Elizabeth Wesley Winners honored (2009-2010)

The school board celebrated the success last month of 74 Puyallup School District students named this year as Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award recipients.

For the second straight year, the 74 Puyallup students make up more than a third of the 201 student scholars throughout Pierce County recognized for the honor by the Tacoma Urban League.


The Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award Program was created to recognize and honor African-American youth in grades nine through 11 for academic excellence, community involvement, and good citizenship.


Retired Puyallup School District counselors Stan and Carol Silvernail, who for

the past several years have worked with the district to encourage and mentor

students with the application process, received the Tacoma Urban League’s

2009 “Drum Major” award.


The award is given to those who support and facilitate the implementation of the

Elizabeth Wesley Award Program in their school or district.


“They do a lot of work behind the scenes to make sure the students meet

deadlines and timelines,” said Gerald Denman, executive director of diversity

affairs. “The success of this program says we are being very intentional about

making this happen for our students.”