This year’s Greater Kent Historical Society scholarship was award to Danica Dabelstein, a 2018 graduate of Kentridge High School at the June 7, board meeting.
Danica’s interest in history started with an AP Human Geography class project. She had to find places that fit criteria such as “a Native American presence” and “historic building.” This project led her to the Cedar and Salmon totem pole at the Kent Fishing Hole, which she stated, “was the first real totem pole I had ever seen!” Her travels took her to the Neely Soames house which she found “most intriguing.” And while she had passed the Saar Pioneer Cemetery many times, she stopped to examine the gravestones and found the cemetery was started in 1873 with the last burial in 1949.
Since this class, Danica has decided to pursue a degree in geography at the University of Washington. She is interested in “how people affect the land around them as well as how the land shapes how people live.” Rather sophisticated thinking for someone just starting out! One way she has encouraged her peers to think about history and historical people and events, is to bring up some historic trivia during lunch. According to Danica, “history can be one of the best conversation starters!” She also believes “talking is one of the easiest ways to have other people learn about history.”
For the Greater Kent Historical Society, the legacy of the City of Kent and the preservation of our history is in good hands with the selection of Danica Dabelstein as our scholarship recipient.
Respectfully submitted by
Eileen K. Lamphere, Scholarship Chair
Sawinder Kaur, member
Jason Appelgate, member
Congrats Danica and the best of luck on your studies!