Recycling competition results too close to call

July 1, 2011

The winner of Waste Manage-ment’s contest will get $5,000 for a community project. Contributed

Waste Management’s five-month recycling competition in Newcastle came to an end June 24, but the results were too close to call, said Jackie Lang, Waste Management director of communications.

The competition pitted the east and west sides of the city against each other in a battle to see which could increase its recycling rate the most. The winning side will receive $5,000 toward a community project. Read more

Recycling challenge kicks off

March 4, 2011

Waste Management pits the east and west sides of city against each other

The gloves are off. Who will win? The Recycling Renegades on the east side of Coal Creek Parkway, or the Waste Less Warriors on the west side?

Waste Management has pitted the two halves of the city against each other for a five-month recycling competition, and it will award $5,000 to the team that recycles the most between through June 24. The competition kicked off Jan. 24.

The winner of Waste Manage-ment’s contest will get $5,000 for a community project. Contributed

The competition is the first of its kind, said Katie Salinas, public sector manager for Waste Management. Last year, the organization launched programs that rewarded individuals in cities such as Burien, Kirkland and Redmond for recycling, but it never rewarded entire communities.

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Middle school students take control of a Lego robot

January 7, 2011

If anybody ever said Legos were just toys, he didn’t have a clue what he was talking about. A team of eight local middle school students that entered the state’s First Lego League robotic competition knows that better than anyone.

The group banded together in July and teamed up with parent advisor Eleonor Schneider to build and program a robot made almost entirely of Legos to enter into the competition, which was open to those from ages 9-13 and took place Dec. 4 at a Seattle’s Brighton Elementary School.

The theme of this year’s competition was biotechnology, and the team — which dubbed itself The Devil Duckies — was required to complete a research project and create a robot that could perform various functions related to this 2010 theme: medical engineering.

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Liberty grads tame a wild SUV to win USC film competition

January 7, 2011

One day while attending the University of Southern California, Liberty High School alumnus Trevor Marti Smith had a bad experience with his Jeep.

Water seeped through the sunroof, shorting the car’s electronics and killing the battery. He was forced to jumpstart the car, and as the car came to life, the horn began honking on its own.

“I thought I better take it to the mechanic,” said Smith, a 2007 Liberty graduate.

Andrew Joncich, Craig Hung, Alex Bell, Trevor Marti Smith and Josh Cumbee (from left) plan the details of their short film, ‘Check Engine.’ Contributed

As he drove down the streets of Los Angeles to the auto shop, the horn continued to honk uncontrollably, and electric windows, headlights and windshield wipers began functioning on their own.

“I thought I was going to get shot,” he said.

However, in November, Smith teamed up with four other USC student filmmakers —including friend and 2009 Liberty graduate Alex Bell — to create a short film based on the experience. That film took best picture in the school’s Campus MovieFest.

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Liberty grads earn film honor / Jan. 5, 2011

January 5, 2011