School Winners

Kamiak senior heading to U.S. Naval Academy

Nick Taglialavore, of Mukilteo, received the principal nomination for Congressional District 2 and has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., Class of 2018. He also had received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, in addition to being accepted to University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Washington.

“It was a close call between these four schools,” said Mike Taglialavore, Nick’s father. In the end, Nick decided to follow in his sister’s footsteps. Lauren Taglialavore (class of 2008 at Kamiak High School) graduated from the Naval Academy in 2012 and is now stationed in San Diego, Calif.

Nick was born in Hawaii and moved to Mukilteo at age 1 when his father, a Navy veteran of more than 25 years, was transferred to Whidbey Island. The Kamiak senior is on track to graduate this year with a 3.75 GPA, taking mostly honors and college-level Advanced Placement courses. He also has been involved in sports, particularly football, along with volunteer activities, and he is an Eagle Scout with Troop 7 of the Mount Baker Council, where he served as a senior patrol leader.

He plans to major in Chinese and economics.

Granite Falls boy named top safety patroller

Malachi Caldera, a fifth-grader at Monte Cristo Elementary School in Granite Falls, was selected as one of 10 outstanding patrollers in the state to be inducted in the 2014 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame. Malachi will be recognized for his dedication to safety, community stewardship and leadership at an evening awards ceremony to be held May 9 before a Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field.

Patrollers are evaluated and judged on their commitment to traffic safety, citizenship, leadership skills, and contributions to school safety patrol programs. Nominations require input from both the patroller and their advisor, including responses to a series of essay questions. This year, the panel reviewed and evaluated more than 50 nominations to determine the top 10 inductees.

Photographers’ work draws honors from pros

Schack Art Center received more than 185 entries for its 2014 Black &White Photography Contest. The contest was open to all Snohomish County high school students. Photographs were judged in two age categories by photographers Terry Divyak, Mark Dodge and Mary Bess Johnson.

The Grand Prize winner was Kainalu Ramos, a junior at Henry M. Jackson High School, for his entry “Fathomless.”

Other winners: Nate McCarthy (first place, grades 9/10) and Allison Downs (first place, grades 11/12), both of Edmonds-Woodway High School; Claire Farnsworth of Stanwood High School (second place, grades 9/10) and Madison Wiens of Henry M. Jackson High School (second place, grades 11/12); Alissa Zeitz of Stanwood High School (third place, grades 9/10) and Samantha Amey-Gonzalez of Lake Stevens High School (third place, grades 11/12).

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All entries also are on display through April 29 in the Emerging Young Artist Gallery at Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave. in Everett.

PUD names art contest winners

Snohomish County PUD recently announced the names of 17 local students who won awards in the utility’s 2014 art and photography competitions. The contests engage students in energy topics.

The art contest challenged students to create posters that teach people ways to be safe around electricity. Art contest winners: Diego Garcia Gonzalez (kindergarten, Garfield Elementary, Everett), Sadie Rose Alford (grade 2, English Crossing Elementary, Lakewood), Juliana Gogun (grade 3, Garfield Elementary, Everett), Madeline Cho (grade 5, Mukilteo Elementary), Cindy Liang (grade 5, Mukilteo Elementary), Anna Ren (grade 6, homeschool), Aldair Sanchez and Aria Thompson (both grade 6, Totem Middle School, Marysville), Kailey Kovach (grade 8, Stillaguamish Valley School, Arlington), Chloe Keehan (grade 9, Sultan High School), and Megan Sorn and Logan Weaver (both grade 9, Glacier Peak High School, Snohomish).

For the PUD photography contest, high school students were challenged to capture the theme of “Energy in Action” in a photograph. Five students won awards: Sarah Campo and Nikky Wyeth (both grade 11, Lake Stevens High School), Ingrid Pelletier (grade 11, Stanwood High School), Taylor Albrecht (grade 12, Glacier Peak High School, Snohomish) and Easton Lemos (grade 12, Snohomish High School).

The winners’ entries will be on display through April 18 in the lobby of the PUD’s Everett headquarters, at 2320 California St. They also are posted on the PUD website at

Rotary honors Snohomish students

The Snohomish Rotary club recently recognized secondary school Students of the Third Quarter from Centennial and Valley View middle schools, and from AIM, Glacier Peak and Snohomish high schools. Honored students: Rose Anderson, Eric Av, Allison Barkhouse, Elise Dahlberg, Paige Drennon, Ian Good, Emma Kenth, Chris Kibbey, Alexandra Kube, Mackenzie Rea, Taylor Sether, Madison VanAssche and Grant Yaniv.

Oak Harbor school wins challenge

The Oak Harbor Elementary School reading team The Fantastics were named the champions of the Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem Sockem Third-Grade Reading Challenge with a perfect score at the final competition March 26 in Mukilteo. Nearly 200 parents, students and supporters cheered on five teams of third-graders answering trivia questions based on six selected books.

