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April 17, 2015 02:53 PM
You can count on them - RMS Math Team wins fourth place in state level MathCounts event
The Redmond Middle School Math Team won fourth place in the state-level MathCounts event held at Microsoft on March 21. Team members are Rene Yu (eighth grade, Redmond), Matthew He (eighth grade, Sammamish), Pranav Vaid (eighth grade, Sammamish) and Ananya Jain (seventh grade, Sammamish). Rene won third place in the individual MathCounts State level, and advanced to MathCounts State Team. Rene and three other students from other school districts are going to represent Washington state to compete at MathCounts Nationals in Boston this May.

April 17, 2015 02:41 PM
Evergreen Middle School is top new team, Redmond Middle students score at Science Olympiad
Evergreen Middle School (EMS) Team Blue took third place in overall team ranking and received the top-scoring new team award in the Washington Science Olympiad Regional Tournament on March 7 at Highline Community College. Seven Redmond Middle School (RMS) students won individual awards. EMS Team Blue also qualified to participate in the State Tournament on April 18. The following students are on EMS Team Blue:
  • Kishan Baliga (seventh grade)
  • Sanjay Burugapalli (seventh grade)
  • Kevin Cai (eighth grade)
  • Siddharth Chandrasekar (seventh grade)
  • Neha Dalia (seventh grade)
  • Suraj Dhulipalla (seventh grade)
  • Ayan Gupta (seventh grade)
  • Sathvik Kakanuru (seventh grade)
  • Tejasree Kandibanda (seventh grade)
  • Sanjai Prabakarraj (seventh grade)
  • Maneesh Rajagopal (seventh grade)
  • Arpit Ranasaria (seventh grade)
  • Siddharth Shende (seventh grade)
  • Chaitanya Vankireddy (seventh grade)
  • Siddharth Vijay (seventh grade)
Eight seventh graders from RMS participated in the event. The following students won medals:
  • Darren Denq - gold medal for Simple Machines; bronze medal for Bridge Building
  • Atul Ajoy and Riya Yerramilli - gold medal for Bio Process Lab
  • Abhignya Mantha and Rabeeya Asif - silver medal for Game On
  • Anirudh Iyer and Mukil Shanmugam - fourth place ribbon for Road Scholar

April 17, 2015 02:35 PM
Carson Elementary scores one for the team, raising funds for Leukemia cure
Every other year, Carson Elementary holds a “Pennies for Patients” drive to help find a cure for Leukemia. This cause is close to them. In 2009, one of their students, a second grader, died of Leukemia. This year, the goal of the drive was to collect $12,000, in honor of the 12th Man. The school exceeded expectations and raised $17,500 in their three-week campaign. Robert Turbin, a running back for the Seattle Seahawks, paid a surprise visit to the school on March 30. He gave away prizes to students during an assembly to recognize the outstanding fundraising efforts of the school.

April 16, 2015 03:00 PM
A hands-on lesson in life-cycles

Third graders at Wilder Elementary don’t just learn about science from textbooks – they experience it first-hand with their salmon project. In the fall, the students visited the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and learned about the life cycle of salmon. In January, they got salmon eggs to watch over. Since then, they have been watching and waiting as their eggs hatched into alevin and finally developed into fry that were large enough to release into Bear Creek. And that is just what they did on March 31.

April 06, 2015 04:21 PM
Free string cheese and chocolate milk for everyone in Mrs. Maver's class!

Marina Rockinger from STAR 101.5, the Washington State Dairy Ambassador, and Ronald McDonald were on hand at Twain Elementary last week to surprise kindergarten teacher Jenny Maver as the Star 101.5 Teacher of the Week. Jenny received a check for $100 plus a plaque to be hung at the school. She will also get a makeover courtesy of Blanc ‘n Schwartz Salon in Kent, Wash. Each student in her class was given a goodie bag filled with a string cheese, chocolate milk, apple slices, and a free t-shirt. Jenny was nominated for this award by Evan, one of the students in her class.

April 03, 2015 01:45 PM
Big money for small businesses at Teen CEO event

Eight LWSD high school business owners pitched their businesses to “investors” at a “Shark Tank” style competition on Saturday, March 28. The second annual Teen CEO event allowed each student 10 minutes to present their business and explain their product and market. Students reviewed their financials and shared how they would use the prize money if they won. The student business owners then fielded questions from five local business leaders who judged the competition. A total of $5,000 in prize money was invested in three of the students’ businesses. Watch the video to see the students in action.

