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Stanwood heads to state Envirothon contest

The Northwest Regional Envirothon was held May 1 at Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center near Stanwood. The all-day competition tests high school students on their knowledge of soils, aquatics, wildlife, forestry and a current issue.

Stanwood High School had teams finish in second and third place. The second-place team will go on to compete at the state-level event, set for May 21-22 at Camp Don Bosco near Carnation.

The team moving on to state includes MJ Jones, Andrew Funderburke, Sarah Flake, Lindsey Martin and Megan Cruise. The third-place team includes Anna Bork, Drew Carlson, Carter Anderson and Katelyn McCord. Both teams were advised by teacher Ryan Ovenell.

Envirothon competitions are held all over the United States and Canada each spring. This year’s focus is sustainable agriculture and locally grown food, which for the Warm Beach event focused on Everett’s Yearround Farmers Market set to open next year. For more information on Envirothon, contact Lois Ruskell with the Snohomish Conservation District at 425-377-7020 or visit

Lions Club gives away 450 books

Edmonds Lions Club members on April 4 gave away 450 books to students at Chase Lake Elementary School, enough for every student at the high-poverty school. Lions members hung out for the day in the library to help students choose a book to take home.

Eighth-grader in Top 10 at junior bee

After finishing first for her grade level at Districts, overall first at Districts and first in Regionals, eighth-grader Abigail Mulugeta went on to compete in the Association of Christian Schools International Junior High National Spelling Bee held May 3 in Plano, Texas. Abigail competed for close to six hours with other spellers, not stopping to eat or talk with family during the competition. When it was over, Abigail ended up in the top 10 of the approximately 50 contestants, finishing in ninth place.

Abigail attends Cedar Park Christian School’s Mountlake Terrace campus. Families at the school pitched in with $777 in donations to help Abigail make the trip.

Mariner senior a Gates Millennium Scholar

Maedot Yidenk, a senior at Mariner High School, is one of 1,000 students nationwide to receive a Gates Millennium scholarship this year. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, Maedot will receive funds to attend any accredited college or university in the United States. The scholarship also is renewable through the master’s and doctoral levels.

Arlington teen’s essay about grandpa wins

Hannah Mendro, senior at Arlington High School, was a winner of Gilda’s Club Seattle’s 2014 “It’s Always Something” Teen Writing Contest. Teens in grades nine through 12 submitted their stories about cancer in personal essays of 500 to 2,000 words. More than 200 essays were submitted this year.

Hannah was recognized at an awards reception for her essay, “Grandpa’s Hands,” on May 4 at Gilda’s Club Seattle. She received a cash prize at the reception.

To read her essay, see this article at (search “School Winners”).

Lasting lessons, temporary proof

Students of Henry M. Jackson High School’s first-ever Advanced Placement macroeconomics class celebrated the end of formal test preparation with an informal approach to economic theory on “Chalk Day.”

Student teams simulated the task of briefing an incoming president and newly appointed Federal Reserve chairperson on how using a combination of fiscal and monetary policy would, in the short-term, increase demand for goods and services and lower unemployment — then put the resulting graphical analyses down on pavement with chalk.

Teacher Andy Sevald said he was impressed with the students’ grasp of very challenging topics in the first year of the class.

A tale of generosity and bowling

The students in the Connections special education class at Olympic View Middle School in Mukilteo were saving their coffee-stand money for a field trip to Glacier Lanes bowling alley in Everett. When the Oso mudslide happened, the students decided the money would be better spent as a donation to relief efforts.

But a funny thing happened when the call was made to cancel the reservation at Glacier Lanes. When the owner, Larry Miller, learned why they had canceled, he donated the bowling time so the students could still enjoy their reward. Meanwhile, the money the students had raised was parlayed into a school-wide fundraiser that has netted almost $2,300.

Musicians drum up donations

The Edmonds-Woodway High School drum line performed at a Cinco de Mayo celebration at a new Qdoba restaurant in Lynnwood. The business donated $335 to the EWHS Music Boosters, representing 20 percent of net sales during the drum line’s performance.

National Merit scholarship winners

Local National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners:

Madelyn Schneider, of Brier, Archbishop Murphy High School

Ryan Whitehead, of Marysville, Lakewood High School

Farris Peale, of Mukilteo, Phillips Academy (Andover, Maryland)

State Solo and Ensemble winners

The following students and ensembles from local high school music programs were winners in the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest held in April.

Edmonds-Woodway High School: Kyle Brooks (first place, tenor-baritone saxophone solos)

Glacier Peak High School: Neil Dittmann (third place, oboe-English horn solos)

Jackson High School: Barnes/Escobar Duet (second place, small mixed vocal ensembles); Katie Kavanagh (third place, timpani solos)

Kamiak High School: The Midknights (first place, large mixed vocal ensembles); Jacqueline Tardanico (first place, mezzo soprano solos); The Unaccompanied Minors (second place, large men’s vocal ensembles); Kamiak Uber Kammerstreich (third place, large strings ensembles); Shades of Glass (third place, large percussion ensembles); Aaron Coe (third place in both trumpet-cornet solos and euphonium-baritone horn solos); Michael Bang (third place, tenor solos); Anna Vara (third place, alto solos)

King’s High School: Abby Gilbert (second place, guitar solos)

Meadowdale High School: Ryan Petriello (first place, string bass solos)

Mountlake Terrace High School: Lucy Schermer (first place, flute-piccolo solos)

Snohomish High School: Thomas Davis (third place, tuba solos)

Lynnwood Rotary delivers scholarships

The Rotary Club of Lynnwood recently awarded $62,000 in scholarships to Edmonds School District students. Part of the scholarship money comes from a Martha Lake Community Club donation to the Rotary Club several years ago.

