Rotary Students - March 2021


    We are ready to welcome SPRING and are proud to present two more outstanding seniors that are being recognized by the Career Technical Education (CTE) Department for March’s Students of the Month: Skye Hawker and Kaylee Hudson.  On Tuesday, March 23rd the Issaquah Rotary Club will have the pleasure of meeting  and honoring these hardworking young women.  

    The Family Career Education “arm” of CTE chose
    Skye Hawker. She is a Co-President of FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) and previous to that served as treasurer. She has taken multiple CTE courses at LHS including: Teaching Academy 1 & 2, Child Development, Learn & Earn, Economics and Food Science. She has taken Honor and AP courses and holds a 3.789 GPA.  She also enjoys singing.  In fact she’s been involved in a choir staring in 3rd grade to present.  In terms of athletics, she has participated in volleyball and earned a varsity letter in Fast Pitch Softball. In her down time, she likes to read, crochet, hangout with friends and binge watch numerous TV shows. 

    Outside of school Skye has volunteered with a few different organizations:

    1)    Multiple Sclerosis, is a non-profit that promotes awareness, provides services and raises money for research and ongoing treatment for a cure. Skye has participated in the Walk MS fundraiser and has volunteered at the advocacy booth at the end of the walk. She has also attended the Annual State Action Day when the MS Society and volunteers go to Olympia for a day in February to talk to District Legislative Representatives to discuss bills that will going through the house during that session.

    2)    Skye rolls up her sleeves at Luther’s Table, a non-profit restaurant located in downtown Renton that is dedicated to helping lower income communities and providing a place for any person that goes there to feel comfortable and safe. Before it was closed for the pandemic, you would have found her washing dishes, taking orders, making coffee, serving food and cleaning up. Personally, I would recommend you stop by for a light bite to eat. They serve bistro style food and have live music on the weekends.

    3)    At the start of Covid-19, Skye got behind the wheel of her car for South King County Food Fighters, delivering food to people’s homes who were unable to get weekly meals.

    Skye, plans on attending college to obtain a major in Political Science. She would like to one day work with non-profits and politics in the healthcare field and other areas that need reforms.

    Teachers Donna Abbey & Megan Benzing, told us:
    “Skye has been Co-President for FCCLA this past school year and has displayed leadership through competition at the Region level. She has been an active CTE student with Liberty High for the past four years taking Child Development, Teaching Academy 1 & 2, and Learn & Earn. With Teaching Academy, she has been an intern with our local Briarwood Elementary school where she has led lessons, assisted in small group learning, and has supported the mentor during virtual learning, as well.

    She has also been a committed individual who has always communicated with both of us on a student teacher level and as a confident, personable young woman. I know that she has always followed through with directions and truly cares about others. I have known her to be objective and give her sincere opinion when asked.  She is an active community minded citizen and wants to pursue a career in education.“

    Not surprisingly, the Engineering branch of the CTE Department selected
    Kaylee Hudson.  She has challenged herself academically and is a strong CTE-STEM student, carrying a 3.960 GPA! She’s taken multiple CTE classes including: Website Design, Graphic Design 1, Intro to Culinary Arts, Intro to Computer Science, Learn & Earn, AP Computer Science, Introduction to Engineering Design a well as AP Biology, AP Calculus and Stats and Honors Physics and Spanish 3 thru College in the High School.  By the time she graduates she will have taken nine AP classes! Proving a mind is a terrible thing to waste, she even took an online Aerospace course through a STEM program called Western Aerospace Scholars which also included a summer residency. During the residency she managed a group of people as they worked together to design and present on a manned mission to Mars. Other pursuits include participating in a game design program for National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC), a leadership program that seeks to prepare high school students for the job field. Last year, Kaylee was the Public Relations officer for our Girls Who Code Club. Has participated in Junior Statesman of America, Patriot Crew and National Honor Society. When she’s not “exercising” her mind she “works out” in the pool for Liberty Girls Swim and Dive Team and hopes to join the track and field team in the Spring.

    Outside of school, Kaylee has a passion for animals, especially goats! She is a monthly sponsor for two local goat rescues: Puget Sound Goat Rescue and the Old Goats Home. LOL! J  She has participated in Relay for Life, raising money for the American Cancer Society, and has volunteered at the Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center leading a church service and has spent four summers working as a teacher assistant during the summer program of Blossoming Hill Montessori.

    Future aspirations include attending a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. She hopes to parley these into a career as a software or electrical engineer.

    CTE-Engineering teacher, Michael Aylesworth, shared:
    “Kaylee is a model student academically, but more than that, she engages every class to lead other students to participate in the class discussions and projects. Kaylee is genuinely curious about the world around her and takes an engineering approach to solve real world problems. She challenges everyone in class to be better both as seekers of truth, and also as beings of knowledge. Her contributions to the school are through the classroom every day as she leads her fellow classmates in class discussions and projects. Her academic pursuit and accomplishments are typified in her 102.5% achievement in Intro to engineering design grade reflecting her ability to complete what is being asked, and also solve engineering design issues.”