April 03, 2015 01:04 PM
LWSD students qualify for national health occupations competition

With many health occupations landing on the Bureau of Labor Statistics list of fastest growing occupations, these students are well-positioned for their futures. Students from Eastlake High School, Tesla STEM High School, and WANIC represented Lake Washington School District in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Washington State Competition and Leadership Conference on Saturday, March 21. The following students qualified for the national competition in Anaheim, Calif., in June. In addition, Tesla STEM junior Jenna Oratz won the HOSA State Secretary position for the 2015-16 school year.

Extemporaneous Poster:

  • First place Laebah Hamid (junior, Eastlake)
  • Second place – Oisin Doherty (junior, Tesla STEM)
  • Third place – Sabreen Mohammed (junior, Tesla STEM)
  • Fourth place – Jennifer Yeh (senior, Tesla STEM)


  • Third place Claudia Nguyen (junior, Tesla STEM)

Knowledge Test Nutrition:

  • Second place Catalina Raggi (junior, Tesla STEM)
  • Third place  Dipti Dhond (senior, Tesla STEM)

Knowledge Test  Pathophysiology:

  • Third place  Claudia Nguyen (junior, Tesla STEM)

Knowledge Test – Transcultural Healthcare:

  • First place  Sabreen Mohammed (junior, Tesla STEM)

Medical Assisting:

  • First place Shravya Kakulamarri (junior, Tesla STEM)

Medical Innovation:

  • Second place – Tesla STEM team:
    • Saakshi Dulani (senior)
    • Alagumeena Mayyappan (senior)
    • Claudia Nguyen  (junior)
    • Jennifer Yeh (senior)

Knowledge Test – Human Growth and Development:

  • Second place Shravya Kakulamarri (junior, Tesla STEM)

Knowledge Test  Pharmacology:

  • First place Jenna Oratz (junior, Tesla STEM)

Knowledge Test – Medical Law & Ethics:

  • First place Catalina Raggi (junior, Tesla STEM)
  • Second place  Jenna Oratz (junior, Tesla STEM)

Medical Math:

  • First place Vaishnavi Phadnis (freshman, Tesla STEM)
  • Third place Neha Hulkund (freshman, Tesla STEM)

Public Health:

  • First place Tesla STEM team:
    • Saakshi Dulani (senior)
    • Daaniya Iyaz (senior)
    • Alagumeena Meyyappan (senior)

Public Service Announcement:

  • First place – Eastlake High School team:
    • Riley Kendall (junior)
    • Laebah Hamid (junior)
    • Hannah Hess (junior)

Biomedical Debate:

  • Second place – Tesla STEM team:
    • Audrey Tseng (freshman)
    • Prerana Kulkarni (freshman)
    • Amulya Paramasivam (freshman)
    • Andrea Dang (freshman)
  • Third place – Eastlake High School team:
    • Mira Arsova (junior)
    • Hannah Hess (junior)
    • Claire Patzman (junior)
    • Lizzy Rylance (junior)

Personal Care:

  • Second place Xochitl Sanchez (senior, Juanita High School - WANIC)

April 02, 2015 02:53 PM
Teen business owners show confidence, business acumen

Tomorrow’s business leaders are already CEOs today if the contestants in the Teen CEO competition are any indication. Eight high school students from around Lake Washington School District made their pitches in a “Shark Tank” style competition for a total of $5,000 in prize money to invest in their businesses. Complete with PowerPoints and polished presentations, these students shared the vision for their businesses.

First prize of $2,500 went to Riley Kendall of Eastlake High School, for Kendall’s Cards, her custom greeting card business. Another Eastlake student, Anthony Humay, won the second prize of $1,500 for Midzy, his online polling site. Humay finished third in last year’s inaugural event. Elizabeth Kaye Rice of Juanita High School won the third prize of $1,000 for her custom bra and accessory business, Electric DreaMers.
Each student had 10 minutes to present their business and explain their product and market. Students reviewed financials and how they would use the prize money to expand the business if they won. They fielded questions from the five local business leaders who judged the competition.
Teen CEO is sponsored by the Lake Washington School District Career and Technical Education Department, the Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation, and the Kirkland Rotary Club. Passport Unlimited is also a major sponsor of this event.

April 02, 2015 12:51 PM
Promoting literacy and inspiring students to read – it’s all in a day’s work for school librarians

The month of April is School Library Month. Lake Washington School District is celebrating this month by recognizing the essential role that a strong school library program plays in supporting student learning. Watch the video to see why school libraries are so important to our students.


March 31, 2015 01:47 PM
Students at Muir Elementary belong to a special book club

Over a decade ago, a partnership between the Kirkland Rotary Club and John Muir Elementary began. They started a book club for fourth grade students who love to read. They meet once a week with the Rotarians and share books. Currently, there are five Rotarians who volunteer once a week to meet with 20–25 students during their lunch hour. They choose a book and read a few chapters each week. They then get together to talk about it.

