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Left to right - 2024 Educator of the Year Angelina Sarkinen with Vickei Hrdina, Career Connect SW Executive Director at ESD 112
Left to right - 2024 Educator of the Year Angelina Sarkinen with Vickei Hrdina, Career Connect SW Executive Director at ESD 112
Hockinson High School's Angelina Sarkinen Awarded 2024 Educator of the Year Award; Student Earns Washington STEM Rising Star Recognition (Photo) - 06/11/24

At the fourth annual STEM Rising Star and Regional Partners Award Ceremony, Career Connect Southwest (CCSW) announced Hockinson High School College & Career Resource Specialist Angelina Sarkinen as the 2024 Educator of the Year and Hockinson High School student Elsie Lyon as a Washington STEM Rising Star Award finalist. 

2024 Educator of the Year: Angelina Sarkinen

Sarkinen is being recognized for her exceptional work to prepare students at Hockinson High School for success in their postsecondary pathways. In her role as the College & Career Resource Specialist, she works with students in grades 9-12 to set postsecondary goals and take early steps to achieve them. Sarkinen is also a leader in the annual Launching Futures College and Career Fair at Hockinson High School. In 2024, the event drew over 600 attendees and was the largest career fair in Hockinson history.

“Angelina is an outstanding example of the advocacy and leadership skills that are needed to make sure every student has a chance to achieve their dreams,” said Vickei Hrdina, Director of Career Readiness & STEM at ESD 112.

Sarkinen is leading the implementation of programs that support transition from high school to postsecondary education for Hockinson students. Sarkinen leveraged Washington STEM High School to Postsecondary (H2P) resources to improve postsecondary outcomes for students in Hockinson. By participating in Limitless and Horizons learning networks, Sarkinen collaborates with peers across Washington state to share opportunities, ideas, and best practices.

Washington STEM Rising Star Award Winner: Elsie Lyon

Elsie Lyon is a 10th grade student at Hockinson High School, where she is involved in Engineering and Computer Science classes. Lyon continually seeks out optional projects, going above and beyond to improve her skills in Engineering and Computer Science Principles classes.

Lyon is interested in pursuing a career in computer programming and is driven to learn the material that is required to open up doors for her. She is described by her teachers as an eager learner and a delight to work with.

Lyon received a $250 stipend from Career Connect SW and a swag basket from local partners, presented during the Network Awards Reception on June 4.

hockinson school district board of directors budget hearing and special regular meeting - 06/07/24

DATE: Monday, June 10, 2024

TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Budget Hearing & 6:00 p.m. regular meeting start

LOCATION: HSD Community Center & via Zoom (link on website-www.hocksd.org)

ADDRESS: 15916 NE 182nd Ave, Brush Prairie, WA 98606

State Auditor Report Reflects Strong Financial Management at Hockinson School District - 06/04/24

Hockinson School District has achieved a clean financial audit report from the Washington State Auditor’s Office again this year, maintaining a longstanding tradition of strong financial management in the district. The report indicates compliance with federal and state requirements within Hockinson School District for the reporting period from September 2022 to August 2023.

The Washington State Auditor conducts an audit of school districts across the state every year. Aaron Villanueva, Director of Business Services at Hockinson School District, worked closely with the audit team as they conducted a thorough review of the district’s use of public funds. The report was published on May 14, 2024.

“We know that our community has high expectations for our district. One of those expectations relates to financial integrity and frugality. This audit report shows that we’re checking all the boxes when it comes to financial responsibility,” said Steve Marshall, Superintendent of Hockinson School District.

“The annual state audit is important for community transparency. Our community trusts us with public funds, and this report helps to keep the community informed about their use,” said Villanueva.

Hockinson School District will continue its commitment to transparency and accountability as it looks ahead to the new school year. The positive results from the most recent audit reflect the district’s prudent financial management and effective use of federal funds to support educational programs.

To learn more about Hockinson School District, visit hocksd.org.