School winners

County tech students excel at STEM event

The 30th annual Washington Technology Student Association conference, March 28-30 in Bellevue, saw 500 students from 42 schools from across the state competing in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related events.

Top finishers from Snohomish County schools:

Alderwood Middle School: Peter Kim (dragster design).

Brier Terrace Middle School: Emma Dortsch (career prep); Justin Ong, Natalie Sutton and Jake Peters (leadership strategies); Alex Joo and Mitchel Kaminski (structural engineering).

Cascade High School: Tommy Tang, Adam Mcarthur, Darian Cassel and Thomas Wilson (digital video production).

Glacier Peak High School: John Miller (biotechnology design); Ransom Cutshall (flight endurance); James Mcfarland and Grant Duffy (manufacturing prototype).

Henry M. Jackson High School: Akshy Palanisamy and Shadi Mattar (debating technology issues); Sri Nimmagadda (extemporaneous speech); Amy Chiu, Peter Liao, Hannah Tan and Heejoon Ahn (SCIVIS); Andrew Lee (Tech Bowl written); Paul Moon (transportation modeling); Michelle Bohnen, Everet Wang, Peter Cung and Sai Nimmagadda (Webmaster).

Kamiak High School: Eric Nakassa (photographic technology).

Meadowdale Middle School: Thereesa Langley (Tech Bowl written).

Mountlake Terrace High School: Haeley Johnston (career prep); Jonathan Thiem (dragster design); Paxtyn Merten (essays on technology); Jonathan Thiem and Connor Ebright (structural engineering); Asialee Donnelly and Haeley Johnston (technology problem solving).

Stanwood High School: Jackson Campbell and Jared Holmgren (CNC production); Drew Stang, Charlie Vail and Brady Garcea (engineering design); Skout Roberson, Karsten Chaplik, Jackson Campbell, Colin Cuchna, Brian Hewlett and Jared Holmgren (video game design).

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Snohomish High speech team is tops

The 46-member Snohomish High School speech and debate team repeated as WIAA 4A state champions in speech this year, defeating runner-up Thomas Jefferson by a score of 68-43. Two students won their second state speech championship titles. The team also won the WSFA team title in debate this year and won their seventh Puget Sound National District title.

Fifteen of its members will now head to National Championship tournaments in San Antonio, Texas, Philadelphia and Birmingham, Ala.

Creative students headed to Knoxville

Local teams fared well at the state Destination ImagiNation competition and qualify for the Global Finals, May 22-25 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Epic DI Style from Endeavor Elementary School in Mukilteo was one of the winners of the “Twist-O-Rama” structural challenge.

7 Peas in a Pod, an elementary-age team from the private Brighton School in Lynnwood, were winners in the “Wind Visible” creative engineering category.

And the Maplewood Alums from Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale high schools were winners in the “Change in Realitee” improv competition.

Marysville teen gets EWU scholarship

Kaylie Green has been awarded a Presidential Scholarship for $3,000 for the 2013-14 academic year at Eastern Washington University.

Kaylie will graduate from Marysville Getchell High School in June. She is in the top 1 percent of her graduating class. She was the varsity soccer captain for two years and also is in Running Start. Kaylie is the daughter of Darren and Kirsten Green of Marysville.

2 Arlington students on all-state team

Everett Community College students Olivia Wallace and April Ketchum were honored March 21 as members of the 2013 All-Washington Academic Team.

The award honors outstanding students who have a demonstrated commitment to success. They each received $500 scholarships.

Wallace, 17, of Arlington, is a Running Start student who is earning her degree at Arlington High School and taking classes at EvCC. She plans to become a kindergarten teacher. She’s inspired by her father, a double amputee, and enjoys helping her younger brother. She also volunteers with her dad talking to families of amputees and recently led a food drive that brought in 2,815 pounds of food.

Ketchum, 43, of Arlington, was a stay-at-home mom until her husband was injured and could no longer work. Twenty-six years after graduating from high school, she decided to earn her college degree to better prepare herself to support her family. She plans to transfer to a four-year school and then become an art teacher.

UW-Bothell student a Fulbright Scholar

Graduate student Tyrell “Ty” Edwards has received a Fulbright award from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. He is the University of Washington-Bothell’s first Fulbright Student Scholar.

Edwards is a student in UW-Bothell’s Master of Cultural Studies Program. He will graduate in June.

Beginning in September, Edwards will live on-campus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. He will conduct research on international student development and retention.

At UW-Bothell, Edwards founded a group that helps international students transition to life in the U.S. and to campus life.

Lynnwood grad to attend acting school

Jason Huff, formerly of Lynnwood and a 2012 graduate of Western Washington University, has been placed into the prestigious Actor Apprentice Company of 2013-14 at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Louisville, Ky.

The company is one of the nation’s oldest pre-professional training programs. Each year the company auditions more than 2,000 young artists and chooses 22 to spend a season-long residency at the Tony Award-winning home of the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

The program is designed to serve as a bridge between undergraduate study and a professional career.

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