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In this Beacon MPD earns Best for Vets ranking Scouts to celebrate 100 years Kamiak soccer falls to Issaquah Take off masks after Halloween

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Volume XXII Number 13 Nov. 13, 2013



Marauders season ends with 56-46 loss to Stanwood

Mariner presents comedy ‘You Can’t Take it With You’


Gregerson to be next mayor of Mukilteo

A brass tribute to local veterans

by SARA BRUESTLE mukilteoeditor @ yourbeacon . net


Beacon photo by Sara Bruestle Kamiak High School’s Aaron Coe, Sophia Mallouk, Patrick Andrews, Jonah Guerrero, Luke Dahlberg, Nathan Wallen and Caleb Cervantes of The Minstrels perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Endeavour Elementary’s Nov. 8 assembly. For full story, see page 7.

Kamiak student achieves a perfect ACT score by SARA BRUESTLE mukilteoeditor @ yourbeacon . net

Kamiak High School senior has A earned the highest possible score on the ACT college admission exam.

Ryan Vogt, son of Tony and Rachel Vogt, has achieved the top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT. His achievement is as remarkable as it is rare. On average, roughly one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the test receive a top score.

In 2013, only 1,162 of the nearly 1.8 million students who took the test earned a perfect composite score. The average composite score was 20.9. In Washington state, the average was 22.8. Ryan Vogt “When I saw the big 36, I was pretty excited,” Vogt said. “I was not expecting it, so I was very pleasantly surprised.”

Vogt, 18, who ranks first in his class, said he was confident in what he’d learned through his 12 years of schooling in the Mukilteo School District – he just had to get in the right mindset. “I expected to do well,” he said. “I knew I’d been prepared well throughout school. I’ve taken my education seriously, so I didn’t think there would be anything on there that was outside of my academic grasp.” see

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Orchestra concert to feature internationally renowned pianist by SARA BRUESTLE mukilteoeditor @ yourbeacon . net

renowned Iwillnternationally pianist Alexander Ardakov be the featured soloist in the Mukilteo Community Orchestra’s opening concert for the 2013-14 season this weekend. “The Power of Passion” is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Rosehill Community Center. Admission is free. Ardakov will perform Rachmaninoff “Piano Concerto No. 2” with the orchestra. The MCO has paired Rach-

maninoff with “Carmen Suite No. 2” by George Bizet, a collection of works from the opera “Carmen,” popular with audiences all over the world. “We’re very excited for the opportunity to perform with Alexander Ardakov,” said Trevor Lutzenhiser, artistic director and conductor of the Mukilteo Community Orchestra. “Alexander is a world-class pianist. A performer of his caliber doesn’t come to our local community all that often, so to have the chance to work with him is really a fantastic opportunity.” see

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Photo courtesy of Terry Preshaw Alexander Ardakov will perform a piano solo in the Mukilteo Community Orchestra concert on Sunday, Nov. 17.

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ennifer Gregerson has been elected as the next mayor of Mukilteo. Gregerson has kept a lead over Mayor Joe Marine in the mayoral race by more than 8 percent. As of 3:45 p.m. on Nov. 12, Gregerson has 53.83 percent of the votes and Marine is following with 45.54 percent, according to unofficial results released by Snohomish County Elections. “I’m honored and very grateful to everyone who voted for me,” Gregerson said. “I look forward to serving everyone in the city, whether they voted for me or not. That would be my job.” Marine wasn’t about to concede on Nov. 5, but as more votes were counted and the results hadn’t changed in his favor, it is clear Gregerson will become the next mayor of Mukilteo. Marine trails by 503 votes. At this point, he can’t make up the difference. Marine congratulated his likely successor on Thursday, when Gregerson had a lead of more than 10 percent. “I was looking at the numbers as they came in, and they just didn’t look to be in my favor,” Marine said Monday, when there were still 717 ballots left to count. “I needed them to start turning around, and they didn’t do that. “I assume we’re not going to see some weird trend at the end, and that she’s going to win.” Nearly 6,550 ballots were returned Tuesday for the Mukilteo Nov. 5 election. There are 290 ballots left to count. However, unofficial results for the Mukilteo City Council Position 1 race, as of Tuesday, are so close that a statemandated recount may be necessary. Ted Wheeler has a lead of 62 votes to win the seat left open by Kevin Stoltz’s decision to retire. “I think it’s good to have a close election,” Wheeler said. “It’s been a good race between the two of us.” Wheeler has 50.25 percent of the votes to Terry Preshaw’s 49.13 percent. The write-in votes counted were at 34 on Tuesday – that’s more than the margin in the race. “It’s like déjà vu,” Preshaw said. “I see

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