From a Rotary Club of Mill Creek press release.
The Rotary Club of Mill Creek honors Students of the Month from Henry M. Jackson High School, Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School, and North Creek High School at the second weekly meeting of each month during the school year.
After being chosen by the principal and staff of their school based on the month's theme, the students and their families are invited to the meeting where each student speaks about their accomplishments and receives a Rotary Club of Mill Creek Student of the Month Certificate.
Rotary Club members can also ask questions of each student about their interests, goals and future plans.
The November 2021 Students of the Month were selected with the theme of Overcoming Adversity.
Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School
Brayden Davidson. Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Mill Creek.
The November 2021 Rotary Club of Mill Creek Student of the Month from Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School is Brayden Davidson who models “overcoming adversity” each and every day.
In November of 2017, Brayden was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a tumor in the cerebellum.
Following his diagnosis, Brayden had two surgeries, a year of chemotherapy and constant radiation treatments. Due to some of the treatments, he was in a wheelchair for the start of high school.
Throughout his treatment, Brayden maintained his strong GPA and communication with his teachers.
While what he has overcome is simply amazing, it’s his personality, authenticity and overall kindness that sets him apart.
From the day Brayden became a Wildcat, he has been a dedicated student, athlete, teammate and friend. He has embraced his community and with each interaction, leaves it better than before.
Brayden Davidson embodies strength, courage, and compassion.
Henry M. Jackson High School
Jaewon Vassar. Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Mill Creek.
The November 2021 Rotary Club of Mill Creek Student of the Month from Henry M. Jackson High School is Jaewon Vassar who is an amazing example of a student overcoming adversity.
Jaewon moved to Mill Creek from a small town a couple of hours from Chicago.
Adjusting to the different environment and having to form new relationships was a big challenge for Jaewon, but he started to connect with other students and was committed to always being true to himself, which led to great success at Jackson.
He plans to attend college next year and is considering becoming a high school teacher so he can provide support and guidance for students who also have to overcome challenges in their lives.
North Creek High School
Lee Eastham. Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Mill Creek.
The November 2021 Rotary Club of Mill Creek Student of the Month from North Creek High School is Lee Eastham.
Lee is a senior who came to North Creek High School this year from Independence, Missouri.
In her short 18 years, she has endured much adversity. The past few years, Lee has been homeless, couch-surfing with friends and family members as her home situation has been anything but stable.
This past summer, Lee relocated to the Pacific Northwest to move in with her sister Destiny, and Destiny’s boyfriend Taylor in a home in Bothell. They have been supportive of Lee, and she is adjusting to her more stable, consistent environment.
She is thriving at school and will be starting wrestling for the Winter Season. Lee always has a positive spin on the challenging circumstances she had endured and is dedicated to graduating from high school and finding success in wrestling this year.
It is a pleasure to have such a fine young individual at North Creek High School.