LWSD | News from the Schools – January 28, 2010

News from the Schools – January 28, 2010

“Farewell to Chapple Gym” at Lake Washington High

Alumni are invited to join Doug Chapple to celebrate gym’s history before demolition

Chapple Gymnasium at Lake Washington High School has been the site of many high school games, dances and other momentous events. It was even the site of Doug and Emmary Chapple’s wedding in 1993. The gymnasium was named for Chapple in 1992, when he retired from coaching. This year is the last for Chapple Gym since it will be demolished in May as part of the modernization of Lake Washington High School. Read more.

Two Eastlake High School Students Receive Peace Prize

Two students from Eastlake High SchoolAkaash Nanda and Sharada Rayan were nominated for and received the Seattle Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award for 2010. This award, sponsored by Seattle Center and the city of Seattle, recognizes and celebrates outstanding young people and youth organizations that promote community, peace, leadership, justice and civil rights in the spirit of the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nomination forms are sent to all schools in King County to nominate individuals or programs for this award. Chris Gentes, a counselor at Inglewood Junior Highnominated both Akaash and Sharada for this award and talked briefly about each of them during the awards ceremony held at Seattle Center on January 18. A video of the awards ceremony is available on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txzf_oQTgfA.

Juanita High School Students Win Construction Career Day Essay Contest

Two students from Juanita High SchoolJasmine Warner and Olga Pedchenko won prizes in the Construction Career Day essay contest sponsored by the AGC Educational Foundation. Jasmine won first place ($500) and Olga won third place ($100). These students attended Construction Career Day, held in Seattle last October, and then wrote personal essays on the topic, “What is Apprenticeship?”

Lake Washington High School Students Artwork on Display

Five students in Lake Washington High School’s AP Studio Art class have had work accepted into the High School Art Northwest 2010 show at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore. These students are Kelly Cowherd, Alicia Hatfield, Ken Li, Leah Sacks and Elizabeth Schnieder. This show is a juried exhibition opening January 26 and running through February 16.

Finn Hill Junior Technology Student Association (TSA)

Finn Hill Junior High’s new Technology Student Association club is off to a fabulous start. The club meets every Tuesday afternoon from 3 – 5 p.m.  Finn Hill technology teacher Lisa Shulman coaches it. Five students contended in a Regional Technology Student Association Competition held at Jackson High School in November. The event featured both junior high and senior high students. Competing against high school students and holding their own were Micah Berner (seventh grade), Ezra Stanfield (eighth grade), Thomas Zapletal (eighth grade), Betsy Sayler (eighth grade) and Curtis Eichner (ninth grade). Team members competed in two events: Structural Engineering and Problem Solving. In Structural Engineering, Micah and Thomas placed second and Betsy placed third. Betsy also placed second in Problem Solving.

Redmond Junior High Leadership Class Holds Food and Fitness Fair

The leadership class at Redmond Junior High (RJH) held a Food and Fitness Fair on January 20. They created the day as part of their participation in the “Fuel Up to Play 60” program. “Fuel Up to Play 60” is a partnership between the National Dairy Council and the National Football League. For their participation, RJH received $5,000 in grant money to use towards healthy eating and fitness activities. Pro Club, along with many other local Redmond businesses, provided activities and healthy foods for the fair.

Kirkland Youth Council Gives Mini-Grant to Juanita High School’s Reading Club

Juanita High School’s Reading Club received a $500 mini-grant from the Kirkland Youth Council. The Reading Club is a new student club open to those with a desire to read. The club will meet monthly during lunch to discuss books they have read. Club members will not all read the same book, they will just talk about the books they are reading and trade them. Students will suggest the books they would like to purchase as part of the program. The purpose is to instill in students that reading is a worthwhile activity and encourage reading as a lifelong habit. The grant is to be used toward the purchase of books for the program. Blackwell Chess Club Takes First Place Team Trophy at Junior Tournament

The Blackwell Elementary Chess Club was awarded the first place team trophy in the K-3 grade group at the Washington Junior Open Tournament held Monday, January 18, 2010. They had a team score of 14.5, beating Stevenson Elementary with a score of 13.5, and Somerset Elementary with a score of 13.0. This win is quite an accomplishment as Stevenson is the national championship team and Somerset was the host school with a very large team. Team scores take the top four players in each of the two sections combined.

