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Daughters of American Colonists honor cadetsCadet Morgan Crosby of the Marysville School District Navy Junior ROTC unit was presented a medal May 15 by the Pilchuck Chapter of the Daughters of American Colonists. Crosby, who finishes her sophomore year in June, was chosen for her academic standing, leadership, patriotism and service in school and community activities.

In addition, the Tomahawk Company was the recipient of the DAC’s Distinguished Unit Award.

VFW awards scholarshipsVeterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 of Edmonds recently announced four recipients of its $1,000 Dexter Miller Freedom Scholarships. The scholarships are named in memory of Miller, a veteran of World War II and longtime member of the post.

Scholarship winners were Anna Matteucci and Tom Maxson, who attended Edmonds-Woodway High School, and Jessica Pal and Rafael Achacoso, both graduating seniors from Mariner High School.

A “bloody’ math, science lesson at Weston

Students in Cindy Christoferson’s Weston High School Forensic Science class had first-hand experience of a crime simulation as they applied their knowledge of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and criminal justice to solve a mystery. The simulation began with a staged “murder” June 5 and extended through June 6 when students processed the evidence. The students wore their Weston CSI T-shirts as they went to work.

The pretend murder of Anthony Castenada, Arlington School District’s computer technician, was set in his office at Weston High School. Castenada stayed motionless face down on his desk the entire time. Arlington Police staff helped in the exercise.

Lynnwood Rotary partnership honors studentsThe Rotary Club of Lynnwood, KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, and Comprehensive Wealth Management presented monthly Standout Student Awards in 2013-14 that came with $1,000 scholarships. Local recipients were Carolyn Van Der Meulen (December 2013) and Tiffany Coons (February), both of Kamiak High School, and Haylee Rae Beltran (March) of Glacier Peak High School.

Soroptimists honor Marysville girlsSoroptimist International of Marysville recently presented $17,500 in awards and scholarships to young women from Marysville Pilchuck High School and Marysville Getchell High School. Honored students were Shandale Garcia, Anh-Thu Vu, Madi Doty, Kacie Ekdahl, Madi Pfeil, Anna Stompro, Alexandra Leerhoff, Sarrah Flynn, Francesca Rojas, Weley Bradley and Merlin Morales.

Mariner High grad now a doctorDr. Tavis Dickerson-Young, a 2006 Mariner High School graduate, graduated May 17 with High Honors with Distinction from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine.

Dickerson-Young completed his undergraduate work at University of Washington in 2010. He has since moved back to Everett to begin a pediatrics residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Seven students head to DO-ITAja Hart from Everett and Teodoro Reyes-Hernandez from Granite Falls have been selected to participate in the 2014 DO-IT Scholars Program. Clarissa Krisnawan from Everett, Kayla Wheeler, Julian Jacox and Antonio Alvarado from Lynnwood, and Michael Chung from Mill Creek will be returning for their second year.

About 45 college-bound high school students with disabilities will come together on the University of Washington campus to participate in the annual DO-IT Scholars Summer Study program. DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) is funded by the state of Washington, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.

$63K in scholarships through Edmonds foundationsThe Edmonds Public Schools and Alumni Foundation awarded $63,000 in scholarships to 36 graduating seniors in the Edmonds School District.

Hazel and Morris Miller Memorial Scholarships, $5,000: Barbara Biney (Mountlake Terrace High School) and Kyle Brooks (Edmonds-Woodway)

Hazel Miller Scholarships, $2,000: Anna Matteucci and Abiel Zewolday (Edmonds-Woodway); Kelsey Dumo and Carlos Escutia (Lynnwood); Kendall DeVries and Chikodinaka Ezeokeke (Meadowdale); Katherine Higgins and Erick Yanzon (Mountlake Terrace); Ciara Reed, Guadalupe Ruelas and Roger Silva (Scriber Lake)

Douglas D. Caldart Memorial Vocal Music Scholarship, $1,000: Henry Sparks (Mountlake Terrace)

Fred Donadel Memorial Music Scholarship, $1,000: Thu Nguyen (Lynnwood)

Edmonds In Bloom Scholarship, $1,000: Elijah Rivers (Lynnwood)

