School Winners

Today in history …

A regional History Day contest for students from Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties was held March 14 at Western Washington University. Top finishers now advance to the state History Day contest May 2 in Auburn.

Local winners took home top prizes for historical projects that looked at a wide variety of historical figures, from Austrian psychoanalyst Josef Breuer to Tulalip carver Jerry Jones.

Brighton School: Cora Fancher, Alex Fritch, Syrille Jones, Cooper Layman, Garrett Menzik, Arthur Roseberry, Michel Shideler, Maddi Smith, Sok Houng Sroy, Lina Usibelli

Explorer Middle School: Jonna-Lynn Alonso, Jared Collinge, Mary Douglas, Alex Hyung, Jasmine Jones, Stacy Jong, Jonathan Ke, Sarah Khan, Eric Lopit, Jen Nguyen, Hanna Oh, Aaron Pham, Paige Udhus, Nhi Vuong, Angie Wang, Jiamae Wang, Edward Whalen

Homeschool: Grace Christianson (Stanwood)

Monroe High School: Akela Hunter, Peyton Leidholm, Brittany Sarto, Kaitlyn Thomas

Stanwood High School: Collin Chung, Trinity Hundley, Caitlyn Jasmer, Ashley Peterson, Daniela Tierra, Emily Wolfe

Bervell named Achievement Scholar

Michael Bervell of Snohomish, a senior at Kamiak High School, has won a National Achievement Scholarship of $2,500. There were 700 such awards given out this year by the National Achievement Scholarship Program to outstanding black students nationwide.

Bervell plans to study neuroscience.

Top CC students named

Edmonds Community College students Wilson Charles and Maria Veronica and Everett Community College student Taylor Nisonger-Bond were recognized for their scholarship, leadership, and community service at a ceremony March 26 at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.

The students were named to this year’s All-Washington Academic Team, which recognizes and honors the state’s top community and technical college students. They each received $250 scholarships.

Charles, 35, was born in Haiti and became a U.S. citizen in 2011. He is visually impaired. Charles’ ultimate career goal is to serve as a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department. He’s now at the University of Washington.

Veronica is a 21-year-old economics major and serves in student government at EdCC. She is on the honor roll and is a Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society member.

Nisonger-Bond, 22, overcame addictions and is now pulling a 4.0 GPA at EvCC with plans to transfer to Western Washington University and earn a degree in human services. Her goal is to help others who suffer with addiction and mental illness.

Snohomish student serves as page

Peter Faber, a sophomore at Snohomish High School and Academy Northwest, recently served as a page in the state House of Representatives. He was sponsored by Rep. Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish. Faber is a neighbor to Kristiansen. He hopes to attend the Naval Academy after high school and become an aviator and a commissioned officer with the U.S. Navy.

On to DECA’s big dance

Many local students qualified at a recent state competition for the DECA International Career Development Conference, to be held April 25-28 in Orlando, Florida. About 17,000 students, advisors, business people and alumni are expected to gather at the annual event.

Edmonds-Woodway High School: Rachel Larson, Lauren Mallory, Susie M. Roberts, Caroline Willcock

Everett High School: Sherwin Afable, Patricia F. Killian, Sean Stewart, Nicole Yonker

Lake Stevens High School: Braden Ash, Tallon Cote, Lilly Hannigan, Sarah Kylany, David Marques, Karen Morton, Tara Noetzelmann, Jamie Pierce, Drew Williams

Marysville-Pilchuck High School: Garrett Anderson, McKenna Dahl, Will Hill, Andy Hougan, Riley Hougan, Jerrod Lee, Jason Maki, Noah McKee, Nate Peterson, Victoria Pressman, Allysa Tande, Cesar Zatarain

Monroe High School: Cathryn Armstrong, Jessica Cichanski, Macey McGovern, Megan Rich, Darby Vigus

Snohomish High School: Tanner Corrie, Ben J. Doucette, Kathleen Peterson, Lauren Vance

Tech students compete

The Washington Technology Student Association tournament was held March 26-28 in Bellevue.

