2012 5th Avenue High School Musical Awards nominations
Each year, the 5th Avenue Theatre travels to schools across Washington — from large schools in urban districts, to those in small rural communities. Their mission is always the same: to honor the work, talent and commitment that students, parents, and faculty devote to their school's yearly musical productions, and to celebrate the value of high school theater programs. This year, the program visited 93 productions and reached over 9,000 students statewide.
June 4, 2012, marks the 10th anniversary of celebrating Washington state high schools through The 5th Avenue Awards: Honoring High School Musical Theater.
This year, Redmond High School’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” received nominations in six categories:
- Redmond High School, Little Shop of Horrors (Misty Doty, teacher)
- Redmond High School, Little Shop of Horrors (Niki Russo)
- Redmond High School, Little Shop of Horrors (Minna Stelzner, Sarah Du, Sierra Allen, Sarah Hughes, Liz Plaisted, Kristen Higashi, Jacob Kappes, Kirk Gysler, R.C. Leonard, Albert Daschle, Andra Atvars, Gabe Wilcox, Tina Joehnk, & Andy Robertson)
Outstanding Lighting Design:
- Honorable Mention: Redmond High School, Little Shop of Horrors (Ruth Barton, theatre manager)
Outstanding Stage Crew:
- Redmond High School, Little Shop of Horrors (Liza Vaughn, Erin Johnson, Eric Burlingame, Rosalyn Leban, Mandi Eatough, Sarah Fugman, Gavin Lee, Alana Mousseau, Lauren Beehler, Joshua Francois, Rebekah Jazdzewski, Ben Sechrest, Jacob Grant)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group:
- Redmond High School, Little Shop of Horrors, The Urchins (Dani Hobbs, Grace Lindsey, & Rachel Horne)
Technology education group elects Inglewood librarian to board
The Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) has announced the results of its Board of Directors election for 2012. NCCE members recently elected three new board members, including Richard Snyder, teacher-librarian at Inglewood Junior High. Richard will serve as the Middle/Jr. High School Representative to the NCCE. New board members will take office on July 1.
Richard will serve a two-year term for NCCE, a 5000 member, non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting educational technology professional development in the Northwest.
“I think it is important to have teacher-librarians on the board of directors for NCCE,” said Richard. “We get to see wide-angle view of our schools and how students and teachers are using technology in a variety of ways.”
Rush student wins first place in 2012 Chinese Scholastic Competition
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction recently announced that Ben Rush Elementary second grader Kaitlyn Ellington won first place in the 2012 Chinese Scholastic Competition held in March in Seattle. Her entry in the Individual Poetry won first place in the K-2 Primary division.
Rockwell student a finalist in the “Doodle 4 Google” contest
Kaden Davis, a first grader at Norman Rockwell Elementary, was selected as the Washington State Finalist for his age group in the 2012 “Doodle 4 Google” contest. He was one of 250 state finalists out of 114,000 entries. You can see his doodle on Google.
Juanita High School math teacher honored as Outstanding Educator
The Kirkland Rotary Club recognized Juanita High School (JHS) mathematics teacher and department chair Meg Lewis
as an Outstanding Educator on May 14, 2012.
Meg was acknowledged for her work at JHS across the full spectrum of student learners and for her leadership role in the coordination of LWSD’s Cambridge Program, a unique academic opportunity for students, housed at JHS.
Pictured with Meg in the photo (from left to right) are Kirkland Rotary Officers Jim Going and Brandon Hancoop, and JHS Principal Gary Moed.
Redmond High School student qualifies to compete for place on U.S. Physics Team
Preetum Nakkiran, a senior at Redmond High School is one of 20 students from across the United States who has emerged through a rigorous exam process that began last January with approximately 3,600 students who participated in the Fnet=ma exam to become part of the 2012 U.S. Physics Team. These students will continue to train for the mentally grueling exams and lab tests they will face at the 43rd International Physics Olympiad to be held from July 15–24 in Tallinn/Tartu, Estonia. More than 400 student scholars from 90 nations will test their knowledge in physics. Over the past ten years, every U.S. Physics Team member traveling to the international competition has returned with a medal.
An integral part of the U.S. Physics Team experience is the training camp. Most of the students invited to the camp are the top science student in their high school. For many, it is their first chance to meet other students who are truly their peers. The training camp is a crash course in the first two years of university physics. Students learn at a very fast pace. They have an opportunity to hear about innovative research from some of the community’s leading physicists. At the end of the training camp, five students will be selected to travel to Estonia for the international competition.
"The competition for a position on the U.S. Physics Team is intense and each student who participated in the 2012 selection process is deserving of recognition. They are the future of America's success in physics related fields. AAPT is honored to recognize the exceptional scholars who qualified for the team and to support their further participation in the International Physics Olympiad,” said Dr. Beth A. Cunningham, Executive Officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Lake Washington High School student accepted into WISH program
Nicole Shriver, a junior at Lake Washington High School was accepted into the WISH program. WISH is a year-long program for Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars sponsored by NASA. Nicole has been working through online lessons in aerospace engineering and been mentored by NASA engineers. After successfully completing the lessons, she has been invited to participate in the summer residency program at Johnson Space Center in Houston. Nicole is one of three girls from Washington state to be selected for this program.