2012 Scholarship Winners

YMTA 2012 Scholarship Winners

2012 scholarship

2012 Norm Manly YMTA Maritime Educational Scholarships and Pacific Maritime Magazine Scholarship Awarded to Six Students.

The eighth annual Norm Manly Youth Maritime Training Association (YMTA) Maritime Educational Scholarship competition was held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Compass Course Maritime Training. YMTA is very proud to announce the six Washington State High School seniors awarded the 2012 YMTA and the Pacific Maritime Magazine Scholarships.


Caption for the picture, “Recipients of the 2012 Norm Manly YMTA Maritime Educational Scholarship are (left to right): Brijonnay Madrigal from Ocean Research College Academy at Everett Community College and Jackson High School ($5,000 sponsored by the Seattle/Pacific Northwest Chapter ofCouncil of American Master Mariners); Joëlle Blais from Monroe High School (($3,000 sponsored by Foss Maritime Company), Shaun Huston from Chimacum PI Program ($500 sponsored by Ocean Peace, Inc.), Paul Hartl from Cascade High School in Leavenworth, Washington ($1,000 sponsored byCompass Courses Maritime Training and $500 Pacific Maritime Magazine Scholarship sponsored by RH Philips Publishing Group), Joseph LaMarche from Bishop Blanchet ($1,000 sponsored by Ocean Peace, Inc.) and Angela Ness from New Start Alternative High School in Burien ($500 sponsored byJohn and Anita Crawford).

Brijonnay Madrigal is an outstanding student at the Jackson High School and the Ocean Research College Academy, a Running Start program at Everett Community College. In the summer of 2011 she was one of twelve US students selected to participate in NOAA’s Ocean for Life program in Santa Barbara California where she experience a two week immersion in marine science. She is the recipient of our $5,000 scholarship sponsored by theSeattle/Pacific Northwest Chapter of Council of American Master Mariners. She will be pursuing a career in marine biology with the goal of achieving an advanced degree in marine science. Upon graduation from ORCA, she will major in marine biology and communications at University of Hawaii Manoa in Honolulu.

Joëlle Blais, the recipient of our $3,000 Scholarship sponsored by Foss Maritime Co, is an honor student and senior at Monroe High School. She first discovered marine life on the Atlantic Coast as a little girl. Marine biology became her passion once she explored the beaches of Ocean Shores. She now volunteers at Seattle Aquarium and is an avid recreational SCUBA diver. Upon graduation she will enter the School of Aquatic and Fishery Science at the University of Washington to pursue a BS in marine biology.

Paul Hartl was awarded our $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Compass Courses Maritime Training and the $500 Pacific Maritime Magazine sponsored by RH Philips Publishing Group. Paul is an honor student at Cascade High School in Leavenworth Washington. He has always loved fishing on the ocean with his family but it wasn’t until he was invited aboard a Crowley tugboat in Neah Bay that he knew he wanted a career working on tugs. Paul will enter California Maritime Academy in the fall majoring in Marine Transportation.

Joseph LaMarche is a senior at the Bishop Blanchet in Seattle and grew up on a Lake Union house boat where his love of the water and sailing began. He is a sailing instructor the Seattle Yacht Club youth sailing program. He has also had to opportunity to work as a deckhand aboard sailboats for his family’s tourism business. He will attend California Maritime Academy in the fall majoring in Marine Transportation.

Shaun Huston from Chimacum PI Program in Port Townsend is the recipient of our $500 scholarship sponsored by Ocean Peace, Inc.  His love for building boats and sailing grew out of his participation in many of the community youth boating programs in the Port Townsend area.. He will attend the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding with a focus on learning the many skills of a shipwright. Upon graduation from the 12 month program he hopes to crew aboard a large sailboat and see our West Coast.

Angela Ness from New Start High School is the recipient of our second $500 scholarship sponsored by John and Anita Crawford (retired from Foss Maritime Co). She first experienced the maritime world when her teacher invited her to sail about the Sloop Adventuress for 3 days. This opportunity changed her life and gave her direction for her future career. She was drawn to marine biology when she enrolled in the Environmental and Marine Science Program offered at the Puget Sound Skills Center. She is planning to study marine biology and journalism starting at a local community college and eventually enroll in the University of Washington. She hopes also to crew aboard a ship as a deckhand and eventually work a maritime journalist.

All six recipients have demonstrated strong leader skills and are model students with a passion for working on boats and on the ocean. Each student gave a talk in front of a panel of judges from the maritime community, our Scholarship Committee, teachers, and family members. Their presentations addressed “Charting a Maritime Career” and provided a window of the pathway to their future marine careers.