FuturesNW Honors Squalicum High and School Board Director Bashaw

Educators in Action

Squalicum High School was chosen by FuturesNW as the Education Champion Partner School for 2016 and was honored at an event on Nov. 3.

The education partner award is given to a school that demonstrates a strong commitment to helping all students achieve college goals through its partnerships with other agencies.

FuturesNW created this award to recognize the extraordinary support they receive through volunteerism and collaboration in their partnerships. Squalicum High School is the first recipient of the Education Champion Partner Award specifically because the administration, counselors and staff are open to collaboration with FuturesNW staff to serve all students in their school.

Sharon Camblin, the executive director of FuturesNW, specifically recognizes Squalicum as the first high school to work with her organization to develop an after-school mentoring program. Since its inception, this program has grown from nine students at Squalicum to nearly 250 students in six schools across the county. For this reason, Camblin says, “Squalicum High School is our first Education Champion!”

Alongside Squalicum High School, Kelly Bashaw, a school board director in Bellingham Public Schools since 2007, was also honored at the event as one of the Volunteers of the Year. Bashaw is a financial aid and College Bound advisor at Whatcom Community College and works tirelessly on behalf of high school students. She participates on educational panels, is involved in summer college prep programs for high school seniors,and gives up numerous evenings to help students and their families complete applications for financial aid. According to Camblin, Bashaw “works hard to level the college playing field and empowers low-income, often marginalized students, to achieve their career and college dreams.”

Congratulations to both Squalicum and Bashaw for their recognition.

Futures NW is a non-profit organization serving Whatcom County students who are low-income and first-generation college bound. Staff and volunteers work with students starting in middle school through their first semester as a college freshmen, helping to remove financial and societal barriers that may prevent students from being successful in college and beyond.


Photo 1: (left to right) Squalicum student Duy Nguyen, Squalicum principal James Everett, former Squalicum counselor and current assistant principal at Lynden High Michelle Nilsen, and Squalicum student Nash Finsland.

Photo 2: Kelly Bashaw has served on the School Board since 2007.




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