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2022 Varsity Letter in Community Service Awards

Congratulations to our 2022 Varsity Letter in Community Service recipients, Sakari Schlehlein of North Thurston and Rameza Ujan of Timberline! Despite the many challenges COVID-19 has created, both students were able to volunteer more than 350 hours to qualify for the award. Sakari and Rameza are wonderful examples of how youth can positively impact their community.

Sakari Schlehlein has been a faithful volunteer for the Steilacoom Indian Tribe, serving over 360 hours since 2019. She has helped with the National Spirit Run, community salmon distribution, hosting the WA State Fair booth for Native Days, working full docent days at the Tribal Center, and tending to the garden and trees on center grounds. Steilacoom Tribal Chair Danny Marshall said, “Sakari is considered a volunteer hero for the Steilacoom Indian Tribe.” Reflecting on her volunteer service, Sakari said the most rewarding part has been “learning the history and meeting the townspeople” during her work at the center. Sakari plans to attend The Evergreen State College.  

Sakari outsideSakari and her mom standing in front of a NTHS award caseSakari's award presentation at NTHS
Rameza Ujan has volunteered nearly 370 hours with NTPS at Lakes Elementary and Timberline High School since 2019. Most of Rameza’s service hours were in the library, helping students and staff members check out materials and resolve Chromebook issues. Timberline Teacher-Librarian Katie Myrick said, “Rameza is a valued member of the THS library team.” According to Rameza, the most valuable part of her volunteer service has been learning new things, especially technology and time management, which will be helpful for her future. Rameza will be a senior for the 2022-23 school year.

Rameza standingRameza and THS library staff standing in front of a bookshelfRameza in her cultural dress

Great work Sakari & Rameza. Congratulations on your award!