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Erica Olavarria might have just tap-danced her way into a spot as Bothell High’s co-valedictorian if it were possible to audition for the role. Instead, she went about it the old-fashioned way — by earning perfect grades. The 17-year-old Kirkland resident will be graduating a year ahead of her peers with what is, so far, a 4.0 grade-point average.
Unhappy with junior high, Bothell senior becomes top academic, poster child for Secondary Academy for Success
Ryan Hogan is a transformer. A survivor. A solid student and friend. When the Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) senior walked through the Bothell high school’s doors four years ago, he was still devastated from his experiences at his junior high school. “I was teased, pretty much bullied every day, and the teachers did nothing about it,” he said last Thursday while relaxing in the SAS lounge. “The rumors about my ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) didn’t help. I didn’t understand how to argue — so I sort of gave in.” Enter SAS, and a new life for Hogan. He’ll graduate with more than full credit and in the top percentage of his class at 7 p.m. June 13 at the Northshore Performing Arts Center.
The Inglemoor High senior can be known as a scholar, jock, leader or funny man, depending on who you ask. “Even though he’s only 17, he’s very wise in how he interacts with peers and adults,” said Inglemoor Associated Student Body (ASB) adviser Tina MacRae. Wagner, who maintains a 3.0 grade-point average, acted as somewhat of a statesman during his time as Inglemoor’s ASB president. When school policies were unpopular, such as the one that banned “freak dancing” during homecoming and prom events, it was he who reasoned with students and administration.
King County citizens gathered in Shoreline May 19 to learn about the feasibility of a public campaign financing system for county elections. More than 130 people attended the Metropolitan King County Council town hall meeting hosted by Councilmember Bob Ferguson at the Shoreline Conference Center. Councilmembers attended the meeting, where they received the results of a campaign finance reform study the council initiated in April. They also heard a panel discussion and public comment on the topic.
Northshore educators Suzanne Black and Dori Wuepper may teach different subjects, but they share a similar commitment to their students. As the Northshore School District’s Teachers of the Year for 2008-09, they are being recognized for going above and beyond to help their students succeed.
Relationships formed within our family are perhaps the most powerful human bonds we will experience. In particular, the relationships existing between siblings possess a unique and irreplaceable connection. Among siblings, there is the potential for a strong and lasting relationship that is cherished and enjoyed for a lifetime. There is also the potential for distance, strife and a foundation of disconnect where there has been pain.
U.S. Congressman Jay Inslee paid a visit to Bothell’s North Creek Events Center May 31 to give area youths the scoop on math and science jobs during a career-exploration fair. Attendees sampled treats from Maltby-based “green” business Snoqualmie Ice Cream while visiting with representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Washington State Police, the Department of Ecology and other related organizations.
Inglemoor High’s Brian McCleerey took second place in the landscape color category and Woodinville High’s Luke Larson placed second in architecture black and white in the Washington State High School Photography Competition 08. The event took place May 10 at Inglemoor. Photographers from 47 schools submitted 3,776 entries.
Bothell’s Public Works department is mulling over options for decreasing congestion on Main Street without changing the road’s pedestrian-friendly character. The city hosted a May 28 open house at the Park at Bothell Landing to gather public input on the issue. “We are trying to solicit public input to get a feel for what citizens would perceive to be good solutions,” said Bothell Capital Programs Manager Steve Morikawa.
Amy Sturm ponders the question for a second, smiles and replies: “I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a B ... it’s embarrassing.” The look in her eyes says she knows she’s nailed all A’s — always — in her schoolwork, but she’s not one to brag. But her super success can’t be denied: 4.0 grade-point average, National Merit Finalist, Washington Scholar, editor in chief of the yearbook and more. When the Cedar Park Christian senior strolled down the hallway last Thursday, one friend nudged her and said, “Hey, Amy, congratulations.” It’s probably a greeting she’s used to by now, and it will surely continue into her college years and beyond.
Updates from around the Bothell community.
Following are questions asked of Kenmore dentist Leo S. Henrichsen.
Cascadia Community College President Bill Christopher joked that he wanted a bulldozer to commemorate the event.
Fifty-nine employees have announced their intention to retire from the Northshore School District at the end of the 2007-08 school year. Together, they represent 1,365 years of experience at Northshore and 1,606 total years in education.
The Cascadia Community College Foundation has selected 16 Cascadia students as recipients of scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year.
The University of Washington, Bothell will hold the seventh annual UW-Bothell Center for Student Entrepreneurship (CSE) final business-plan competition from 5:45-7:45 p.m. May 30 in the Northshore Utility Auditorium, 6830 N.E. 185th St., Kenmore.
It lurks in the darkness, controlling your thoughts. You crave it though you know it will only cause you harm. Slowly you lose control. You can resist no longer ... you eat the doughnut.