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News from the Schools – May 21, 2009
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Redmond Students to Perform at Carnegie Hall May 24, 2009
Students from the Redmond High School orchestras have learned the way to Carnegie Hall: it takes practice, practice, practice… and a great conductor!

A group of 40 students from the Redmond High School String and Chamber Orchestras and the Redmond Junior High School Advanced Orchestra and their conductor, Lake Washington School District teacher Paula C. Ferguson, will be traveling to New York City over Memorial Day weekend to perform at Carnegie Hall. The students won a coveted performance spot at the famous concert hall by submitting a recording of their best work from the last several years.

“We’ve developed a very strong orchestra program in the Redmond Region,” Ferguson said, “but I wanted to push the students to an even higher level. I’m honored that we’ve been recognized for the quality of our playing, and I know that we will deliver a performance worthy of Carnegie Hall.”

Redmond High School principal Jane Todd, who will be accompanying the group to their Carnegie Hall debut, is enthusiastic in her praise of the students and their conductor. “Thanks to Mrs. Ferguson’s work, we’ve built an orchestra that’s second to none,” Todd said. “We’ll be taking our Mustang pride all the way to New York City.”

The Redmond students will perform three works at Carnegie Hall: three of the five movements of Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Op.40; Vaughn Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, and a string arrangement of Saint-Saens’ “Bacchananale” from Samson and Delilah.

To preview their performance for family and friends, the orchestra will present a local “Carnegie Dress Rehearsal Concert” at the Redmond High School Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. The preview concert will be free and open to the public.

For those who will be in New York City, tickets to the Redmond High School Carnegie Hall performance, which will take place on Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m., can be obtained by calling CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, logging on to, or visiting the Carnegie Hall Box Office at West 57th Street and Seventh Avenue in New York City. The Carnegie Hall concert will be presented by MidAmerica Productions:

Tax-deductible donations to support the Carnegie Hall trip and provide scholarships for students in need will be gratefully accepted by the Redmond Region Orchestra Boosters: 15821 NE 90th Way, Redmond 98052.

Kirkland Junior High Team Competes in National Academic League Competition
Kirkland Junior High’s Academic Games team was the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Champion and went on to participate in the National Academic League national competition in April. They were defeated in the Elite Eight by Masterman Middle School from Philadelphia. The LWSD School Board recognized the team at their Board Meeting on May 4, 2009.

Photo: School Board recognizes Kirkland Junior High Academic Games team.

Students Compete at DECA International Competition

Students from Redmond High School, Lake Washington High School and Eastlake High School attended the DECA International Competition in Anaheim, Calif. April 28- May 2, 2009. These students competed against 13,000 other students from seven countries in 35 events.

Redmond High School:
Redmond High School took 26 students to DECA International Competition. Twenty-two of these students competed. RHS had seven students advance as semi-finalists with three students making it to stage as winners. Here are their results:

  • Dylan McBride and Jillian Jaccard: Second place in Sports & Entertainment Marketing team event.
  • Lauren Isherwood: Top 10 place in Restaurant & Food Services Marketing.
  • Kambiz Shemshaki and Tyler Dougherty: Semi-finalists in Sports & Entertainment team event.
  • Simone Vieco and Andrei Nedelcu: Semi-finalists in Business Law & Ethics.
  • Joe Junor attended his orientation and training as a new Washington State DECA officer for the 2009-2010 school year. As part of the state officer team, Joe will represent the Lake Washington, Northshore and Riverview School Districts DECA chapters while leading the state’s 11,000 members to another successful year.

Lake Washington High School:
Lake Washington High School took 13 students to the DECA International Competition. Here are their results:

  • Kyler Blue: placed in sub category Quick Serve Restaurant.
  • Keira Rogers: top 21 Full Service Restaurant.
  • Saara Janmohamed and partner: Top 10 Buying & Merchandise Team Decision Making.
  • Addison Lewis and Molly Navalinski: Top 10 Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making.

Eastlake High School:
Eastlake High School took nine students to the DECA International Competition. The students competed in Buying and Merchandising, Internet Marketing and Chapter Awards Program. Eastlake students also attended senior management and two-day leadership seminars.

Three Students Receive WAVE Scholarships
The Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) program recognizes and rewards students who excel in career and technical education. This year Lake Washington School District has three WAVE scholarship recipients. The three students are Yuxin Kaplan (Business and Marketing program) from Redmond High School, Colton Marshall (Broadcasting program) from Lake Washington High School and Beth Tayler (Architecture Design program) from Juanita High School.

