Gavin Justice 2019

Gavin Justice of Stanwood won Stanwood Camano Amateur Radio Club's annual Herb Katzenberger Memorial Scholarship in June.

SHS student places at national sports medicine competition

Stanwood High School’s Lindsey Crawford placed 18th in the annual American Academic Competition Institute’s National Sports Medicine Competition.

Crawford, a senior who also placed last year, was the only Spartan to compete this year.

The national competition, held in May, is conducted through a computer-based test and FaceTime practical evaluation.

The exam itself consisted of 300 questions in three sections, administered over a two-hour time block at each individual school. Topics covered areas such as first aid, emergency procedures, medical terminology, physiology and anatomy.

More than 3,000 students from more than 300 schools competed.

SHS senior wins amateur radio scholarship

Stanwood Camano Amateur Radio Club awarded its annual Herb Katzenberger Memorial Scholarship to high school senior Gavin Justice.

“Gavin is a very remarkable young man,” said Sue Ryan, club president.

Justice was homeschooled on Camano and has maintained a 3.8 GPA. He took an amateur radio class at age 12 and earned his Amateur Radio Technician Class License.

“Gavin has wanted to be a commercial pilot since he was 4, so he was very excited to be doing something that would help him later in his career path,” Ryan said in a news release.

In the ninth grade, he joined the Civil Air Patrol where he worked his way up to the position of Cadet Commander for his squadron. Last summer he attended Desert Eagle flight academy in Ephrata, where he spent lots of time in the air and used his radio skills, culminating in a solo flight.

Gavin has spent the last two years in the Running Start program at Skagit Valley College, completing his general education requirements. He will attend Central Washington University in the fall to earn both his Air Transport Pilot certification and a degree in economics.

Stanwood student graduates from college

Jesse D. Maritz of Stanwood will graduate June 15 from Oregon State University in Corvallis. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree.

Boy Scouts grow farming skills on Camano farm

Boy Scout Troop 86 and Cub Scout Pack 86 are gaining experience with produce farming again this year.

Erika Sigmon, a Pack 86 leader, said scouts and their families will be working on Mark Mouracade’s 10-acre Camano Island farm to provide fresh vegetables for the Stanwood Camano Food Bank. 

Scouts in Troop 86 and Pack 86 have been raising and harvesting produce for the food bank since the summer of 2008, she said.

“We are just starting to get things planted and should start harvesting vegetables by mid to late July,” Sigmon said in May.

Scout David Sigmon built an irrigation system using soaker hoses for the farm in 2017 as his Eagle Scout project. That year, without the improved watering system, the farm-garden produced 3,000 pounds of produce for the food bank, including cabbage, beets, radishes, cucumbers, potatoes, peppers, kale, Swiss chard, and fava beans, among others.

Church taking Bible school registrations

Cedarhome Baptist Church is accepting registration for students in grades K-5 for summer Vacation Bible School. “In The Wild, amazing encounters with Jesus,” runs 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 19-23 in the church,

29000 68th Ave. NW, Stanwood. To sign up or inquire, contact Julie at 360-629-9771 or

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