Skyline and Issaquah High School music students recently had many successes at the WMEA State Solo and Ensemble Competition in Ellensburg, WA. The Skyline women’s vocal jazz group placed first in the state, the Skyline Mozart trio of Jenna Bellavia, Josie Larsen, and Natalie Stender placed first in the state, Skyline student Jenna Bellavia placed first in the state for her solo Mezzo Soprano performance, Skyline student Josie Larsen placed first in the state for her solo Soprano performance, Skyline student Courtney Crocker placed second in the state for her solo on the French Horn, Skyline student Simon Breedlove placed third in the state for his solo on the Tenor Saxophone, Issaquah student Gregory Ketron placed first in the state for his solo on the Trombone, Issaquah student Ryan Brunner placed first in the state for his solo on the Clarinet, and Issaquah student Sophie Wanf placed third in the state for her solo on the Viola.
The State Solo and Ensemble Contest is sponsored by the Washington Music Educators Association and provides the opportunity for Washington’s finest high school music students to hear from each other in a competitive setting. The competition includes small and large ensembles, as well as solo competitors to showcase their musical talents.
Students from Skyline and Issaquah High Schools recently shared their love of Japanese language and culture at the 33rd Annual Washington State High School Japanese Speech/Skit Contest. This event was held during the Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Culture Festival and is the biggest high school Japanese contest on the West coast.
The Speech and Skit Contest was designed to promote and improve Japanese language skills of high school students and the contest encouraged students to take the skills they learned in the classroom and apply them in context to speeches and skits.
The following Japanese language students from both schools placed in the speech and skit categories:
In the first-year level Speech category, Shian (Luke) Yin from Issaquah High School took first place, Jennifer Wang and Emily Wang from Skyline High School placed second and third. Henry Dai from Issaquah High School placed third in second-year level speech. In the third-year level speech category Hanrui Dang from Skyline High School took first place and Kathryn Yamabe from Issaquah High School placed second. Nicole McHugh from Skyline High School won the Open Speech/Exhibition category.
In the Skit category, the Issaquah High School team of Braden Schultz, Anthony Loetscher, Jonathan Trinh, and Adrian Ogden placed second in the first-year level. In the second-year level the Issaquah High School team of Christopher Park, Emily Ko, Jaden Breeland, and Freyana Kapadia took first place and the Skyline High School team of Ray Chiang, Joe Dua, Kevin Kim, Andy Wong, and Will Stickney took second. In the third-year level the Issaquah High School team of Mackenzie McGowen, Claudia Yang, Colten Woo, Akim Milanov, and Sidney Chan took first place and the Skyline High School team of Melissa Carpenter, Camille Goo, Jennifer Dejong, and Sarah Okamoto took third place. In the fourth-year level the Issaquah High School team of Caroline Liu, Justi Johnson, Willam Caras, and Espen Hellevik took third place.
After a year of hard work and preparation, the Liberty High School DECA (Distributive Educations Clubs of America) international qualifiers excelled at the International Career and Development Conference, in Nashville, TN. The conference was held in late April and the DECA group joined eighteen thousand high school students, advisors, and businesspersons to develop their knowledge and skills for college and careers. During the conference, students competed in events that demonstrated the knowledge and skills they have honed throughout the year. They also learned skills in areas of collaboration, communications, critical thinking, and creativity from the “Emerging Leader Series” lectures and had the opportunity to explore career and post-secondary education possibilities at the College and Career Exhibit Show.
Ten of Liberty’s 21 international qualifiers advanced as finalists in the competition. National finalists who placed in the competition include: Alex Wilsey- Top 10, Jacob Christopher- Top 10, Nathan Christopher- Top 10, Brittany Toombs- Top 10, Katie Sveinsson- Top 10, Brigette Takeuchi- Top 10, Jackson Wray- Top 10, Holden Kooiker- Top 10, Chase McIntosh- Top 10, and Eric Fong.
The sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Math Club members of Pine Lake Middle School recently achieved great success at the Washington State Math Championship 2016 in Blaine, WA. Throughout the day-long event, students challenged their mathematical knowledge in individual and team competitions, including an individual math test, mental math, sections of probability, algebra, and geometry, and a variety challenge that included math from all previous categories.
The sixth grade math team of Victor Cheng, Ilinca Hagiu, Shivani Modi, and Sanya Tamhane placed third and the seventh grade team of Daniel Hong, Jason Kim, Laasya Nagareddy, and Aparna Krishnan placed second in the competition. Individual students were also awarded for their mathematical abilities. Daniel Hong won fifth place out of all of the seventh grade competitors and Karthik Sellakumaran Latha won ninth place out of all eighth grade competitors.
Maggie Chen, Pine Lake Math Club Volunteer shared, “Our students had a wonderful time and we hope these sorts of events will prompt more and more students in the study and interest of advanced mathematics.”