Mountlake Terrace High School junior Haeley Johnston was elected president of WTSA. Lydia Kim of Jackson High School was elected reporter.

Local schools posted multiple top finishes in a variety of competitive categories.

Alderwood Middle School: Yobel Abraham, Alec Baines, Connor Bjornson, Alexandr Bogatyrev, Pawlo Buchynskyy, Amy Harris, Brandon Nguyen, Aria Openshaw, Eric Rodriguez, Sergio Sanchez, Setha Sorphaq, David Weitkamp, Haedyn Wendt

Brier Terrace Middle School: Aidan Alderson, Reiden Chea, Aidan Cullen, Nolan Degarlis, Trevor Doan, Krithik Duraisamy, Tiia Freeman, Charles Fritz, Ariba Janoo, Cole Johnston, Matthew Khajepour, Themba Kimani, Jacob Knight, Anthony Le, Lukas Malins, Alec Matulka, Reece Newhouse, Meghan Park, Josh Paul, Andrew Steck, Donald Strohl, Angelina Tang, Matthew Vancampen, Joanne Yi

Cavelero Mid High School: Priyanka Chand, Carlo Evangelisti, Kelly Howell, Jacob Hubble, Jordyn Jackson, Rylee Mattson, Dasia Mitchell, Chantel Tang, Matt Van Ginneken

College Place Middle School: Kahyun Jung, Aryam Kfleyesus, Edlawte Sentayehu

Edmonds Woodway High School: Olivia Clark

Glacier Peak High School: Jacob Argue, Austin Bartsch, Chance Crum, Grant Duffy, Josh Gjermess, Ryan Harris, Nolan Hennig, Ian Jensen, Matt Mueller, Evan Yip

Jackson High School: Heejoon Ahn, Kirsten Allison, Marcus Amalachandran, Seven Bennett, Elliott Cho, Hannah Cho, Je Yong Choi, Derrick Choy, Ryan Chu, Clare Hao, Emily Heng, Claire Hsu, Andrew Hyun, Lessane Ketema, Caleb Kim, Chana Kim, Christina Kim, Jean Kim, Lydia Kim, Tiffany Lai, Andrew Lee, Jung-min Lee, Kevin Lee, Matthew Lee, Jinzheng Li, Kevin Liang, Sriharshita Musunuri, Daniel Nguyen, Jason Nguyen, Colin Nordquist, Aaron Oh, Dhruvik Parikh, Alex Park, Stefan Pazevic, Lam Pham, Anish Prasad, Brandon Rapp, Indira Rayala, Marty Smith, Jonathan Tan, Collin Tasaka, Emily Tasaka, Justine Teoh, Serena Tran, Brian Uyeda, Nathan Vallejos, Natalie Weed, Braden Whitman, Joseph Yoon, Kevin Yoon

Meadowdale Middle School: Selena Bolton, Alison Cheney, Ethan Christiansen, Ian Ho, Ryan Meyer

Mountlake Terrace High School: Kathleen Cram, Asialee Donnelly, Connor Ebright, Haeley Johnston, Liam Madson, Paxtyn Merten, Joey Owens, Netania Rivera, Caleb Sill, Jonathan Thiem

Stanwood High School: Nathan Bailey, Chris Blackwell, Karsten Chaplik, Harrison Frazier, Carter Garcea, Jared Holmgren, Nathan Holmgren, Carson Houk, Gabriel Johnson, Matt Lawson, Carlton McDonald, Collin McKenzie, Philip Santeford, Kody Smith, Bryan Strachan

Getting grubby for education

King County, Waste Management and Cedar Grove are teaching kids and their parents the importance of keeping compost clean.

At Discovery Elementary School in south Everett, teachers handed out “Keep Compost Clean” cards. Kids fill the cards with the stickers that are often affixed to produce. Then, for every card turned in, a bag of compost is donated to their school’s garden. The students already have laid down fresh compost.

Cedar Grove also donates compost to schools through its Compost Days promotion, which continues through April 15.

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