Students inspired by ‘Big Burn’ receive scholarships

  • Tue Feb 14th, 2012 6:53pm

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

Edmonds Community College students Tonja Campbell, Lacy Kinman and Melissa Sokolowsky are the recipients of the 2012 Edmonds Community College Community Read scholarships.

The students read “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America” (2009) by Timothy Egan and completed projects based on the book.

They met the author at his lecture Feb. 8 at the college. The scholarship award of $1,200 from the Edmonds Community College Foundation covers spring quarter tuition.

Kinman, 28 of Edmonds, completed a painting “Hope Through Loss” based on three scenes from the book. “I wanted to tap into what I felt for the men who fought the fires and for the many who lost their lives, for the families who lost their livelihoods, and for everyone who was unable to get out in time,” she said.

Kinman is working on her associate of arts degree. She has been running her own online retail business, but now that her daughter is older, she is pursing her dream of attending college and becoming a teacher.

Campbell, 38, of Seattle, wrote and designed a children’s book “Pinchy and Puli: Seeds Freed by Fire” based on “The Big Burn.” The children’s book tells a story from the perspective of two lodgepole pine seeds who are able to sprout and grow as the result of a fire. She is studying restoration horticulture at the college.

Sokolowsky, 34, of Seattle, created a presentation, which includes a video of a kung fu-influenced fire-sword piece she choreographed and performed. Sokolowsky is retraining from a career in Web design with studies of electronics and renewable energy.

Couple named best among independent school teachers

King’s Schools teachers Juanita and Mikel Thompson, who are married, were named the Washington Federation of Independent Schools’ 2012 Teachers of the Year.

The award was presented Feb. 9 as part of the federation’s Best of Washington Awards.

Together the Thompsons are heads of the robotics teams at the private Shoreline school system’s elementary and high schools. Mikel Thompson began the high school robotics program in 2009; Juanita Thompson joined him when adding a program for kindergarten to sixth grade.

Students of the Month honored

Local schools honor outstanding students each month. Here’s a look at a few of the Students of the Month:

Edmonds-Woodway High School

• Sir Stephen Jackson, son of Loletta and Stephen Jackson, is president of the Black Student Union, were he’s started a mentoring program called FRESH (Future Responsible Empowered Students of Honor). He also is on the varsity basketball team. Jackson, a senior, carries a 3.0 GPA and plans to become an architect.

• Alexander Springer, son of Sonja and Shawn Springer, was the winner of the Mr. EW talent and character show. His many sports include mountain biking, and he is a student representative on the Edmonds City Council. Springer, who holds a 4.0 GPA, is a molecular biology lab assistant and plans a to be a genetic researcher.

Lynnwood High School

• Arianna Garcia, daughter of Diana and Agustin Garcia, is involved in several clubs and sports, including Teens Against Tobacco Use and varsity volleyball. Garcia, who describes herself as Mexican American, is bilingual and volunteers at Swedish Edmonds. She caries a 3.924 GPA and plans to become a nurse.

• Pete Van Klaveren, son of Nan and Garry Van Klaveren, coaches students on the Alderwood Middle School robotics team and is the lead programmer for his own school team. Van Klaveren plays saxophone and is a section leader in the jazz band. Van Klaveren, who holds a 3.967 GPA, plans to become a computer engineer.

Mountlake Terrace High School

• Laura Karnoski, daughter of Annie and John Karnoski, is active in a number of groups and causes, including the pre-engineering program Project Lead the Way and the Gay Straight Alliance. Karnoski, who carries a 3.66 GPA, has taken multiple college-level Advanced Placement courses and is considering a career in special education.

• Bradley Koplitz, son of JoAnn and Mike Koplitz, is heard each morning helping deliver announcements over the Hawk Broadcast Network and was given a Broadcast Award of Excellence. Koplitz also teaches guitar and plays trombone. He carries a 3.45 GPA and plans to eventually attend law school.

Scriber Lake High School

• Nate Rosebrook, son of Carla and John Rosebrook, loves to work with dogs and envisions opening a shelter for dogs some day. The Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club named him a Hidden Winner Award. Rosebrook, who plows through a book a week, plans to serve in the Army after a one-year break from high school.

• Greyson Miller, son of Jamie Logan and Joey Miller, is a snowboarder who has earned recognition for his work in English and art. The Edmonds Exchange Club honored him with a Challenge of Excellence Award. Miller plans to become a massage therapist and, in the meantime, would be thrilled with a job at a toy store.

Meadowdale High School Students of the Month were Evan DeVries and Marie Landsverk. Additional information was not available.

To read more about these students, go to

Accounting students are college’s top scholars

Edmonds Community College students Abdoukarim Drammeh and Siyu Lu came from different continents to follow similar paths at Edmonds Community College.

Drammeh is an international student from Gambia. Lu is an immigrant from China. They are both studying accounting.

Drammeh and Lu will be recognized for their scholarship, leadership and community service at a ceremony March 22 at South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia.

They represent EdCC, among 63 of the state’s top scholars, who will receive recognition as members of the All-Washington Academic Team. Each two-year college in the state may nominate two students for the honor.

Schack honors student artists

Schack Art Center named winners of its Scholastic Art Awards of 2012.

The public is invited to view the Scholastic Art Portfolio Exhibit on display through Feb. 24 in the Emerging Young Artists’ Gallery at the Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett.

An exhibit of the individual entries will follow and be on display from Feb. 27-March 4 with an opening reception 5-9 p.m. Feb. 27. American Vision Best of Show and Gold recipient pieces will then remain on display through March 28.

