Riverview School District


Riverview Staff, Students, and Community Members Recognized for Giving Good

by Michael Ward

Now in its fourth year, the Snoqualmie Valley’s GIVE GOOD Awards have reached out to the communities of Carnation and Duvall for the first time and the Riverview School District is pleased to announce that six members of our Riverview School community have landed nominations in five of the twelve categories handed out by the GIVE GOOD Awards Foundation of Snoqualmie Valley.

Angela Craig, founder and President of the GIVE GOOD Foundation, stated that the awards originated as a way to represent the foundation’s mission of “recognizing and celebrating those that inspire others.” She adds, “The GIVE GOOD Awards aim to celebrate everyday heroes, outstanding citizens, youth, businesses, and organizations.”

The fourth annual event will be held at the historic North Bend Theatre in North Bend, Washington on Friday, March 4, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The show will also be live streamed on the foundation website (www.givegoodawards.org) and shared on the foundation’s YouTube page.

Musical performances include: youth pianist Jack Mandelkorn, North Bend-based singer/songwriter Jessie Oliver, folk contemporary artist Kate Phillips with Bryan Rust, and Seventh Song, an acoustic pop-rock band comprised of Cedarcrest High School students Bronson Moreno, Mike Powers, and Mary Ward.

Riverview congratulates and celebrates all of this year’s nominees, but would like to take a moment to spotlight those connected to our Riverview community:

Thoughts shared by Marc Hillestad, CTE teacher at Cedarcrest High School
Josh is a very active and valued member of the Cedarcrest community.  He has been a member of our DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) program for the past four years, including currently being our President as well as serving as the Student Body President.  He is a confident and competent young man, involved in student leadership, sports, and Career and Technical Student Organizations since his arrival at Cedarcrest his freshmen year. Josh has an outstanding work ethic and what separates him from others is not the overwhelming and total effort he has daily, but rather the approach he takes to every task and his attention to detail.  Josh is a special, talented and impressive young man; someone worthy of any and all consideration and recognition.”

Thoughts shared by Donna Bielstein, Director, Career and Technical Education, Riverview School District
“Marc Hillestad has continued to provide academically rigorous activities and projects for all of his students at Cedarcrest High School.  Students in his Career and Technical Education (CTE) marketing, law, and math classes are able to excel in not only the important content areas but also in leadership and community service to assist our students in becoming lifelong learners, leaders, and citizens.  He is an excellent DECA advisor (Association of Marketing Students), and his students and DECA members show the utmost respect for him as their mentor and advisor.  He consistently models the behavior that he tries to instill in these students.  He has maintained partnerships with the City of Duvall, Safeway, Jones Soda, and other local businesses and corporations. The companies, in turn, have provided mentorships, sponsorships, internships, and opportunities for employment for his students.  Mr. Hillestad continues to be an innovative and dedicated teacher.  He is very deserving of the Give Good Educational Excellence Award.”


Andrea Lim is a community member and Riverview parent volunteer, with children in the Riverview School District. Her nomination for Educational Excellence comes from teaching Science in the Snoqualmie Valley School District. Thoughts shared by Wendy Ward, teacher, Carnation Elementary.
“Andrea’s unique life experiences enhance her ability to connect with young people.  With degrees in marine biology, graphic design, and education, Andrea is able to unite a variety of learning styles with practical learning experiences.  As an avid scuba diver and cross-fit athlete, she understands the benefits of hard work, perseverance, and passion. I have witnessed first-hand the ability of Andrea to take those traits and implement them in a classroom, when she student taught for me as she earned her teaching degree. Additional time spent coaching and volunteering provides a further indicator that people respond to her hard work and innovative ways to connect with people. Her students are fortunate to have her as their eighth grade science teacher.”

Thoughts shared by Riverview Superintendent, Dr. Anthony L. Smith, and Riverview Communications Coordinator, Michael Ward.

Dr. Smith: Sue Linnerooth is the quintessential community contributor, whether through donations from The Linnerooth Group or generously volunteering her time as a member of Rotary and so many other community organizations.”

Michael Ward: “Sue embodies community and never tires of trying to find ways to help and assist and support our schools, local fund-raising efforts, or the work of her friends, neighbors, and colleagues. She is stripped of pretense, remains down-to-earth, and serves as a reminder that hard work and dedication can reap great rewards far and above anything material or tangible. Communities are stronger because of the efforts and dedication of people like Sue Linnerooth, and her nomination from the GIVE GOOD Foundation is more than deserved.


Thoughts shared by Cedarcrest High School principal, Ray LaBate.

“Mr. Ruhland is one of those teachers that is able to develop amazing positive relationships with his students.  Because of the rapport he develops with his students he is able to encourage them to work hard and his students learn math!  Mr. Ruhland has also been our Associated Student Body advisor for the past several years.  In this capacity he has empowered our student officers to become great leaders of our school community.”



Thoughts shared by Tolt Middle School and Cedarcrest High School Choir Director, Ryan Lewis.

“I have worked with Maren Van Nostrand throughout the past 10 years where she has coached many Cedarcrest and Tolt musicians in solo and ensemble and private lesson endeavors on percussion and piano. She is highly motivated, communicates clearly, and comes with a vast repertoire of percussion, piano and vocal experience.  She holds a strong philosophy that educational content is the core to every piece of music.  Maren understands students, connects with them quickly, and is a musician who can model, communicate and speak the language of music to a wide variety of students.  Teachers and musicians like Maren are hard to find - she is a veritable goldmine in terms of her talent, her knowledge base, communication skills, and professionalism.”


The Nominees for the 2016 GIVE GOOD Awards:

Arts: Danny Kolke, Gary Schwartz, Maren Van Nostrand

Carlos De Imus (Edward Jones), Susan Kingsbury-Comeau & Hazel Pownall (Mt. Si Senior Center), Sue Linnerooth (The Linnerooth Team - Windermere), Rob Wotton (Umpqua Bank)
Courage: Afshan Ijaz, Bruce Muir

Environmental: Mary Brown, Two Rivers Middle School

Educational Excellence: Kirk Dunckel, Marc Hillestad, Andrea Lim, Alison Means

Youth Advocate: Jessica & Loren Downs, Tina McCollum, Mike Ruhland

Parent Volunteer: Susan Husa, Liz Schomber

Inspirational Youth: Aiden Schomber

Teen Spirit: Mara Gothelf, Kiley Piffner, Matthew Shaw, Maiya Weinmaster

Youth Leadership: Josh Budig, Jack Mulligan

Unsung Hero: Hazel Pownall, Tracy Skylstad

Spirit Of The Valley: Stacy Cepeda, Mary Miller, Sean Sundwall