“It’s a great program that our students really get excited about and enjoy the connection with an adult mentor as well,” said Muir Elementary library media specialist Tim Platt.
This relationship between John Muir and the Kirkland Rotary Club has led the Rotary to award the school library with a $3,000 grant for library books. John Pruitt, current Kirkland Rotary President, believes that Muir is a wonderful place for the grant. He sees firsthand how eager and appreciative the students are.

March 31, 2015 01:40 PM
Kamiakin Middle School food drive collects 3,309 pounds of food for Hopelink

Kamiakin Middle School (KaMS) ASB students organized a school-wide canned food drive to benefit Hopelink. Many homeroom classes challenged other homeroom classes to a head-to-head competition. The losing homeroom teacher received a pie in the face. In the week-long fundraiser, KaMS collected 3,309 pounds of food to be donated to Hopelink to benefit members of the community.

March 30, 2015 03:26 PM
Kirkland Middle School teacher honored as one student’s “favorite”

Barnes and Noble’s “My Favorite Teacher” essay contest honors excellence in teaching from the very students being taught. They asked middle and high schools students to submit a short essay about their favorite teachers. The essay subject was how that teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. The Bellevue store received many entries but one stood out. It was a short but passionate essay from Savanah Schafer, a seventh grade student at Kirkland Middle School (KiMS). She wrote about her favorite math teacher, Monica Engquist.

On Tuesday, April 14, the downtown Bellevue Barnes and Noble store will honor both Monica and Savanah from 6:30-7:30 p.m. That date falls during Barnes and Noble’s Educator Appreciation Week. There will also be a book fair that evening. A percentage of the proceeds will go back to KiMS. Savanah's essay will now be entered in a Regional Awards competition with a chance of winning a NOOK and a $500 Barnes and Noble gift card.

March 27, 2015 12:29 PM
Tesla STEM students shed light on water underground

Five high school juniors from Tesla STEM High School won $25,000 in the Lexus Eco Challenge. Sonia Murthy, Dinesh Parimi, Udit Ranasaria, Sophia Tevosyan, and Vibha Vadlamani are one of four first place high school teams. Their project is an Aquifer Education Campaign. They also placed in the top 16 teams in the Land & Water Challenge. That won the team $10,000. The Union Hill Water Association Aquifer inspired their project. The goal was to educate the community about human effects on groundwater sources. The team developed engineering solutions to the problems identified. They developed classroom lessons, materials, and posters. An Android app and a website provide more information. Teacher Mike Town served as their advisor. For more information, visit the student-created website or contact the team via email.

March 26, 2015 03:01 PM
LWHS freshman is semifinalist in Washington State’s Letters about Literature Contest

Arya Sheikh, a freshman at Lake Washington High School, is a semifinalist in Washington State’s Letters about Literature contest. The Letters about Literature contest is sponsored by the Secretary of State, and encourages young readers in grades 4-12 to read a book and write a letter to the author about how the book changed their view of the world or themselves. Students can write about works of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

Arya read the book “Boy21” then wrote a letter to its author, Matthew Quick. In his letter, Arya pointed out how the struggles described in the book made him grateful for his own family, and how it encouraged him to persevere to achieve the goals he wanted. “After reading Boy21, I realized some very important and sad truths about the world…” Arya wrote. “I got a feeling that I should be more grateful about the people I have around me that I have now and may not have later on in my life, like my parents, grandparents, and other close relatives who are older than me and most probably will die before I do. I notice that most of the people around me want the best for me, like my teachers and family.”

The Washington State winners will be announced on or before April 15, and an awards ceremony for the state champions, runners up, and honorable mentions will take place on May 15.

March 26, 2015 02:55 PM
DECA students succeed at state business competition, move to Internationals
DECA students from Eastlake, Juanita, Lake Washington, and Redmond High Schools took a step toward success at the State Career Development Conference, where they competed against 3600 other students. These students qualified to move on to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando, Fla., at the end of April. There will be over 17,000 students competing at this level from seven different countries.
Eastlake High School:
  • Amina Elkholy (senior, Sammamish), Jordan Lim (senior, Sammamish), and Colin James (sophomore, Sammamish) – third place in Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan
  • Radhika Kuchibatla (junior, Sammamish) – third place in Human Resource Management Role Play
  • Elenora Viotto (junior, Sammamish) and Isabella Viotto (sophomore, Sammamish) – third place in Creative Marketing Project
  • Nick Musolino (senior, Sammamish) – fourth place in Retail Merchandising Role Play
  • Torrey Nielsen (junior, Sammamish) and Amelia Johnson (junior, Sammamish)– fourth place in Financial Literacy Promotion Plan
  • Amy Stewart (junior, Sammamish) – fourth place in Financial Operations Research Written
  • Kaitlyn Cameron (junior, Sammamish), Laura Brockway (junior, Sammamish), and Nadia Luqman (junior, Sammamish) – sixth place in Hospitality & Tourism Operations Research Written
  • Jack Ryan (junior, Sammamish) – seventh place in Financial Literacy Role Play

