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Sixth-graders raise $525 to help horses

Sixth-graders in Dawn Lesniak and Drew Hallet’s classes at St. Mary Magdalen School in Everett recently raised $525 through a bake sale they organized to help horses at People Helping Horses in Arlington.

The students who helped organize the bake sale were: Erica Harris, Katherine Edson, Jane Weiand and Morgan Doyle.

The organization had a hay bill of $45,000 last year and expected the bill to be roughly $60,000 this year with more horses to feed due to the economy, which has resulted in horses being abandoned.

The students asked their parents to help bake items for the sale, and gathered coins and bills to buy the treats. Many students gave money to help the horses without buying the treats.

Each month at St. Mary Magdalen, students in one grade respond to a local, national or international need with a service project.

Food bank benefits from middle schooler’s efforts

Molly Stuller, 12, an honor roll student at Lakewood Middle School, recently collected 201 pounds of canned food along with cash donations, which she donated to the Marysville Food Bank.

Molly collected the food in her neighborhood on Halloween in lieu of trick-or-treating. She posted signs throughout her neighborhood letting people know she and her sister Cassi and cousin Sara would collect the food on Halloween.

Explorer Middle School names October students

Explorer Middle School in the Mukilteo School District recently named its October Students of the Month. The students, who were chosen for their organization, preparedness and neatness, were:

Helen Anderson, Daniel Ayuzo, Fernando Buenrostro, Thuy Bui, Justin Carnes, Elise Gan, Navya Janapati, Sean Keown, Jeramy Muller-Martin, Volodymyr Murzin, Johan Felipe Pardo, Mariah Primacio, Fatima Sallah, Tyler Crenna, Felipe Magana, Autumn Miner, Eric Morales, Haven Bare, Maria Chacon, Raeann Johns, Tomoya Kitade, Viet Mai, Taylor Malowney, Peter Nguyen, Olena Pankovets, Jeffrey Peterson, Amrit Singh, Jonna Stelmakh and Donny Touch.

Stanwood FFA team places second in nation

The state champion Stanwood High School Future Farmers of America agricultural sales team recently placed second in the nation at the National FFA agricultural sales career development event held during the organization’s 81st national convention in Indianapolis. Only one team per state can compete at nationals.

Members of the team included Justin Nygard, Brandon Nickels, Katie Nickels and Kelsey Rowland with Andrew Salmon as the team alternate. Brandon Nickels, a sophomore, placed first in the nation individually in the competition. Darryl Main, advisor and coach, accompanied the team.

Many community members, business leaders, teachers and school administrators volunteered their time so the team could present to them at practices. The volunteers also offered valuable tips and support to help the team succeed at nationals.

The national agricultural sales event tests students’ abilities in the sales process through sales presentations, product displays, market analysis and customer service and employment skills.

To become eligible to compete at the national level, each of the 41 state teams competed against chapters within their state.

EvCC gets $3,756 grant from humanities group

Everett Community College recently received a $3,756 grant from Humanities Washington. The college was among 42 applicants. The grant review committee recommended funding for 16 grants for a total of $80,356.

Humanities Washington works to improve civic life in Washington state through programs that promote dialogue, nurture creativity and spark critical thinking. During 2007, Humanities Washington coordinated and sponsored 2,642 programs in 33 of 39 Washington counties.

Christian academy honors visiting veterans

Students at Northshore Christian Academy in Everett recently honored veterans at chapel services for first- to fourth-grade and kindergarten and pre-­kindergarten students. The students sang “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful” and the national anthem. In addition to special guests, retired and active service men and women attended, and were individually recognized during the chapels with notes of appreciation from scouts in Boy Scout Pack No. 777.

Lt. Cmdr. George Ebarb from the Commodore’s Staff of Destroyer Squadron 9 in Everett was the speaker at the first- to fourth-grade chapel. Ebarb was a veteran of Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Ebarb explained that he and others who serve or have served before him do so in response to the great duty they feel to protect American citizens and preserve their freedoms. He also described the humanitarian efforts service members make in areas they visit, such as building schools and giving medical aid.

Gene Dobson, a veteran of WWII, spoke to the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students about his service to the U.S. and his sense of freedom and commitment. Students were able to see and try on Dobson’s WWII uniform shirt, inspect his knapsack and also try on a WWI uniform shirt.

Snohomish student wins at forensics tournaments

Sarah Spiker, a sophomore from Snohomish, recently won honors as a member of the Western Kentucky University forensic team at two tournaments.

Spiker took home honors in the Colorado College Al Johnson Debate Invitational where she was a semifinalist in ­Lincoln-Douglas debate, fourth in extemporaneous speaking and 16th as a parliamentary debate speaker.

Spiker also took home honors at the St. Anselm’s Debate Tournament, where she was the third debate speaker and quarter finalist in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Middle school names students of the month

Harbour Pointe Middle School recently named its October Students of the Month. The month’s theme was “knowledgeable,” an attribute from the International Baccalaureate Profile. Knowledgeable learners explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance, acquiring in-depth knowledge and developing understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines in the process.

The following students were named Students of the Month for October:

Sixth grade: John Emery, Annabelle Falloria, Jack Malloy, Connor Roestel and Emily Zaretsky.

Seventh grade: Samantha Schwisow, Jacqueline Tardanico, Neil Wang and Zachary Yu.

Eighth grade: Emma Bueren, Christian Francisco, Daniel Kim and Morgan Nikkel.

College wins gold for recruitment brochure

Cascadia Community College recently received the gold award for its new recruitment brochure at the Medallion Awards dinner hosted by District No. 7 of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. The brochure was created by Susan Ford, Cascadia’s graphic designer, and Dan Rinder, assistant director of communications and marketing.

Cascadia also took the silver award for its series of television advertisements that ran on several cable stations over the past year and were produced in collaboration with Comcast.

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations is a national membership organization for marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges.

Glacier Peak, Lynnwood students hit Hutch High

Science students and their teachers from Glacier Peak High School and Lynnwood High School recently participated in Hutch High, an event at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, among the world’s leading research labs.

The students were among roughly 225 high-schoolers from across the state who participated in the event. Most of the students were 10th-graders who might not otherwise have the opportunity to see inside the world of biomedical science.

During the event, the students got to isolate and spool DNA, learn the art of micro pi petting and use a germ-­revealing black light to test their skills at hand washing. The students also took tours of working laboratories and heard lectures from Hutchinson Center scientists about cancer-causing bacteria, how our immune systems function, sickle cell disease and use of model organisms to understand human development.

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