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Last updated 4/18/2018 at Noon

Future chefs bring family heritage to the table

The aroma of spices and cultural food were in the air during the 10th annual Future Chef competition, which was held recently at the Sno-Isle Skills Center.

Sixteen 3rd to 5th grade students participated in this year’s competition by presenting their favorite version of a healthy family heritage recipe. Each recipe was judged in several categories for grand prizes that included brand-new Ripsticks, a cross between a skateboard and a snowboard that has a pivoting deck, and a new helmet. The prizes were donated by Sodexo Education. This year’s top winner was Reyna Rodriquez Turcios of Olivia Park who won the Judges’ Choice award for her Tostitos Catrachas from Honduras. Angelina Bondarenko of Mukilteo won the award for Fun Kid Food for her Spinach lemon cupcakes, Senaya Ovura of Discovery won the award for Health Conscious Food for her African ginger chicken, Logan Kofoard of Fairmount won the award for Simple Kid Friendly Preparation for his fruit salad, and Eli Munoz of Mukilteo won the award for Best Table Decoration for his Salvadorian chicken sandwich.

Insights for family

The school district has recently added information to their website that provides tips about making kids feel safe. It’s the latest in a series of articles that is intended to help parents in their role as a partner in education. The website also includes information about talking with your children about the news, bully proofing your children, helping your children with math, and setting limits on screen time.

The information is located at the school district’s website.

Mariner student beats world record in bench press

Mariner special-needs student James Crawford beat the current world record when he bench-pressed 325 pounds at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters competition held recently in Portland. The former world record was 275 pounds. Crawford competed in the teen men category for ages 18 to 19 for the Washington state record and in the disabled category for ages 13 to 19 for the world record.

Crawford trained for the event as a personal activity with full support from his family. One of his teachers, Deanne Hobson, said, “We are so proud of James and his ability to focus on his training for this fantastic event.

Worried about school safety and security?

Community members concerned about school safety and security can learn about the school district’s efforts regarding that issue by attending a series of three presentations being given during school board meetings.

The series got underway on March 26 with a presentation about facility security systems. That will be followed on May 14 by a presentation about providing social and emotional support. The school board meetings begin at 6 p.m. and are held at the District Office, 9401 Sharon Drive in south Everett.

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Mariner students receive rare opportunity

More than 100 Mariner students traveled to the Paramount Theatre in Seattle recently to see Hamilton, the popular musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton.

On stage prior to the show, students Sheila Luong, Nellie Rivo, and Theresa Nguyen, performed their take on American history, a rap about the Boston Massacre.

This rare opportunity was made possible through the Hamilton Education Program, which is organized in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the producers of Hamilton, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

To be eligible, the students committed to a crash course at school on the Founding Fathers and prepared a document analysis on their own time after school with teachers for one week. The culminating activity for the students was a performance based on their interpretation of an historical document that was recorded and submitted to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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The Mariner students were among 2,800 high school students in Washington to see the play.


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