Drama students plan ‘Streetcar,’ ‘Museum’

  • Tue Jan 31st, 2012 8:06pm

<b>SCHOOLS NOTEBOOK | </b>Herald staff

The Meadowdale High School Players will perform “A Streetcar Named Desire” at 7 p.m. Feb. 16-17 and 23-24 in the theater on the campus at 6002 168th St. SW, Lynnwood.

More than 20 students auditioned for 17 roles.

“All of the young thespians were nervous to begin with, only to be doubled when every individual found out that everyone and their dog were auditioning as well,” wrote senior Kat Johnston in a press release.”

Tickets are $6 at the door. More information is available at www.facebook.com/MeadowdalePlayers.

Meanwhile, the Edmonds-Woodway High School Players will perform the satirical comedy “Museum” at 7 p.m. Feb. 9-11 and 3 p.m. Feb. 12 in the theater at 7600 212th St. SW, Edmonds.

The show includes a cast of interesting characters navigating the last day of an art show that’s taking a turn for the strange.

Tickets are $7, $5 for seniors and children.

E-W senior honored by state VFW

At its midwinter convention, the Washington State Veterans of Foreign Wars recognized Edmonds-Woodway High School senior Katerina Nguyen for her entry in the VFW Voice of Democracy Audio Essay contest. Nguyen’s essay was awarded fifth-place honors at the Jan. 21 conference held in Yakima.

The audio essay contest, open to all high school students, touched on the theme “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?” In addition to a plaque, Nguyen also received a scholarship.

To prepare for this year’s contest and understand the motivations and feelings of veterans regarding their combat experiences, Nguyen interviewed members of the Edmonds VFW Post 8870. She successfully incorporated their highly personal and emotional reactions to what they had experienced into her essay. This was the fourth consecutive year that Nguyen won the essay contest at the post level and the second time her entries have won honors at the district level, which qualifies for state consideration.

During her high school career, Nguyen has maintained a 4.0 GPA while pursuing a rigorous academic program. She has participated in varsity sports and played an active role in several student clubs. Nguyen hopes to attend the University of Washington next fall.

Enrollment opening at coop preschool

The Center for Families Cooperative Preschool at Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Ave. W in Lynnwood, will hold an open house from 12:30-2 p.m. Feb. 3.

Open enrollment for the program, which has classes for children age 2-5, is planned for 9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 16.

The program includes monthly parent education sessions, field trips and a 1-to-5 adult-to-child ratio. Children do not need to be potty-trained.

For more information, call 425-640-1178 or visit www.cffcoop.org.

Rotary honors Terrace Park teacher

Terrace Park Elementary School third-grade teacher Ruth Kenney was named Alderwood-Terrace Rotary’s Educator of the Month for January.

Kenney is a tireless advocate for education and gives her time and talents to staff, students and parents, Principal Mary Freitas said.

EdCC honors distinguished alumni

The Edmonds Community College Foundation recently honored the college’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni:

• Clyde Klingenbeck, 64, of Seattle, is a paralegal in the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. He came to the college for worker retraining after an injury prevented him from continuing his work as a roofer. He discovered an aptitude for law and he was able to complete a paralegal degree. He has served on the college’s paralegal advisory board for 15 years.

• Ben Kocaj, 35, of Mountlake Terrace, is executive director of Puget Sound Surgical Center in Edmonds. He earned his associate of arts degree and studied business management at EdCC. After graduation, he attended the University of Washington Bothell and earned his degree in business administration with a focus in finance.

• Duane Lewellen, 51, of Lynnwood, is principal owner of The Rice Group Inc., a Lynnwood consulting engineering firm. He earned his associate of technical arts degree in energy management at EdCC, began work at the Snohomish County PUD and went on to earn a bachelor’s in business administration from City University. Lewellen serves as advisory board member for the college’s Energy Management program and has taught classes.

Nominations for Edmonds Community College’s Distinguished Alumni Award are accepted year-round. Submit nominations at www.edcc.edu/foundation.

Scholarship honors reformed youth

The Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ) seeks nominations for the fourth annual Spirit of Youth Award, which recognizes a young adult (younger than age 24) who has made great strides following involvement with the juvenile justice system; has overcome personal obstacles; and is today making significant contributions to society.

A $1,000 scholarship to attend a Washington state college, university or vocational/technical school will be awarded to the winner.

Rules, nomination forms and more information are at www.dshs.wa.gov/ojj.

Innovation is forum focus at UWB

The Innovation Forum, a free public event, will be held Feb. 13-17 at the University of Washington Bothell, 11815 Campus Way NE in Bothell. This year’s forum is focused on innovation and creativity and their impact on our region, economy and education.

The four-day event will include numerous panels, programs and activities spanning a range of disciplines from bioethics to theater. The community is invited and encouraged to join the discourse. To view the schedule and follow the Innovation Forum blog visit www.uwb.edu/chancellor/event/innovationforum.

The first event at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 13 will feature Richard Shea, CEO of Olympus Respiratory America; Deborah Wilds, CEO of the College Success Foundation; and Lou Gray, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of DreamBox.

Business speakers take stage at SCC

The Global Affairs Center at Shoreline Community College plans a series of speakers who will tell the story of their companies’ efforts to promote charity and development at home and abroad.

The free events will each be held at 7 p.m. in the PUB 9208 Quiet Dining Room on the campus at 16101 Greenwood Ave. N. Featured are:

• Feb. 8: Joe Whinney, founder of Theo Chocolate

• Feb. 15: Jeff Martin, COO for Pura Vida Create Good and director of the Create Good Foundation

• Feb. 22: Akhtar Badshah, senior director of Global Community Affairs at the Microsoft Corporation

• Feb. 29: Elizabeth J. Warman, director of Global Corporate Citizenship for the Northwest region at the Boeing Co.

More information is at www.shoreline.edu.

Celebrate King at rescheduled Everett event

Community members are invited to join students, faculty and staff to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St. in north Everett, in Baker Hall 120.

The free event was rescheduled after a snow closure Jan. 18.

Speaker Barry Scott will speak about the civil rights movement of the 1960s and perform portions of King’s most famous speeches.

Upcoming lectures at EvCC

Everett Community College instructors are presenting a series of free lectures and presentations called “Revolutions” throughout the college’s winter quarter.

Upcoming events, to be held in Baker Hall 120 on the campus at 2000 Tower St. in north Everett:

• “Violent Revolution vs. Peaceful Protest: From Marx to Gandhi,” 12:20-1:20 p.m. Feb. 7, lecture by sociology instructors Beverly Farb and Margaret Riordan

• “The Sexual Revolution,” 12:20-1:20 p.m. Feb. 14, lecture by psychology instructor Diane Brown

• “Drama in Action,” 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 15, a play written and directed by theater instructor Beth Peterson and performed by students

To see a list of more events, visit www.everettcc.edu.

Poster contest offers arts scholarships

The Art Institute of Seattle and Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit for advancing the arts and arts education, are challenging high school seniors and graduates to design a poster that best expresses the theme “You Can Create Tomorrow” in the 2012 Poster Design Competition. Entries are being accepted through Feb. 3.

Winners will earn up to a full tuition scholarship to study at one of the more than 45 Art Institutes schools.

Learn more at www.artinstitutes.edu/postercompetition.