Each spring RHS PTSA looks for input from RHS staff, parents, students, and community. The PTSA seeks recommendations in identifying exceptional advocates and volunteers within our school community. Awards are presented to honorees at RHS in several award categories. 

Nominate a deserving recipient HERE. Please note that you may nominate more than one person for each award. You do not need to nominate someone for every award. 

Send your completed or partially completed form to RHS PTSA Attn: Awards, 17272 NE 104TH, Redmond, WA 98052 or you may email recommendations to awards@redmondhsptsa.org. Forms must be received by Wednesday, May 22, 2024.


The Golden Acorn* award is given to a person who has given exemplary volunteer service to children and youth in our school community. This award consists of a gold pin in the shape of an acorn, a special certificate and a contribution of $65.00 in that persons name to the Washington State PTA Financial Grant Foundation. The foundation provides scholarships each year to high school graduates entering college or vocational school

Golden Mustang Award is unique to the Redmond High School community. The recipient should be a positive role model for all students. It is someone that goes beyond their job description to encourage the success of our students, in turn making RHS a better place. The award is offered at the discretion of the Awards Committee and may not be awarded every year 

Outstanding Educator Award* is also offered by the Washington State PTA to recognize individuals who go beyond the normal expectations of their jobs to make the learning environment fun, beneficial and challenging. A pin and certificate are awarded, as well as a donation to the State PTA Scholarship Foundation

Outstanding Advocate Award* Established in 2004, this award recognizes and honors individuals for their advocacy work on behalf of children and youth. An outstanding advocate could be a PTA grassroots advocate, teacher, assistant, administrator, or community member

Outstanding Student Advocate Awardrecognizes students who have made significant contributions through leadership and service in their school and the RHS community 

Honorary Life Membership Awardrecognizes an individual who has contributed significantly over time to the growth and development of PTA at the local unit, council, or state level. This honor is awarded at the discretion of the RHS PTSA Awards Committee and may not be awarded every year 

These awards consist of a gold pin, a special certificate, and a contribution in the winner’s name to the Washington State PTA Financial Grant Foundation. The foundation provides scholarships each year to high school graduates entering college or vocational school. 


Previous Award Winners 

Golden Mustang

2024      Tracey Gauthier
2023      Lisa Frost
2022      Roo Hall & Natalie Carpenter
2021      Gregory Larson
2019      Valerio Canda, Michele Miller, & Lisa Seeley
2018      Susan Lindsay & Vicki Krum
2017      Diane Lindquist & Steve Wiebe
2016      Robert Holmes
2015      Nicole Wiebe
2014      Grace Lawrence
2013      Pam Summa & Bob Holmes
2012      Paul Mullen
2011      Ruth Barton & Richard Wharf
2010      Lloyd Higgins & Andy Robertson
2009      Pam Hopp & Karen Monier
2008      Susan Katris & George Janneusch
2007      Sharon Fulkerson
2006      Marilyn Hargraves & Deb Becker
2005      Robin Roberts

Golden Acorn

2024      Radha Dalvi, Elaine Hanifan, & Darin Manzano
2023      Pam McBain
2022      Steven Blackmon & Meredith Cain
2021      Elizabeth Christian & Michelle Obenaus
2019      Joy Arnquist & Andrea Stoppani
2018      Pat Tschumper
2017      Desiree Michael & Lesly Lam
2016      Vicki Krum & Tobey Casey
2015      Javier Berrios & Lisa Seeley
2014      Sheila Zambrowsky
2013      Susan Seabrooks & Peter LaFond
2012      Kalpana Gilroy
2011      Anne Johnston
2010      Inez Mobley & Lois Hiskey
2009      Jeff Larsen & John Appelgate
2008      Joanne Hall
2007      Barb Nappen
2006      Terri Blier
2005      Pete Saxby
2004      George Jannuesch & Nick Corvelle
2003      Carol Kosher & Robin Roberts
2002      Teresa Harvey & Fayette Radoll
2001      Jeff Sundae & Denise Oury
2000      Sharon Fulkerson, Sandy Hargraves & Lynette Brivitt
1999      Andy Robertson, Jan Clark & Kevin McCalish
1998      Cheryl Dennis & Doris Townsend
1997      Jolynn Woods & Lynn Heitzfaf
1996      Al Kovatz & Lisa Tracy
1995      Marilyn Wilson & Judy Hontz 

Honorary Life Membership

2024      Mary Asplund & Mary Wood
2023      Felice Nightengale
2019      Joy Arnquist & Andrea Stoppani
2018      Vicki Krum & Nicole Wiebe
2015      Julie Haase
2014      Matt Loschen
2012      Shelley Flores
2009      Melinda Wilson
2006      Lisa Tracy

Outstanding Educator

2024      Cory Edwards
2023      Bob Miller
2022      Linda Shadley
2021      Andy Robertson & Paula Ferguson
2019      Ashley Anderson, Todd Rubin, & Diane Lindquist
2018      Jeff Gehring
2017      Samuel Kuyper & Andrew Robertson
2016      Paul Osborne
2015      Paula Ferguson & Robert Miller
2014      Holly Applegate & David Peabody
2013      Alison Kairis & Jennifer Mauck
2012      Kate Atvars & Rob Noteboom
2011      Kate Allender
2010      Sandy Hargraves
2009      Jeannine Ewing
2008      Doug Kimball
2007      Cathy Michaelis
2006      Maynard Garrity
2005      Deb Becker

Outstanding Advocate

2024      Claudia Villasenor
2023      Sarah Gray
2021      Shannon Fisher
2019      Rita Costello, Trevor Tangen, & Jane Todd
2018      Alison Kairis & Alisa Zemke
2016      Beth Sigall & Jennifer Martinson
2015      "Para-educators Dream Team": Pam Drake, Pam Hopp, Nicole Shoalwater, & Mario Montgomery
2014      Ruth Schemmel
2013      Dan Handschin
2012      Ellen Zambrowkski-Huls
2011      Tracy Hoien & Jane Todd
2010      Shelley Zimmerman
2009      Melissa Pointer
2008      Mike Town

Outstanding Student Advocate

2024      Noah Lee & Jonathan Rector
2023      Sohil Bhatia
2022      Olivia Bills
2016      Charlie Pangborn
2014      Julia Doherty
2013      Shelby Albrecht
2012      Kara Chambers

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