School Briefs for week of March 6
Kamiak wins state swimming title
The swimmers from Kamiak High School won their third state swim title in the last five years during the boys’ swimming and diving state championships.
Liam Sosinsky led the team by defended his state title in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 57.08 seconds, the eighth fastest time in state history. Sosinsky also placed fifth in the 200-yard individual medley.
Other top finishers included John Stupey, who placed second in the 200-yard individual medley and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle event; Eben Schumann, who placed third in the 50-yard freestyle race and fourth in the 100-yard freestyle; and Shelby Lee, who placed ninth in the 100-yard backstroke.
The school’s 200-yard medley relay team placed second with Stupey, Sosinsky, Lee and Henry Limm; the 200-yard freestyle relay team placed fourth with Lee, Schumann, Sosinsky and Magnus Laggerkrans; and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Stupey, Schumann, Lee and Limm tied for first place.
7 students named National Merit finalists
There are seven National Merit finalists from Kamiak High School this year: Kevin Baron, Joel Bervell, Sanjay Chepuri, Alice Huang, Younsu Kim, Yvana Tran and Julie Xia. They are among 15,000 students nationwide to be selected for the honor and are now eligible for consideration as recipients of Merit Scholarships.
Mariner chess team finishes 3rd
The Mariner High School chess team finished third in the Wesco Conference tournament and had a good showing in the recent state tournament. What makes that feat impressive is the fact that the school didn’t even have a chess team for three years until the squad was organized last year.
Richard Mar, a teacher at Mariner, said the team’s highlight at the state tournament was its match with cross-town rival Kamiak High School in the fifth round. Mar said that while Mariner lost the contest between the two teams earlier in the season, the Mariner chess players showed great focus and toughness in the state match and defeated the all-senior Kamiak team by a score of 3½ to 1½.
The team’s top player was senior Wis Joemjumroon, who was undefeated in league play. Also on the team are juniors Jeffry Boxford and Timofey Kovalchuk and sophomores Jignesh Trivedi and Anthony Luong.
Mukilteo students piloting new assessment
Students at Columbia Elementary and at Olympic View Middle School are among more than 1 million students nationwide who are participating in the pilot of a new Smarter Balanced assessment system that is aligned to the new Common Core State Standards.
The pilot test will allow test developers to evaluate the assessment in preparation for full implementation of the tests in the spring of 2015. The new tests will replace the state’s current Measurements of Student Progress for reading and math in 3rd to 5th grades, for writing in 4th and 7th grades, and the High School Proficiency Exams in reading and writing.
The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by Washington and 44 other states as a way to establish consistent academic standards across the country.
In Washington, student achievement to the new standards will be measured using the new assessments, which are being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
Schools to receive copies of Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’
If you missed Steven Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln” in theaters, you might be able to catch it at a school sometime soon. Copies of the movie will be distributed free to all middle and high schools in the United States as soon as it’s made available on DVD.
The film chronicles President Abraham Lincoln’s efforts in early 1865 to win congressional support for the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery, and features an Oscar-winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.
Schools will receive a special DVD package that includes an educator’s guide to help teachers develop lesson plans and engage students in discussion about Lincoln and that time period.
The educational outreach is part of a social action campaign called “Stand Tall: Live Like Lincoln,” which is a joint project funded by entertainment company Participant Media along with DreamWorks Pictures and Fox/Newscorp.
State AP scores rise along with participation rate
More Washington students are taking and passing Advanced Placement exams, according to a national report.
The College Board’s ninth annual AP Report to the Nation shows that 20,581 Washington students took at least one AP exam. That number is 32.8 percent of the class of 2012 and represents a 6.6 percent increase compared with the year before and a 62.5 percent increase compared with 2002.
Not only did participation increase again this year, so did scores. Among the 12th graders who took the AP test in 2012, 20 percent scored a three or greater, which is a score that generally qualifies the student to receive college credit.
In comparison, 18.4 percent of students taking the test in Washington in 2011 scored a three or better, as did 9.6 percent of those who took the test in 2002.
The 10.4 percentage-point increase during the past 10 years ranks Washington eighth among all states.
These briefs were provided by Andy Muntz of the Mukilteo School District.