School Winners

Granite Falls honors stellar students

The Granite Falls School District’s “Success in Education” student award winners: Tessa Montgomery, Chris Cervarich, Taylor Arndt, John Brown (Granite Falls High School); Emily Wicks, Erich Whitely, Brittney Mayer (Granite Falls Middle School); Kylie Allen, Samuel Morrison (Mountain Way Elementary); and Taylor McCaughan, Kaitlyn Cramer (Monte Cristo Elementary).

The award honors students who “show an understanding of the importance of education and provide a committed, excellent service to other students, staff members or the community.” Students are recognized quarterly at the secondary level and by semester at the elementary level. The Granite Falls School Board will recognize the winners at its Jan. 21 meeting.

Rotary names Terry teacher of the month

Quyen Terry, a teacher who also manages Spruce Elementary School’s English language learner program, was Rotary Club of Alderwood Terrace’s December Educator of the Month.

Nearly one-third of the Lynnwood school’s students are English language learners.

“One of Quyen’s best qualities is her high energy and enthusiastic approach to everything she does,” Principal Katherine Kayler wrote in her nomination letter. “She is the teacher you wish your child could have.”

Lynnwood teacher among peer leaders

On Jan. 3, 25 teacher leaders gathered for the 2015 Puget Sound Teacher Leader kick off. After a competitive hiring process, the Puget Sound Educational Service District hired 15 new teacher leaders to join 10 returning teacher leaders for the professional development program. The 2015 cadre includes returning Lynnwood Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Tom White.

AMHS students help Seattle’s homeless

The Archbishop Murphy High School Acts of Random Kindness group held an “Operation Backpack Deploy” on Dec. 22, assembling backpacks with toiletries and other needs that they then distributed to the homeless at St. Martin de Porres shelter in downtown Seattle.

“When we look at our brothers and sisters on the streets, we have to look deep into our own history and remember Mary and Joseph and even baby Jesus were homeless. When we reflect in our own hearts and remember this, we are called to help those living on the streets today,” said Deacon Dennis Kelly, director of Campus Ministry at the Catholic school.

Edmonds alum brings IT skills to Ghana

Edmonds Community College and Northwest Community College Initiative program alumnus Benjamin Kanligi has been awarded a prestigious grant by the U.S. Department of State Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund.

Kanligi’s winning proposal — one of 60 selected from nearly 1,100 submissions — is called “Techie Skills,” a community service project to provide young people in Wa, a city in Ghana, with opportunities to develop information and computer technology skills and startup mentoring.

Kanligi studied at Edmonds in 2012-13 as an international student from Ghana and earned a certificate in business information technology. He credited his learning at Edmonds for the path that led him to Techie Skills.

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