Local students help take third at Mock Trial

  • Tue Mar 27th, 2012 7:08pm

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

King’s High School, in Shoreline, finished third at the state YMCA Mock Trial Competition held March 23-25 at the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia. Archbishop Murphy High School, in Mill Creek, finished 18th.

The two teams were the top finishers at a district competition Feb. 8-11 at the Snohomish County Juvenile Justice Center. A total of 22 high school teams competed in the state competition.

In its second year of competition, King’s improved on its 20th-place finish last year. Local students on the King’s team were Greyson Nelson, of Lynnwood; McKenzie Mitchell and Mason Hudon, both of Edmonds; and Sonja Leite and Gabrielle Morris, of Woodway.

Local students on the AMHS team were Claudia Morales, of Lynnwood, and Dan Harris, of Edmonds.

AMHS for the second time in three years won the YMCA Values Award, given to the team that demonstrated the highest level of respect, faith, fun, civility, ethics and teamwork. Also, AMHS senior attorney Annie Dang won a $1,000 Inns of Court Jr. Civility Award Scholarship for having the highest level of professionalism, ethics, civility and legal skills of all the applicants.

Teens show work at state conference

Lynnwood High School students Jazmin D’Agostino, Laksmi Van, Jessica Garcia and Mirela Aleksandrova enjoyed the 2012 Washington Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference in Wenatchee, March 21-23.

Students participated in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) event competitions, speaking about projects they developed and carried out in their homes, schools and communities. Van and D’Agostino each earned Gold status for their presentations.

“Going in to the regional events, all I wanted to do was talk to my fellow FCCLA members at Lynnwood High School,” Van said in a press release. “By the end, the number of people in my comfort zone increased as I shared my nervousness with the others competing in my event.”

The students now hope to attend the national convention, to be held July 7-13 in Orlando, Fla.

Four finalists for new assistant supe

There are four finalists for the position of assistant superintendent for secondary schools in the Edmonds School District, including three internal candidates.

A Community Forum was held March 22 where attendees could meet the finalists, ask questions and provide written feedback. The four finalists are:

• Christine Avery, principal at Meadowdale Middle School since 2006

• Patrick Murphy, executive director of secondary education in the Issaquah School District

• Greg Schwab, principal at Mountlake Terrace High School since 2004

• Michelle Trifunovic, principal at Edmonds-Woodway High School since 2007

Ken Limon, longtime assistant superintendent for secondary schools, is retiring at the end of June.

Terrace team helps Nicaraguan school

Mountlake Terrace High School’s FIRST Robotics Team 1778, “Chill Out,” has collected school supplies to send Villa Esperanza, a rescue home and school for homeless girls in Managua, Nicaragua.

During the six weeks that they were building a robot, the team gathered, with the help of Staples, about $500 worth of school supplies to send to Nicaragua.

EdCC lecture series kicks off

The Edmonds Community College Lecture Series starts April 10 with Secretary of State Sam Reed.

Lectures are free and held at the campus’ Black Box Theatre, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

For more information, call 425-640-1139 or go to www.BlackBoxEdCC.org.

This year’s series includes:

• “Sam Reed: I Will Vote 2012,” 12 p.m. April 10: Reed visits campus for College Civics Week 2012 to discuss the importance of voting and being active in local and national issues.

• “Telling the Hanford Story: Finding a Form that Fits,” 12:30 p.m. April 24: Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken presents her poetry collection, “Plume.” The author also will share historic photos and talk about the role of poetry and the arts in addressing environmental and social justice issues.

• “Sustainability, Diversity and Social Justice,” 12:30 p.m. May 2: Running-Grass, a widely published and nationally recognized expert in multicultural environmental education and environmental justice, will explore the intersections of environmental sustainability, cultural diversity and the roots of social justice movements.

• “Shadowball: A History of the Negro Baseball League,” 12:30 p.m. May 16: Three-time Emmy Award-winner and internationally known story performer Bobby Norfolk presents a living history performance through the heyday of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Historical slides and period music enhance this emotional performance, illustrating the clash of race, sports and culture.

