School Winners

Madrona students earn state peace awardMadrona School’s middle school leadership team received Washington Education Association’s International Peace and Understanding Award for raising more than $2,000 to support the construction of a catfish farm at Gidan Bege (House of Hope), a Nigerian orphanage in the city of Jos. The catfish farm helps by providing food, income and training for the children at the orphanage.

WEA President Kim Mead presented the school with a check for $500 to benefit Gidan Bege at a celebration ceremony. Teacher Robert Allen nominated the students and teacher Bradley Proffitt led the effort.

“It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we come together,” Bradley said.

Edmonds team brings home robotics awardLocal robotics teams are back from the National FIRST Robotics Competition Championship, held April 24-26 in St. Louis.

In the Archimedes Division, the M*A*S*H Team 4077 from Edmonds-Woodway High School made it to the quarter-finals and won the Gracious Professionalism Award. CyberKnights Team 4911 from King’s High School won the Highest Rookie Seed award.

Compost donation aids Marysville gardenMarysville Arts and Technology High School was a recipient of free compost through the Compost Days Big Garden Give program, which contributed to 120 community gardens in the region.

The high school is building a garden to supplement its school lunch program.

Lynnwood student to select tunes on KPLU KPLU (88.5 FM) has invited five of this year’s School of Jazz student participants to program and present an hour of music from 8 to 9 p.m. during “Evening Jazz” with host Abe Beeson. Lynnwood High School Jazz Ensemble 1 trumpeter Kaleb Decker will take the microphone on May 14.

A CD with School of Jazz recordings from high school jazz bands is part of the special week of programming. Other local jazz bands featured on the album also include Glacier Peak (Snohomish) and Mountlake Terrace high schools.

Marysville Cadets honored by local ROTCThe Marysville School District’s Navy Junior ROTC program has honored Cadet Danielle Daguison of the Bio-Med Academy at Marysville Getchell High School as its Cadet of the Month. “She has flawlessly led her platoon of 35 cadets, competed on the Blue Unarmed drill team, finishing third at regionals, and maintained a 3.4 GPA. She has set the bar for others to follow. All in her freshman year,” naval science instructor Chief Kathy Wilde said.

Also, Cadet Chief Petty Officer Tremaine Evans was honored as the Senior Cadet of the Quarter. “Evans can be found in all areas of the command leading or jumping in and lending a hand no matter what the job. He has been a class leader and a member of the Armed Drill Team. His sustained superior performance has also earned him the staff officer position of Battalion 1st Lieutenant,” Wilde said.

Jackson students turn compost into methaneIn March, members of Henry M. Jackson High School’s “Project Green” — Hannah Cho, Indira Rayala, Andrea Clinton and Lydia Kim — started a food recycling program in the school cafeteria. In the beginning, they wanted to become a Washington Green School. Less than a month later, the team was a national finalist in the Siemens “We Can Change the World” competition.

After initiating the food recycling program, with help from teacher and Project Green advisor Gail Walters, the team researched methane production using a miniature biogas production system that uses compost. The team reached out to Steven Krause, district resource conservation and facilities supervisor. Krause brought his experience and brought in other partners, including the city of Everett, Waste Management and Cedar Grove, to support the students’ effort. The team then finalized their plan before submitting their project to the national competition.

To learn how to make your own methane biodigester, see the students’ video tutorial at

Arlington High School wins lip dub contestArlington High School won the second annual Wesco Invitational Lip Dub Contest on April 30.

Arlington, which hosted the 2014 competition, also won first place in the 2013 contest. Stanwood High School took the second-place trophy.

Other schools competing included Everett, Lakewood, Sedro-Woolley, Anacortes and Blaine. The judging panel included Everett Herald arts reporter Gale Fiege.

Arlington’s video, filmed and edited by Chase Trinidad, featured Northwest music by Nirvana, Macklemore &Ryan Lewis, Modest Mouse, Heart, the Kingsmen, Sir Mix-a-Lot and Jimi Hendrix.

To have a look at the winning lip dub, go to

Heatherwood collects food to help OsoThe Heatherwood Middle School school-wide Food Drive for Oso ran April 21-25. The school collected over 4,000 pounds of food and toiletries from the Mill Creek and surrounding community. Organizers originally thought they would be able to transport any food collected in a pickup truck — but ended up having to rent a larger truck to haul it all to Oso.

Archbishop students reach out to OsoForty Archbishop Murphy High School students and staff spent their spring vacation serving those affected by the Oso landslide. On April 24, students and staff traveled to Oso to help families who lost friends and family members in the slide. Students cleaned yards in preparation for funeral services, dug a hole at the Darrington Fire Department to repair an aging septic tank, helped fix a town landmark and restocked two food banks. They also were escorted to the slide zone for a prayer service.

Last month the school raised over $5,000 for North Counties Family Services.

Marysville students help restore Allen CreekOn April 18, 80 fourth- and fifth-grade students from the Marysville School District’s Cooperative Education Program teamed up with the Adopt A Stream Foundation and Project SeaWolf (a Marysville area volunteer wildlife protection group) to plant 1,000 trees along a 900-foot-long stream restoration site next to Allen Creek on the Wilcox Farm.

The SeaWolf group provided the trees, and the Adopt A Stream Foundation showed the kids how to plant the trees so that they have a good chance of survival. The kids also got to enjoy seeing life under Allen Creek through a small underwater camera and learn how Allen Creek’s resident trout and salmon will benefit from the trees that are were planted.

Jackson research students pull in awardsIndira Rayala and Shruti Parikh, members of Henry M. Jackson’s Research and Engineering Club, received multiple awards at this year’s Washington State Science &Engineering competition held in April in Bremerton.

Rayala earned first place in Senior Division Plant Sciences; Mu Alpha Theta Certificate of Outstanding Achievement in Vitro Biology; Genius Olympiad Award; and the Wolfram Mathematica Award (which includes use of the Mathematica software for one year).

Parikh was awarded first place in Senior Division Environmental Management; Olympic College President’s STEM Award for Grade 12; Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Award (includes $100 for college books); the Wolfram Mathematica Award (including use of the Mathematica software for one year); and the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award. Parikh also has been invited to the Genius Olympiad.

Teachers hand out free books to adultsMonte Cristo and Mountain Way elementary school staff handed out 400 books to the Granite Falls community as part of a Paint the Town in Literacy event for World Book Night on April 23. Teachers stood outside various businesses in lime-green shirts to hand out free copies of “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford.

Jackson science teacher earns conference grantLauren Dandridge, a science teacher at Henry M. Jackson High School, earned the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers. The award, for up to 25 teachers across the nation, covers the costs for teachers of elementary, middle and high school K-12 in their first five years of teaching to attend the annual national conference.

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About 40 Archbishop Murphy High School students spent their spring break helping the Oso community with service projects related to the mudslide.

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