Kent students honored for their work in writing contest

  • Wednesday, July 25, 2018 5:13pm
  • News

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.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website 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

Kent man, 83, dies after medical emergency while driving on East Hill

Reportedly died from medical issue prior to single-car crash Feb. 2o along 132nd Avenue SE

Rep. Mia Gregerson. COURTESY PHOTO, Legislative Support Services
Gregerson state bill aims to improve immigration support

Designed to better address needs of refugees, immigrants arriving in Washington state

Federal Way man faces charges for shooting, injuring trooper in Kent

Trooper reportedly shot nine times Feb. 16 after a struggle following foot pursuit

Courtesy image, U.S. Department of Justice
Kent man pleads guilty to selling guns to those with criminal histories

Sold more than 100 firearms to those barred from possessing guns

Man dies after shooting in Kent on King County Metro bus

Altercation between two men led to shooting Friday afternoon, Feb. 16

File photo
Puget Sound Energy files two-year rate plan for electric, natural gas

Driven by the state’s clean energy laws, the plan has been filed to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.

Washington Early Support for Infants and Toddlers program advocacy group at the State Capitol for HB 1916. (Photo Courtesy of Kindering)
‘When services decline, it’s the kids who pay the price’

Legislative bill would recover funding for the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers program - and could save the state millions.

A screenshot of the King County Sheriff’s Office Guardian One helicopter view of the arrest of a Kent man after carjacking incidents Feb. 13 in Kent. COURTESY IMAGE, King County Sheriff’s Office
Kent man, woman charged in carjackings, stolen vehicles case

Tracking by King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter lasted nearly 50 minutes Feb. 13 across Kent

Donald Cook. COURTESY PHOTO, Kent School District
Cook accuses fellow Kent School Board members of improper actions

Claims they made decisions during private executive sessions that should be made in public

Port Townsend man injured in I-5 hit-and-run crash near Kent

Early Thursday morning, Feb. 15 near South 200th Street; driver flees on foot

Kent Police Blotter: Jan. 30 to Feb. 10

Incidents include 11 shootings: two at city parks, two at apartments, one at WinCo

Vine Maple Place receives $200,000 grant from KeyBank

Group has centers in Kent and Maple Valley to help families who are homeless