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PTSA Kang Crier
Recognizing Kang achievements!

 Four LWHS Students Win LW PTSA Council Scholarships


Congratulations to four LWHS seniors for winning $1,000 scholarships from the Lake Washington PTSA Council! (Not to be confused with the LWHS PTSA, which awards the Sheeley scholarships, LW PTSA Council is the PTSA group for the entire school district.) This year Council awarded 16 scholarships. Each of the LWSD high schools is allotted one guaranteed scholarship to the top applicant. Additional at-large scholarships and scholarships for students participating in particular programs are also awarded. LWHS seniors did a great job of scooping up four scholarships!
Our winners are:
Sarah Wingard - Lake Washington High School Award
Robert Gilliam - LWPTSA Council Award At-Large
Helen Simecek -  LWPTSA Council Award At-Large
Brooke Robertson - Dr. L.E. Scarr Scholarship (awarded to a student who will attend a vocational or technical school)
Each LWSD PSTA makes an annual donation to the Council's scholarship fund, and additional funds are raised at the annual Council Basket Auction held in December each year at the district office in Redmond. 
Way to go, Kangs!

 National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award


Yearbook Wins Again (and Again)
The 2015 LWHS Yearbook has received The National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award! This award recognizes those who excel in coverage (90% of students are in yearbook three or more times), overall sales (1,002 books sold), and exceptional project management. Congratulations to the Yearbook editors and staff for winning this prestigious award for the second consecutive year: Editors - Grace Kim, Karen Lee, Kristi Lynch and Jessie Page; Staff - Melissa Arnold, Caroline Brekkan, Taylor Burch, Lily Cortes, Zhane Claus, Peyton Cuddeback, Amanda Dagel, Trina Dao, McKenna Davies, Jane Flegel, Yris Fnu, Sierra Halpin, Linnie Jensen, Angelica Runstadler, Kalista Schultz and Elisa Truong.


Congratulations also to Yearbook advisor Dawn Wyatt for helping the students produce such well done, prize-winning yearbooks. Good luck to Dawn as she steps down from Yearbook advisor to pursue her graduate school studies.
LW Student Among Winners of YearTech Online Design Contest
Eleven outstanding designs were recently named as winners in the 2015 Jostens YearTech Online Design Contest. The judges carefully analyzed approximately 4,280 designs from yearbooks around the country for entries that presented verbal and visual content in a reader-friendly way, while also demonstrating a creative and contemporary style. In another win for the LW yearbook,
senior Amanda Dagel earned Honorable Mention! View Amanda's winning design which honors LW's 50th anniversary
Content from LWHS PTSA Kang Crier



 Student Awards

LW Student Wins at DECA International
Arman Talkar in Orlando with his International DECA medal.
Arman Talkar, senior at LW, recently competed in the DECA International Career Development Conference in Florida. Over 10,000 students from around the world competed to show their college and career knowledge and skills. Arman received a medal for placing Top 10 in the written exam for Human Resource Management. Congratulations, Arman!
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Two LW Students Awarded Rotary Scholarships
The Rotary Club of Kirkland recently gave out $14,000 in scholarships, with two going to LW students. Ruth-Fiam Abdugaparova and Emma Shipman each received a general scholarship based on their scholastic abilities and applications. Congratulations!
Funds for the Rotary Club scholarships are a result of community support of the club's annual fundraiser, The Great Puget Sound Duck Race, which will be held in August.
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Scholarship Awarded to LW Student
LW senior Emma Shipman was one of three recipients of the Kirkland Women's Club annual LWSD scholarships. Emma attended a luncheon hosted by the Kirkland Women's Club, along with her parents and school counselor, where she was presented with the award.
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Kirkland Rotary Student of the Month - Tor Jensen
Tor Jensen, a Lake Washington High School senior, is the Kirkland Rotary Student of the Month for May. He was recognized for his academic achievement, community service and leadership at LW, including acting as ASB president and co-founding the LW Marine Science club. Tor plans to attend Hawai'i Pacific University to pursue a business degree and to play baseball for the Sharks.
The Rotary Club of Kirkland invites students from Juanita and Lake Washington High Schools to apply for this honor; chosen students come to Rotary meetings for a month, learn about Rotary, and are invited to return when they are in the area.
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 2014 Washington Achievement Award