Juanita High School:

  • Monisha Weerasundara (junior, Kirkland) – second place in Principles of Business Administration
  • Oliver Jones (junior, Kirkland)  fifth place in Principles of Marketing

Lake Washington High School:

  • Arman Talkar (junior, Bellevue) – fourth place in Human Resource Management Series

Redmond High School:

  • Emily Jenks (senior, Woodinville), Megan McBride (senior, Redmond), and Mia Rudd (senior, Woodinville) – first place in Buying & Merchandising Operations Research written event (They had a perfect score!)
  • Shaurya Aggarwal (junior, Woodinville) – first place in Principles of Business: Marketing
  • Richard Zhang (junior, Redmond) – first place in Marketing Management
  • Anthony Krichevskiy (senior, Redmond) – second place in Business Services Marketing
  • Patrick Beighle (senior, Redmond) and Sid Counts (senior, Redmond) – second place in Entrepreneurship Written: Growing Your Business
  • Poornima Dani (senior, Redmond) – second place in Hotel & Lodging Marketing
  • Afeef Sheikh (sophomore, Sammamish) – second place in Principles of Business: Hospitality
  • Mia Rudd (senior, Woodinville) – third place in Apparel & Accessories Marketing
  • Mahre Connor (senior, Redmond), Elizabeth Pelluer (sophomore, Redmond), and Rabail Sajjad (senior, Redmond) – fourth place in Public Relations Campaign
  • Emily Jenks (senior, Woodinville) and Megan McBride (senior, Redmond) – seventh place in Buying & Merchandising Team Decision Making
  • Ellen Hilbun (sophomore, Woodinville) and Kellen Shoup (sophomore,  Woodinville) – Gold level Student Based Enterprise

March 24, 2015 01:43 PM
Sophomore from ICS qualifies as Semi Finalist in USA Biology Olympiad

Kartik Iyer, a sophomore at International Community School, has qualified as a semifinalist in the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO). This award is given to only Top 10 percent of all the high school students who took the Open Exam Biology Olympiad in February. Kartik will now move on to the semifinals, an exam that took place on March 24. The Center for Excellence in Education administers the USABO. Read more about the Biology Olympiad here.





March 24, 2015 01:37 PM
Tesla STEM student is NCWIT Aspirations in Computer Science Award Winner

Alka Pai, a senior at Tesla STEM High School, is a National Winner for National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computer Science award. NCWIT selected 35 national winners for the 2015 Award for Aspirations in Computing. The winners were selected from a record 2,691 applicants, representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and overseas military bases. 

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes young women for their aptitude and aspirations in technology and encourages their continued interest in computing, but it is more than an award. These young women become a support system for each other, regularly seeking advice, ideas, and direction from their peers.

The 2015 winners were honored at the Bank of America Technology Stars of the Future Showcase and Awards Ceremony on March 7 in Charlotte, N.C. Each winner also received a $500 cash prize, a laptop computer, and two engraved trophies – one for her and one for her school.

Mayukha Vadari, a junior at Redmond High School, is a National runner-up and regional award winner for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computer Science.

March 23, 2015 07:47 AM
RHS junior admitted to 2015 Simons Summer Research Program

Mayukha Vadari, a junior at Redmond High School, has been admitted to the 2015 Simons Summer Research Program sponsored by Stony Brook University. Simons Fellows are matched with Stony Brook faculty mentors, join a research group or team, and assume responsibility for a project. The Simons Fellows conclude their apprenticeship by producing a written research abstract and a research poster. Simons Fellows attend weekly faculty research talks and participate in special workshops, tours, and events. At the closing poster symposium, students are presented with a $1,000 stipend award for their work.

Mayukha was selected for this opportunity based upon the quality of her application, her strong academic record, and the recommendations of her teachers. The Simons Summer Research Fellowship Program runs from June 29 through August 11. During this time, Mayukha will be working with Dr. Robert Harrison in the Institute for Advanced Computational Science. 