Barbara Escandon Future Teacher Memorial Scholarship, $1,000: Pretoria Bragg (Edmonds Heights K-12)

Donald Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship, $1,000: Ryan Tsuji (Lynnwood)

Ron Fraser Memorial Scholarship, $1,000: Henry Turner (Meadowdale)

Gromko Family Scholarship, $1,000: Abel Teklemariam (Edmonds-Woodway)

Eda I Harless Memorial Scholarship, $1,000: Courtney Gu (Edmonds-Woodway) and Nathan Sparks (Mountlake Terrace)

Lynnwood High School Retirees Scholarship, $1,000: Alison Thomas (Lynnwood)

Michelson Family Scholarship, $1,000: Gracia McCulloch (Scriber Lake)

Manchester Family Building Trades Scholarships, $1,500: Gloria Evstatieva and Thomas Maxson (Edmonds-Woodway) McIntosh Family Vocational-Technical Scholarships, $1,500: Valeriya Kozhushina (Lynnwood), Trisha Spicer (Edmonds Heights K-12), Ying Zhou (Lynnwood)

EPS&AF General Scholarships, $1,500: Ciaran Ball, Matthew Hill, Grace Kim and Aaron Scofield (Meadowdale), Shane Hall and Angela Shen (Lynnwood), Emma Howeiler (Edmonds-Woodway), Consolata Njeri and Arani Yogendran (Mountlake Terrace)

Lenovo Think Pad: Katherine Higgins (Mountlake Terrace)

Maxon makes honor rollCollege Place Middle School teacher Jan Maxson has been named to the Honor Roll for TNTP’s Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice, the nation’s most prestigious award for teachers in high-poverty public schools. The Fishman Prize is an annual award for exceptionally effective teachers. This year, 826 teachers applied from nearly all 50 states. Only 100 were selected for the Honor Roll.

Math instructor wins state awardEverett Community College math instructor Andrea Cahan is the winner of the 2014 Washington two-year college mathematics teaching award.

Cahan, of Snohomish, was selected for the award by her peers statewide. She was honored for excellence and innovation in teaching with influence beyond her institution. Cahan taught at Snohomish High School for seven years before coming to EvCC in 2004.

“I chose to teach math so I could help people realize they can be successful in mathematics, even if they have struggled in the past and don’t feel that they are a ‘math person,’” she said.

Parents, groups share love of scienceThe Forest View Elementary School PTA had its annual Science Day on June 4. The all-day event offered a spectrum of grade-appropriate science lessons taught by local scientists, professionals and parent volunteers.

Presenters included the Pacific Science Center, Museum of Flight, Seattle Tilth Association, Everett Parks and Recreation, Bricks 4 Kidz, Snohomish County PUD and several groups and parents who shared their scientific passion.

“Each year I enjoy demonstrating how fun science can be with really cool experiments the students can understand,” said parent and volunteer Bill Sheridan, who this year did a presentation on “Visualizing Sound.”

Granite Falls honors staffThe Granite Falls School District’s Classified Employee of the Year for 2013-14 is Granite Falls Middle School secretary Lee Ann Draggie. “Lee Ann’s zestful and positive attitude makes everyone around her feel good,” Superintendent Linda Hall said.

The Certificated Employee of the Year is retiring band director Joe Roy. “When I asked the students about Joe they said, aside from his corny jokes, he has inspired them to become true musicians,” Hall said.

Lynnwood Kiwanis award scholarshipsThe Kiwanis Club of Lynnwood, through its Lynnwood Kiwanis Foundation and the Lynnwood Kiwanis House Foundation, has awarded 11 scholarships totaling $14,500 to graduating seniors in the Edmonds School District. This year’s recipients are: Kelsey Dumo, Ying Zhou, Grace Douglas, Ryan Tsuji, Victoria Lam and Valeriya Kozhushina of Lynnwood High School; Kaylan Cummins and Justin Crichlow of Meadowdale High School; Barbara Biney of Mountlake Terrace High School; and Mayra Pena and Ciara Reed of Scriber Lake High School.

Jackson teen headed to BrazilHenry M. Jackson High School student Jessica Chann has been awarded a full study-abroad scholarship to Brazil through the BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow Program. Jessica, of Mill Creek, will spend the 2014-15 school year studying at a Brazilian high school and living with a host family.

