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Nikki’s Farewell

Nikki Danos has served as Rainier Scholars’ College Counseling Director for the past 5 years making an indelible mark on the organization. Respected and appreciated by her students, their families, her colleagues and peers, her diligence and dedication to making...

Write, Feel Good, Write More (repeat)

I’ve been volunteering at Rainier Scholars for close to ten years now – the last eight of which writing stories for their newsletter. I love it. I think it is the best volunteer gig in Seattle. Why? First off, in the complicated and contentious world of...

World Cup Life Lessons

At Rainier Scholars our summer session begins each day with a program assembly. It’s a time when the entire community comes together, daily announcements are made, PIC Awards (Perseverance, Integrity and Courage) are recognized and Academic Director Sumiko Huff...

Writing a Letter to Your Future Self

On a sunny morning during the first few days of summer classes, our newest cohort of Rainier Scholars, Cohort XIII, contemplated this question as they bent over their sheets of paper. I was witnessing the making of the “time capsule,” one of the many traditions of the...

Endings and Beginnings

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” – Fred Rogers The final days of June mark the ending of another school year and the beginning of summer. At Rainier Scholars it is a time to reflect on the hard-work of...