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.

Leading the way – Redmond High student selected as national student leader

A student at Redmond High School will be gaining practical work and life experience through a paid internship. Conan Lu, class of 2022, was selected as a Bank of America Student Leader. He is one of only 300 students across the country selected for this honor and just one of seven from Washington state.

Holocaust art contest

Nearly 600 students in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska put together inspiring work at this year’s Holocaust Center for Humanity (HCH) contest. Out of all those entries, four Nikola Tesla STEM High School students placed in the top three. This year’s “Celebrating Life: 2022 Holocaust Writing, Art, and Film Contest,” put on by HCH, challenges students to explore the history and stories of the Holocaust. 



    King County recognizes JHS and ICS “Earth Heroes”

    Two students and teacher from International Community School.

    Two LWSD student teams received 2016 Earth Hero at School awards from King County during a ceremony on May 5. The Juanita High School (JHS) Earth Corps won the award in the “food waste prevention/food waste collection for composting” category. The International Community School (ICS) Green Team won in the “waste reduction and recycling” category. Both schools participate in the King County Green Schools Program.

    Juanita's Earth Heroes at School banner with students and staff.

    JHS Earth Corps, sponsored by teacher Jim Clark, registered as a King County Green School to receive assistance for its cafeteria recycling and composting program. The students created a rap-style video about waste reduction, which they presented to the student body and later to the Kirkland City Council. They made a second video this year for Earth Day about environmental stewardship. Their efforts have resulted in reducing lunchroom waste by half.

    The ICS Green Team, sponsored by teacher Julie Vasiliauskas, introduced composting collection at the school in April 2015. The team worked closely with the custodial staff, did waste audits, made an instructional video, and created signs on proper sorting of waste. The waste audit prior to composting collection showed that 80 percent by weight of the school’s garbage was compostable. Since the program was established, nearly all food waste is diverted to make compost.