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Monroe students lead city-wide food drive

Monroe Rotary Students of the Month recently coordinated a city-wide food drive to benefit the Sky Valley Food Bank. Their efforts garnered 4,638 pounds of food and $2,507 in cash for the food bank. As part of that food drive, the city of Monroe declared March 2015 as Monroe Community Food Drive Month and gathered 414 pounds of food and $315 in cash at City Hall and the police, fire, and parks departments.

Students also staffed collection stations at all grocery stores in Monroe on March 28, collecting 3,224 pounds of food and $1,182 in cash. Students who participated included Mitchell Higgins, Bethany Johnson, Kiana Cooley, Jacob Adams, Macey McGovern, Matthew Turner, Riley Woods, Jacob Walker, Kailee Billerbeck, Andrew Johansen, Sara Calder and Torri Pownall.

Robotics teams return from championships

More than 18,000 students from around the globe were in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 25 for a series of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics world championship events.

Team 3663 CPR of Cedar Park Christian Schools, based in Bothell, was a subdivision finalist in the FIRST Robotics Competition championship. The team is ranked in the top 16 teams among nearly 3,000 robotics teams worldwide. FRC is the highest level of FIRST competition and is open to teams in grades 9-12.

Team 2930 Sonic Squirrels, of Snohomish’s Glacier Peak High School, won an Imagery Award in the same competition. In addition, Michael Uttmark, of Team 2980 The Whidbey Island Wild Cats from Oak Harbor High School, was a Dean’s List Award winner.

Also in St. Louis to compete were Lynnwood High School’s Royal Robotics (FRC), the Northshore Christian Academy Robogators (FIRST Lego League), which finished in the Top 20 for a Global Innovation Award, and Edmonds Heights K-12 Atomic Robotics (FIRST Tech Challenge).

In a different robotics competition, the C-bots Vectron team from Lake Steven’s Cavelero Mid High School finished 33rd out of 90 teams at the VEX World Championship tournament, held April 15-18 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sixth-grader named to Patrol Hall of Fame

Annie De Monte, a sixth-grader at Lynnwood Elementary School, was selected among the top 10 outstanding patrollers in Washington state to be inducted in the 2015 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame. In recognition of her dedication to safety, community stewardship and leadership, Annie was recognized at an evening awards ceremony held before a Seattle Mariners game April 24 at Safeco Field.

What separates Annie from many other outstanding patrollers at Lynnwood Elementary is that her dedication to student safety centers on a personal tragedy in her life, AAA spokesperson Jennifer Cook said. Annie’s mother was killed by a drunk driver in 2008, when De Monte was 5 years old. Her personal loss has a special place in her heart and fuels her motivation to ensure the safety of others, especially at school and in her local community, Cook said.

Annie and the other top 10 patrollers were chosen from about 50 nominations.

Monroe grad earns engineering honor

Washington State University’s College of Engineering and Architecture has given its Outstanding Senior award to Monroe High School graduate and current WSU mechanical engineering student Carl Bunge. Bunge actually is a junior, but has enough credits to be considered a senior.

“Ever since I was a little guy, growing up on a family farm, anything with wheels really intrigued me,” Bunge said. “It’s really the hands-on and diverse aspects of the mechanical engineering field that interests me, going from engineering a tractor to the 3-D high tech printing. I like being involved in something with such a wide scope of opportunities.”

Future problem-solvers heading to Iowa

The Future Problem Solving State Bowl was held recently in Stanwood.

Top local winners were all from Snohomish School District schools: Ruth Davison (Dutch Hill Elementary), Mason Meyer (Glacier Peak High School), Athena Munguia (Emerson Elementary), as well as an entire Dutch Hill Elementary School team of Chloe Seelhoff, James Bogger, Abby Pieper, and Declan Bartelheimer, and a Glacier Peak High School team of Drew Forman, Thomas Bernaudi, Mason Meyer, Andrew Davis, Laurie Ojala and Nick Lavigne.

The top winners are eligible to represent Washington at the Future Problem Solving International Conference, June 11-14 at Iowa State University.

Snohomish teen serves as page in Olympia

Jessica Carman, a student at Snohomish High School, served as a page April 20-24 in Olympia for the Washington State House of Representatives. She was sponsored by state Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish.

Pages perform a wide variety of responsibilities, from presenting the flags to distributing amendments on the House floor. In addition to contributing to the efficient operation of the Legislature, pages receive daily civics instruction, draft their own bills, and participate in mock committee hearings.

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