March 20, 2015 03:32 PM
Practice makes perfect, or at least improves your time at “speed stacking” event

Students from Alcott Elementary and Carson Elementary competed at a “Speed Stacking” event on March 3 at Alcott, and we captured their flying hands on video. Speed stacking, also known as sport stacking or cup stacking, is an individual and team sport that involves stacking specialized plastic cups in specific sequences in as little time as possible. Participants of sport stacking stack cups in pre-determined sequences (usually pyramids) of 3, 6, or 10 cups. Players compete against the clock or another player. Several district students qualified to participate in the National event, sponsored by the World Sport Stacking Association held in Auburn, Wash., on March 14. The following students placed at that event:

  • Mark Auengpradijporn (fourth grade, Alcott) competed in the nine year old male division and placed ninth in the 3-3-3 stack (4.181 seconds), eighth in the 3-6-3 stack (3.882 seconds).
  • Nali Auengpradijporn (seventh grade, Redmond Middle) competed in the 11-12 year old female division placed fourth in the 3-3-3 stack (2.644 seconds), sixth in the 3-6-3 stack (3.766 seconds), and fourth in the cycle (9.366 seconds).
  • Suree Auengpradijporn (seventh grade, Redmond Middle) competed in the 11-12 year old female division placed sixth in the 3-3-3 stack (2.934 seconds), eighth in the 3-6-3 stack (4.182 seconds) and eighth in the cycle (13.278 seconds).
  • Helene Henry-Greard (fifth grade, Carson) participated in the 9-10 female division and placed second in the 3-3-3 stack (2.362 seconds), third in the 3-6-3 stack (3.022 seconds), and third in the cycle (10.835 seconds).
  • Tanner Lee (fifth grade, Alcott) competed in the ten year old male division and placed seventh in the 3-3-3 stack (3.205 seconds), eighth in the 3-6-3 stack (4.742 seconds), and ninth in the cycle (12.558 seconds).

March 20, 2015 10:14 AM
Redmond High School Knowledge Bowl Team places third at State Tournament
The Redmond High School (RHS) Knowledge Bowl team “Starf1337 Command” placed third out of 18 4A teams at the state Knowledge Bowl tournament on Saturday, March 14, at Arlington High School in Arlington, Wash. RHS qualified for state by finishing in the top five at regionals the previous weekend.  Here are the students from Starf1337 Command: Felix Leeb (senior, Redmond), Andrew Luo (senior, Redmond), Aaron Ong (junior, Redmond), Jonathan Qu (senior, Sammamish), Mayukha Vadari (junior, Sammamish), and Oliver Zhou (sophomore, Redmond).

March 18, 2015 10:00 AM
Redmond High School student’s artwork on display at Regional High School Art Show

Candice Kang, a senior at Redmond High School, received an Outstanding Achievement Award in the 2015 Regional High School Art Show sponsored by the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD). This represents a work of excellence in colored pencil.  Candice’s entry is entitled, “Sun and Moon.” Each high school art teacher in PSESD is allowed to enter three of the best works of art made in their classrooms. The regional high school art show will be held March 18 from 6 – 8 pm at PSESD in Renton. Learn more.

March 17, 2015 02:29 PM
Frost Elementary students win LWSD’s Elementary Battle of the Books contest

Each year, many Lake Washington Elementary library media specialists sponsor a “Battle of the Books” for fourth- and fifth-grade students at their schools. The competition begins at the school level and builds to a district-level contest. This year, 15 Lake Washington School District elementary schools participated. For the second year in a row, three fifth grade students, Ella Doherty, Eliza Mannion, and Madeleine Tremblay from Frost Elementary, won the event.

Library media specialists selected 12 books, including many award-winning and popular books. The student teams read the books and then battled each other to see who could answer the most questions correctly about each book. Among the schools participating, there were nearly 200 teams of fourth and fifth grade students. The district was split between the east and west side, and battles took place between the schools in their respective divisions. Then a final battle took place between the winning teams of east and west. This year, the final battle was between the winning teams at Carson Elementary (east division) and Frost Elementary (west division). The final battle was intense, ending in a “sudden death” battle to break a tie between the two evenly-matched teams in favor of Frost.

March 17, 2015 01:57 PM
Para-Educator of the Year, Teri Mitchell

Para-educators are the unknown heroes of many schools, working one on one or in small groups with students with disabilities. They don’t often get the recognition they deserve. That’s why we are very excited that Teri Mitchell, a para-educator at Redmond High School, has been named Para-Educator of the Year by the national Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism & Developmental Disabilities (DADD). She will be honored by DADD at their annual business meeting in San Diego, Calif., in April. Teri was recognized for her hard work at the LWSD school board meeting on Monday, March 16. Watch the video to learn more about Teri and how she helps students succeed.