Class teaches Love &Logic parenting

A pair of “Becoming a Love &Logic Parent” class series start April 9 and 25 at local schools.

The courses are designed to give parents practical parenting skills to help with day-to-day frustrations.

Morning classes will be held for seven weeks from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, starting April 9, at Cedar Valley Community School, 19200 56th Ave. W, Lynnwood. Cost is $20 per family. Call 425-431-1194 or email rueda-browna@edmonds.wednet.edu for more information.

Evening classes will be held for five weeks from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting April 25, at Hazelwood Elementary School, 3300 204th St. SW, Lynnwood. Cost is $50 for individuals and $70 for couples. For more information, call 425-431-7884.

Gangs get attention at Roundtable

Edmonds schools Superintendent Nick Brossoit hosts his monthly Superintendent’s Roundtable from noon to 1 p.m. April 11 at the Educational Services Center board room, 20420 68th Ave., Lynnwood.

This month’s topic is “Gangs: If it is a problem, what is our level of awareness? Are we proactive or reactive? What can be done?,” presented by Assistant Superintendent Ken Limon.

Career fair coming up

The University of Washington Bothell’s Spring Career and Internship Fair is scheduled for 3-6 p.m. April 18 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 19 on the campus at 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell.

Cascadia breakfast fundraiser is April 18

Cascadia Community College Foundation’s seventh annual fundraising breakfast, “Make Dreams Come True,” will be held at 7 a.m. April 18 in the global learning and the arts building on the campus at 18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell.

The event will also celebrate the 10th anniversary of the college’s inaugural graduating class.

Tickets are $35. Register by April 10 at www.cascadia.edu/foundationevents. For more information, call 425-352-8840 or email foundation@cascadia.edu.

Public invited to give input on budget

Community meetings continue this month that allow the public to learn how budget planning for the 2012-13 school year is evolving and offer feedback. Budget information also is updated at www.edmonds.wednet.edu.

Upcoming meetings:

• 7 p.m. April 11: Lynnwood High School theater, 18218 North Road, Bothell

• 4 p.m. April 18: Mountlake Terrace High School theater, 21801 44th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace

• 7 p.m. April 25: Edmonds-Woodway High School theater, 7600 212th St. SW, Edmonds

Arts camp taking kids

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is accepting students for its 2012 August Arts Camp to be held 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 6-10.

Students choose one core class, a main area of interest and two elective classes to complete their day. Core classes include: reed sculpture, textile arts, drawing and painting, theater arts, hip hop dance and steel drums. Elective classes include: blacklight batik, needle and wet felting, bookmaking, theater arts, hip hop dance and steel drums.

The program is open to students who have completed at least third grade and no older than those who have completed sixth grade. Class sizes are limited; enrollment is first-come, first-served. Tuition is $210 if paid by May 31, $230 after. A limited number of scholarships are available. Registration deadline is July 13. Forms are at www.shorelinearts.net. Call 206-417-4645 or email artsed@shorelinearts.net for more information.

Teachers: Library has literacy grants available

The Friends of the Mill Creek Library will award one or more grants of up to $1,500 to defray professional development costs to support the provision of literacy education or the expansion of literacy services in the community.

Proposed projects may include seminars, courses, conference attendance, or other continuing education endeavors that support professional development. Individuals must be active providers of literacy services or literacy education, and live, work, or otherwise have ties to the greater Mill Creek area.

To apply, mail a resume and cover letter detailing interest in the grant, postmarked by April 15, to: Grants Committee, Friends of the Mill Creek Library, 15429 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek, WA 98012.

Awards will be announced at the Friends’ May 9 meeting.

Scholarship opportunity

Applications for scholarships worth $1,000 to $5,000 are available through the Edmonds School District Alumni Association (ESDAA). Applications are due April 23.

Eligible students must be seniors graduating in June. Last year, a total of $50,000 and two Lenovo ThinkPads were awarded and this year the total will be even higher.

Some scholarships are only available to students who meet certain requirements, such as financial need, particular high schools, specific majors of study and specific vocational or technical programs.

Applications may be found on the Alumni Association section of the Edmonds School District website, www.edmonds.wednet.edu, under the “Community” tab.