News from Lake Washington School District

LWSD-Logo300x Finn Hill Middle School Students Score at State FCCLA Event

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members from Finn Hill Middle School (FHMS) competed in the Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Event on Saturday, February 9. Several students received a Gold rating in the three categories that they presented on February 9, and will move on to the state competition. Tyra Vacknitz and Margaret Whipple won gold in Chapter Service Project Display – Special Olympics. Riley Mayne, Tea Adams, and Jenny Kim won gold with Illustrated Talk – What’s on YOUR plate?  and Kylie de Jong won gold for the  Environmental Ambassador – E-waste section. In addition, Avrey Tuttle, an eighth grade student at FHMS will go to state as the Washington State Officer at Large for region 4.


Lake Washington School District DECA students move on to state

Please congratulate the following students at Eastlake High, Juanita High, Lake Washington High and  Redmond High for their performance at the DECA Area Conference and advancing to the state competition. This year, almost 1200 students competed from the Northshore, Riverview, Mercer Island and Lake Washington School Districts, as well as Eastside Catholic.

Eastlake High School:

Aneesha Nanda, Retail Merchandising, first place

Lauren Greenheck & Chris Wright, Ad Campaign, first place

Alaina Hartley, Apparel & Accessories, first place

Cody Sheffels, Sports & Entertainment, first place

Natalie Hurd, Marketing Management, first place

Spencer Larsen & Omar Luqman, Buying & Merchandising, third place

Haley Bates, Hotel & Lodging Marketing, fourth place

Ishanie Choudhury & Maya Sundher, Entrepreneurship Innovation, fourth place

Nick Spinelli, Restaurant Full Service, fourth place

Rachel Lang, Business Finance, fourth place

Jakob Graf, Tang Song & Phi VoBa, Ad Campaign, fifth place

Matt Ahlquist, Sports & Entertainment, fifth place

Lauren Benveniste & Li Wang, Travel & Tourism, sixth place

Rudy Ross, Food Marketing, sixth place

Jordan Lim & Sophie Stoltman, Buying & Merchandising, seventh place

Robert McCoy & Scott Quinn, Hospitality Services, seventh place

Vibha Vadlamani, Automotive Services, seventh place

Erik Mietzner, Automotive Services, eighth place

Spencer Patzman, Food Marketing, ninth place

Dylan Pruitt, Marketing Management, ninth place

Laura Brockway & Kaitlyn Cameron, Buying & Merchandising, tenth place


Ryan Walter, Business Finance, first place test score, tenth place overall

Keenan Smith, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, first place role play, fourth place overall

Tristan Barton, Automotive Services Marketing, second place test score

Gloria Liu, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan, second place test score

Mary Claire Squires, Advertising Campaign, second place test score

Amanda Johnson, Jay Krohn & Mary Claire Squires, Advertising Campaign, fourth place overall

Samantha Bakony, Retail Merchandising, eighth place overall

Conor Goodwin, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, ninth place overall

Lake Washington:                                                                                                                                                                                              

Robert Baskin, Food Marketing, first place

Nicholas Velotta, Retail Marketing, second place

James Whitfield, Marketing Management, seventh place

Allyson King, Business Law & Ethics, eighth place

Holly Sullivan, Business Law & Ethics, eighth place



Will McBride & Max Levin, Marketing Communications Team Decision Making, second place

Daniel Bies & Kyle Chandler, Sports & Entertainment Team Decision Making, second place

Everett Boker & Brett Hanaford, Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making, third place

Cameron Ashton, Hotel & Lodging Marketing, third place

Jackson Safon & Zach Packer, Marketing Communications Team Decision Making, third place

Anthony Krichevskiy, Business Services Marketing, third place

Mia Rudd, Apparel & Accessories Marketing, fifth place

Haley Blatter, Sports & Entertainment Individual, seventh place

Emily Jenks & Andres Rincom Sports Entertainment Team Decision Making, eighth place

Alex Clough, Automotive Services Marketing, ninth place

Ramsey Batey & Ben Sechrest Sports & Entertainment Team Decision Making, ninth place

Anthony Casana Automotive Services Marketing, tenth place

Anastasia Veryovka, Apparel & Accessories Marketing, tenth place


In addition, Anthony Krichevskiy was elected as the new WA DECA Area 3 President


Lake Washington High School wins $7,000 for health and nutrition programs

LifeWise Health Plan Washington and partner Treeswing, a leading local voice on the issue of childhood obesity, announced the winner of the Hunt 4 Health High School Video Challenge. A video submitted byJeremy Sacks, a senior at Lake Washington High School won first place, earning $7,000 for his school’s nutrition and physical education programs, as well as individual prizes including Visa gift cards and Go Pro video cameras. LifeWise and Treeswing plan to award the prizes to LWHS students and teachers at a special school assembly on March 22, 2013.


The Hunt 4 Health contest asked King and Snohomish county high school students to create an original video that answered the question: “What do you and your friends do to stay healthy and active?” The goal of the contest was to encourage teens to play an active role in their own health and give schools the tools to help improve their nutrition and physical activity programs. Achieving this goal is more important than ever because according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 percent of Washington youth are overweight, putting them at high risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and asthma.


Jeremy Sacks submitted the winning video called “The Healthy Song” – featuring an original song, healthy snack cameos and a solo dance sequence. The Lake Washington students’ big picture message was captured in the song’s chorus saying, “…it can be as easy as walking down the street, it’s not only exercise it’s also things you eat.” Read more.


Lake Washington Robotics Club reaches quarterfinals in local tournament

The Lake Washington High School Raging Robots Robotics Club represented their school well at the Washington “B” VEX Robotics tournament at Mariner High School. The team made it to third round of the quarterfinals. This is the highest placement reached in a tournament this year.