Scholarship recipients include: Kyle Brooks from Edmonds-Woodway High School; Heidi Dauenhauer, Grace Douglas, Ryan Tsuji, Thu Nguyen, Valeriya Kozhushina from Lynnwood High School; Chikodi Ezeokeke, Grace Kim, Jason Tim from Meadowdale High School; Justine Kelly-Demello, Marissa Mason, Yoel Tekle, Angelina Yeremeyeva, Meg Roberts from Mountlake Terrace High School; Gracia McCulloch, Mayra Pena from Scriber Lake High School; Anh Phan, Kelly Ann Singleterry from Edmonds Community College; and Siyu Lu of the University of Washington, a former Edmonds School District student and previous Rotary Club of Lynnwood scholarship winner.

Cougars take first in Knowledge Bowl

A Lakewood School District team took first place in the 2A division of the Washington State Knowledge Bowl tournament held March 22 at Arlington High School.

High schools field teams of students who compete with each other by “buzzing in” to answer questions. The questions cover a variety of academic topics as well as questions of a more general nature or about current events.

Kiwanis hand out scholarships

Kiwanis Club of Snohomish scholarship recipients from AIM, Glacier Peak and Snohomish high schools were honored at a luncheon May 1 at Collector’s Choice restaurant. Scholarship recipients this year are Zenonia Lok Man Leung, Renae Fischer, Corey Rogers, Courtney Rogers, Brooke Smith and John Miller.

Masons honor outstanding scholars

Centennial Lodge 25 of the Free and Accepted Masons of Washington handed out its annual Masonic Scholastic Achievement Awards at an April ceremony.

Glacier Peak High School outstanding students: juniors Dana Brager, Alexander Helman, Emily Clark, James Horne, Megan Christie, Ian Jensen, Alexandra Crowe, Andrew Kim, Courtney Moran, Dylan Peterson and Erika Stromerson; seniors Megan Davis and Kai Duan

Snohomish High School outstandingstudents: juniors Michaela Flitsch, Matthew Forrest, Brita Jacobson, John Magnus, Mylinh Le, Zane Morrison, Ava Linvog, Riley Nelson, Brianna Nation and Shadrach Strehle; seniors Gracie Elliott and Brenden Perry

Job’s Daughter Award: Melissa Gary (Snohomish) and Mary McGoldrick (Glacier Peak)

AIM High School outstanding students: juniors Sarah Avera and Dallas Denton; seniors Tiara Christianson, Sophia Filipcic, Diamond Jones, Sonja Pedersen and Taylor Sether

Snohomish School District educators of the year: Sally Singh, AIM High School; Amanda Shadoff, Glacier Peak High School; and Captain William Lennon, Snohomish High School

Students show their programming skills

Computer science students from Kamiak High School were declared winners for their division in the Puget Sound Programming Competition held April 26 in Seattle. The Kamiak team, consisting of Devan Grose, Evan Van Cotthem and Danny Cho, competed against students from 50 local high schools. They took first place in the Novice division.

A Meadowdale High School team took second in the same division.

Students were given a series of college-level programming problems to solve, then judged on accuracy, the number of problems completed and how long it took them to work on the challenge.

Mukilteo team takes first place

The Mukilteo Elementary Imagination Destination team, the “Infinite Creative Crew,” won first place at both the regional and state tournaments. The team has now earned the honor to compete in the DI Global Tournament in Tennessee, where over 16,000 students from all over the world will compete.

The “Third Pebble” team from Brighton School, a private school in Lynnwood, tied for second place in a different elementary-level competition at the state tournament. A middle-level Brighton team, “Sezkad,” took a second-place award.

Clipper staff continue award-winning tradition

Student journalists reporting for Everett Community College’s student media organization, The Clipper, were honored April 26 with a total of 13 awards from the Washington Press Association and the Washington Community College Journalism Association.

Jake Nicholls took home four awards, including first-place awards in the both student news (for his coverage of the school’s conversion to the Canvas learning management system) and student features (for a profile about EvCC’s Youth Re-Engagement Program).

Meagan Baron received the school’s other first-place honor, earning a nod in the student news consumer affairs category for her story, “Digging for the Best Textbook Prices.”

Other multiple-award winners were Nate Lynch and Bob Neary. Sapphire Chan, Ashley Cline, Felim So, Henry Yarsinske Jr. and Christian Zerbel also took home awards. The staff as a whole tied for second place in the Sweepstakes category for the number of awards.

More details about these WPA awards can be found online at

Local grads in “Les Miserables”

Kathleen Jones, a 2012 Snohomish High School graduate, and Kaylene Jackson, a 2009 Cascade High School graduate, are featured in Central Washington University’s Central Theatre Ensemble’s production of “Les Miserables,” which opened Friday.

Jones, a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in theatre studies was the assistant stage manager.

Jackson, a junior pursuing both a bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre and a bachelor’s degree in family studies, performed in the ensemble.

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