Contributed photo                                 People’s Choice Award winner “Construction and Decay” by Kayden Selby. She also received third in the Grades 9-12 category.

Contributed photo People’s Choice Award winner “Construction and Decay” by Kayden Selby. She also received third in the Grades 9-12 category.

Snohomish Conservation District youth art contest winners

Snohomish Conservation District youth art contest winners

The Snohomish Conservation District had a youth art contest on the theme wildlife habitat tied to its annual plant sale. The People’s Choice Award was decided by patrons at the sale.

The People’s Choice Award winner was “Construction and Decay” by Kayden Selby. She also received third in the grades 9-12 category.

Other winners:

Kindergarten-2

Annalise Buck, first place; Genevieve Buck, (really 3-5 but her entry went through a sorting error) second; Stella Johnson, third; and Brody Johnson, honorable mention.

Grades 3-5

Amelia Gough, first; Gigi Hulbert, second; and Avery Colinas, third.

Grades 6-8

Tegan Coughlin, first and Sofia Scicchitano, second.

Grades 9-12

Nala Person, first; Mia Nelson, second; Colton Winkley, Alex Fleming and Kayden Selby, tied for third.

The art will be on display during the Imagine Children Museum’s Super Hero Earth Day on April 20 at 1502 Wall St. in Everett. Want the art collection at your location? Contact outreach@snohomishcd.org.

Sisters Annalise Buck, left, and Genevieve Buck both won awards. (Contributed photo)

Sisters Annalise Buck, left, and Genevieve Buck both won awards. (Contributed photo)

Whittier students help feed homeless with lunch and hope

About 100 fourth-graders packed lunches and wrote positive notes to help the homeless.

“Teaching our students about giving back is important,” began an email to parents of fourth-graders at Whittier Elementary School. “In place of a Valentine’s Day party, the fourth-grade classes will be helping make sandwiches for the homeless.”

Fourth grade teacher Maegan Windrick had success with #hashtaglunchbag at her previous school and brought the idea to her fourth grade teacher team, Lindsay Buff and Joan Hills. About 100 students packed about 150 lunches and wrote positive messages and pictures on the paper bags. Parent volunteers then delivered the lunches, and extra fruit and water, to the Union Gospel Mission to be distributed.

The event, #hashtaglunchbag, began in 2012 in Los Angeles with a group of young adults who wanted to find a fun and meaningful way to give back to others. After they put together 100 sack lunches they handed out the lunches to people in need. The lunches included a sandwich, cookie, water and fruit, along with a simple note of encouragement. The program has spread nationwide.

Young Simba Janella Sepulveda, Pumba Regina Hensley and Timon Aiden Sterling. (Kim Burke)

Young Simba Janella Sepulveda, Pumba Regina Hensley and Timon Aiden Sterling. (Kim Burke)

A bright and fun play

Hawthorne Elementary put on “The Lion King KIDS” on Feb. 25 at the Everett Civic Auditorium.

The directors were Music Specialist Kimberly Demetre and Dawn Bourque. Planning started last spring.

“We had wanted to present a Broadway-style musical with full chorus with our intermediate-level students as this had not been done at Hawthorne in many years,” Demetre said.

Rafikis, left to right, Alexa Maldonado, Lyleth King, Choncie LeFall and partial choir. (Kim Burke)

Rafikis, left to right, Alexa Maldonado, Lyleth King, Choncie LeFall and partial choir. (Kim Burke)

The students rehearsed several times a week starting in November. The Village Theatre KidStage helped with costumes and props.

“What an amazing night it was for everyone,” Demetre said. “So many parents, family and community members were there, enjoying the excitement.”

Kim Burke                                 Young Simba Janelle Sepulveda and Mufasa Aiden Geer.

Kim Burke Young Simba Janelle Sepulveda and Mufasa Aiden Geer.

Winners from Lake Stevens competition

These students from around the state qualified for the VEX Robotics World Championship for their outstanding notebook and design process. They are all seniors this year. The team called Tarros is composed of Jacob Hubble, Troy Elmer, Matt van Ginneken, Karson Tuck and Jackson Langlet.

Tarros, left to right, Troy Elmer, Matt Van Ginneken, Jacob Hubble, Jackson Langlet and Karson Tuck. (Contributed photo)

Tarros, left to right, Troy Elmer, Matt Van Ginneken, Jacob Hubble, Jackson Langlet and Karson Tuck. (Contributed photo)

The Tiger Bots took home the Energy Award. They are Jullian Hunter, Alex Fox, Kelton Fenrich and Tyler Hedgecock.

Cavelero had a team about one second away from winning the whole Middle School Competition, which would have sent them to Worlds. 5 Smart Boys took home a trophy for second place and won the innovation award. 5 Smart Boys was made up of Ethan Sewell, Ezekiel Ross, Reilly Bowers, Derek De la Cruz and Jack Stephens.

Smart Boys, left to right, Jack Stephens, Ezekiel Ross, Ethan Sewell andReilly Bowers. Not Pictured: Derek de la Cruz. (Contributed photo)

Smart Boys, left to right, Jack Stephens, Ezekiel Ross, Ethan Sewell andReilly Bowers. Not Pictured: Derek de la Cruz. (Contributed photo)

The Aztechs, made up of Raaga Vangala, Natalie Anderson, Emma Cox, Grace Davis, Kyra Freemen and Hanna Michalisinon, won the Judges Award.

Contributed photo                                 Aztechs, left to right, Emma Cox, Hanna Michalisin, Natalie Anderson, Kyra Freemen, Raaga Vangala and Grace Davis.

Contributed photo Aztechs, left to right, Emma Cox, Hanna Michalisin, Natalie Anderson, Kyra Freemen, Raaga Vangala and Grace Davis.

Dipper Cage made up of Morgan Simpson, Collin Hall-Rogers, Ethan Suhniak, Caton Galic and Blake Nelson won the Energy award.

The March 2 competition was held at Cavelero Mid High School.

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