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Photo of Joey Bunch and Mason Waller, Recipients of Whatcom North Rotary Youth Service Awards

Windward High School Senior Mason Waller and Ferndale High School Senior Joey Bunch have been recognized by the Whatcom County North Rotary Club with its Youth Service Award. #FerndalePride

This award recognizes outstanding community service by youth. Mason and Joey have given hundreds of hours on many projects locally and globally. Here is a sampling of the ways they have given back to their community.

Mason Waller—
Mason worked extensively with the Mock Trial program, having various leadership positions and playing many roles in the cases over the years. This led to her involvement in Teen Court, through which she helped local teens get back into the community. She worked her way up to judge. Mason has been active in Windward’s ASB and was a student representative on the Ferndale School Board this year. Also, she enjoys WHS Community Service days and supported the work of Windward Boosters. Mason was instrumental in resurrecting the WHS garden through a service-learning grant. Mason consistently performs at a high academic level, currently attending Running Start through Whatcom Community College. Mason plans to attend Western Washington University in the fall to study environmental science as way to pursue her goal—helping to make the community a better place for all.

Joey Bunch—
Joey began his community service in elementary school when he served the Ferndale Community Meal and The Other Bank. In middle school, he added SALT on the Street as a Meal Prep Leader. And in middle and high school, also served as a vacation bible school helper. His passion for serving and interest in Spanish took him abroad to the Orphanage Emmanuel in Guaimaca, Honduras. Joey has made 11 trips over the past five years to the orphanage. During his visits, he provides general maintenance and repair, fan installation and electrical wiring in the hydroponics greenhouse, and cleaning, maintenance and butchering of fish/animals at the tilapia pond and chicken farm. Also, he works with students in English classes and provides child supervision on playgrounds, group houses and soccer. He has built strong friendships at the orphanage and, in fact, still stays in contact with his friends via social media. As part of his academic studies, Joey completed two years of University of Washington "College in the High School" Spanish. These added language skills were a great asset in communicating with the students in Honduras. Joey plans to attend the University of Washington in the fall to study engineering.

Congratulations, Mason and Joey!

For more information:
Ferndale High School Principal Jeremy Vincent, 360.383.9243, jeremy.vincent@ferndalesd.org
Windward High School Principal Kim Hawes, 360.383.9289, kim.hawes@ferndalesd.org
Director of Communications Tammy Bengen, 360.383.9207, tammy.bengen@ferndalesd.org