From left, Connor MacPherson, Mike Spencer and Paul Kulle. (Submitted photo)

From left, Connor MacPherson, Mike Spencer and Paul Kulle. (Submitted photo)

Rotary Club students of the month for March and April

The South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club selected Aces High School’s Connor MacPherson as Student of the Month for April. Connor was recognized for his accomplishments at a recent Rotary Club meeting at Shawn O’Donnell’s Restaurant & Irish Pub in Everett. He was accompanied by his mom, Linda.

Connor is a car enthusiast. He is currently enrolled in the heavy-duty diesel program at Sno-Isle Skills Center and is planning to enter the field of mechanics after high school. Connor is a past volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club at Olivia Park Elementary where he helps with homework.

Aces student Tristan Ishmael is Student of the Month for March. He was accompanied by his parents, Charlotte and Lynn, at the Rotary Club meeting. Tristan, a former rugby player, hopes to attend college.

The South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. at Shawn O’Donnell’s, 122 128th St. SE, Everett. For more information, visit www.semr.org.

From left, Paul Kulle, Tristan Ishmael and Mike Spencer. (Submitted photo)

From left, Paul Kulle, Tristan Ishmael and Mike Spencer. (Submitted photo)

Girl Scouts celebrate STEM

About 270 Girl Scouts attended an April event at Everett Mall to celebrate the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) badges, with stations designed to get girls excited about the field. In 2018, Girl Scouts of the USA released 37 new badges and awards in STEM, outdoor, life skills and entrepreneurship, and this summer, the organization will release 47 new badges for coding, cybersecurity, space science, outdoor STEM and outdoor adventure.

It’s the Girl Scouts’ priority to get 2.5 million girls into the STEM pipeline by 2023.

Cozette Vallerie (right) experiments with a Van De Graff provided by Imagine Children’s Museum. (Submitted photo)

Cozette Vallerie (right) experiments with a Van De Graff provided by Imagine Children’s Museum. (Submitted photo)

Several girls dressed up in cosplay outfits, including one girl, who wore an astronaut suit she’d had for several years because she’s determined to be an astronaut one day.

Stations included: Everett Astronomical Society, Microsoft digital art and coding, GeekGirlCon, Girl Scouts of Western Washington, Makerspace electronics and circuitry, Portal Virtual Reality Arcade, robot demo and LEGO robotics with the Terrific Tech Bots and Microsoft devices STEM outreach.

Adi Heininger learns digital art from Microsoft pad. (Submitted photo)

Adi Heininger learns digital art from Microsoft pad. (Submitted photo)

A highlight of the event was the speech by Cindy Healy, a Microsoft employee and past engineer for the Mars Pathfinder. She talked about her career and working on the Pathfinder and used metaphors to relate it back to the girls. Like “escape gravity” — even when you feel like you’re being held down, keep challenging yourself — as anything is possible.

Girls got an exclusive patch for this event designed by Microsoft. A follow-up event in the summer will focus on environmental science, called Geek Out Girl Scout: Naturalist.

Everett High School Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band with their trophy. (Everett High School)

Everett High School Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band with their trophy. (Everett High School)

Everett High School bands take home first place

The Everett High School Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band both took home first place at The Music in the Parks, a festival in Santa Clara, California held on April 13.

The groups competed against music ensembles from California and neighboring states.

The Everett High School Wind Ensemble took home first place in their division. And the Everett High School Jazz band earned first place in their division and first place in jazz band overall. Andrew Vinther earned Outstanding Jazz Soloist overall.

Charlise Lucas, Snohomish High School. (Snohomish County PUD)

Charlise Lucas, Snohomish High School. (Snohomish County PUD)

Snohomish County Public Utility District art and photo winners

Seventeen students were honored for their creativity highlighting topics in energy.

The art contest asked students to design a bookmark illustrating the theme “Energizing Life in Our Communities.”

Saige Skuja, Glacier Peak High School. (Snohomish County PUD)

Saige Skuja, Glacier Peak High School. (Snohomish County PUD)

Winners were Delilah Soto from Liberty Elementary School, Sophia Cool from Holy Rosary School, Callia Park from Forest View Elementary School, Aimee Birmingham from Mukilteo Elementary School, Rachel Papson from Little Cedars Elementary School, Iris Bell from Alderwood Middle School, Shelby Lott from Lakewood Middle School, Estefani Marron Arcila from Alderwood Middle School, Katie Anderson from Lakewood Middle School, Sally Schafer from Kamiak High School, Saige Skuja from Glacier Peak High School and Hannah Clymer from Glacier Peak High School.

Photography participants were asked to capture “Energy in Action.”

Winners were Mia Urionaguena from Arlington High School, Myles Arballo from Arlington High School, Meghan Hayes from Glacier Peak High School, Skye Sullivan from Snohomish High School and Charlise Lucas from Snohomish High School.

The winning art and photography entries will be exhibited though May 24 in the lobby of PUD headquarters, at 2320 California Street, Everett. All winning entries can be viewed at www.bit.ly/2W4QsbW.

Mia Urionaguena, Arlington High School. (Snohomish County PUD)

Mia Urionaguena, Arlington High School. (Snohomish County PUD)

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