Cellular piece blends art, scienceA colorful science-themed art installation now graces the main stairwell at Voyager Middle School in Mukilteo, thanks to the efforts of two teachers.

Art teacher Sarah Goodall and science teacher David Watt came up with the idea. The topic of cells from an eighth-grade genetics unit served as a guiding theme. Students studied and identified a variety of cells and cell parts, then painted more than 30 canvases that were later connected into one large piece of artwork.

A $500 grant from the Mukilteo Schools Foundation covered the cost of the canvases, paint and mending plates to piece the artwork together.

Mariner Special Olympian honoredA Special Olympics athlete from Mariner High School in south Everett was chosen to be the official torchbearer for the Special Olympics Summer Games, held recently at Joint Base Lewis-McCord. Yasmine Myers was selected based on her positive, can-do attitude and her outstanding sportsmanship.

Law enforcement officers carried three torches to the games from all over the state, converging in Lakewood to simultaneously light one torch. The torch was then carried into the games venue by Yasmine and Officer Roman Trujillo of the Kennewick Police Department, where the two lit the official Flame of Hope cauldron.

School trail blends nature, technologyMembers of the Mill Creek Garden Club recently visited Forest View Elementary School, where teacher Debra Strong and her fifth-graders gave a tour of a interpretative trail and butterfly garden that were funded in part by one of the garden club’s “Giving through Gardening” grants.

The garden includes signposts and artwork, as well as bar codes that can be scanned with iPads to bring up lessons on the featured flora and fauna.

Garden club member Lila Johnson said she was impressed by the students. “They displayed gracious manners, good knowledge and wonderful enthusiasm.”

Alderwood-Terrace hands out honorsVicki Andersen, a long-time paraeducator and educational assistant at Alderwood Middle School, is the June Rotary Club of Alderwood-Terrace Educator of the Month.

“Vicki literally taught me how to love middle school-age students and maintain a positive and cheerful attitude no matter the circumstance,” said Assistant Principal Allyn J. Turner.

The Alderwood-Terrace Rotary also sponsors the Career and Technical Student of the Month program at Lynnwood High School. Senior Shane Hall was honored in May and Senior Adriane Lee was honored in June.

Meadowdale names outstanding juniorMeadowdale High School Junior Student of the Month is a program sponsored by the Rotary Club of Edmonds. Each month, staff members nominate an outstanding junior who has demonstrated leadership, scholarship and citizenship. Students are recognized and presented with a plaque and gift certificate to Edmonds Bookstore. Honored students included Iosip Mircea in April and McKenna Williams in May.

Mom, son celebrate doctoral degreesKathleen Troll and Jonathan Troll of Lake Stevens celebrated their 2014 graduations by enjoying free cheeseburgers from Dick’s Drive-In. Kathleen earned a doctorate in “Transformational Leadership” from Bakke Graduate University and Jonathan earned a doctorate in psychology from Northwest University.

Everett teacher gets service awardWhittier Elementary teacher Jennifer Nonisa received Everett Community College’s Tonya Royer Outstanding Community Service Award. Nonisa is a member of the EvCC Community Diversity Advisory Committee, was on the planning committee for the Students of Color Career Conference, where she also is a panelist, and also served on the planning committee for the Snohomish County Youth Development Program.

4th-grade teacher is district’s bestBarney Peterson, fourth-grade teacher at Monroe Elementary School in Everett, was selected as the Everett School District’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year. She will now be among those considered for the regional Teacher of the Year award.

In his nomination, Principal Gerard Holzman wrote, “Our larger community benefits now and in the future in the work of her students.”

Normanna awards scholarshipsNormanna Lodge 3 (Sons of Norway) Everett on May 20 awarded scholarships to five college-bound seniors. The lodge’s scholarship program is for children and grandchildren of members. The 2014 scholarships of $1,000 each went to Anastasia C. Borseth, Stanwood High School; Olivia Ericksen, Grace Academy (Marysville); Kasidi Neal and Lindsey Murphy, both of Marysville Pilchuck High School; and Alyssa Nubgaard, Poolesville (Maryland) High School. In addition to the college scholarships, Jackson Richards received a scholarship to Norwegian language camp at Camp Normanna, Lake Riley.

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