March 13, 2015 03:53 PM
A different type of student competition

While some students focus a lot of their free time and energy on athletic competition, some students at Tesla STEM High School work towards a different type of competition. These students at Tesla STEM spend a portion of the school year preparing for the Central Sound Science and Engineering Fair, where they compete for prizes, including the grand prize trip to Pittsburgh, Penn. to compete in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in May. Students, working in teams or individually, develop project ideas and then run experiments from December through February. They compile their results and synthesize their data. At the competition, they present their findings to a group of judges at the regional fair. Before the event on March 7-8, students practiced their presentations with Tesla STEM staff members. After you watch the video, you can check out the results on the district website.

March 13, 2015 02:36 PM
ICS places sixth at King County Regional Mock Trial Competition, moves on to State
The International Community School (ICS) Mock Trial team finished in sixth place in the 26th Annual YMCA High School Mock Trial Competition. That finish qualifies the team to move on to the state level event to be held in Olympia March 27-29. The competition is sponsored by the King County Superior Court and has students try a fictional case. This year’s fictional case had students both prosecuting and defending charges of official misconduct and computer trespass. The following students received special recognition:

Outstanding Attorneys:

  • Fayrouz Elkordy (senior, Sammamish)
  • Thomas Karagounis (senior, Sammamish)
  • Sydney Ku (sophomore, Redmond)
  • Leina McDermott (senior, Kirkland)
  • Ronya Strom (freshman, Kirkland)

Outstanding Witnesses:

  • Dorothy Jiang (senior, Redmond)
  • Evan Ortega (junior, Redmond) 
  • Riley Stockard (senior, Kirkland)
  • Adam Tazi (sophomore, Redmond)
  • Aiden Trigg-Hauger (senior, Redmond)

Photo credit: Carlo Gonzalez

March 12, 2015 04:29 PM
High school students score at Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Tesla STEM High School students once again dominated the Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair the weekend of March 7-8, taking home 18 awards, including the grand prize. Redmond High School’s small contingent also garnered prizes, including August Chen’s win in the mathematics category.

Tesla STEM High School students Sonia Murthy, Ethan Perrin, and Sophia Tevosyan’s proposal for an alternative refrigeration system was the standout entry of the competition. They not only placed first in the electrical and mechanical engineering category, they won the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award and also won the grand prize, an all-expense paid trip to Pittsburgh, Penn., to compete in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) from May 10-15. The INTEL Fair is the world’s  largest International, pre-college science competition. Over 1700 students from 70 different countries will compete for more than $5 million in prizes.

Below are the names of the winners in each category, along with the name of their project.

Tesla STEM High School
Organismal Science: Animal, Plant:

  • First place: Marko Lysyk (junior, Redmond), The Benefits of Companion Planting: Sage and Arugula
  • Third place: Shravya Kakulamarri (junior, Redmond) and Stephanie Mai (junior, Kirkland), Investigating the Fluctuations in Carbon Composition of the Ocean and Its Effects on Oyster Life

Behavioral and Social Sciences: 

  • First place:​ Meena Reddy (junior, Sammamish), Investigating the Effect of Video Exposure Of Urban and Natural Environments on Recorded Stress Levels
  • Third place:​ Pauline Pfaffe (junior, Sammamish) and Jacob Lee (junior, Kirkland), Bystander Reactions to Domestic Hostility

Energy and Transportation:

  • Second place:​ Vibha Vadlamani (junior, Sammamish), Increasing the Efficiency of Photovoltaics by Concentrating Visible Light Through Reflection

Medicine and Health Sciences:

  • Honorable Mention: Prerana Annapantula (junior, Redmond), Elysia Midorikawa (junior, Redmond), and Sindhooja Mullapudi (junior, Redmond), The Effects of Withania Somnifera (Ashwagandha) and Terminalia Arjuna (Arjuna) on Adolescent Athletes' Performance

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Materials and Bioengineering:

  • First place: Christina Dias (senior, Redmond), Investigating Ideal Material Composition for Tissue Engineering of Muscle, Tissue and Fat 
  • First place: Sonia Murthy (junior, Redmond), Ethan Perrin, (junior, Redmond) and Sophia Tevosyan (junior, Kirkland), Implementation of a Carbon Dioxide Refrigeration System as a Cogeneration Appliance and Alternative to Halocarbon-based Refrigeration Systems
  • 3rd place:​ Udit Ranasaria (junior, Redmond), An Educational Game Console
  • Honorable Mention:​ Alana Wang (junior, Sammamish), Incorporating SMA Wire Into Textile Fashion

Special Awards:

