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Last updated 5/8/2019 at Noon

Future Chef event showcases Mexican cuisine

Colorful flair and a lot of delicious food were showcased recently at the 11th annual Future Chef competition. Eighteen future chefs prepared a variety of creative and tasty Mexican dishes to the theme Fiesta Fit, Mexican Inspired. The competition began about a month ago when students from Challenger, Endeavour, Lake Stickney, Picnic Point, Odyssey, and Serene Lake elementary schools submitted their favorite recipes. Each recipe was reviewed by a panel of judges from Nutrition Services, who selected the students from each school who participated in the final competition. The students were paired with an adult mentor, as well as students from the culinary class at the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center, and then it was off to the kitchen to cook. This year’s top winner was Calvin Stephens of Picnic Point, who prepared his Buddy’s Street Tacos. Other winners were Jasmine Giles of Challenger, Sahil Patel of Endeavour, and Adam Fox of Lake Stickney.

Kamiak presents ‘Hello Dolly!’

The drama students at Kamiak will present the musical "Hello Dolly!" a block-buster Broadway hit that bursts with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theatre history. The story follows the romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and “woman who arranges things.” Performances continue this Friday, and will conclude with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. All performances will be held at the Kamiak Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased at the box office or by calling the Kamiak bookkeeper at 425-366-5428.

Mariner Community Campus meeting

Exciting things are in the works for the Mariner neighborhood. A plan is progressing for a Mariner Community Campus that will provide Mariner-area residents with basic needs and resources. During a meeting last month, about 50 community members shared ideas such as having the local library serve as the anchor, providing early-childhood education, holding summer camps for children, and providing a community garden, a food bank, counseling services, a playground, tutors for all ages, and more. Community members are welcome to share their ideas during an open house that will be held in the Mariner gym from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday (May 11).

Student chats with American labor leader

Hercis Hernandez, a junior at Mariner, attended the 2019 Latino Legislative Day in Olympia recently and had the privilege of meeting and talking with Dolores Huerta, well-known American labor leader and civil rights activist. “Meeting Dolores Huerta was like meeting a living legend,” said Hernandez. “She has been changing the Hispanic history of farmer's rights. When I talked with Dolores Huerta, I felt a sense of pride and joy telling her about my experiences in my life, with the impact I have made on my Hispanic community. I was very proud to meet her, and I told her that she looked and reminded me of my Grandma Maria Bribiesca, who taught me to be proud of being Mexican and help my Hispanic community.” Huerta responded happily by saying she was proud to look like his grandma.

Kamiak math team does well at state competition

The Kamiak math team sent 21 students to the state math competition and had great success. Casey Zhao, Margaret Wang, and Joy Li won first place in the Team Problem section and third place in the Topical section. Jason Miller, Sally Schafer, and Chaitna Deshmukh placed third in Team Problem and Andrew Shin, Carolyn Ky, Aaron Lee placed fourth. Miller, Schafer, Deshmukh, Hansen Tung, Woon Sun Yong, and Shivam Bansal tied for fourth in Topical. Individually, Hee Yun Suh placed first in state and Keren Suh tied for second place among freshmen.

Registration underway for secondary summer school classes

Middle school and high school students interested in attending Summer School this year can register online at the Summer School website through Friday, June 21.

The Summer School sessions will be held at Voyager Middle School from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning on Monday, July 8 through Friday, Aug. 2. Limited bus routes are available and free breakfast and lunch will be served.

The middle school Summer School program will include integrated block classes in English/language arts, math, and Growth Mindset. Students also can take Washington state history, language acquisition, elite fitness, and introduction to high school.

High school Summer School students can take English/language arts, language acquisition, Algebra 1 and geometry, Washington state history, elite fitness, and SAT/ACT prep. Students who received a failing grade or did not receive credit in a high school course also can take online credit recovery courses.

Elementary students also can attend Summer School at Challenger Elementary from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning on Monday, July 8 through Friday, Aug. 2. Attendance is by invitation and will include literacy skills, math and science activities, get up and move, and visits to the library. Classes in language acquisition and introduction to middle school also will be available.

Students who have been invited to attend elementary Summer School have until June 1 to turn in their completed registration form.

For more information, go to the Summer School website:


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