School winners

Lake Stevens student earns FFA first place

Ben Foster, a senior at Lake Stevens High School, recently took Individual First Place Overall Winner in Regional FFA Completion in the area of Nursery and Landscape.

Students in the competition worked individually and in school teams of four of five people. There were 63 contestants and 15 teams competing from the area.

Ben has been attending Lake Stevens schools since kindergarten. His parents are Donna and Vern Foster of Lake Stevens.

After graduation, he plans to go into the silk-screening business as an addition to the family printing business.

Granite Falls student wins Discus Award

Sara Rood of Granite Falls High School has been recognized as a 2011-12 Discus Award winner for her achievements in the areas of academics, community service and the environment.

The Discus Award is a national program that provides recognition and scholarship opportunities to all-around high school students who excel in three of 10 key attributes.

Sara is now eligible for 2011-12 Discus Awards scholarships.

Also, Sara created a multimedia profile highlighting her achievements, which may be viewed at www.DiscusAwards.com/winners.

Cadet from Gold Bar visits Supreme Court

Cadet Samantha K. Amenn of Gold Bar, a member of the Pre-Law Society of Virginia Military institute, was part of a delegation to visit the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this month.

While there, the delegation met with Justice Clarence Thomas. Amenn is in her third year at the military academy.

Instructor wins state teaching award

Everett Community College English instructor Lolly Smith is one of four people in Washington to receive an Anna Sue McNeill Assessment, Teaching and Learning Award.

The winners were announced by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

They were selected for their outstanding contributions to teaching, student learning and assessment, and for their commitment to supporting and providing educational opportunities for all students.

Grants go to Granite Falls eco-car program

Granite Falls High School manufacturing teacher Michael Werner was recently awarded two grants for the high school eco-car program.

Two groups of students, the Shop Girls and UrbanAutos team, have designed and built two cars to participate in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas contest in Houston, Texas, at the end of March.

The Boeing Employee Credit Union awarded a $2,450 grant for expansion of science, technology, engineering, and math studies in the eco-car program for fifth-grade students at Monte Cristo Elementary School and for middle school students.

The program has also received a $7,500 Women in Non-traditional Roles grant from the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

That funding will help introduce a robotics program at the high school, host a robotics summer camp for girls in grades 8 through 12, and provide funding for field trips.

For more information on the teams, or to donate to the program, go to the team’s website at live.gfalls.wednet.edu/ecoteams/.

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