Katya Rukhlinskaia

An International Community School student is the 2019-20 winner of the sixth annual Washington State Zine Contest. Katya Rukhlinskaia, who is now in eighth grade, won for grades 7-9 for her “Tribes: The Cowlitz” zine entry.


When schools closed in March, the traditional end-of-year band concerts that showcase a year’s worth of practice and progress were effectively canceled. Rose Hill Middle School (RHMS) Band Instructor, Angela Laulainen got creative during the remote learning period and had her students record their parts at home.



    Spot on – Eighth grader collects more than 500 pounds of food for pets

    Markishna Hervol's pet food drive

    Animals at the Seattle Human Society (SHS) are wagging their tails in joy now that they have hundreds of pounds of food waiting for them. Environmental & Adventure School (EAS) eighth grader Marknisha Hervol coordinated a pet food drive for the shelter as an opportunity to volunteer in the community. Her goal was to collect more than 500 pounds and by the time she donated the food on March 26, she had reached 563.5 pounds. Marknisha collected 463.5 pounds from her drive at EAS and an additional 100 pounds from the community. 

    “I'm very passionate about animals,” Marknisha said. “Seattle Humane [Society] has been a really cool opportunity because you can interact with the animals while you're learning about them.” 

    Marknisha completed the SHS Humane Teen Club program, which will allow her to volunteer weekly at the shelter. She says that SHS provides instruction on a wide range of topics from animal welfare and even public speaking. Marknisha will put her new knowledge to the test when she gives a final presentation about her drive to SHS.