School Briefs for week of June 5

Jun 05, 2013

It’s graduation week

Those excited little boys and girls who entered kindergarten back in the fall of 2000 are now graduating from high school. All three Mukilteo high schools will hold graduation ceremonies next week.

The graduation at ACES will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, in the school gym, while the ceremonies for both Mariner and Kamiak will be held in Everett’s Comcast Arena on Friday, June 7.

Mariner’s ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. and Kamiak’s will get underway at 8 p.m. All of the ceremonies are open to the public.

2 win Lighthouse Award

Sharon Feather, mentor teacher, and Melanie Hokin, administrative assistant at the Mukilteo School District Office, were named winners of the second semester Lighthouse Awards during Tuesday’s school board meeting.

The Lighthouse Award, presented twice each year, is considered the highest honor that can be bestowed on a Mukilteo School District employee.

Also nominated for the award were Nick Angelos, ASB advisor and DECA teacher at Mariner High School; Brent Delfel, diesel power technology instructor at the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center; So-Jung Park, dean of students at Endeavour Elementary; Kim Perisho, special education teacher at Mariner; Donna Quayle, special education teacher at Kamiak High School; Steve Raymond, dean of students at Odyssey Elementary; and Justine Locke, central kitchen lead.

Three Kamiak debaters going to nationals

Three members of the Kamiak High School debate team will be going to the National Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Ala., next month.

Jamis Barcott will compete in student congress, extemporaneous speaking and Lincoln-Douglas debate; Alice Huang will compete in oratory and cross-examination debate; and Serena Chalaka also qualified in cross-examination debate.

They are among 36 students in the state to qualify for nationals. Steve Helman, the school’s debate coach, said his squad broke many team records in competition this year.

The team won a total of 167 trophies (three short of the all-time record), won three sweepstakes trophies, qualified 19 members to the state tournament, and won a team record of 11 trophies at state.

Barcott also was the state champion in both Lincoln-Douglas debate and impromptu speaking.

Challenger organizes summer reading/garden project

A group of teachers at Challenger Elementary were reading a book about helping struggling readers and came across a section that suggested what schools could do for students over the summer.

They decided one thing that could be done was to make the school library available to their students during the summer. The school also has a garden that will need tending during the summer, so the two needs were merged into one program.

The teachers have agreed to make the library available from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Tuesday through the summer.

As for the garden, Challenger families are being invited to schedule a week when they will come to the school to weed and water the garden and also take home any produce they can harvest.

Kamiak senior is Seafair princess

Robyn Emery, a senior at Kamiak High School, was selected to represent the Norwegian community as a 2013 Seafair princess.

She also serves as the queen of the Sons of Norway, Leif Erickson Lodge 2-001 in Ballard.

Not only is Emery graduating from Kamiak next week, she is graduating with highest honors from the Ocean Research College Academy at Everett Community College.

Kamiak musical nominated for three awards

Kamiak High School’s spring production of the musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” was nominated for three awards at the 2013 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards.

The awards ceremony, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, honors the best of high school musical theatre throughout the state of Washington.

The nominations went to student Trevor Eaden for best actor and to staff members Nancy Duck-Jefferson for musical director and Brian Steves for orchestra.

Student Violet Walsh also will receive a special honor for student achievement.

School bus drivers show their skills

Bus drivers Michael Knowlton, Aaron Sushinsky, Ian Huffington, Miriam Morin and team captain Mike Shurtz placed second in the regional Bus Road-eo competition hosted at Mariner High School recently.

The drivers were judged in a written test and a pre-trip evaluation, then drove the vehicles in events that tested driver skills in parallel parking, diminishing clearance, right-hand turns and off-set alley.

Sushinsky and Knowlton, placed second and third, respectively, in the individual competition for rookie drivers. Lead dispatcher Kathy Durr helped organize the event.

Looking for a job?

The Mukilteo School District is looking for school bus drivers.

This job is especially great for retirees or stay-at-home parents who love children and like to drive. Applicants must be 21 years of age and have a clean driving record.

Paid training is provided. Starting pay for those hired will be $19.19 per hour.

Apply online at If you have questions, please call 425-356-1306.

Be Mukilteo’s Mayor for a Day

The Mukilteo Beacon, in partnership with the city of Mukilteo, is looking for a student between 8 and 12 years old to serve as the city’s honorary mayor during the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival this September.

The winner will get to ride with the real mayor in the Lighthouse Festival parade, will be honored at the festival’s main stage, will be treated to a catered buffet at Arnie’s restaurant, and will watch the fireworks from the VIP tent.

Contestants must write an essay of 400 words or less about what they like best about living in Mukilteo. Entries are due by July 31. Find more information about the contest at

These briefs are provided by Andy Muntz, spokesperson for the Mukilteo School District.

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