Last year, Blackwell began the “First Moves” chess program in their second and third grade classrooms in addition to continuing the PTSA Chess Club program.  According to Blackwell principal Stephen Bryant, “I do believe together, along with the students’ hard work, the two programs [First Moves and Chess Club] helped build a foundation for this success.”

Here are the individual results for the Blackwell players:



Rating Before

Trophies Qualified

for State

K-3U1200 Division

Benjamin Jee



1st Place YES

K-3U800 Division

Mats VanderVlugt



10th Place YES
James Lai



11th Place YES
Sam Cureton



3.0 trophy YES
Duncan Woodward



Benjamin, Mats, James and Sam all qualified to play in the State tournament held later this year.

Leadership Students at Keller Elementary Raise Funds for Haiti

The leadership students at Helen Keller Elementary decided they wanted to raise funds to help the people of Haiti. They collected money last week (January 19-22) and in just four days, they raised over $2,800. All of these funds will go to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts in Haiti.

Lake Washington School District DECA Students Move on to State

Please congratulate the following students at Redmond High, Eastlake High and Lake Washington High for their performance at the DECA Area Conference and advancing to state. This year, almost 800 students competed from the Northshore, Riverview, and Lake Washington School Districts as well as a new chapter at Eastside Catholic.

Redmond High School:

  • Margaux Helm, Buying & Merchandising, first place test
  • Joe Junor & Joey Gregoritch, Sports Team, first place role play; first place overall
  • Kevin Light, Sports Individual, second role play #2; fifth place overall
  • Bri Dankberg, Sports Individual, second place test; third overall
  • Paul Cretu, Accounting, third place test; second place role play #1; third place overall
  • Kim Kruse, Business Services, second place test; first place role play #1; second place role play #2; first place overall
  • Alex Churchill-Moulder, Restaurant & Food Services, second place test
  • Tom Cote, Sports Team, second place test
  • Joe Junor, Sports Team, third place test
  • Netania Boentaram, Hospitality Team, third place test
  • Kate Garland & Joe Costello, Financial Team, third place role play; third place overall
  • Patrick Mahan & Zdravko Kemerov, Sports Team, fifth place overall
  • Katie MorrisAshlyn Trussel, Buying & Merchandising, sixth place overall
  • Trevor Wyke & Mark McCondochie, Sports Team, sixth place overall
  • Jordan Kaindl, Restaurant & Food Services Marketing, seventh place overall
  • Margaux HelmElise Adams, Buying & Merchandising, seventh place overall

Lake Washington High School:

  • Kevin Lemme, Business Services, first place role play; fourth overall
  • Kyler Blue, Quick Serve Restaurant, second place role play; fifth overall
  • Alexis Hamilton, Marketing Management , second place role play
  • Grady Olson, Accounting, second place role play; sixth overall
  • Riley Rataushk, Sports Marketing & Entertainment, second place role play; fourth overall
  • Rachel Robison, Retail Merchandise, second place test
  • Lexi Bennigson, Business Law & Ethics, seventh place overall
  • Connie Cho, Business Law & Ethics, seventh place overall

Eastlake High School:

  • Rishabh Jain, Travel & Tourism, second on test
  • Akaash Nanda, Buying and Merchandising, third place test
  • Grace Hung, Restaurant and Food Services Management, third place overall
  • Matt Matula & Kelly Song, Business Law & Ethics, third place overall
  • Momoko Yoshida & Nilofar Ganjaie, Hospitality Services, fourth place overall
  • Morgan Conover, Marketing Management, fifth place overall; second place test
  • Rishabh Jain & Jack Fisher, Travel & Tourism, fifth place overall
  • Molly Hearn & Sharada Rayan, Travel & Tourism, sixth place overall
  • Midori Ng, Advertising Campaign, sixth place overall
  • Colin Wang, Marketing Management, sixth place overall; first place role play