Each member of The Fantastics won a Kindle, an Amazon gift certificate, and other prizes provided by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation and The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, sponsors of the quiz bowl-style challenge. The winning team members are Allison Bailey, Jermaine Denmon, Jillian Knoll, Brianna Moore, Antonia Prosser, Payten Seith, John Tryon, and Liam Woodard. They were coached by Glenda Jackson and Peter Woodard.

The six books teams were quizzed on: “Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things” by Lenore Look, “Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective” (vol. 1) by Donald Sobol, “The Great Cake Mystery” by Alexander McCall Smith, “The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies, “Little Wolf’s Book of Badness” by Ian Whybrow and “The Magical Ms. Plum” by Bonny Becker.

Young Sultan chefs cook up talent

Twelve finalists from 51 entries in the Sultan School District’s Future Chef competition for fourth- and fifth-graders competed March 21 for top awards. Each finalist received a chef’s coat and hat, a cookbook, medal and goodie bag. Winners also received panini grills and will be recognized at the May 19 Sultan School Board meeting.

Winners were Jordyn Mcnew (Health Conscious award for “The New Peanut Butter &Jelly”), Nicloe Pillatos (Kid Friendliest, “Waffle Delight”), Kayla Macfarlane (Fun Sandwich, “Banana Savannah Sandwich”), Carmen Valencia-Correa (Best Verbal Presentation, “Miniature Wrap-ups”), and Hope Huffman (Judge’s Choice, “French Dipbites”).

Young choir look forward to big stage

A choir of 9- to 11-year-olds from Mountain Way Elementary School in Granite Falls will sing the national anthem before the Seattle Mariners game at 1:10 p.m. May 11, Mother’s Day, at Safeco Field. School students, parents and staff can get discounted tickets, with $4 of each ticket going back to the music program.

The choir in February was invited to audition for the opportunity. The students, who had not performed the anthem before, came up with an a cappella melody with teacher Brandy Golston and sent in their recording. The choir is made up of 36 third- through fifth-graders.

“I am so proud of this choir, they have a huge heart and a high desire to succeed,” Golston said.

Tech students haul in first-place finishes

The annual Washington State Technology Student Association State Conference was held March 27-29 in Bellevue, where 639 students from over 50 chapters across the state participated in STEM-related competitions. First-place winners from Snohomish County are listed below.

Arlington High School: Devan White (Woodworking Design)

Glacier Peak High School: John Miller and Olivia Olson (Biotechnology Design)

Henry M. Jackson High School: Natalie Weed, Lydia Kim, Brian Uyela, Caleb Kim, Hannah Cho and Indira Rayala (Engineering Design); Sabrina Smith, Mathew Peters and Peter Haugen (Music Production); Leah Shin, Tiffany Lai, Ashley Regudon, Alex Park (Webmaster)

Mountlake Terrace High School: Haeley Johnston (Career Preparation High School); Jonathan Thiem (Technical Sketching and Application)

Stanwood High School: Jared Holmgren and Nathan Holmgren (Architectural Renovation); Colin Cuchna and Brian Hewlett (CNC Production); Karsten Chaplik (Dragster Design); Carter Garcea, Gabriel Johnson, Nathan Holmgren (Manufacturing Prototype)

Alderwood Middle School: Barett Wakefield and Bradley Knorr (Junior Solar Sprint); Gaia Crans (Tech Bowl Written)

Brier Terrace Middle School: Justin Ong (Career Preparation Middle School); Jacob Peters, Ryan Coffman, Brandon Elias (Inventions and Innovations); Olivia Olson (Prepared Speech); Olivia Olson and Justin Ong (Structural Model)

Meanwhile, Haeley Johnston was elected to join the WTSA state officer team in 2014-15 as its vice president. The sophomore is enrolled in Mountlake Terrace High School’s STEM Magnet Program.

Murphy finishes No. 2 at state Mock Trial

Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School’s Mock Trial team finished in second place at the YMCA Mock Trial State Tournament, held March 28-30 in Thurston County. Twenty teams competed. This was the first year Archbishop Murphy advanced to state.

Senior Claudia Morales was one of three teens named Overall Best Attorney. She also was the recipient of the Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court Scholarship.

Washington Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens presided over the championship trial March 30 in Olympia between Archbishop Murphy and eight-time defending state champion Seattle Preparatory High School.

“Mock Trial puts you together with kids from all different backgrounds and ages, and gives you the tools you need to succeed in all aspects of life,” said senior Chris Damitio, a Mock Trial attorney. “It was really a special group of people that we got to compete with this year.”

Other team members were Jacob Lucas, Hannah Volsky, Teresa Straughn, Emma White, Rachel Alfond, Sam Myers, and David Yao.

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