Hazen students create Seahawks video

February 6, 2014

By Tony Pham and Dorian Banks This frame from the Seahawks hype video created by Hazen students Tony Pham and Dorian Banks highlights safety Kam Chancellor, their teacher Lori Tegen’s favorite player.

By Tony Phan and Dorian Banks
This frame from the Seahawks hype video created by Hazen students Tony Pham and Dorian Banks highlights safety Kam Chancellor, their teacher Lori Tegen’s favorite player.

It’s only 30 seconds, and stars a trio of plastic men, but the Seattle Seahawks hype video produced by a pair of Hazen High School students packs quite a punch.

From the opening scene featuring Lego versions of Marshawn Lynch, Golden Tate and Kam Chancellor, to the closing seconds declaring the Seattle Seahawks as “My town, my Hawks,” if you don’t already have 12th Man fever, you’re likely to catch it.

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Rotary clubs honor top students, teachers

February 6, 2014

Renton

Alan Yeh, a senior at Hazen High School, was selected as a Renton Rotary Club Youth of the Month for January.

He maintains a 3.99 grade point average, and is involved in Key Club, orchestra, East Hill String Lessons, Diversity Club, Highlander Club, Associated Student Body leadership, the swim team and tennis.

Yeh has been named a National Advanced Placement Scholar, a National Honor Society Student of the Month, and has received scholar athlete honors and letters in swim, orchestra and tennis.

He volunteers with YMCA, Key Club, the National Honor Society and East Hill String Lessons.

Yeh plans to enroll at a liberal arts college to study English, Philosophy, Politics or Economics. He would like to become a writer, focusing on novels and independent screenwriting.

 

Kate Ingalls, a first/second grade teacher at Hazelwood Elementary School, was selected as a Renton Rotary Club Teacher of the Month for January.

Ingalls attended the University of Washington, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature.

She then enrolled at City University, where she obtained a master’s degree in educational technology.

Ingalls taught in the Seattle Public School District for eight years, and also spent time as a stay at home mom, before joining the Renton School District, where she has taught for nine years.

Issaquah

Austin Sivret (November)

  •  Liberty High School senior
  •  Recognition in social studies
  • Scholar-athlete awards in varsity football, wrestling and baseball
  •  4.0 grade point average, National Honor Society, National Merit Scholar
  •  Organized Newcastle Earth Day activities, planted trees for Mountains to Sound Greenway
  •  Pursuing a career in biomedical engineering or computer science

 

Max Greenwald (November)

  • Liberty High School senior
  • Recognition in English
  •  Editor-in-chief of award-winning Patriot Press
  •  4.0 grade point average, 10 Advanced Placement classes, National Honor Society
  • Four scholar-athlete awards, three varsity letters
  •  Pursuing a pre-med path to medical school to become an oncologist

 

Audrey Mano (December)

  • Liberty High School senior
  •  Recognition in art
  •  Co-editor of yearbook
  •  3.96 grade point average, four Advanced Placement courses, National Honor Society
  • Issaquah School District Certificate of Excellence for Graphic Design
  • College goal of a four-year degree in industrial engineering

 

Marcus Milyko (January)

  • Liberty High School senior
  • Recognition in career/technology
  •  Executive producer of campus news broadcast
  •  Filmmaker, orchestra principal bassist, drama, writing and directing
  • Advanced Placement scholar, six years in National Honor Society
  •  Goals of B.A. with creative writing emphasis, teaching certification, screenwriting

 

Olivia George (January)

  •  Liberty High School senior
  •  Recognition in leadership/citizenship
  •  NJROTC Unit commanding officer
  •  Key role in “Outstanding” grades in all inspection categories and resulting Navy Unit Achievement Award
  •  Drama Club VP, Washington state thespian, drum major for three years
  •  Goals of Oregon Bible College and a career in musical education

 

Hazelwood Reflections students make state

The following Hazelwood Elementary School students placed at the 2014 Renton School District Reflections contest, and as such will move on to the state competition:

Dakota Nap, first place, primary visual arts; Briana Zambrano, second place, primary visual arts; Stephanie Hannis, first place, intermediate visual arts; Jasmine Fuller, first place, intermediate literature; Shaheer Chaudhrey, first place, intermediate film; Sophie Miele, second place, primary musical composition; Tori Knutson, first place, intermediate musical composition; Lawson Campbell, first place, primary photography; Caitlyn Bedingfield, first place, intermediate photography; and Maris Lawson, second place, dance choreography intermediate.

 

Renton schools add 11 board-certified teachers

Washington has the largest group of new national board certified teachers in the nation, and the Renton School District accounted for 11 of them.

National board certification requires teachers to submit a four-part portfolio and a six-exercise teaching content and philosophy assessment. A national panel of peers reviews the 10 entries to determine whether the teacher meets board standards.

McKnight Middle School social studies teacher Kristin Jonas was among the 11 certified.

 

 

Liberty sophomore flutist whistles to her own tune

February 6, 2014

Liberty High School sophomore Paige Balut stood on the football field at the University of Montana this fall, and felt at home.