The state Legislature created the award in 1984. Since then, more than 3,000 students have received assistance in paying their college tuition, boosting their ability to reach education and career goals. The WAVE awards pay undergraduate educational tuition for two years (six quarters or four semesters) at an accredited public or private college or university, or licensed vocational school. Students are reimbursed up to the amount of the highest tuition charged by a public university in the state. If tuition is paid for through other means, the WAVE funds can be used to pay for other valid educational expenses, such as books, supplies, room, board, or transportation. The grant is based on undergraduate study only. The student must maintain a term grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to continue using the award.

The students will be honored at a breakfast on May 27, 2009.

Kamiakin Student’s Artwork Recognized by State PTA
On May 2, an amazingly talented group of students gathered together to be commended by the Washington State PTA at their Reflections Award Program. Heather McAllister, an eighth grade student from Kamiakin Junior High was recognized for her colorful drawing titled “Wow Circus,” which Heather said came from her passion that she found after seeing a Cirque de Soleil show last year. The excitement she absorbed from that show is elegantly expressed in the vibrant flow of color and movement throughout her piece. This year’s Reflections theme was “WOW.” In order for Heather’s artwork to be shown at the state level, she had to win three different honors: one at the school level, one at the district level, and then finally at the state level. This is the 40th year of the Reflections Program that annually attracts more than 500,000 participants from around the country!

Kang Broadcasting Class Attends Film Festival
On May 19, 2009 the Lake Washington High School Kang Broadcasting class attended the annual Northwest High School Film Festival held at Shoreline Community College. There were 245 students attending from 15 high schools. There were 11 categories and 245 entries. The top three award winners from each category were shown at the Festival. (The judges were from the film industry). Kang Broadcasting students are first time winners this year, winning four “Oscar” trophies.

They won two out of the three awards for two categories: Commercial and News Features.

“Jamba Juice Ad”
Homecoming T-Shirt - Kang Broadcast

Kang Broadcast #14 (listed are some of the areas that were on the video)

  • Staff Member of the week: Chris Moe
  • Talent Show Ad
  • Andrea Prudente’s Wall of Color
  • Buying Homecoming T-shirts

Kang Broadcast #19

  • Good Sportsmanship
  • Tolo Dance, etc.

Kang Broadcasting also received an “Honorable Mention” in the Comedy section for the Halloween Segment. The videos and pictures of the students will be at in the near future.

Congratulations to Leanne Fike, instructor and the Kang Broadcast Students.

Students Honored by 5th Avenue Theatre
Redmond High School and Eastlake High School’s theatre programs and students were recognized by the 5th Avenue Theatre at their 2009 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards, sponsored by Wells Fargo. Below are the categories where each program was honored.

Urinetown; Redmond High School:

  • Outstanding Direction - Honorable mention
  • Outstanding Choreography
  • Outstanding performance by an actor in a featured ensemble role – honorable mention: Matt Eisenmann as Officer Barrell

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Eastlake High School:

  • Honorable mention for “Outstanding Choreography”

Evergreen Beauty College Takes First Place in Day of Success
On April 27, 2009 Evergreen Beauty College (formerly Bellevue Beauty School) took 70 students (six of them NEVAC students) to the National Cosmetology Association’s annual Student Day of Success in Portland, Ore. The students competed against a dozen schools in both Washington and Oregon. Out of the 10 competitive categories, Evergreen Beauty College placed in nine of the events (Men’s Commercial Cut, Men’s Fade, Women’s Commercial Cut, Hair by Night (updo), Fantasy Hair Braiding, Nail Art, Nail Acrylic Form, and Team Vogue). The day concluded with Evergreen Beauty College taking first place. They also held a high-style award ceremony and runway walk-off in which all participants received adulation. It was a very successful day filled with healthy competition, good sportsmanship and networking with potential employers. Jess Irish, Amanda Nelson, Kayla Derlien, and Adela Betancourt were four of the six NEVAC students who participated.

Redmond High School Theatre Arts Program to Perform at Fringe Festival
Redmond High School (RHS) Theatre Arts was nominated and accepted to perform as a part of The Edinburgh Festival Fringe (commonly known as The Fringe) by the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF). The trip to Edinburgh is currently slated for August 2011. Students going on the trip will visit parts of Scotland and London as well as promote and perform a short play twice a day at one of The Fringe’s premier venues.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe started in 1947 when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to the first Edinburgh International Festival (EIF). Over the years, more performers came to Edinburgh to perform on the outskirts of the EIF and by 1958 the Festival Fringe Society was formed to provide information, a central box office and a published program of all the Fringe shows. Central to the society's constitution was the policy that there should be no artistic vetting from the society, which still holds true to this day.

RHS students will begin raising funds and preparing for the trip in the Fall of 2009. For more information or to make a donation please contact Redmond High School Drama Boosters at


News from the Schools is compiled by the Lake Washington School District Communications Department. For more information or to submit your school's news, please e-mail Kathryn Reith or Shannon Parthemer.

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