Lake Washington High School has been awarded a 2014 Washington Achievement award! This is the fourth year in a row that LW has been honored. This year's award was recognition for being a top performer in the category of reading growth. 
Schools are selected for awards based on their statewide assessment data for the three previous years. More schools in Lake Washington School District earned awards than any other district, including the five districts that serve more pupils than LWSD. "As a fast-growing school district, we are committed to maintaining our high academic standards," said Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. "While we are adding hundreds of students to our district each year, our teachers are working hard to make sure that every student who comes to us is learning. These recognitions show that we continue to have strong academic success."
Congratulations to LW's principal, staff and students for a job well done!

 Congratulations LWHS Yearbook!


Jostens Publishing is pleased to announce our Lake Washington High School yearbook is featured in the national Look Book as an example of excellence, creativity and innovation. Having our yearbook featured in this annual gallery of the best of the best in scholastic  journalism is a significant achievement. A team of experts selected 476 yearbooks from thousands submitted for consideration. In the coming weeks, more than 15,000 high schools producing yearbooks with Jostens will receive a copy of the Look Book.


 LWHS music students named to WMEA All-Northwest or All-State Ensembles

Fifty-two LWSD high school music students have been accepted to the 2015 National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) High School All-Northwest Honor Groups and the 2015 Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) High School All-State Honor Groups.  After three days of rehearsals, under the direction of outstanding national level music educators and internationally renowned conductors, the students will perform at the conclusion of the 2015 NAfME’s Northwest Division Conference in Spokane, Wash., on February 15, 2015.  Besides Washington State, the Northwest Division of NAfME includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Wyoming. Each of these musicians was required to submit audition recordings to be considered.
Below are the students from LWHS:
2015 WMEA All-Northwest Orchestra
Logan Esterling, senior, oboe, LWHS (Kirkland)
2015 WMEA All-State Concert Band, 
Alexander Gilbert, senior, Bb soprano clarinet, LWHS (Kirkland)
2015 WMEA All-State Symphonic Choir
Erik Abramson, junior, tenor 2, LWHS (Kirkland)
Olivia Heindel, senior, soprano 1, LWHS (Kirkland)
Brianna Murillo, senior, soprano 1, LWHS (Kirkland)
James Rowan, junior, tenor 2, LWHS (Kirkland)
Jonas Rutledge, senior, tenor 1, LWHS (Kirkland)
2015 WMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra
Kyle Oppermann, junior, viola, LWHS (Kirkland)

 LWHS Seniors Honored for Using Life Saving Skills Learned at LW Health Class


Eleven LWHS seniors were recognized by the Kirkland City Council and Kirkland Fire Department during Friday’s LWHS pep assembly for their heroic measures last summer when they spotted an unresponsive paddle boarder in Lake Washington and attempted to save his life. Congratulations to LWHS seniors (left to right): Erica Stewart, Jessie Page, Jenessa Fleming, Alyssa Madgett, Kate Heimdahl, Alexis Koester, Neema Hodaie, Elliot Phillips, Mo Daum, Andrew Vetto and Zoe Farrell (not pictured). There to present the awards on behalf of the city of Kirkland were (left to right): Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet, Chief Kevin Nalder, Captain Mark Buenting, and Firefighters Eric Forslin, Shawn McDougall and Kevin Martin.

 National Merit Scholarship Program


Finally, congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalists: Megan LeGresley and Roland Munsil. Congratulations also to our National Merit Commended Scholars: Emily Dorsey, Allen Gear, Willia Gear, Odette Nsengimana and John Showalter. These students will be recognized and honored at an upcoming school board meeting.  


More information on the District's webpage