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.



    Video: Teacher Karen Knerr named a Symetra Heroes in the Classroom


    Students have found that when they take a class with Karen Knerr, they learn more than just math. The Kamiakin Middle School teacher is one of 16 Seattle Heroes in the Classroom to be recognized during the 2019 NFL season. Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks will recognize her, in a customized Seahawks jersey, during the November 3 game where she will be an honored guest. 

    Knerr teaches middle school math despite being fully deaf. A parent recently told Symetra that “Mrs. Knerr helped my daughter recognize that she is capable of working through challenges through resourcefulness and tenacity; the life skills and personal development she acquired are priceless and will travel will her for the rest of her life.”

    As part of this award, Knerr received a $2,000 donation to benefit her classroom, two tickets to the Seahawks vs Buccaneers game, a pre-game VIP sideline experience, an in-game HawkVision spotlight and a “Heroes” award certificate.


    Symetra Heroes in the Classroom - Karen Knerr