Uribe is of LHS, Yates of LCHS

BELLINGHAM —  Two of the Outstanding Graduates of Western Washington University for the 2019-20 school year have a Lynden connection. 

Each department at Western names a single graduating student as its outstanding representative.

Ana Elena Uribe of Lynden is also named a Presidential Scholar. She received her WWU bachelor’s degree in mathematics in June.

Uribe is a graduate of Lynden High School and daughter of Blana and Javier Uribe. She is devoted to social justice, especially the needs of migrant farm workers and the education of underrepresented students. Uribe spent two summers as coordinator of the nonprofit Agape Service Project, which assists migrant farm workers through a weekly food and clothing bank in Lynden.

At Western, Uribe was involved in a wide range of activities. She founded Western’s Creative Writing Club in fall 2017. She is a research assistant in the Social Cognitive Development Lab and a member of the RAW Stats club (Research at Western: Statistics). Uribe is also an accomplished ballet dancer who taught ballet and served as secretary of the board of Northwest Ballet. 

She now plans to attend Oregon State University to obtain a master’s degree in education and pursue teaching certification.

Sarah Yates, daughter of Laurie and Dave Yates of Whatcom County, graduated in June with a bachelor’s degree in music and a minor in jazz studies. She plays double bass, with skills in both jazz and classical styles. Yates performs as a bassist in Seattle, Vancouver and Bellingham. 

Sarah is a graduate of Lynden Christian High School, where she now directs the junior high jazz program. She performed with Western’s Jazz Combo at the National Association for Music Education conference 2018. She was part of several ensembles at Western, including Jazz combos, big-band, symphony, String Sinfonia, Collegium Musicum and the Women in Composition and Composers of Western concerts.