LWSD | News from the Schools – April 22, 2010

LWHS Students Lend a Helping Hand

Students from the Key Club and Honor Society at Lake Washington High School have become mentors to students at Peter Kirk Elementary. The LWHS students help with an afterschool activity called “Power Hour Homework Club” where they go to Kirk, help students with their homework, and create positive relationships with the students in order to make them feel more positive about themselves. LWHS students commit to tutor these students every Wednesday for six weeks. They have completed two six-week sessions so far this year, with 11 tutors for 20 students.

Students Expand Their Horizons at Conference

Freshman girls from Kirkland Junior High (KiJH) attended the Expanding Your Horizons conference on March 26 at Bellevue College. This science, technology, and math conference is a nationally affiliated program for high school girls offering hands-on activities in the math, science, and technology fields. KiJH had an extraordinary number of 54 girls attend this impressive conference that has inspired thousands of young women to further their education in math, science, technology. Professionals, who are the best ambassadors for communicating information about the wide range of careers that are available, conduct the activities. They inspire young women about their work and help them make informed decisions about their value and future in science, technology, and math – encouraging girls to follow careers in these fields.

Students Attend State FBLA Conference Students from International Community School (ICS) and Lake Washington High School (LWHS) attended the state FBLA conference in Yakima the weekend of April 10-11. Students at this conference who took first or second place qualified for the National Leadership Conference to be held in Nashville this summer. Congratulations to all of the students who participated at the conference.

International Community School

  • Alice Chang: first place in Job Interview*
  • Smrithi Sukumar: second place in Business Math*
  • Alice Chang, Bryan Djunaedi and Laura Renfroe: third place in Emerging Business Issues
  • Kristi Weber: third place for Intro to Business Communication
  • Mark Colt, Kevin Moon, and Atul Pai: third place in Business Presentation
  • Priya Ganesan: fourth place in Business Math
  • Jeff Yu: fourth place in Economics
  • Alice Chang, Olivia Kao, Nick Rayl, Stanley Tan, and Kevin Zhang: fifth place in Parliamentary Procedure
  • Atul Pai: fifth place in Personal Finance

Lake Washington High School

  • Riley Rataushk: fourth place in Sports Management
  • Kyler Blue and Kevin Lemme: fourth place in Management Decision Making

* Moving on to National Leadership Conference

Juanita High School Announces Scholarship Winners The following Juanita High School students have received scholarships from the following organizations:

  • John McCornack - $1,000, Daughter’s of the American Revolution Scholarship (Cascade Chapter);
  • Victoria Neam - $1,000, Kirkland Women’s Club Scholarship;
  • Amanda Ly - $600, Bea Richardson Scholarship and $1,000 Kirkland Rotary Club.

Juanita High School Student Nominated for Diversity Award

Samantha Snyder, a senior at Juanita High School, is one of 80 students who was nominated for the Northwest Asian Weekly’s Diversity Makes a Difference scholarship program. This scholarship program celebrates young people who are committed to reaching out across cultural lines. Students are nominated by their school as being champions of diversity.

Finn Hill Junior High Students Participate in TSA Competition

Spring break kicked off on March 25 when 24 schools from around Washington state converged at the Bellevue Hilton for the annual Technology Student Association (TSA) State Competition. Six Finn Hill Junior High (FHJH) students participated in nine team and individual events, and won 13 placing awards. Participating students included Ryan Balice (grade seven), Micah Berner (grade seven), Jason Kendrick (seventh grade), Betsy Sayler (eighth grade), Curtis Eichner (ninth grade) and Thomas Zapletal (ninth grade).

There were over 30 events that students could choose from in a variety of technical fields such as Dragster Design, Electronic Gaming, Engineering Structures, Website Design, Career Comparison, Film, and Problem Solving.  Employees from Microsoft, Boeing, and many other companies around the Puget Sound area volunteered their time to help judge all of the events.

This year brought a new competition to TSA; VEX robotics. Students worked in teams to design remote controlled robots that could move NERF balls over a wall on the other side of the field. “The robots were the best part!” commented ninth grader Thomas Zapletal, “Each team had such different ideas on how to get the balls to the other side of the court.” One of the most exciting wins was Curtis Eichner, who received first place in Electronic Gaming. Judges from a local gaming company commented that his game was more creative and original than the high school entries. For more information on TSA, visit www.washingtontsa.org.

  • Dragster Design Challenge: Ryan Balice (second place), Curtis Eichner (third place)
  • Electronic Gaming: Curtis Eichner (first place)
  • Engineering Structure: Jason Kendrick and Ryan Balice (second place) and Thomas Zapletal and Micah Berner (third place)
  • Graphic Design: Betsy Sayler (first place), Thomas Zapletal (third place)
  • Leadership Strategies: Jason Kendrick, Thomas Zapletal, and Betsy Sayler (third place)
  • Problem Solving: Thomas Zapletal and Jason Kendrick (third place)
  • Tech Bowl Written: Betsy Sayler (first place), Jason Kendrick (fourth place)
  • Tech Bowl Team: Curtis Eichner, Jason Kendrick, and Ryan Balice (first place)
  • Technical Math: Thomas Zapletal (first place)