CONGRATULATIONS TO SKYE HAWKER AND KAYLEE HUDSON
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.
SKYE HAWKEROutside of school Skye has
volunteered with a few different organizations:
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.
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.
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.“
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.
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.
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.
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.”