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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Shin chosen as Citizen of the Year. Sevao chosen as Junior Citizen of the Year


July 23, 2013

The Greater Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce board gets the honor, each year, to choose the City’s Citizen and Junior Citizen of the Year. This year’s winners are both great examples of service and commitment to the community of Lake Stevens.

Master Tiger Shin was chosen as Citizen of the Year for many reasons, not only does he exemplify generosity he also has a great desire to ensure the lives of the children he teaches are both fulfilling and happy.

“It is with sheer delight to recognize Master Shin as the Citizen of the Year; his commitment and giving back to our community is immeasurable, as is his humble, gentle and caring nature. We are fortunate to have him in our community,” Chamber of Commerce President Tonya Christoffersen said.

Shin was thrilled when Christoffersen called him and told him the good news. He was also a bit surprised and very humbled.

“Tonya called me yesterday and told me I selected “Citizen of the Year” it is super honor but I never good enough to deserve that big Honor, I only feel expectation from our community and responsibility of my duty,” Shin wrote in his blog. “I am so embarrassed to get attention but appreciate for opportunity able to share my idea of education with our community.”

Shin is the owner of Tiger’s Black Belt Academy here in Lake Stevens and is known to his students as Master Shin and both his students and their parents have seen first hand, the depth of Shin’s service and love for his students and Lake Stevens.

“Master Shin always feels compelled to participate and be active in community events such as National Night Out, Relay for Life, the annual Health and Safety Fair, and the Aquafest parades,” his nominator said in a letter to the Chamber. “ Master Shin and Tiger’s Black Belt Academy have hosted Babysitter First Aid classes and bully prevention seminars, in addition to appearing at events at local schools. By being active in his community, Master Shin gives his students, some as young as four years old, a terrific example of how important community service is.”

Tamara Sevao was chosen as this year’s Junior Citizen of the Year. She is going to be a sophomore at Lake Stevens High School this year and has spent countless hours serving Lake Stevens through her work as part of the Miss Aquafest Royalty over the last few years, she also has a passion for helping ensure children in Lake Stevens don’t go hungry.

“Tamara is an amazing young lady who reaches out to those in need that are often the ones we don’t see. For a young person to reach out, give back, speak at public meetings spreading her awareness platform, and raise funds to give to others is an inspiration,” Christoffersen said. “Tamara is very deserving of the Junior Citizen of the Year.”

Sevao is an advocate for ending child hunger in Lake Stevens and throughout the county and has made several speaking appearances at local schools in an effort to gain support for backpack programs.

These programs give hungry kids a backpack full of food to take home on weekends and over holiday breaks from school.

“She speaks to schools and PTAs about making sure her backpack program is/will be implemented in most, to all school districts, insuring all qualifying children go home on weekend and holidays with a backpack full of food and that no child should go to sleep hungry,” Sevao’s nominator wrote.

Saveo was thrilled when Christoffersen called and told her she had been selected as this year’s Junior Citizen of the Year.

Both Master Shin and Sevao will be honored with their own “floats” in this year’s Aquafest Grand Parade which will take place on Main Street on Saturday, July 27 at 1 p.m.


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