  • ASM Materials Education Foundation Award:​ Jim Lacher (junior, Kirkland), Improvements of Wing Performance at Various Speeds through Adjustment of Wing Minutiae and Coating Materials
  • American Psychologial Association for Achievement in Research in Psychological Science: Meena Reddy (junior, Sammamish), Investigating the Effect of Video Exposure Of Urban and Natural Environments on Recorded Stress Levels
  • Inspiring Excellence Award:​ Anthony Hoffman (junior, Sammamish), Studying the Ability of Written Code Switching in Bilingual Readers
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA's) 2015 Taking the Pulse of the Planet Award: Shravya Kakulamarri (junior, Redmond) and Stephanie Mai (junior, Kirkland), Investigating the Fluctuations in Carbon Composition of the Ocean and Its Effects on Oyster Life
  • Ricoh Sustainable Development Award 2015: Sonia Murthy (junior, Redmond), Ethan Perrin (junior, Redmond), and Sophia Tevosyan (junior, Kirkland), Implementation of a Carbon Dioxide Refrigeration System as a Cogeneration Appliance and Alternative to Halocarbon-based Refrigeration Systems
  • Sigma Pi Award: Christina Dias (senior, Redmond), Investigating Ideal Material Composition for Tissue Engineering of Muscle, Tissue and Fat
  • US Public Health Service Surgeon General's Special Science Award: Pauline Pfaffe (junior, Sammamish) and Jacob Lee (junior, Kirkland), Bystander Reactions to Domestic Hostility

Redmond High School

  • First place: August Chen (freshman, Redmond), Quiz-Cast - Prediction of Pop Quiz Timing using Bayesian Reasoning


  • Third place: Aditya Murali (junior, Redmond), Characterization of Virulence Proteins of Plant Pathogenic Bacterium Rhodococcus fascians

Computer Science:

  • Third place: Mayukha Vadari  (junior, Sammamish), Application of Big Data Analytics to map out Galaxy Transitions since the beginning of time

Special Award:

  • Society for In Vitro Biology: Aditya Murali (junior, Redmond), Characterization of Virulence Proteins of Plant Pathogenic Bacterium Rhodococcus fascians

March 12, 2015 04:14 PM
Tesla STEM students win $10,000 as part of the Lexus Eco Challenge

Tesla STEM High School juniors Sonia Murthy (Redmond), Dinesh Parimi (Redmond), Udit Ranasaria (Redmond), Sophia Tevosyan (Kirkland), and Vibha Vadlamani (Sammamish) won $10,000 as one of eight finalists from across the nation in the high school section of the Lexus Eco Challenge, in the Land and Water category. 

Guided by teacher / advisor Mike Town, the team tackled how aquifers (sustainable, natural water-purification systems) are critical to fresh drinking water locally. The team crafted posters and spoke at nearby schools, community centers, and more about the importance of making sure local aquifers stay clean and contaminant-free.

The team will now work toward the contest’s grand prize, which could earn them an additional $15,000. The Redmond Reporter recently wrote an article about the team.  

March 11, 2015 01:50 PM
How do you get middle school students excited about reading? Make it a competition!

Students from seven middle schools around the district competed in the district’s first ever middle school “Battle of the Books” event on March 3. Students worked within their school teams of four to six students each to answer a variety of questions about the 12 books they read this fall and winter. Each team competing at the district level won a school level competition before they moved on to the district event.

Each team had a different approach to the competition. For some teams, each person on the team read all 12 books, while other teams split up the books among them. Some students read each book multiple times. The event questions focused on specific details in each of the books. This year’s competition was tied after the regular competition and went into a tie-breaker question. Kirkland Middle School’s “Bookthirsty Brainiacs” won the event, besting the second place team, the “Purple Bouncy Bananas” from Inglewood Middle School, on that final question.

March 11, 2015 09:36 AM
High school students participate in Model United Nations conference

Students from Juanita High School, Lake Washington High School, Redmond High School, and Tesla STEM High School participated in the 15th annual Washington State Model United Nations conference at the University of Washington on the weekend of February 28 - March 1. This was the first event for Tesla STEM High School’s Model United Nations Club. Here are the results for each school:

Juanita High School:

  • Adrian Leary (senior, Kirkland) – Distinguished Delegate award in the International Court of Justice
  • Shawdi Mehrvarzan (freshman, Kirkland) – Outstanding Position Paper Award

Lake Washington High School:

  • Arman Talkar (junior, Bellevue) Distinguished Delegate in the Office of Drugs and Crime

Redmond High School:

  • Alex Ianchenko (senior, Redmond) – Distinguished Delegate in the UNESCO Committee

Tesla STEM High School:

  • Nivida Thomas (junior, Sammamish) – Outstanding Position Paper Award
  • Catalina Raggi (junior, Sammamish)  Outstanding Position Paper Award 

March 10, 2015 01:44 PM
Family Literacy Night at John Muir Elementary is enough to “knock your socks off”

What do a 1,064 cupcake mosaic of “Fox in Socks,” a free book giveaway, and free dinner have in common? All were available at the Family Literacy Night held at John Muir Elementary on March 5. By all accounts, the event was a huge success with nearly 400 students and their families attending. The evening included a combination of fun literacy activities based on the new state standards, a school library book fair, a free book giveaway (thanks to a generous donation from the Kirkland Kiwanis), and a free dinner including clam chowder donated by Ivar’s, tomato soup provided by Sodexo, and breadsticks donated by Olive Garden. 

