LWSD | News from the Schools February 4, 2010

Seven LWSD Students Selected as Washington Aerospace Scholars Seven Lake Washington School District students have been accepted to participate in Phase One of Washington Aerospace Scholars for 2009-2010. These students include: Amit Burstein (Eastlake High School), Ethan Chan (Eastlake), Rasan Cherala (Eastlake High School), Felix Humay (Eastlake High School), Timothy Jugovic (Eastlake High School), Matthew Kennedy (Juanita High School), and Michael Przystupa (Juanita High School). These students are among 247 talented juniors from across the state who have been accepted into the first phase of Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS): distance learning with a NASA-designed curriculum covering the history of space exploration, the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, the Moon, and Mars. From January through May, the Scholars will complete ten lessons – submitting quizzes, math solutions, essays, and graphics concerning these topics every other week. Scholars will independently select a topic of interest for a final project combining an essay with a graphic. Scholars are also competing for a space in one of four summer residency sessions.

Phase Two of WAS is a six-day summer residency experience for 160 students. Selection is competitive and centers around performance in Phase One of WAS. In each residency session, 40 Scholars are selected to work cooperatively to plan a human mission to Mars with support from professional engineers/scientists, university students, and certificated educators. Each session also includes briefings from aerospace professionals, tours of engineering facilities, and hands-on engineering challenges involving model rocketry, robotics, landing devices and payload lofting.

Redmond High School Students Help People of Haiti

Anand and Ashwin Raghuraman of Redmond High School organized a fundraiser for the people of Haiti. They went around their neighborhood in Sammamish asking families and friends to donate for the cause. Everyone was very supportive of their cause and in two weeks, they collected a total of $1200. Last Friday, they went to the local chapter of Red Cross in Seattle and donated the money. The staff at the Red Cross was very happy that Redmond High School students were getting involved for these international efforts to help the people of Haiti. Photo: Anand and Ashwin Raghuraman with American Red Cross staff.

Northwest American Choral Directors Association Regional Conference

Two students from Kirkland Junior High, Connor Bergren and Matthew Mihara auditioned and were accepted into the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Youth Honor Choir. They will both be performing at the Northwest Region American Choral Directors Association conference in Seattle in March. They will be under the direction of Darren Dailey. Dailey serves as Artistic and Executive Director of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus and Director of the Treble Chorus of New England.

Family Learning Center presents Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Set in the Pacific Northwest, while still using Shakespeare’s text, this production is sure to delight everyone. Four young lovers flee the city to find freedom and happiness in the forest. There they discover a place of enchantment, inhabited by fairies whose mischief only further confuses their affairs. A group of rustics then stumbles onto the scene to rehearse a play, but their plans are interrupted when the impish fairy Puck transforms their friend Bottom into an ass. One of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream evokes a world of wonder, magic and romance, where chaos erupts, lovers are mismatched, and all is reconciled through midsummer night revelries and faith in the power of nature.


· March 4, 2010 at 7 p.m.

· March 5, 2010 at 7 p.m.

· March 6, 2010 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

All performances will be held in the Cadle Theatre at Lake Washington High School. Tickets are $8.

For reservations call 425-936-2311.

Five Redmond High School Students Candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Five students from Redmond High School have been selected as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. These students are Rachel Ballantyne, Erika John, Sam Keller, Rebecca Li and Kelly Ren. 57 students from around the state have been selected as candidates and 3,173 students have been selected nationwide. These students will now have to complete applications in order to move on to become Presidential Scholars.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

Lake Washington High School Artist Recognized for Creative Efforts

Elizabeth Schneider, a student at Lake Washington High School (LWHS) and an exceptionally talented artist who has recently been recognized for her creative efforts in two separate competitions.

Her design, “Consuming Music” has been selected as one of 30 finalists in the national 2009 Lucerne Art of Dairy Competition. Her life-sized cow will soon be corralled in room 207 so that you can all keep an eye on her creative process. Once the cow arrives at LWHS Elizabeth will have only two weeks to complete her design. This piece has a 1/30 chance of winning $20,000 for the LWHS art department, $5,000 for Elizabeth and $5,000 for her art teacher.

In addition, Elizabeth’s acrylic painting “Bunny Fruit Snacks” (acrylic on paper) won third place of the 40 exhibited pieces from the tri-state area (Oregon, Idaho and Washington) in the High School Art Northwest 2010 competition at George Fox University.