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Terrace online paper, Hawkeye, wins awards

For the first time, Mountlake Terrace High School’s online student newspaper’s, The Hawkeye website at, was named a National Pacemaker Winner. Among the most prestigious honors in scholastic journalism, the Pacemaker reviews several weeks of online news coverage during the school year and is an exhaustive critique in several categories.

The newspaper website also placed sixth in a “Best of Show” contest.

Nearly 2,000 students participated in on-site competitions where their work was judged against national standards.

Kyra Dahlman earned the only “Superior” in the Computer Design Photoshop Art category. Nick Fiorillo, Erick Yanson and Maria Belcita earned an “Excellent” in the Online News Package category.

Six students earned Honorable Mentions including: Arshia Kiani for Literary Magazine Illustration; Michelle Schomer for Feature Writing; Alyssa Vallester for Review Writing; Anthony Markert for Broadcast Commentary; Shannon Beaumont for Literary Magazine Poetry; Robin Choi for Advertising Design.

Fryelands students help peers with toys, games

Students at Fryelands Elementary School in Monroe helped to welcome new families to their community by holding a school-wide toy and game drive to stock the children’s room at Housing Hope’s Woods Creek Village.

“I wanted to make kids happier with toys,” said Emily Sandoval, fourth-grader and president of the Student Council, which sponsored the drive.

Students raised more than $100.

Marysville teens diagnose car ‘bugs’

Nick Beecher and T.J. Moen, students at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, placed seventh at the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills state finals, held May 7 in Bellevue.

Ten two-person teams raced to diagnose and repair intentionally installed “bugs” in 2013 Ford Focus SE vehicles. They were judged on speed, accuracy and workmanship.

County’s FBLA students place at state conference

A number of local students involved with Future Business Leaders of America placed in the top five at a recent state competition, making them eligible to compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference, June 25-July 1 in Anaheim, Calif.

Cascade High School: Max Miller, Claire Seaman;

Glacier Peak High School: Grace Filipcic;

Granite Falls High School: Katelyn Campbell, Jeremy Miller, Aakash Sethi, Pooja Sethi, Alaina Vanderhoff;

Lynnwood High School: Greg King, Veniamin Polevoy;

Snohomish High School: Mindy Tinney;

Stanwood High School: Chad Beidas, Megan Butler, Annie Lewis, Hillary Pham, Caylyn Rich.

EvCC ORCA students receive scholarships

Everett Community College Ocean Research College Academy students Mallory Suggs of Monroe and Stefan Sorensen of Lake Stevens have earned scholarships from the Youth Maritime Training Association.

Suggs, who is a student at Monroe High School and ORCA, earned a $5,000 scholarship sponsored by the Seattle/Pacific Northwest Chapter of Council of American Master Mariners. She plans to pursue a career in marine biology and earn advanced degree in marine science. After graduation from ORCA, she will attend Western Washington University.

Sorensen, who is a student at Lake Stevens High School and ORCA, received a $3,000 scholarship sponsored by Foss Maritime Co. and the $500 Pacific Maritime magazine scholarship sponsored by RH Philips Publishing Group.

He works on the Hat Island ferry and was recently promoted to first mate, where he played an active role in their annual Coast Guard inspection. After graduating from ORCA, he’ll enter the California Maritime Academy to major in marine transportation with the goal of being the captain of a larger ferry or an ocean-going tug.

Rotary honors Everett students of month

The Rotary Club of Everett on April 16 honored high school seniors Jack Nazy of Cascade High School, Gerardo Ponce Rodriguez of Everett High School and Anna Maher of Archbishop Murphy High School as its Students of the Month.

Nazy is vice president of his senior class and a member of the National Honor Society. He is a water skier who also plays basketball, tennis and baseball, and plans to attend the University of Minnesota.

Rodriguez serves as secretary of the Everett High student international organization and plans to attend St. Martin’s University, where he will study career chemical engineering.

A basketball player, Maher volunteers to feed the homeless at Blessed Sacrament Church, and plans to attend the University of Washington.

Monroe High joins Microsoft IT program

Monroe High School has been designated a certified testing site for the Microsoft IT Academy program. Through a partnership between Microsoft and the state Career and Technical Education department of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, all high schools in the state have access to the IT Academy, which was designed by Microsoft for accredited academic institutions worldwide.

Monroe offers the program through the business department’s “Microsoft Applications” class. Though the certification testing has only been available since February, 10 students have already earned 14 certifications and are working to complete additional certifications before the end of the school year.

“This is going to help me with getting certain types of jobs that require knowledge of Microsoft programs,” sophomore Kyle Bailey said.

Everett engineering student honored

Exceptional scholarly and artistic works completed by Saint Martin’s University students during the course of the academic year were honored April 23 at the University’s Student Scholars Day and Honors Convocation. Among them was Darren Popkins, of Everett, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering.

Mariner musicians honored at festival

The Mariner High School wind ensemble, jazz band and orchestra participated in the Heritage Festival in Anaheim, Calif., recently and came away with a number of prizes.

The jazz band received a gold medal and first place honors in the event, the wind ensemble received a gold medal and second place honors, and the orchestra received a silver medal and second place honors.

Three members of the jazz band also were awarded maestro trophies for their outstanding performances: Cheyenne Earls on trumpet, Kelly Bounxayavong on bass trombone, and Kyle Grant on drums.

The wind ensemble was invited to perform in the Festival of Gold Series next year.

Discovery Elementary named Green School

The state recently designated Discovery Elementary School in Mukilteo as a Green School in recognition of its achievements in recycling and reducing waste. Discovery received Level-2 certification through Washington Green Schools, a nonprofit program that challenges students and communities to preserve natural resources.

The honor recognizes the work of the school’s Green Team, which is made up of 15 students and two staff members. Because of their efforts, the school reduced waste overall by 25 percent, which adds up to six full garbage trucks.

Other local Green Schools include Forest View Elementary, North Middle and Silver Lake Elementary schools in the Everett School District, and Madrona K-8 School in the Edmonds School District.

WWU student awarded a Fulbright Scholarship

Western Washington University student Rebecca Donaldson, of Marysville, was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to be an English teaching assistant in Brazil from March to November 2014. Her focus will be teaching university students English as a second language.

Donaldson also will work with the Two Brothers Foundation, which helps provide education opportunities to citizens in Brazil’s low-income neighborhoods, known as favelas.

Donaldson is double majoring in Spanish and linguistics at Western and will graduate in June.

Mukilteo grad named one of WSU’s Big Ten

Karsten McIntosh of Mukilteo was one of two Washington State University seniors recently honored with a 2013 Big Ten Senior Award in Campus Involvement.

McIntosh graduated in May with degrees in business and communication. While at WSU, he was involved in various activities, including work as a disc jockey for KZUU radio and booking concerts on campus. He also was a resident advisor. McIntosh was previously recognized with the university’s President’s Award for Leadership and Service, and the University Achievement Award.

Edmonds-Woodway teacher, trainer honored

Edmonds-Woodway High School sports medicine teacher and athletic trainer Sandy Metzger was recently named the Washington State Sports Medicine Teacher of the Year by the Washington Career and Technical Education Sports Medicine Association.

Nursing group honors Edmonds employee

Edmonds School District administrative specialist Madeline Herzog has been named the School Nursing Advocate of the Year by the School Organization of Washington (SNOW). The purpose of the award is to honor those who coordinate and advocate for quality school nursing services and health programs.

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