MTHS FRC Robotics Team 1778Posted by Sandra Merten at 4/24/2017
Congratulations to the MTHS FRC Robotics Team 1778 for their excellent performance at the FRC World Competition in Houston this past weekend. The team competed alongside alliance partners from from Australia, Turkey, Mexico, China, and other parts of the US. They qualified for the Finals by finishing in 9th place and served as the Alliance Captain for 3 other Alliance teams. They competed successfully up to the Quarter Finals in the Hopper Division, losing there only by a very small margin in the 3rd and deciding match.The students were wonderful, as were the mentors and parents who traveled in support of the the team. Congratulations to a team that focuses on the right things... Gracious Professionalism, "Coopertition", and emphasizing the process of teamwork and high quality engineering as the means to success. They practiced these things all year long and have a solid foundation established for success in the future.Also... congratulations to the graduating seniors of Team Team 1778 who served so well and learned so much over their four years of work with the team: Elizabeth Jurgensen, Matt Trahms, Ian Davidson, Mira Shin, Nat Sutton, William Keeling, Angeline Cartwright, Riley Gerow, Austin Head and Mitch Campbell.
The Hawkeye & HBN shine at the JEA/NSPA National Journalism ConventionPosted by Sandra Merten at 4/11/2017Last week, members of the Hawkeye and HBN traveled all the way to Seattle (!) to attend this spring's JEA/NSPA National Journalism Convention. More than 4,000 high school and junior high students and advisers from across North America (and a few from Europe and China, too), along with hundreds of media professionals and newsmakers descended upon the Washington State Convention Center and the Sheraton Hotel for an incredible conference.One of the many highlights of the convention was a special, exclusive press conference with Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who presented information about the lawsuit brought against the Trump administration regarding the travel and immigration ban. Ferguson was scheduled to be available for less than half an hour, but instead stayed for more than an hour answering questions from hundreds of students who took part in the session. Of course, there were about 250 other sessions and workshops, too!At the opening ceremony/keynote presentation Thursday night, the event began with a performance by members of the MTHS Jazz I ensemble as a tribute to the incredible tradition we have in the Seattle area of multiple bands from public schools being selected to the Essentially Ellington festival in New York. Thanks to the student instrumentalists and Darin Faul for making this possible.The first presentation of the evening, however, was the prestigious First Amendment Press Freedom Award – a school community award that acknowledges those schools that promote, value and embody exemplary First Amendment principles. For the fourth year in a row, and the sixth time since the award was established, MTHS was honored. In addition to members of the student press from Terrace who accepted the award, ESD Board Member Ann McMurray joined in confirming that this truly is a community honor!On Saturday, the NSPA honored the Best of Show publications and digital media. In the highly competitive tabloid newspaper category, the Hawkeye earned 2nd place, continuing a string of being named in the top 10 dating back to 1994.
On Sunday, the JEA honored participants in the on-site write-off competitions where students are judged not against one another, but against tough national standards. More than 1380 different students participated in the contests. Here's how members of the Hawkeye and HBN staffs fared:
- Jack Fiorillo – SUPERIOR in Sports Action Photography
- Ciara Laney – EXCELLENT in Literary Magazine Photography
- Kira Doan – EXCELLENT in News Magazine Layout
- Sierra Clark – HONORABLE MENTION in Broadcast Commentary
- Kennedy Cooper – HONORABLE MENTION in Broadcast News Writing
- Annika Prom – HONORABLE MENTION in Review Writing
- Luke Smith – HONORABLE MENTION in Sports Writing
- Samantha Svikel – HONORABLE MENTION in Feature Writing
- Matthew Hipolito – HONORABLE MENTION in News WritingIn addition, senior Executive Editor Stephi Smith was honored by the JEA as one of the state Journalists of the Year. Smith was named the Washington state Journalist of the Year last month.Finally, both HBN adviser Angelo Comeaux and Hawkeye adviser Vince DeMiero were part of the local organizing committee for the convention.
