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 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


 Congratulations Yearbook!


The 2014 LWHS Yearbook "Reveille" has received The National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award!

The National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award has been created to recognize those who excel in the creation and distribution of their yearbook, and meet the following criteria:
A Meaningful Book for All Students
A book that means something to all students and includes a vast majority of the student body.
A Book in Every Student's Hands
Schools put so much time, effort and love into their yearbook. We want to help ensure that as many students as possible get to enjoy the masterpiece that's created.
Effective Project Management
Meeting the yearbook deadlines is a very important part of the yearbook creation process, and ensures the delivery of books on time.



 Congratulations to our Music Department!

Congratulations to our Music Department directed by Mr. Logan and Ms. Menzenberg-Zvilna.  Top awards were earned by the program Memorial Day weekend at the World Strides Heritage Festival in Anaheim, CA!
  • LWHS Music Department (Choirs, Orchestras, Bands): Sweepstakes Award for Highest combined scores for any and all Festival Participants.
  • LWHS Jazz Band – Gold Award; Plus Adjudicator’s Trophy for Highest Scoring Band of all Festival Participants in any category.
  • LWHS Men’s Choir (Men of Lyrica) – Gold 1st Place.
  • LWHS Wind Ensemble – 1st Place.
  • LWHS Concert Choir (Lyrica) – 1st Place.
  • LWHS Orchestra – 2nd Place
  • LWHS Chamber Orchestra – 2nd Place Gold
  • LWHS Women’s Choir (Women of Lyrica) – 2nd Place Gold
  • LWHS Symphonic Band – 2nd Place

    The following students also earned Maestro Awards, recognized for their achievement on their individual instruments:
    (Only 10 were awarded and LWHS earned four of them!)
  • Amara Cairns, Trumpet
  • Logan Esterling, Oboe
  • Alexander “Buddy” Gilbert, Tenor Saxophone
  • Tanner Long, Guitar



Renaise Kim, a 9th grader here at LWHS, has won the state level for her entry in the Doodle 4 Google contest. If she wins (by popular vote), she will receive a $30,000 scholarship and LWHS will receive a Google for Education technology grant for $50,000.
Her Doodle will be on permanent display in the library.

 2013 Washington Achievement Award

I am happy to report that Lake Washington High School is a recipient of the 2013 Washington Achievement Award for the third year in a row!!
LWHS is being honored for High reading progress.
This is an extraordinary accomplishment and is a direct reflection of the hard work of our students, the dedication of our teachers, and the support and guidance of our parents. The LWHS award is well deserved. In the past year(s), Lake Washington High School has implemented several improvements that have impacted our students’ success.
  • We have focused specific instruction around reading practices in all English classes.
  • All departments have focused on informational text as a genre for reading instruction.
  • We have provide support classes for English in the 9th and 10th grade to ensure students have the skills necessary to read with precision and comprehension.
The Washington Achievement Awards are sponsored by the Washington State Board of Education and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. They celebrate Washington’s top-performing schools and recognize achievement in many categories. This highly-selective award is based on our school’s performance on the Achievement Index and uses criteria set by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver.
The Washington Achievement Award is given in six categories: overall excellence, high progress, reading, math, science, extended graduation rate (high and comprehensive schools only) and English language acquisition.                                    
I hope you will visit the OSPI Washington Achievement awards site to learn more about the awards and the criteria for selection.
The selection process for the Washington Achievement Award is very rigorous, and all of us take great pride in this accomplishment.
Christina Thomas, Principal
Lake Washington High School

 Congrats Dance & Drill Team

Please congratulate our Dance & Drill Team they are 1A/2A State Champs in Military Performance March 29, 2014.  They also won 3rd Place in Pom!  I also want to recognize coaches Lindsey Beck and Jeanne Wehr for a terrific job of not only coaching, but helping young girls become young women of character, hard work, discipline and commitment.  Way to go!!
George Crowder
Athletic Director
Lake Washington High School

 ​Congratulations to LWHS Reflections Award winners!

Washington State PTA Reflections Competition
Our LWHS junior Karen Lee received the "Award of Merit*" for her photograph "Freedom" in the Washington State PTA Reflections Competition for Photography in the High School division.  Congratulations to Miss Lee! She will honored at the Annual Convention in April. 
Lake Washington PTA Council competition 
Three LW students received awards in Lake Washington PTA Council competition:
Emma Shipman, “The Girl in the Mirror”, received the Outstanding Interpretation Award* in Literature
Karen Lee, “Freedom” received the Outstanding Interpretation Award * in Photography
Zoe Guckenheimer, “A Spirited Soul” received the Outstanding Interpretation Award * in Visual Arts
*There is only one entry per category in the High School Division! Congratulations to these students!

