The Kathleen Betrozoff scholarship and the Betrozoff Family scholarship were awarded to Amanda Koski. Kathleen was a 1957 graduate of Raymond High School who was a great advocate of education. The Betrozoff family scholarship was established in 1993 to honor Katie and Alex Betrozoff, parents of eleven children who graduated from RHS.
The Father Larry Betrozoff scholarship provides funds for a student planning to attend Grays Harbor College. This year's recipient is Jack Bridgewater. Father Larry Betrozoff, who was ordained a Roman Catholic priest at the Old Mission in Carmel, California in 1973, was a 1955 graduate of RHS.
The Michael Buchkoski scholarship was awarded to class Valedictorian Kira Dunsmoor. Michael Buchkoski joined the military after graduating from RHS in 1989. While deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, LTC Buchkoski began donating an annual scholarship to the Raymond Schools Foundation.
The thoughtfulness and generosity of these people who have provided scholarship opportunities for Raymond High School students is greatly appreciated.
An important goal of the Raymond Schools Foundation is to enhance the educational experiences of students in the Raymond School District. Since February, the foundation has awarded eight grants. The RSF Board of Directors is pleased the foundation was able to support several educational activities this year. RSF often provides a grant for an educational endeavor that Raymond students may not otherwise be able to experience.
The eight grants awarded were for the following:
Zumba Lessons for 5th and 6th grade students; Seniors College Entrance Exams/trip to Grays Harbor College; Math Olympiad Competition, Northwest Trek Field Trip, Point Defiance Zoo Field Trip, Students Against Destructive Decisions Retreat/Motivational Speaker; Visiting Artist for leather journal project; English Language Learners reading program.
Anyone interested in supporting the students, staff and programs of the Raymond School District can send contributions or memorial donations to: RSF P O Box 345, Raymond, WA. 98577.
Major Delores Soule
Major Delores Soule, a 1947 graduate of Raymond High School has left a legacy to Raymond students. She has left a bequest of $700,443.29 for educational pursuits. The Delores Soule Educational Trust will be managed by the Raymond Schools Foundation. The Raymond School Foundation's Board of Directors members are pleased and impressed by her generosity.
As a student at Raymond High School, Delores was a member of the Girls' "R" Club, serving as president her senior year. She also served as Senior Class vice-president and Girls' Club treasurer. Ruby Campbell, who lived near Delores remembers she was "quiet." Eunice Beck said, "She was a very nice gal."
Following graduation, Delores attended the College of Puget Sound, earning a degree in Business. She then joined the United States Air Force in August of 1951. Serving in the military, she worked as a supervisor for military food services operations around the world.
Retiring from the military, she chose to live in the Puyallup area, enjoying two of her favorite past times, gardening and fishing. However, she still had her memories of Raymond and made the decision to help students from her hometown.
Delores was born in Raymond in 1929. Her family included two brothers and a sister. Her father, Charles Alvah Soule, was born in Raymond in 1883. His family came to the Pacific County area in the 1870s, previously living in the areas of Maine and Wisconsin. The Soule ancestry can be traced back to the Mayflower landing. Edith Edna (Cady) Soule, Dolores's mother, was born in 1890. The Cady family came from Europe in the 1850s, first settling in the Midwest. Delores's family was in the farming business until a time the property was sold.
Michael Thanem, a friend and financial advisor for Delores remembers, "She was a big hearted person with a great outlook on life and an enjoyment of both simple pleasures and intellectual pursuits."
Delores's generosity will allow the opportunity for the Raymond Schools Foundation to further the education of a variety of students in the future. The Raymond Schools Foundation Board of Directors plans to use interest incurred from the trust fund to provide educational opportunities beginning next spring. Karla Webber, Raymond High School academic advisor, is excited for the opportunity to assist RHS graduates in postgraduate studies and/or attaining an advanced degree.
For more information check Raymond School District website and click on foundation.
On March 1, 2013, Michael Buchkoski and his family celebrated his promotion to lieutenant colonel (LTC) in the United States Army. The official promotion ceremony occurred on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado, with Rear Admiral Brett Heimbigner presiding.
LTC Buchkoski enlisted into United States Army after completing high school in Raymond, Washington, in June 1989. His combat tours include both Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently, LTC Buchkoski assumed the duties as the Branch Chief for Resources and Reserve Affairs for the Intelligence Directorate for The North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command. He has served his country continuously for nearly 24 years.
While deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, LTC Buchkoski began donating an annual scholarship to the Raymond Schools Foundation. Each year, his scholarship provides high school graduates a financial opportunity to attend college and pursue educational goals. LTC Buchkoski is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.