MTHS Robotics Team Qualifies for the FRC World Competition in HoustonPosted by Sandra Merten at 4/11/2017The MTHS Robotics team had another excellent performance at Cheney, WA April 6th - 8th:
- Finished 9th of out 64 teams
- Captain of one of the 8 final playoff teams
- Competed into the Semifinal matches
- Won the "Innovation in Control Award" for engineering design excellence
- Ended up ranked 7th out of 155 teams in the PNW DistrictAs a result, MTHS Robotics Team 1778 has been invited to the FRC World Championships in Houston starting April 19th. Congratulations, MTHS Robotics!
MTHS wins the "Excellent in Science and Engineering Achievement" awardPosted by Sandra Merten at 4/10/2017
MTHS wins "Excellent in Science & Engineering Achivement" award, at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair. This award is given to one school, at this event, each year. Way to go HAWKS!
Congratulations to our March Students of the Month!Posted by Sandra Merten at 3/31/2017
Student Name: Vesta Baumgartner
Mother's Name: Shu-Hua Huang
Father's Name: Robert Baumgartner
Clubs & Activities: National Honor Society, Key Club, Hiking Club
Athletics: Cross Country, Track & Field
Honors: March Athlete Highlights
Awards: First Place in Environmental Engineering at the 2017 Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair ;Walton Sustainability Solutions Award
Community Service: Washington State University Volunteer, Key Club Community Service, Honor Society Community Service, Terrace Park Elementary Volunteer, MTHS Peer Tutor
Significant School Project: For my Stem Capstone project, I studied the effectiveness of two species of fungi in bioretention soil columns at removing oil from stormwater.
Future Educational Goals: My future educational goals are to get a bachelors with a major in pre-veterinary medicine and then work get a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.
Future Career Goals: My future career goal is to be a wildlife veterinarian.
Student Name: Sean Kirk
Mother's Name: Kim Kirk
Father's Name: Richard Kirk
Clubs & Activities: Black Student Union (BSU).
Honors: First team 2A All-State ; second team All-League.
Awards: Scott Copan Inspirational Award.
Community Service: Regular volunteer at elementary school.
Current Employment: Referee trainer and mentor at I9 sports.
Future Educational Goals: I’m planning to attend a four-year university in Washington State.
Future Career Goals: I’m planning on majoring in the business and sports management fields.
Anything else we should know? Love my family and enjoy my friends and basketball.
FRC Robotics Team heads to Districts in Cheney, April 6-9.Posted by Sandra Merten at 3/31/2017
The MTHS Robotics Team had an excellent second regional competition this past weekend at Glacier Peak HS. Competing against 39 other teams from the PNW, MTHS made it to the final playoff match, and finished in 2nd place. They also won the “Technical Creativity” Award for accomplishments in the engineering design of their robot. MTHS also scored the highest number of points of any match held in the PNW over the past 4 weeks of other regional competitions!! For the solid performance in both of the past 2 regional competitions, MTHS Team 1778 has now easily qualified for the District FRC Competition in Cheney, WA on April 6-9th. If MTHS does well in Cheney, they could be invited to the World Competition in Houston TX . Good luck to MTHS Team 1778 “Chill Out”!
Hawkeye executive editor named state journalist of the yearPosted by Sandra Merten at 3/14/2017
Senior Stephi Smith, the Hawkeye’s executive editor, was named the Washington Journalism Education Association’s Journalist of the Year. Read more about on our school newpaper's website. http://thehawkeye.org/16597/news/hawkeye-executive-editor-named-state-journalist-of-the-year/
Congratulations to our 2016-17 STEM SeniorsPosted by Sandra Merten at 3/14/2017
The 2016-17 STEM Seniors did a very impressive job competing this past weekend at the Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CSRSEF). Please find attached a two-page list of students who won awards this past weekend at the competition held at Bellevue College.
This list of recognitions really exemplifies our student’s capabilities and the hard work they’ve put in this year, particularly when you see the quality of engineering, math and science projects presented by STEM students from quality STEM programs from all around the PNW. Please congratulate these MTHS students.
And… please feel invited to view their projects at their 2nd big presentation this year… at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair at Bremerton HS on Saturday April 1st.
Do you have a special student achievement to share? Please email details to Angie Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org.