Tesla STEM - Bhowal and Porwal

Two rising seniors from Nikola Tesla STEM High School (Tesla STEM) used mapping to tackle an important issue for a local endangered species. Siddhant Porwal and Druhin Bhowal brought awareness to the Southern Resident Orca Whale (SROW) population decline through state and national ArcGIS mapping competitions.



    Apply to be a LINKS Mentor

    Steps to becoming a LINKS Lunch Buddy Mentor

    Interested applicants must complete the Lake Washington School District Volunteer Application Packet and be approved by the District before beginning their service.

    1. Complete general Volunteer Application. Volunteers may complete an online volunteer application, a PDF electronic application or a paper application
      • Online Application - LWSD is using a volunteer management system called Raptor. The online Raptor application can be filled out and submitted quickly and conveniently. You can upload a copy of your driver's license to attach to your application.
      • PDF electronic application - LWSD offers a fillable PDF version of the Volunteer Application Packet. This requires Adobe Acrobat Pro or DC that will allow you to fill out the spaces and save your work to your computer.
      • Print and complete the Volunteer Application Packet
        Complete all of the required information and include your email address to receive notification of approval.
    2. Complete the LINKS Volunteer Form
      Complete all of the required information and include your email address to receive notification of approval.
    3. Thoroughly read the Volunteer Handbook
      When you sign your application, you are agreeing to the guidelines and expectations outlined in the handbook.
    4. Attach a copy of your driver’s license or other legal photo identification to your application
      The general volunteer application requires a copy of your driver’s license or other photo ID that includes your legal name, date of birth, height and weight. This information helps to verify your identity in the background check process. You can take a picture of your driver's license with a phone or digital camera.

      If you completed an online application through the Raptor system, but did not upload your driver's license, you will still need to submit it in one of the following ways:
      • Take a digital photo with a phone or camera, or a digital scan of your license and email the electronic copy to:

      • Mail a copy to the district office:
        Lake Washington School District
        ATTENTION: Volunteer Office
        P.O. Box 97039
        Redmond, WA 98073-9739

      • Bring it to the LWSD Resource Center, located in Redmond Town Center: 16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052.

      • Take a copy to your local school. They will then send it to the district office for processing

    5. Submit your application
      Email an electronic copy to, or mail a hard copy to the district office at P.O. Box 97039, Redmond, WA 98073-9739. You can also turn in your completed application to the district Resource Center or any of our schools.
    6. Attend a LINKS Mentor Training
      Contact Victoria Goetze-Nelson at 425-936-1410 or email to register for an upcoming meeting. Directions to the Lake Washington School District Resource Center are on the LWSD website.
    7. Volunteer placement
      Once your application has been approved, contact Victoria Goetze-Nelson at 425-936-1410 to discuss potential volunteer opportunities.

    Approval process timeline
    When all of your volunteer application materials have been received, the school district will perform the background check through the Washington State Patrol System. The approval process can take up to two weeks from the time you submit your application. If you provided an email address on your application, you will receive an email confirmation when your application has been approved.