She was there, flute in hand, with 150 other band students, handpicked for the school’s first all-star high school band experience.

Contributed Paige Balut (right), Liberty High School sophomore, meets conductor professor Paula A. Crider, from the University of Texas, at the 2013 all-state band conference.

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Paige Balut (right), Liberty High School sophomore, meets conductor professor Paula A. Crider, from the University of Texas, at the 2013 all-state band conference.

“I have this friend who made a joke that I was ‘among my people,’” Paige said.

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Liberty hosts teen marijuana forum

February 4, 2014

NEW — 12:10 p.m. Feb. 4, 2014

As cities continue to grapple with the ramifications of Initiative 502’s legalization of marijuana in 2012, communities across the state are looking inward to determine how it affects its men, women and children.

The voter-approved initiative legalized recreational marijuana use for adults, but it still remains illegal for teens and is technically a federal crime.

The Issaquah Community Network will explore how legal marijuana affects local adolescents with a teen forum Feb. 6 at the Liberty High School Performing Arts Center.

It begins with a teen panel from 7:30-8 p.m., followed by an audience discussion featuring special guest speaker King County Sheriff John Urquhart and Jerry Blackburn, the director of the Bellevue College Chemical Dependency Counseling Program, until 9 p.m. Read more

Renton Technical College earns national honor

January 27, 2014

NEW — 10:15 a.m. Jan. 27, 2014

The Aspen Institute recognized Renton Technical College as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges.

The honor comes with a chance to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds.

The prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among its community colleges.

“The selection of Renton Technical College by the Aspen Institute shines a spotlight on the exceptional work that RTC’s faculty and staff are doing to support student success,” said Steve Hanson, president at Renton Technical College, in a statement. Read more

Renton unveils new school designs

January 2, 2014

NAC Architecture Designs for the future Newcastle middle school show an open plaza entrance with benches for seating, and lots of windows in the two-story building. Below, the school’s site plan shows how the architect envisions the layout of the school.

NAC Architecture
Designs for the future Newcastle middle school show an open plaza entrance with benches for seating, and lots of windows in the two-story building. Below, the school’s site plan shows how the architect envisions the layout of the school.

The Renton School District unveiled the latest designs of its future Newcastle middle school at a Dec. 5 open house.

One of the major changes made to the layout since the district’s July 18 Newcastle open house was the decision to move the bus drop-off to 116th Avenue Southeast. It was previously situated along Newcastle Way.

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Maywood student goes above and beyond for a good cause

January 2, 2014

A whole lot of families will eat well this holiday season, thanks to Maywood Middle School’s annual food drive benefitting Northwest Harvest.

Students took the challenge seriously to bring in as much canned and nonperishable food as possible, collecting about 3,500 pounds of donations.

Contributed Sam Catherall, a Maywood Middle School eighth-grader, stands among the 576 pounds of canned and nonperishable food he collected for his school’s annual food drive.

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Sam Catherall, a Maywood Middle School eighth-grader, stands among the 576 pounds of canned and nonperishable food he collected for his school’s annual food drive.

One student in particular, though, went above and beyond in his quest to bring needy families a dash of holiday cheer.

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Rotary clubs honor top students, teachers

January 2, 2014

Renton

Cheuk-Ning Li, a senior at Hazen High School, was selected as a Renton Rotary Club Youth of the Month for December.

She maintains a 3.72 grade point average and is involved in Key Club, STEM Club, Teen Cert, National Honor Society, East Hill String Lessons and the girls swim team.

Li has been named an Academic All Star, a Scholar Athlete, an Outstanding College Prep Scholar and an Advanced Placement Scholar with honors, and has received an orchestra varsity letter.

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Hazen Assistant Principal Ed Crow receives state honor

December 4, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy Ed Crow, Hazen High School assistant principal, takes a moment out of a busy day after being named Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year.

By Greg Farrar
Ed Crow, Hazen High School assistant principal, takes a moment out of a busy day after being named Washington State Assistant Principal of the Year.

Hazen Assistant Principal Ed Crow comes from a family of educators.

His father was a teacher, and then a counselor, while his mother was always active in school PTAs, even serving as president.

Despite that, he never knew that education would ultimately be his field of choice — he started a brief broadcast journalism career before switching to the classroom.

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Newcastle crowns its geography bee champ

December 4, 2013

As a fourth-grader competing against fifth-graders, one might call Newcastle Elementary School student Pravir Chugh an underdog in the school’s annual geography bee.

If you knew how long he prepared for the competition, though, you wouldn’t be surprised that he took first place in the Nov. 22 contest.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Pravir Chugh, Newcastle Elementary School fourth-grader, reacts after he is named the school’s 2013 Geography Bee champion.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Pravir Chugh, Newcastle Elementary School fourth-grader, reacts after he is named the school’s 2013 Geography Bee champion.

“I studied a long time, at least two to three years,” the charismatic fourth-grader said after his big victory.

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