Category Archives: High School Graduation

Teaming Up with Tutors

“When students make a change to their study habits or access new resources that make a difference—that makes my day. I love it when they move from ‘I’ll try to I AM doing it!” Jackie Billups leads the Rainier Scholars … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Game

George Alvarado-Salinas came late to “the beautiful game”. He didn’t fall in love with soccer until the 8th grade when his parents took him to Mexico. George returned from the trip a changed person, admitting he had become “soccer crazed” … Continue reading

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Scholars Provide Hope

 (Blog post author Karen O’Meara Pullen, back row, far right) My husband and I have stopped watching the evening news. In a summer of wildfires, epidemics and hatred “spiraling out of control” we found ourselves in a bit of a … Continue reading

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Summer Opportunites, Future Careers

I’m starting my 5th year as an Academic Counselor (AC) at Rainier Scholars, first working with the Academic Counseling and Support (ACSS) phase 7th -9th graders and for the past 2 years with the Leadership Development (LD) phase 10th – … Continue reading

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Writing a Letter to Your Future Self

On a sunny morning during the first few days of summer classes, our newest cohort of Rainier Scholars, Cohort XIII, contemplated this question as they bent over their sheets of paper. I was witnessing the making of the “time capsule,” … Continue reading

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Endings and Beginnings

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” – Fred Rogers The final days of June mark the ending of another school year and the beginning of summer. At Rainier Scholars … Continue reading

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Another Year of College Admission Success

For the sixth year in a row, 100% of our seniors were admitted to four-year colleges, and every scholar had more than one college option (except for the three scholars who applied Early Decision I.) About half of our seniors … Continue reading

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Season of Celebration

Late spring marks one of my favorite times of the year at Rainier Scholars, as I attend high school commencements throughout the region and receiving pictures of scholars’ college graduations from around the country. Truly, it is during this time … Continue reading

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