Orienteering team finishes third
A Marysville School District Navy Junior ROTC team finished in third place for the 2013-14 season in the Washington Interscholastic Orienteering League’s Junior Varsity Boys North field. They were the only Snohomish County team to finish in the top 3 in any of the league’s divisions.
The Marysville team includes cadets Caleb Braaten and James Ueland of Marysville Arts and Technology High School and John Thomas of Marysville Bio-Med Academy. Individually, Braaten placed fourth out of 48.
The competition is run by Cascade Orienteering Club. The Orienteering League consists of eight events, roughly every other Saturday throughout the winter, from early November to the championships in February. Each event explores a different park in the Puget Sound area.
Edmonds girl wins poster contest
The winner of this year’s Poison Prevention Week poster contest is Cecilia Wroblewski, 11, of Edmonds. Cecilia’s brightly colored poster reflected the theme of “Mr. Yuk to the rescue,” outfitting him with a superhero cape.
Cecilia wins $500, a visit to her school by Mr. Yuk, and her poster will be featured during Washington Poison Center’s 2014 Poison Prevention Week, March 16-22. Umpqua Bank also will display her poster and send an ice cream truck to her school, Holy Rosary School, for an assembly.
Among the poster contest’s runners-up were Claudia Cano, 10, and Caitlin Carroll, 12, both of Edmonds. The girls receive $100.
Students named Scholars candidates
Four local students are among the 3,000 candidates nationwide for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program:
Evan Wang, of Monroe, Monroe High School
Zachary Frohardt, of Lynnwood, King’s High School
Farris Peale, of Mukilteo, Phillips Academy (Andover, Mass.)
Ryan Vogt, of Mukilteo, Kamiak High School.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as presidential scholars.
From the initial 3,000-candidate pool, about 560 students will be named semifinalists, from which up to 121 Academic Scholars and 20 Arts Scholars will be selected and honored at the White House.
Terrace Idol names its stars
The winners of the annual Terrace Idol singing competition at Mountlake Terrace High School on Feb. 19 were Caitlin Yanos, an Edmonds-Woodway sophomore, chosen by the adult judges, and Maddy Caiola, a Terrace freshman, picked by the audience.
The competition is student-run and lasts three weeks, with judges narrowing the field from 20 participants to the final five.
Schools benefit from credit union grants
BECU has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to 46 local schools. Each grant is awarded based on specific need up to a maximum of $2,500.
Everett School District: View Ridge Elementary ($2,500 to purchase iPads and RAZ Kids reading program for English language learners); Madison Elementary School ($2,240 to purchase Reading Eggs software); Horizon Elementary ($2,500 to host an EarthCorps Crew Day, including tools, gloves and plants); North Middle School ($2,500 to build and cultivate a community garden)
Marysville School District: Sunnyside Elementary ($2,389.20 to buy Chromebooks); School-Home Partnership Program ($2,281 to buy 30 TI-Nspire Touchpad graphing calculators)
Bus supervisor earns ASE certification
Durham School Services in Everett honored Maintenance Supervisor Lonnie J. Young in a special recognition event Feb. 5 for earning his master technician certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
The institute is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service. Durham provides student transportation services for the Everett School District.
Young is among 15 Durham employees who hold master technician status. Currently, there are only 1,483 master school bus technicians in the United States.
Lynnwood girl honored for helping
Mia Nguyen, 13, an eighth-grade Alderwood Middle School student, has been selected as one of two state winners of the national 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards top Middle Youth volunteer.
Mia made and sold more than 100 bows, raising $300 for Seattle Children’s Hospital in honor of a friend being treated for leukemia. “I didn’t think it was fair that a young, carefree girl had to deal with this, so I started to think about what I could do to help or just make her feel better,” Mia said.
Foundation aids school projects
The Mukilteo Schools Foundation has awarded 41 grants totaling $17,618 to help Mukilteo educators fund classroom projects that are intended to improve student achievement.
Most grants were for the maximum amount, of $500. Examples of funded projects include field trips, specialized classroom supplies, a school-wide musical called “Bullies Anonymous” at Odyssey Elementary, and more. See a full list at www.mukilteo.wednet.edu.
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