School Briefs

Feb 28, 2018


Mariner seniors Nia Hawkins, Myla Hutchinson, Esmeralda Ramirez, and Anabell Smith were included in a group of public high school students who had the privilege of meeting Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently. The opportunity came about when they attended the Civic Summit in Seattle. During the event, the Mariner students staffed a table in the exhibit area for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) that explained the importance of civic learning and shared about their recent study of the North American Free Trade Agreement in their economics class. They also attended presentations and reported that the highlight of the evening was meeting Justice Sotomayor and hearing her speak.



Chris Erickson, swimming and diving coach at Kamiak, received the State Coaches Award from the National Federation of State High School Coaches Association. He was recognized for his dedication to the sport of high school girls swimming and diving and was recognized by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association for demonstrating the true meaning of the spirit of coaching youth through interscholastic activities.



Local students submitted more than 800 pieces of art in this year’s Scholastic Arts Awards event. Five of the students were selected as American Vision Nominees for their original pieces and won Best of Show for Snohomish County. Two of those students are from Kamiak. Congratulations to Maremi Meerova for her piece titled "Resavada" and to Jaeden Tongco for his "Self Portrait." In addition, more than 50 middle and high school students from the Mukilteo School District received one, two, or all three awards from the Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention categories. If you would like to see the art, all of the award-winning pieces will be on display through March 4 in the Mezzanine Gallery at the Schack Art Center, located at 2921 Hoyt Ave in Everett. To see a list of all of the winners visit the Schack website at



Students at Fairmount Elementary had a great time chatting with radio personality Allen Fee, co-host of the WARM 106.9 Allen and Ashley Show, during the school’s Kindness Week assembly held early last week. Kindness Week is a nation-wide, innovative, week-long bully prevention initiative designed to empower students to create a culture of kindness. During the assembly, Fee asked the children several questions about what they thought would be an act of kindness and how they could make their homes and communities kinder places. An added bonus to the assembly was Wendell the Big Bear, the radio station’s mascot, who was full of antics. During the rest of the week, students and staff were challenged to complete 100 acts of kindness. Positive post-it-notes and messages adorned the hallways and compliments were freely given and received.



Twenty-two girls from Kamiak, Mariner, Explorer, and Voyager attended an all-girls film-networking event at Microsoft where girls had a chance to interact with professional women in the filmmaking career field. They participated in panel discussions, screened films by local women, and networked with industry professionals as well as other girls from middle and high schools throughout the region.



The Snohomish County United Way Free Tax Preparation program is well underway and is helping thousands of low-income families prepare their 2017 taxes. The tax program is in its 12th year and offers free tax preparation to households earning less than $66,000. In partnership with the IRS’ Volunteer Tax Assistance Program, the free tax preparation makes sure that people receive all of the tax credits and deductions they are eligible for. This year, United Way also launched a tax prep drop-off model, designed to increase access to related resources, reduce wait times, and to expand tax prep services to more locations. The tax program will run through April. If you know of someone who would benefit by having their taxes prepared for free, tell them about United Way’s free tax program. Information, tax prep locations, and service times are available at


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