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Published: Monday, June 2, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

School Winners

  • The Everett Community College Leadership Academy team, who built a greenhouse out of recycled plastic bottles, included Eugene McAvoy (left), Shelby S...

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    The Everett Community College Leadership Academy team, who built a greenhouse out of recycled plastic bottles, included Eugene McAvoy (left), Shelby Sherrill, Shirl Magana, Adja Fame and Ben Thompson (back).

  • Hidden River Middle School math and robotics teacher Colin Waller works with eighth-grader Lucas Schmitz in a robotics class. Waller was named the Mas...

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    Hidden River Middle School math and robotics teacher Colin Waller works with eighth-grader Lucas Schmitz in a robotics class. Waller was named the Masonic Grand Lodge of Washington’s Educator of the Year.

  • Fifth- through eighth-grade students from Everett Christian School spent May 18 planting flowers along Hewitt Avenue with the Everett Parks and Recrea...

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    Fifth- through eighth-grade students from Everett Christian School spent May 18 planting flowers along Hewitt Avenue with the Everett Parks and Recreation Department as part of the school’s annual Serve-A-Thon event.

  • Hailey Nikiforakis (left) and Hailey Petitte (right), both eighth-graders at Cedarcrest Middle School, accepted the Youth Challenge Award from the Rot...

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    Hailey Nikiforakis (left) and Hailey Petitte (right), both eighth-graders at Cedarcrest Middle School, accepted the Youth Challenge Award from the Rotary Club of Lynnwood on May 15 on behalf of the Everett Family YMCA’s Youth Making a Difference service and leadership club. The club was nominated by Everett Y Teen Coordinator Catherine Rasnack.

  • Teacher Tina Bertoldi (with scarf) was honored along with her art students at Immaculate Conception-Our Lady of Perpetual Help School with the 2014 Mu...

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    Teacher Tina Bertoldi (with scarf) was honored along with her art students at Immaculate Conception-Our Lady of Perpetual Help School with the 2014 Murphy Cup Award, a tradition presented to the school with the most winning entries at the Archbishop Murphy High School Juried Art Show, held May 4 this year.

