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Young area women honored

Each month during the school year Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe recognizes seniors from South Tahoe and George Whittell high schools for their academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Young Woman of the Month for March is Kristin Cole, South Tahoe High School, and Young Women of the Month for April are Emily Bowman of Whittell and Amber Ward of South Tahoe.

Cole, the daughter of Kevin and Bobbi Cole of South Lake Tahoe, ranks third in her class of 350. Her academic success is further evidenced by the many honors and awards she has received. She has been on the honor roll all four years of high school. She has been an El Dorado County Golden Star Student and earned Golden State Exam Honors in chemistry, biology, history and English. She has a grade point average of 4.67 this year, achieved while taking advanced placement courses in biology, U.S. history, English language and composition, English literature, psychology, calculus and honors chemistry.

She is an accomplished dancer, having danced since the age of 2. She is a member of the Varsity Dance Team and served as captain this year. She has been honored as “All American in Dance” by the Northern Nevada Dance Association.



Frank Kovak, athletic director, speaks highly of Cole’s leadership skills. “She is already a leader and her future looks especially bright.” She has been involved in Student Council for the past four years and has been a member of the peer support group SMILE.

Cole has applied to the University of California at Los Angeles, San Diego, Berkeley and Santa Clara as a psychology major. She would like to apply her psychology by working with children. She adds, “I wouldn’t mind running off to Europe at some point to became an Italian waitress, either.”




Bowman is the daughter of Dennis and Penny Bowman of Zephyr Cove. She is an involved and motivated student who uses her talents to help others. While she is an excellent student, it is her leadership and involvement that sets her apart.

Showing her leadership skills, Bowman was freshman class vice president, sophomore class treasurer, president of her school’s Kosovo fund-raising project, editor of the school newspaper and as a senior was student body president. She went to Girl’s State as a junior and participated in the Nevada Association of Student Councils.

As a teachers aid for the Special Education program, she was mentor and aide for a severely mentally handicapped girl attending Whittell High School. Inspired by the experience, she became a summer camp counselor at a camp for disabled kids and adults, where she was in charge of three young handicapped boys for 24 hours a day. Mrs. Atherton, Emily’s Honors English teacher said, “When she sees wrong she wants to fix it. She has a quality of caring that goes above and beyond.”

In keeping with her desires to help others, Bowman plan to attend the University of Washington and study medicine.

Ward is the daughter of Daniel Ward and Karen Atkinson of South Lake Tahoe. She is a well-rounded student, excelling both in academics and performing arts and is ranked fifth in her class. She achieves results, but prefers to focus on the journey of learning.

As an academic Ward possesses a 4.2 grade point average, taking advanced placement classes in English language, English literature, U.S. history, psychology, honors chemistry and honors Spanish. She was the only one in her class to score a 5, the highest possible score, on the U.S. history, A.P. exam. She scored a composite score of 1380 on her SAT’s, placing her at the 92 percentile, which puts her in the top 8 percent nationwide. She has received high honors on the Golden State exams in U.S. history, biology and English written composition. She was a Girl’s State nominee, won a National History Award and was a Tahoe Daily Tribune Student of the Month.

As a performing artist Ward is a creative stage performer, with talents in drama, comedy, singing and dancing. Some of the many plays she has performed in include “Anything Goes,” “Stage Door,” “Pajama Game” and “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” Liz Niven, her drama instructor, said, “I have directed her, worked with her in drama classes and seen her work backstage on numerous occasions. I have had the privilege to watch her grow into a powerful performer and a charming young woman.”

Ward has been accepted at Wesmont College in Montecito, Calif., and has received a Presidential Scholarship. She plans to major in theater and minor in business.


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