Seven Snohomish County students received national recognition for their entries in the 2013 Scholastic Art Awards.
•American Visions Medal and Silver Medal: Marcela Gaspar, "Holding A Memory," photography, Lake Stevens Senior High School, 11th grade; teacher Elizabeth Granillo
Gold Medal: Carly McCartney, "Tazmanian Devil," drawing, Marysville Pilchuck High School, 10th grade; teacher Karen Epperson
Gold Medal: Christina Mcknight, "Tangible," drawing, Cascade High School, 12th grade; teachers Britt Barer and Joye Melby
Silver Medal: Megan Cho, "Aquarius," printmaking, Meadowdale High School, 12th grade; teacher Amanda Wood
Silver Medal: Megan Davis, "Emotional Mask," design, Glacier Peak High School, 11th grade; teacher Cathy Tanasse
Silver Medal: Holly Hillman, "Great Escape," painting, Stanwood High School, 12th grade; teacher Gail Merrick
Silver Medal: Annalissa Winters, "Traveling Light," painting, Stanwood High School, 12th grade; teacher Gail Merrick
The Schack Art Center is a regional affiliate for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This year more than 800 entries were submitted from Snohomish County middle school and high school students for consideration.
Regional entries may be viewed in the Scholastic online galleries at www.schack.org.
Lake Stevens student serves as page in Senate
Sophie O'Neill, a freshman at Cavelero Mid High School in Lake Stevens, spent a week in March working as a page for the state Senate at the Capitol in Olympia.
Sophie was one of 14 students who served as Senate pages for the ninth week of the 2013 legislative session.
She was sponsored by Sen. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe.
"It has been a fun and interesting week and I have learned a lot," Sophie said. "The campus is beautiful and the senators have gone out of their way to help me understand things when I have been confused. This will be an experience I will never forget."
Sophie enjoys playing the flute in her school's wind ensemble and marching band. She is the daughter of Basma and Michael O'Neill of Lake Stevens.
Jack in the Bot heads to world robotics event
Henry M. Jackson High School's FIRST Robotics team, FRC Team 2910 "Jack in the Bot," competed at the Central Washington Regional FIRST Robotics Competition March 21 to 23.
The team received the Engineering Inspiration Award, which celebrates a team's efforts in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school and their community.
The team has qualified to compete at the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships, to be held in St. Louis this month.
EdCC Foundation auction raises $230,000
The Edmonds Community College Foundation auction in February raised more than $230,000.
More than 230 people attended the auction, which is the foundation's largest fundraiser.
Chef Thierry Rautureau created the menu, which was prepared and served by students and instructors from the college's Culinary Arts department.
Auction items included prized wines, Northwest travel packages, and fine dining. A highlight was the bidding for a nearly 7-foot-tall replica of the Eiffel Tower, created by Kris and Alex Muhlestein by using hundreds of wine corks.
Learn more at www.edcc.edu/foundation.
Archbishop Murphy places at Mock Trial
Archbishop Murphy High School's varsity Mock Trial team took third place in a state competition held in Olympia March 23 and 24.
There were 22 teams from across the state that participated in the event at Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia.
Team members included Rachel Alfond, Allie Baele, Luke Bolles, Nick Bradley, Marcella Carey, Chris Damitio, Monica Erickson, Sean Kelleher, Jessica Lucas, Claudia Morales, Trevor Mozingo, Sundeep Toor, Emma White and David Yao. The team bailiff was Mary Van Hollebeke.
This is the high school's fifth top-10 finish in the past seven years.
Future teacher awarded fellowship
Melanya Materne of Whidbey Island was one of nine fellows recently awarded a Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color.
The honor, from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, comes with a $30,000 stipend to complete a master's degree in education, preparation to teach in a high-need public school, support throughout a three-year teaching commitment, and guidance toward teaching certification.
Materne is a 2012 graduate of the University of Washington.
EdCC instructors receive state award
Edmonds Community College instructors Kathleen Murphy and Beth O'Donnell are recipients of the 2013 Anna Sue McNeill Assessment, Teaching and Learning Award.
Since 2002, Murphy and O'Donnell have been co-chairwomen of the college's Institutional Assessment Plan, which outlines different measures of student achievement and learning.
Murphy also is the English department chair. O'Donnell is head of the Hospitality and Tourism program.
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