AWC Nominee Elijah Beals

The Mill Creek City Council selected Glacier Peak High School senior Elijah Beals as its local nominee for an Association of Washington Cities Center for Quality Communities scholarship.

An image of Elijah BealsBeals will receive a $500 scholarship from the City and will be considered for one of the AWC statewide scholarships that will be awarded in May 2019. Students applying for this scholarship must be involved with city government, community and/or school leadership, graduate from high school in 2019, be a Washington state resident, and plan to attend an accredited college or trade school for the 2019-2020 academic year.

As a student at Glacier Peak, Beals is active in soccer, is current captain of the varsity team, and has competed on district and state championship teams. He is Associated Student Body (ASB) President and National Honor Society member. His activities outside of school include multiple volunteer positions and an internship with Lamb Real Estate.

When asked to describe a significant responsibility that he assumed and how he grew as a leader from it, Beals described a tense situation at school that required him, as ASB president, to guide the students through the emotion of the experience. He shared the importance of communicating the issue with the student body but also in leading them to focus on their strength as a family to overcome what happened. By viewing the school as their home and each other as family, Beals feels the climate shifted to a more loving and caring environment.

His dedication and leadership are reflected in the nomination letter from one of his teachers: “Through selfless service, authenticity, and hard work, Elijah has inspired his peers to grow in their leadership and genuinely make a difference in the climate and culture of our school community.”

Beals hopes to become a leader of a non-profit organization or a minister like his parents, Brandon and Diana Beals, who are pastors at Mill Creek’s Canyon Creek Church. He has demonstrated his passion for service to people through activities such as participating on a Convoy of Hope trip to Tanzania to maintain wells and feed children, serving the homeless at Los Angeles Dream Center, and volunteering locally at the Mill Creek Festival and Canyon Creek Church.

“The Mill Creek community has supported to my growth as a person and I have learned the importance of loving those around me,” said Beals. “This community has taught me the importance of academics and preparing for the future.”