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PAGE (7 4 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SCH()0LS I,()(' ()?,I f IIY AICAll L()lqlIXIH )IF Pine Lake students Kevin Degglnger, Max Sugarman, Jaymi Matsudaira, Frances Hsu and Taylor Lundeen (from left) receive participation awards from teacher Karin Daar after competing in the school's first-ever National Geographic Geography Bee. Un-Bee-lievable smarts Pine Lake students compete for chance at national geography bee BY SARAH IOEHNI)ORF ith legs danglhlg above the floor, five Pine Lake Middle School (PLMS) stu- dents kept serious expressions on their faces last week as they tested Lheir skills in geogra- phy, answering questions that even a well-traveled college graduate would probably have problems wth. The students were part of an ager- school club created to help them pre- pare for the National Geographic Ge- ography Bee. PI4S hosted the bee on Jan. 8, with participants from sixth through eighth grade. The competition narrowed the five contestants to one -- eighth-grader Taylor Lundeen -- who will now compete with thousands of other fourth- through eighth-grade stu- dents from around the state. National Geographic proides the questions to all schools that want to participate before students make it to the state championships. "The level of questions is very ditfi- cult," said parent Kathy Sugarman, who brought the program from Sun- set Elementary to PLMS. "As kids, you can't believe they are expected to know these firings." Sugarrnan encouraged teachers at Sunset to participate in the bee for the last two years, but when her son, Max, became a sixth-grader, she helped coordinate the first National Geographic Geography Bee at PLMS. Max won the competition the last two years at Sunset and went on to compete in the state championship. While mothers hushed their lounger children in the audience -- who thought they knew the answers -- their big brothers and sisters con- centrated hard on stage. The questions were tough. Seventh-grade humanities teacher Karin Daar, who was the staff facili- tator, asked the competitors to iden- tif), rivers, countries and states, most of the time withom using a map. The partidpants were asked a va- riety of questions: Which of the Great Lakes has the largest surface area? The Grin River flows through Mammoth Cave National Park in which state? The first round quickly narrowed the five competitors down to two. Competitors were eliminated from the first round ffth' answered two questions incorrectly. In the final round, the first person to answer in- correctly was eliminated. Lundeen won first place, while Max Sugarman came in second. "I had Taylor as a student last year and anything he did geography-wise just blew the rest of the class awa);" Daar said. "I was excited to see him participate in the bee." Lundeen w take a tten test this week, provided by National Geo- graphic, which ll be sent to Wash- ington, D.C., for scoring Students with the top I00 scores from the state will then compete this spring at Pacific Lutheran University. All children who win the state competitions will also win a trip to Washington, D.C., with their teacher to compete national. Students from schools around the country., as well as those from the five U.S. territories and Department of Defense Dependents Schools across the world,  compete in the final competition May 25 and 26. It  even be moderated by Jeopardy! host ?dex Trebek. The students will vie for a $25,000 college scholarship with second- and third-place winners receMng $15,000 and $10,000 scholarships. For many of the students who competed in PLMS' first bee, geogra- phy has become their hobby. "He has ahvays loved geography," said Taylor's mother, Christel Lun- deen. "It has always been one of his passions. He enjoys looking at maps for entertainment." Lmldeen said she was excited for her son because this is the last year that he can compete in the bee. B'I" SAI'IAIi I,()I,,'IINI)()DIF Bghffi-grader Taylor Lundeen, the con- test winner, answers a question. DISTRICT NOTES Reflections reception The district Reflections re- ception is 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E. Distrt )ry Team The next DAT meeting is 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at the library at Issaquah Valley Elementary, 555 N.W Holly St. Board retreat The school board will con- vene for a retreat, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Feb. 7 and 8:30 a.m. - noon Feb. 8 at the Red Lion Hotel in Ol.npia. The retreat -- which is open to the public -- will precede the annual Washington State School Direc- tors Association convention. All-State music honors Dozens of Issaquah music students