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Three Shining Stars were awarded at the January 15th board meeting.  The Board of Directors recognized Ryan Libby, Mariah Nielsen, and Nick Lauritsen (pictured left to right). The Shining Star Award acknowledges students from elementary through high school who demonstrate positive accomplishments, is hard working, has overcome obstacles, and strives toward their educational goals.

Ryan Libby is a third grade student at Saratoga School.  Curt Chester, Saratoga School Lead Teacher, described Ryan as having uncanny insights, is thoughtful, deliberate, and has high standards for self and sets great examples to others.

Mariah Nielsen was recognized by two of her teachers at Stanwood Elementary, where she is a fifth grade student.  Principal Barbara Marsh, Tessa Karlberg and Colleen Van Belle explained how Mariah overcame complications from a broken bone and absences from school.  Mariah was described as trustworthy, smart and a student who uses time wisely.

Nick Lauritsen is a sixth grade student at Stanwood Middle School.  His teachers, Mrs. Bridgman and Mrs. Chester, and Principal Barbara Marsh spoke highly of Nick.  They said he has become an independent student who regularly participates in class, is polite, honest and caring.

The Board of Directors awarded Shining Star certificates to all of the students and  Dr. Shumate presented each recipient with their Shining Star picture to be displayed at their school.  Sponsor, Tony Warner, Sterling Bank Manager, presented gifts and gift certificates from Snow Goose Bookstore and Viking Video.