Yelm High School Principal John Johnson presents the recipients of the Washington State Honors Award, a state program that honors the top-10 percent GPA and SAT scores of the currenty year’s Washington state graduating class.

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. 


Morris “Merc” Boyer, a representative of the United States Naval Academy, smiles at Cody Johnston, who received an offer to attend the Naval Academy. Johnston received an appointment from Boyer Monday night during the scholarship ceremony.

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. 


Alejandro Escobedo receives the $500 Les Schwab Tires Scholarship.


Marsha Long congratulates Kobe Dennis, a recipient of the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound scholarship.


Russ Riches presents Calli Jesmer a $500 scholarship from the Yelm Extra Curricular Association.


Steven Reyes receives the L&E Bottling Scholarship from Teri Pablo during Monday night’s ceremony.

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