July 12 in wooded area west of Interstate 5