Public recognition will be given at The Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony, to be held at 6:30 p.m. March 22 at the Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett.

Winners from local schools include:

Gold Key Recipients

Edmonds Heights K-12: Sarah Sprouse

Lynnwood High School: Sarah Grant

Meadowdale High School: Kelsey Barnes, Jonathan Carroll, Joseph George, Chloe Hansen, Rachel Keum, Taylor Meabon, Samantha Piercy, Shehalee Smyer, Haley Suarez

Soundview School: Chris Gerbino

Silver Key Recipients

Lynnwood High School: Sarah Grant

Meadowdale High School: Joseph George, Mansi Kalokhe, Jiross Lakey, Jack Lanning, Taylor Meabon, Samantha Piercy, Haley Suarez, Ariel Wright

Soundview School: Travis Neils

Gold Key artwork has been forwarded in digital form to New York for the National Scholastic Art Awards program. Notification of National Award recipients is anticipated to be announced in mid-March.

Middle-schoolers attend technology competition

Seventy middle school students from across the Edmonds School District along with students from Lake Washington School District competed in the Western Washington Regional Competition of the Technology Student Association.

Students competed in problem solving and structural engineering events to prepare for the state competition.

Brier Terrace Middle School students took home several awards: CJ Goin and Bradley Hyde took second place in problem solving, while classmates Logan Hopkins and Alex Simkowiak took third. Brier Terace teams swept the structural engineering category: Wessly Hyde and Kristian Suzara (first place), Chris Seo and Nathan Paul (second) and Zac Dresher and Daren Hyde (third).

E-W jazz performs well

At the Eastern Washington University Jazz Dialogue Jan. 16-17, many Edmonds-Woodway High students were honored for their musical talents.

Outstanding soloists included: Jack Roben, guitar; Hannah Burson, voice; Kyle Brooks, tenor sax. Also, Best Section Award went to Mike DeChant, Woody Gu, Max Bennett, Kyle Brooks, Kailee Hanke and Hanah Burson.

E-W student enters first WAS phase

Kenny Weller of Edmonds-Woodway High School was among those selected to participate in phase one of the Washington Aerospace Scholars program.

The program is a free, competitive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education program for high school juniors from across the state. Students will spend the next five months competing academically for one of the 160 slots in a summer residency session at the Museum of Flight.

Teens make music at SKMEA contest

Lynnwood High School hosted the 2012 Sno-King Music Educators Association’s District High School Solo/Ensemble contest on Feb. 11.

Multiple students were recognized as outstanding in their categories and qualified, as winners or as alternates, for the state solo/ensemble contest in March.

Local winners include: Lucy Schermer, Mountlake Terrace High School, flute-piccolo; Kyle Brooks, Edmonds-Woodway, clarinet; brass quintet 1, Edmonds-Woodway, brass-large; Nathaniel Hendrix (duet), Meadowdale, brass-small; Shane Gersbach, Lynnwood, mallets; Mackenzie Alvarez, Meadowdale, timpani; percussion sextet, Edmonds-Woodway, percussion-large; Victoria Phan, Edmonds-Woodway, viola; Miranda Troutt, Mountlake Terrace, soprano; Maxfield Marcus, tenor, Meadowdale; Nathaniel Hendrix, Meadowdale, baritone; chamber ensemble, Meadowdale, mixed vocal-large; men’s ensemble, Meadowdale, men’s vocal-large; Dirty Loops, Meadowdale, men’s vocal-small.

For a list of alternates, go to

Nurse published in journal

School nurse Katie Johnson has been published, for the third time, in the January 2012 edition of “NASN-School Nurse,” a national school nurse publication. Her article is “Harnessing the Power of Student Health Data: Selecting, Using and Implementing Electronic School Health Documentation Systems.”

MLT taking applications for scholarship chance

The city of Mountlake Terrace is accepting applications to be the city’s nominee to a statewide scholarship administered by the Association of Washington Cities’ Center for Quality Communities.

Four $1,000 scholarships are available statewide. Cities across the state have been invited to nominate one “outstanding young leader” who plans to attend college or trade school in the fall.

Among the requirements, local applicants must be involved in a community, school or government leadership activity and be a resident of Mountlake Terrace. A letter of recommendation and an essay also are part of the application.

Learn more at Submit applications to City Clerk, City of Mountlake Terrace, PO Box 72, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 or via email to Applications must be received on or before March 9.

For more information, contact City Clerk Virginia Olsen at 425-744-6206 or Mountlake Terrace High School student and city intern Sydney White at

UWB nursing fair now Feb. 23

Rescheduled from the snow closure on Jan. 19, the University of Washington Bothell will host its ninth annual Nursing Career Advancement Day Fair from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Representatives from 20 state health care employers and educational institutions will be available at the fair to discuss nursing career and educational opportunities with attendees.

The campus is at 18115 Campus Way NE. The event is free and open to the public.

Social justice is focus of free event in Everett

Everett Community College is hosting a free event to educate students and community members about social justice issues around the world on Feb. 29.

The event, called “Eyes on the World,” is free and open to the public.

The event will begin with a poster series from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the first floor lobby of Gray Wolf Hall. Cindy Corrie, co-founder of the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, will speak from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Gray Wolf Hall, room 168. Her daughter, a 23-year-old college student from Olympia, was killed in 2003 while trying to stop the demolition of a house in Palestine.

EvCC is located at 2000 Tower St., Everett.