were recently se- lected for the All State Band. Choir and Orchestra, mark- ing them as among the top high school musicians in the state. Students send in audi- tion tapes early in the school year, which are judged by a panel of experts. This week, the All State musicians re- ceived music, which they will play during final con- certs in Yakima, Feb. 13 for All State Vocal Jazz and Jazz Bands and Feb. 16 for all others. The Issaquah School Dis- trict's All State students are: All State Band -- Concert Band: Alison Boguski, Is- saquah, euphonium; Katie Grigg, Skyline, French horn: Becca Jensen, Issaquah, French horn; and Juliana Laughlin, Issaquah, French horn. Jazz Band: Alex Starks, Issaquah, tenor saxophone. All State Choir -- Sym- phonic Choir: Erik Frazier, Skyline, bass; Anna Metal- laugh, Skyline, alto: Kenny Wiser, Issaquah, bass; and By- ron Yee, Skyline, tenor. Treble Choir: Amanda Bussey, Skyline, alto; Hillary Corbett, Skyline, soprano; Kira Fickenscher, Sky- line. soprano; Kristen Holland. Skyline, soprano; Becky Lewis, Skyline. alto; Rachel Policar, Skyline, soprano; Heather Reynolds, Issaquah, alto; and Vanessa Vargas, Skyline, alto. All State Orchestra -- Sym- phony Orchestra: Kevin Bell, Issaquah, timpani; Laura Choi, Skyline, violin; Elise Kim, Lib- erty, violin: and Andreas Osl- hausen, Issaquah, French horn. Chamber Orchestra: Ross Chambers, Skyline, viola; Jonathan Ip, Issaquah, viola; Lisa Kim, Skyline, violin; Katie Miller, Issaquah viola; Bill Panks. Liberty, violin; and Derek Zadinsky, Skyline, dou- ble bass. Wind Ensemble: Emily Yeh, Issaquah. clarinet.' Dealing with power struggles The Sunset Elementary PTSA is presenting the parent educa- tion forum "Unplugging Power Struggles Through Effective Discipline," 7-8 p.m. Jan. 29 at the library at Sunset Elemen- tar:;, 4229 A Lake Sammamish Blvd. S.E.. Speaker Barbara Swenson, a nurse and parent educator, will explore the sources of the inevitable strug- gle that comes when a parent's need to guide collides with a child's need to become inde- pendent. She will also provide tips for dealing with these struggles. Ninth-grade campus Web site This year's seventh-graders who will attend Skyline and ls- saquah high schoois, will be the first class to attend the district's new ninth-grade-only campus in the fall of 2005. For more infor- mation on the school, go to wwu: 9th. issaquah.-u,ednet, edu Stressed, overwhelmed and depressed students There are still two sessions of the parent education how to deal with whelmed and depres dents: 7-9 p.m. Jan. saquah Middle School, Ave. S.E., and Feb. wood Middle School, 14 168th Ave. S.E., sessions are identical. Comfortable Chaos Cougar Ridge is parent education fortable Chaos," balance while mana thing on your schedule, Feb. 5 at Cougar Ridg tary, 4630 167th Ave. Bellevue. Last day of school Because of recent sures due to snow and last day of school has moved from June 17 to Gitts The Beaver Lake nated $13,550 to items for curricular curricular programs art school, including a Pc projector, art room tables, emergenCY paredness supplies an The Cascade Ridge hated $14,055 to purc ground equipment for school. A  The Pine Lake PTS $5,958 to purchase a d camera, a digital vide0, cla sroom books, art sTj and other curriclum-rel items for the school. Eastside Catholic Hi 11650 S.E 60th St in is holding an open hot p.m. Feb. 3 about the 0 Program, a special-edU( program designed to academic, social and s! potential in students. formation is at wwu,.ec, Eastside Cat faith-centered private with 460 students. ONE BY ONES Cascade Ridge Photos and other materials are needed from 2002-03 for the School Historian Project, in which a scrapbook is created for each school year. Pictures/invita- tions/commemorative items from the walk-athon, Halloween, Vet- erans Day, Winterfest, the Sock Hop, auction and other events are welcome. Call Beck" Lawence at 557-4686. Challenger Remember to bring in box tops from participating products to earn cash for the school. Visit boxtops4education, cam for more information on which products qualify. The chess chib is one of the new activities sponsored by the PTA this year. The goals are to improve skills, build better sportsmanship and make iends. The club meets from 3 to 4 p.m. on Fridays in the mul- tipurpose room. Each member is asked to bring a chess set. Call Janet Howe at 313-8815 for more information. A tailgate party is being held 5:30-7 p.m. before the home Skyline boys against Issaquah on Both schools are wide selection of food cal restaurants will be able. The j begins at 5:45 p.m. varsity game at 7:30 A blood drive is Jan. 30 at the in the front office to pate. 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