Soon-to-be graduates from Yelm High School were honored Monday at the annual Scholarship Awards Night. Clad in professional attire, dozens of students in Yelm’s class of 2019 were recognized for their years of achievement, receiving over $190,000 in scholarship money and honors.
Students were also recognized by their respective military services, who awarded them scholarships and enlistment recognitions for their dedication to prestige.
Yelm Mayor JW Foster, who served four and a half years in the Marine Corps, awarded an American pin on behalf of the city to enlistees. Representatives from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Force Reserves, U.S. Army and Reserves, U.S. Army ROTC, U.S. Army National Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Naval Academy were present.
Three types of scholarships were awarded. About $9,300 in Yelm Community Education Foundation scholarships, around $54,000 community and privately funded scholarships and well over $118,000 in Dollars for Scholars scholarships were awarded that evening.
Twenty-seven students also received the Washington State Honors award as recognition for their academic achievement, of which they are the top-10 percent of scholars in the state.