Meadowdale’s Valadez, E-W’s Reijonen top recipients at 2019 ESD Scholar Athlete banquet

The 2019 ESD Scholar-Athlete award winners.

The Edmonds School District honor its finest scholar athletes, coaches and community members at the 18th annual Scholar-Athlete and Coach/Community Recognition Banquet held at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Each of the four high schools honored one coach, one community member, and four scholar-athletes. One student athletic trainer is also honored.

Steve Willits was the master of ceremonies for the evening.

The top two scholarships awarded on the evening went to Meadowdale’s Adriana Valadez and Edmonds-Woodway’s Kristen Reijonen. Valadez was awarded $3,000 in scholarships, while Reijonen received $2,500.

Valadez is the rarest of high school athletes. A participant in three sports, who lettered in each sport all four years of her high school career, collecting 12 varsity letters. She is referred to as the “12th Mav” on the Meadowdale campus, because of the contributions she makes on the playing surface, as well as those varsity letters. Her soccer coach described her “as a rare type of athlete who combines exceptional natural ability with an eagerness to continually improve.”

Meadowdale High Athletic Director Beth Marriott with Meadowdale athlete Adriana Valadez.

She played soccer in the fall, basketball during the winter, and track and field in the spring. In addition to participating in those sports, she has lent her athletic talents to volunteering for middle school track meets and youth basketball leagues.

Valadez is also an accomplished photographer, capturing a Washington State Select Finalist award her junior year as well as a CTE award and a department award.

She will take her GPA of 3.92 to the University of Washington in the fall, where she plans to major in sociology with a minor in law, societies, and justice in the hopes of working in law enforcement as a police officer.

Edmonds-Woodway Athletic Director Angie McGuire with EWHS athlete Kristen Reijonen.

Reijonen is described as the type of natural leader and absolute team player every coach dreams of having on their team. She earned four varsity letters in her high school career: two as a member of the volleyball team and two as the member of the Warriors basketball team.

Her volleyball coach said of her: “She leads naturally, competes fiercely, and plays for the love of the game.” The highlight of her high school career came last fall, when she took it upon herself to plan the first-ever “Dig for a Cure” event during a volleyball match to bring awareness to, and raise money for, the fight against breast cancer. “Dig for a Cure” is now planned to be an annual event at EWHS.

She will graduate in June with a 3.99 GPA, and plans to attend the University of Washington in the fall to pursue a law degree.

Following are the other award recipients by school.

Edmonds-Woodway Warriors


McGuire with EWHS athlete Luke Walker.

Luke Walker – Soccer, wrestling and football. 3.77 GPA.  Attending Temple University majoring in sports management.  $1,000 scholarship.

McGuire with EWHS athlete Grant Christian.

Grant Christian – Cross country, basketball, and track and field. 3.91 GPA. Attending Humbolt State University majoring in biology. $2,000 scholarship.

McGuire with EWHS athlete Ingrid Fosberg.

Ingrid Fosberg – Soccer and basketball. 4.0 GPA. Attending the University of Washington in the fall majoring in bioengineering or public/general health. $2,000 scholarship.

McGuire with Coach Al Bonney.

Coach – Al Bonney, head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach.

EWHS Community Award winner Donna Hadaller with McGuire.

Community Member – Donna Hadaller – Edmonds-Woodway Athletic Booster Club.

Mountlake Terrace Hawks


Mountlake Terrace High Athletic Director Sharalee Burr with athlete Trevor Leen.

Trevor Leen –  Basketball, cross country, and track and field. 3.84 GPA  Attending the University of Washington majoring in industrial design. $1,000 scholarship.

Burr with MTHS athlete Kennedy Cooper.

Kennedy Cooper – Cross Country and softball. 3.89 GPA.  Attending Grand Canyon University majoring in biology and pre-med. $1,500 scholarship.

Burr with MTHS athlete Jesse James Martineau.

Jesse James Martineau – Football, basketball and baseball.  3.956 GPA. Attending the University of Washington to major in business/sports management. $2,000 scholarship.

Burr with MTHS athlete Britta Sinclair.

Britta Sinclair – Cheerleading. 3.92 GPA. Attending Gonzaga University majoring in nursing. $2,250 scholarship.

Coach Rebecca Lance receives her award from Burr.

Coach –  Rebecca Lance – Girls and boys swim head coach

Mountlake Terrace Community Award winner John Richards with Burr.

Community Member – John Richards – Community volunteer. “Gym Rat” who helps set up and break down after events at MTHS.

Lynnwood Royals 


Lynnwood High Athletic Director Rob McMains with Lynnwood athlete Alex Nguyen.

Alex Nguyen – Swim, tennis, and track and field. 3.716 GPA.  Attending the University of Washington majoring in aerospace engineering. $1,000 scholarship.

McMains with Lynnwood athletic trainer Hannah Swartz.

Hannah Swartz – Athletic trainer and softball. 3.44 GPA.  Attending the University of Montana majoring in health and human sciences and athletic training. $1,500 scholarship.

McMains with Lynnwood athlete Sarah Nguyeneung.

Sarah Nguyeneung– Tennis and dance. 3.814 GPA. Attending the University of Washington majoring in STEM or biology.  $1,750 scholarship.

McMains with Lynnwood athlete Ian Bjornson.

Ian Bjornson – Football, tennis, and track and field. 3.2 GPA. Headed to Western Washington University majoring in marine biology. $2,000 scholarship.

McMains with Lynnwood athlete Ally McArthur.

Ally McArthur – Volleyball and track and field. 3.74 GPA.  Attending Brigham Young University-Idaho majoring in veterinary science. $2,250 scholarship.

McMains with Lynnwood athlete Ally McArthur.

Coach – Annalise Mudaliar – Head volleyball coach and assistant girls tennis coach.

Lynnwood Community Award winner Karen Bergfield with McMains.

Community Member – Karen Bergfield – Lynnwood High Booster Club

Meadowdale Mavericks 


Marriott with Meadowdale athlete Andy Burk.

Andy Burk – Cross country and track and field. 3.5 GPA.  Attending Washington State University majoring in civil engineering. $1,000 scholarship.

Marriott with Meadowdale athlete Matt Hartono.

Matt Hartono – Football, wrestling, tennis and track and field.  4.0 GPA. Attending the University of Washington majoring in environmental engineering. $1,500 scholarship.

Marriott with Meadowdale athlete Kelsey Cummings.

Kelsey Cummings – Volleyball and tennis. 3.86 GPA. Attending California Baptist University majoring in graphic design and product design. $1,750 scholarship.

Marriott with Coach Josh Knowles.

Coach –  Josh Knowles – Head wrestling and head boys golf coach

Meadowdale Community Award winner Cynthia Abad with Marriott.

Community Member – Cynthia Abad – Meadowdale Booster Club

— Story and photos by Scott Williams

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