As a salute to Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2 and Read Across America events, an incredible 1,064 cupcake mosaic of Fox in Socks was engineered by Buzz Anderson, husband of Gail Anderson, the Muir office secretary. The cupcakes were on display before being eaten during this fun family event. John Muir has a long history of encouraging families to be actively involved in the learning of their children. This year marked their 12th annual Family Literacy Night.

March 10, 2015 09:37 AM
Redmond High School Chess Team wins fourth place at State Competition

For the second year in a row, the Redmond High School (RHS) chess team of Tejas Bharadwaj (sophomore, Redmond), Daniel He (sophomore, Redmond), and Samuel He (sophomore, Redmond) won first place at the 2014 WA State Mini-Team Championship, which was held at Interlake High School in December. The RHS chess team also took first place for the 2014-2015 KingCo season. The following are the team members who played this season: Tejas Bharadwaj, Daniel He, Samuel He, Aaron Ong (junior, Redmond), Nhat Giap (sophomore, Redmond), Nhi Giap (sophomore, Redmond), Rithvik Bharath (junior, Woodinville), and Saransh Kacharia (sophomore, Redmond). At the 2015 WA State Team Championship at Issaquah High School on February 27-28, 2015, the RHS chess team placed fourth among the 32 teams competing. The following students competed: Daniel He, Samuel He, Aaron Ong, Nhat Giap, and Rithvik Bharath. A team from International Community School placed eighth and the Eastlake High School Chess team placed 10th.
Photo: members of the RHS chess team at the state championship.

March 09, 2015 04:26 PM
Eastlake High Robotics team overcomes challenges at First Robotics Competition
High school robotics teams learn through hands-on experience and teamwork. And sometimes, when things don’t go exactly as planned, that’s when students learn the most. The Eastlake High School (EHS) Robotics team has built a robot each year since 2004 to compete in the First Robotics Competition. This year, the Eastlake team faced its own unexpected set of challenges at the February 27 competition held at Auburn Mountainview High School. Watch the video to learn more.

March 09, 2015 10:19 AM
Alcott Elementary fifth grader advances to Washington State Geography Bee
Arjun Manesh, a fifth grade student at Alcott Elementary, won a school-wide geography competition. Based on his score on the national test, he has qualified for the Washington State Geography Bee. The state level competition will be held on March 27 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. There, Arjun will compete against other fourth through eighth grade students for a chance to go to the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., in May.




March 06, 2015 11:00 AM
Preschool takes a field trip to Kamiakin Middle School band room

For a number of years, Bellevue Christian School’s Woodinville campus has sent their preschool classroom on a field trip to the Kamiakin Middle School band room. Why? The field trip is designed to let preschool students learn about the different instruments: how they work and what kinds of sounds they make. Ward Brannman, the band teacher at Kamiakin Middle School, also teaches the preschool students how to conduct the band, and each student is given an opportunity to try it out. This field trip turns into a fun event for both the preschool students and the middle school students alike.

March 06, 2015 08:02 AM
Redmond High School student honored with President’s Volunteer Service Award

Emma Chao, a senior at Redmond High School has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. This award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Stacey Zachau, Emma’s counselor at Redmond High School, nominated Emma for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service. Emma is currently a team leader and committee chair for Relay 4 Life for the Kirkland / Redmond area. She is also a member of the National Honors Society – all members must earn community service hours. Emma has gone on a number of mission trips, including a trip to Ecuador and an upcoming trip to Hungary. Emma received a certificate and a letter from President Obama, thanking her for her service.

March 04, 2015 03:04 PM
Do you like green eggs and ham?
Students had a chance to find out on Monday at schools around the district in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America. Some students had guest readers, like Dr. Traci Pierce, LWSD Superintendent, visit their schools. Deborah Hopkinson, the author of more than 45 books for young readers, also visited several schools to talk about the importance of reading and writing. And, reading met rhythm in music classes where Dr. Seuss’ work inspired body percussion at Lakeview Elementary. Watch the video to learn more.

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