One of just 50 schools across the country with this distinction

Redmond, Wash. – Ella Baker Elementary in Redmond has been recognized as a National School of Character. This is the first time a school from Washington state has been recognized with this award. The recognition comes from, an organization dedicated to empowering people of all ages to practice and model core values.



    Five Lake Washington School District students receive National Merit $2500 Scholarships

    Five Lake Washington School District students receive National Merit $2500 Scholarships

    Redmond, Wash. – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced today that five Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students will receive National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Forty-eight students were selected statewide for these awards. 

    The students receiving National Merit $2500 Scholarships are:

    • Anjana Begur (Redmond), Eastlake High School
    • Anish Pal (Redmond), Redmond High School
    • Eric Zhou (Redmond), Redmond High School
    • Jasmine T. Herri (Sammamish), International Community School
    • Christine X. Ye (Sammamish), Eastlake High School

    These students are five of the 2,500 distinguished high school seniors nationwide to win this scholarship. They were selected from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

    National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. They select students based on their academic record including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist and a recommendation written by a high school official. These scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.


    About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing, fast-growing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the second largest district in the state of Washington, with over 30,500 students in 57 schools.