Students bring in ‘dough’ for Haiti relief

  • Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 8:15pm

Archbishop Murphy High School and Frankie’s Pizza in Mill Creek raised $1,200 for Haiti relief with a fundraiser Jan. 27.

Working with Frankie’s employees, Archbishop students made and sold more than 100 pizzas for the “Dough” for Haiti event. All profits will go to Catholic Relief Services in Haiti.

In addition to the “Dough” event, Archbishop students have raised more than $2,700 toward relief efforts. The French club on Feb. 2 added to the total by selling crepes, a French family tradition for the day’s Candlemas (or Chandaleur), a feast celebrating the Light of Christ.

Shorecrest grad’s video ranks in contest

A Shorecrest High School graduate’s short video, “Hello World,” finished 10th most popular in the Nikon Festival, an online competition that drew over 1,250 entries.

Alexis Eggertsen created the video with Cody Groom, a Shoreline Community College employee. It features construction paper robots, a sleepy cat and one very vivid imagination. Watch the video at right.

The contest, inspired by Twitter, had contestants create videos about their day in 140 seconds or less.

Edmonds foundation plans luncheon

The Edmonds Public Schools Foundation plans its spring fundraising luncheon at 11 a.m. March 5 at the Lynnwood Convention Center.

Dr. Laura Kastner, who teaches at the University of Washington and is author of “Getting to Calm: Cool-headed strategies for parenting tweens and teens,” will be the keynote speaker.

Tickets are $40 per person or $400 for a table of ten. Call 425-431-7260, e-mail or visit for more information.

Jackson students are wordy wonders

A team of Henry M. Jackson High School freshmen tied for 10th place in the nation in this year’s WordMasters Challenge, which requires close analysis of prose and poetry.

Several students also won individual honors. Freshmen William Diamanti and Kaitlyn LaBorn and sophomore Stephen Bartlett placed, respectively, among the 51 highest-scoring ninth-graders and the 41 highest-scoring tenth-graders in the country. Freshmen Sarah Arpin and Matthew Spaw earned honorable mentions.

The team was supervised by Bev Robertson and Craig Bowen.

More than 52,000 students from across the country competed in the classroom-based competition.

Edmonds student awarded scholarship

Mark Medem, 25, of Edmonds recently was named a recipient of an Edmonds Community College Community Read scholarship from the Edmonds Community College Foundation.

The $1,100 award will go toward his spring-quarter tuition at the college.

Medem and other scholarship winners will present projects based on the nonfiction book, “Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World,” on March 2 in Mukilteo Hall when author Dan Koeppel speaks on campus. Koeppel will read from his book and take questions at 12:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. The event is open to the public.

Medem, who is studying audio engineering and fashion and retail merchandising, composed a hip-hop song about bananas with lyrics inspired by the book.

Gateway to award volunteers

Gateway Middle School is now a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

“The award is our way of thanking these volunteers and encouraging everyone in our community to make volunteering a part of their lives,” said Elizabeth Nunes, assistant principal.

Awards will be given based on the number of hours a volunteer logs in a year; the school will track hours. The award, which includes bronze, silver and gold levels, includes a lapel pin, certificate and letter from President Barack Obama.

The program was created in 2003 by then President George W. Bush to recognize the nation’s volunteers.

Home school team finishes fourth

Students from the Edmonds Homeschool Resource Center placed fourth out of 13 teams at the state-level Future City Competition finals held Jan. 23 in Seattle.

The competition, for seventh- and eighth-graders, had students build large tabletop models of cities. This year’s challenge was “providing an affordable living space for people who have lost their home due to a disaster or financial emergency.”

Deadline extended for music scholarship

Young musicians ages 6 to 18 are invited to vie for a scholarship and a chance to perform on stage at Benaroya Hall during the third annual Ten Grands concert May 21, part of the grand prize that awaits the winner of 98.1 Classical KING FM’s “Ten Grands Young Artist Awards.”

The deadline to apply has been extended to March 12.

Non-professional acoustic instrumentalists, vocalists, or ensembles of up to six people are eligible to submit the entry (consisting of an audition recording and entry form). The YouTube clips should last no longer than five minutes.

For more information, visit

Scholarships available to future teachers

The Sno-King School Retirees are again offering four scholarships open to the graduating seniors of Edmonds, Northshore and Shoreline school districts who plan on a career in education.

The scholarships are for $1,200 each and are renewable for three years. One student will be chosen from each of the three school districts with one at-large award.

Applications are available in school guidance offices or at under “Bulletins.” Deadline is March 19.

Photography scholarship available

The Professional Photographers of Washington is taking applications for the 2010 Student Photographer of the Year award, which comes with a $2,000 scholarship.

High school seniors who intend to pursue photographic arts are invited to apply. The deadline is March 20. Call Anita Weston at 425-776-4426 or visit