Robotics teams advance to world championship
Glacier Peak High School’s TaterBotz robotics team finished in third place at the FIRST Tech Challenge West Super Regional competition that was held March 20-22 in Sacramento, Calif. Lynnwood High School’s Royal Robotics team finished eighth.
Both teams are preparing for the FTC World Championship set for April 23-26 in St. Louis, Mo. The groups are working on fund raisers to make the trip, as well as sponsors to continue beyond this season.
This year’s FTC game is played on a 12-foot-square field, and each robot cannot exceed an 18-inch cubed frame perimeter. The challenge is to maneuver 2-inch plastic cubes using the robot in a certain way to earn points in the allotted 2-minute time period. Randomly selected alliances of two teams work together to earn more points than another alliance on the same field.
“We were stunned that we were able to attend and compete with some of the best teams in the world, and even more stunned when we won seven out of eight matches with our robot, placing third in our division of 36,” said Brian Willis, a Glacier Peak junior on the TaterBotz team.
Arlington senior wins Have a Dream scholarship
Harlin Horrer, a senior at Arlington High School, received a $1,000 scholarship for college at the annual Students of Color Career Conference, held March 27 at Everett Community College.
Harlin said he dropped his jaw and ran down the bleachers when his name was called to receive the Have a Dream Foundation Scholarship. Seniors selected for the scholarship must be a student of color and meet the GPA requirement. Applicants submitted an essay of 500 words on the topic, “My Dream and My Plan to Achieve It,” with references to any unique circumstances, hardships, or obstacles they overcame.
Horrer, who said he was inspired to think about college by his high school counselor, plans to attend Eastern Washington University this fall and study to become a teacher.
Lake Stevens senior receives scholarship
Samantha Amey-Gonzalez, of Lake Stevens High School, was named one of about 800 outstanding black American high school seniors nationwide and was the recipient of a $2,500 National Merit Achievement Scholarship.
Amey-Gonzalez plans to study veterinary medicine.
Teens to rock Beatles tunes on stage
The Edmonds-Woodway High School string quartet will join professional actors on stage when the touring show, “In My Life: A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles,” comes to the Edmonds Center for the Arts on June 4.
“In My Life” is the musical retelling of the Beatles story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein. It features live music performed by the tribute band Abbey Road. Ticket information can be found at www.edmondscenterforthearts.org.
Edmonds-Woodway High senior Elliot Harrison (violin), juniors Hannah Gorham (violin) and Madeleine Jeffers (cello), and sophomore Jonathan Mah (viola), will join the show’s rock band for the songs “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hello Goodbye” and “Hey Jude.”
Jeffers has been a Beatles fan since her father introduced her to “Yellow Submarine” cartoons when she was younger. “I love that our string quartet gets to play Beatles songs,” she said.
The members of the EWHS string quartet perform with the school’s auditioned Chamber Orchestra and also can be hired for weddings and other events (email email@example.com for information). Harrison and Gorham also perform in a bluegrass band called “High Class Bluegrass.”
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