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Granite Falls Eco Car Teams finish strong

The two Granite Falls High School Eco Car Teams took awards in this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Americas event March 29 to April 1 in Houston, Texas.

The event has high school and college students build their own cars and compete to travel the greatest distance on the least amount of fuel.

For the second consecutive year, the all-girl team ShopGirls won the Safety Award. The award went to two teams in the competition who made the most efforts to comply with the safety regulations of Shell Eco-marathon Americas.

The ShopGirls placed fourth in the diesel prototype category with 520 miles per gallon.

The UrbanAutos team received second place in the diesel Urban concept category with 231 miles per gallon.

Top GF juniors receive honors

Damascus Lodge No. 199 F&AM in Granite Falls recognizes the top 10 juniors at Granite Falls High School every year.

This year’s top students will be honored at 6 p.m. April 24 at the lodge, 111 E. Stanley Ave. Each will receive a certificate and are eligible to apply for a scholarship during their senior year.

The students include: Pooja Sethi, Bryan Beard, Thomas Eadie, Semira Kern, Emily Schneiders, Rachel Mow, Megan Davis, Nicole Wesala, Rhiannon Alexander and Emily Walbon.

Rotary Club honors outstanding students

The Rotary Club of Arlington announced its Outstanding Students for the month of February.

Rotarian and Arlington Superintendent of Schools Kris McDuffy presented certificates to McKenzie Corpron from Arlington High School and Josh Basher from Haller Middle School.

The students were recognized Feb. 16. They received a voucher for a $50 donation to a nonprofit group at their school or a nonprofit organization in their community.

Monroe DECA students compete at state level

Monroe High School students in the marketing program received recognition at the Washington State DECA Career Development Conference held recently in Bellevue.

Thirty Monroe students competed at the state level after qualifying against more than 800 students from high schools in Snohomish, Skagit, Island and Whatcom counties. Students Raquel Davalos, Aaron Furrer, Jordynn Hall and Kelsey Harvill qualified to attend the DECA International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 27 to May 2.

Junior Jackson Alesna, who served as Washington DECA Area 1 president for 2011-12, will also travel to Salt Lake City as a member of the state officer delegation.

More than 300 Monroe High students participate in DECA, an extracurricular club focused on marketing and leadership.

Teacher earns spot in summer academy

Sadie Brumley, a fifth-grade teacher at Gold Bar Elementary, has been selected to attend the 2012 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J.

Brumley is one of 200 qualified third- through fifth-grade teachers from around the country selected to attend the one-week, all-expense paid professional development program July 22 to 27.

A panel of educators from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association selected Brumley to attend the academy.

During the program, teachers discover new ways to excite students using experiments that demonstrate various math and science concepts.

To submit news for School Winners, contact reporter Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491; or email

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