EvCC staffers build greenhouse for kidsA group of Everett Community College employees turned 1,500 donated plastic bottles into a greenhouse for kids at EvCC’s Early Learning Center. The 2-liter bottles, donated by Safeway Bottling, are the new greenhouse’s walls. The greenhouse will be used by the children to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs.
“This is a great way to show children ways in which something we typically think of as trash might be used to improve the environment and promote sustainability,” said Holly McFaul, director of the Early Learning Center, which provides care for children ages 1 to 5.
A team from EvCC’s Leadership Academy planned and helped build the greenhouse as their group project. The team included International Education program specialist Adja Fame, IT specialist Shirl Magana, fiscal analyst Shelby Sherrill, EvCC security officer Ben Thompson and Communication and Social Sciences Dean Eugene McAvoy.
EvCC honors students display projects June 5Everett Community College will celebrate the 2014 graduates from the college’s honors program from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in EvCC’s Jackson Center with guest speaker filmmaker William Braden, author of “Henri, le Chat Noir.” The event is free and open to the public.
Honors program graduates will present information about their honors projects. Melania Baublitz of Arlington followed a case through the justice system; Megan Brewer of Marysville studied how dystopian novels have changed from the 20th to 21st centuries; Tanner Gaskin of Arlington (also a high school student) designed and built a robot controlled by hand motions; Kathryn Smith of Granite Falls started a music program at EvCC’s Early Learning Center; and Nada Yousif of Marysville examined how autism affects GPA, attention and other factors.
Sno-Isle tech students raise money for OsoStudent leaders at the Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center raised $1,488.91 with an Oso mudslide fundraiser. Their efforts raised $599.67 for the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation Disaster Fund and $889.24 for the American Red Cross.
Students in the auto body class at Sno-Isle collected a total of $122.78, which was the largest contribution for the morning programs, and students in computers, servers and networking collected $475.36, which was the largest contribution for the afternoon programs.
Marketing students in Top 10 at DECAFour local teens came home with awards from DECA’s Competitive Events Program at the 2014 International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 10,000 student members from across the country participated.
The Mariner High School team of Stephanie Le, Jale Beka and Tim Angelos placed sixth in “School-based Enterprise Academy” for Blue Thunder Espresso, the third consecutive year the student store has been a national finalist.
The team thanked Rafael Achacoso, who was the main script writer for their presentation.
Paul Schastlivets of Henry M. Jackson High School tied for sixth place in “International Business Plan.”
State Masonic Lodge honors Monroe teacherMath and robotics teacher Colin Waller of Hidden River Middle School in Monroe received the Educator of the Year Award from the Sultan-Monroe Masonic Lodge and the statewide Grand Lodge at a recent awards ceremony held at the Lodge. Waller was chosen from between 50 and 100 top teachers for the statewide award.
“Mr. Waller is always there for his students, works with students on his own time every day — most days after school, too,” Principal Linda Boyle said.
Waller took on launching the school’s robotics program this year and also leads an after-school study club for math. “I like to see them come around the corner, starting to really ‘get’ it,” Waller said. “That is what makes it all worth it.”
Jackson student earns grant at conferenceIndira Rayala of Henry M. Jackson High School was invited as the Washington state representative to the International Sustainable World Engineering, Environment and Energy Competition (I-SWEEP) in Houston, Texas. She won a bronze medal and scholarship for her entry in the environment category with a project that aimed to develop a natural bactericide for crop plants.
A day of service for Everett studentsEverett Christian School held an all-day Serve-A-Thon on May 18, an annual event that focuses on service projects in Everett.
Students in fifth to eighth grade worked with the Everett Parks and Recreation Department to plant flower containers along Hewitt Avenue, including 720 plants at the corner of Broadway and Hewitt. They also went to the Everett Food Bank and sorted cans of food from the U.S. Postal Service food drive.
Kindergartners through second-graders gave a concert at Everett Plaza, a local assisted-living center. They also visited with residents and shared homemade cookies and personalized cards for each resident.
Third- and fourth-graders planted the school garden with potatoes and carrots to be harvested in the fall and donated to the Everett Food Bank.
Everett science teacher earns Murdock grantEverett High School’s Cynthia McIntyre is one of 23 teachers from five states to earn a $15,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Wash., to improve science education in the Pacific Northwest through the Partners in Science Program. McIntyre will work for two years with Dr. Mark Groudine at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle on “Studies of Protein Interactions with Topoisomerase II in Developing Erythrocytes.”
Kamiak senior headed to West PointMichael Wanner, of Everett, has received an appointment for the class of 2018 to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Wanner received a principal nomination to West Point from Congressman Rick Larsen.
Wanner is set to graduate with honors in June from Kamiak High School, where he was principal string bassist and vice president of the orchestra, ran cross-country, and was a Sea Cadet.
District honors Granite Falls staff, studentsThe Granite Falls School District recently honored its fourth quarter “Success in Education” award winners. Staff winners were Diana Haynes and Cary Larson. Student winners were Tysen Campbell and Kamryn Curry, Granite Falls High School; James Yaretz (sixth grade), Keely Nash (seventh grade) and Aiden Holm (eighth grade), Granite Falls Middle School; Erick Sanchez-Reynoso and Kelli Cobrea, Monte Cristo Elementary; Bryson Cole, Mountain Way Elementary; and Maddie Jackan and Nick Wooldridge, Crossroads High School.
Youths honored with Challenge AwardsThe Youth Challenge Awards were presented May 15 by the Rotary Club of Lynnwood. In all, 75 youth in grades 7-12 from Snohomish County were recognized in the areas of community service, courage, creativity, leadership and inspiration, and a group award.
Group Award: Everett Family YMCA’s Youth Making a Difference, a service and leadership club run by teens that focused this past year on homelessness.
Community Service: Heewon Lee, a junior at Edmonds-Woodway High School, who has volunteered over 1,000 hours through a variety of programs.
Courage: Christian Bagdadi, a junior at Everett High School, who with his mother survived an abusive stepdad and now helps another teen in a similar situation.
Creativity: Kyle Brooks, a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School, who is an active and inspirational force in the school’s jazz program.
Leadership/Inspiration: Spencer Graham, a senior at Meadowdale High School who overcame many challenges and now serves as president of the Alderwood Boys & Girls Club’s Keystone Club; and Trever Tuck, a junior at Everett High School who spent his recent 17th birthday doing 17 different random acts of kindness for 17 random strangers and is known school-wide for his dedication to serving others.
Ingrid Ricks, a New York Times bestselling author, gave an inspirational talk for the teens in attendance.
Campbell gets $61K to go to Montana StateJason Campbell of Mukilteo has been awarded two scholarships from Montana State University at Bozeman, including a $60,000 Achievement Award Scholarship (based on high ACT scores) and the University’s College of Engineering $1,000 Dean’s Leadership Scholarship.
Grant will buy lathe for robotics programArchbishop Murphy High School science teacher Jonathan Glass has been awarded a Fulcrum Foundation STAR Grant to continue advancing the school’s robotics team. The $1,500 grant will be used to purchase a lathe that will allow students to manufacture specific parts to build a robot.
Kamiak senior a finalist in service contestCarolyn Van Der Meulen of Mukilteo, a senior at Kamiak High School, was presented May 28 with an engraved bronze medallion to recognize her selection as a Distinguished Finalist for Washington in the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Carolyn co-founded “Foster Bikes,” an organization that has collected and repaired more than 60 bicycles to donate to children in foster care.
Art show draws hundreds of entriesMore than 800 pieces of art from students in kindergarten to 12th grade at 20 schools throughout Snohomish, Skagit and King counties were on display May 4 at the 10th annual Archbishop Murphy High School Juried Art Show.
The Best in Show Award was given to Sandra Yang of Northshore Christian School, and the Bronze Award to Jessica Brown of Immaculate Conception Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The Classroom Creation Award was given to Northshore Christian School’s sixth- through eighth-grade class.
The 2014 Murphy Cup Award, a tradition presented to the school with the most winning entries, was given to Immaculate Conception-Our Lady of Perpetual Help School and art teacher Tina Bertoldi.
A selection of 60 outstanding pieces from the show will be on display at the Seattle Art Museum Sept. 10-Oct. 7.



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