 Congratulations Robotics

The Lake Washington Robotics Club WON the Washington State VEX Robotics Championship.
The 35 top teams in the state competed for state honors and nine invitations to the VRC World Championships. All three LW teams 4770, 4770A & 4770X placed in the top 8 in preliminaries. 4770 went on to win top honors as “Tournament Champions” and earn their berth in the “Worlds”.
The other two teams did very well but were eliminated in the second round of the quarter finals. This is the second year in a row that team 4770 has represented Lake Washington at the World Championships. The World championships will draw over 400 teams and 15,000 contestants from around the world. It is a testament to the drive, abilities and intelligence of our Robotics kids to place in an event such as this, Washington State has over 150 robotics clubs/teams, there are over 7000 teams worldwide and to be among the top 400 to qualify is an honor. Please be proud of and congratulate all of the Robotics Club members  they worked hard as a team for the team.
~Milo Dullum

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Congratulations to our Kang artists for their inspirational artistic accomplishments in this year's Puget Sound ESD Regional High School Art Show.
Ploy Hemrathiran and Ban Ruo "Amber" Yang both received an Outstanding Achievement Award for their water color submissions "My Imagination" and "Water, Life and Spirit". 
Claudia Gunhus photograph, "The Beauty Within the Layers" received the Board of Director's Award; her work was purchased by the ESB and will be displayed with the Puget Sound Educational Service District's permanent collection.

 Congratulations Wrestling & Gymnastics

Please congratulate our wrestling team for winning the “Sportsmanship Award” for 2A-3A Kingco.  Also, eight of our boys and one girl will be moving on to districts this weekend.
And in other great news our gymnastics team qualified for district.  This hasn’t happened in over 20 years.  They have a great opportunity to qualify for state as a team this weekend.
Way to go Coaches and Athletes!!
~George Crowder

 Congratulations the LWHS Philosophy Club


The Lake Washington High School Philosophy Club is extremely excited to announce that our Ethics Bowl Team achieved a second place finish in the First Annual Washington State High School Ethics Bowl held at the University of Washington Saturday 2/1/2014!  Our LW team competed against 22 high school teams from all over the state of Washington including the International School, Lakeside School, STEM School, and Roosevelt High School. Students were asked to evaluate ethical cases ranging from "arming rebels in other countries" to "compensation for college athletes" to "synthetically produced food."  They had to take a position on a question related to the case and discuss their reasoning for that position in front of a panel of judges and a competing team that analyzed and commented on their argument.  This was not a debate competition, but rather an exercise in critical reasoning.  Our students were so brave!  Judges included members of the State Attorney General's Office, Philosophy faculty from the University of Washington, state court judges and local attorneys so our students received tough questions and good advice about forming arguments.

Our team was the only team to win all three morning rounds, after which they advanced to a four-team semi-final.  We then defeated Roosevelt High School to advance to the finals where we lost a very close match to Seattle Academy.  The team and club are so excited to share the "hardware" they won with Kang Nation and will be presenting their trophy to our Administration.

~Alexis Hulet

Congratulations to our LWHS Principal, Christina Thomas
2A KingCo Principal of the year!
January 08, 2014
Ms. Thomas was nominated for successfully opening Lake Washington High School with progressive education ideas to help all students succeed.
“Always a proactive participant in Principal meetings and has warmly embraced the Professional Learning Community of principals we have,” said her nominator. “Christina will serve as the KingCo President next year and has done a fantastic job as the President Elect. She is well read, prepared, and open to share and discuss the challenges she faces, to help other principals take risks in sharing where they need help as well.”
Each year, the KingCo league (comprising 19 schools) selects principals of the year who embody leadership attributes that are acknowledged and appreciated by his / her principal peers. A principal is selected for each level (4A, 3A, 2A), as well as an associate principal in each level. These principals are then entered into the Association of Washington School Principal’s pool for Principal or Assistant Principal of the Year for the state.

Congratulations to senior Jake Masters who was voted All-State Kicker! His hard work has paid off and we are proud of him!


Congratulations to Nadia Popovici (Sophomore) the 2A Dive State Champion.

Congratulations to Devon Grove (Senior) - WIAA Athlete of the Week (Week 6) - Grove won the "Hole in the Wall Invitational" on 10/12 and ran a course record in the process. He broke the course record set in 2002, with a time of 15:30.8.

Congratulations to LWHS students named 2014 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists:  Mark Hedreen and Hayden Stockwell.