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PAGE C 6 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SCHOOLS WEDNESDAY MARCH 11, 2009 GOLD STARS Destination ImagiNation More than 58 Destination ImagiNation teams participated in the Feb. 28 regional tourna- ment at Pacific Cascade Fresh- man Campus. The Beaver Lake Middle School and Challenger Elemen- tary School Destination Imagi- Nation team, When Pigs Fly, won second place in its division and the Da Vinci Award for outstanding creativity. Skyline High School's team, Duct, Duct, Goose, won first place in its division and moves on to the state competition in Wenatchee March 28. Congratulations Adithti Ad- depalli, Anna Mondloch, Victo- ria Woods, Madeline Miller and Ellie Mondloch, of Beaver Lake and Challenger, and to Prithvi Addepalli, Jordan Becks, Maria Mondloch, Sarah Nevin and Olivia Verhagen of Skyline. Elyse Edwards Issaquah High School Elyse Edwards is president of For In- spiration and Recognition in Science and Technology Robot- ics Team. She has brought dedication and passion to the team by grow- ing public awareness in FIRST lo- cally and nationally, by speaking before the state Legislature to lobby for $150,000 in funding and attending numerous commu- nity and school events showcas- ing the robotic team's talents. She is also the coordinator for the Women in Science and Tech- nology event for Eastside Girl Scouts, which attracted more than 150 girls this year. She also received special recognition by the American Association of University Women for her achievements in science and will be honored at their spring event. Elyse was also awarded a full scholarship to travel to Morocco last summer, with the American Moroccan International Ex- change to represent the city. Last summer, she spent a week building a community center in Mazatlgn, Mexico. After graduation, Elyse will attend Johns Hopkins Univer- sity and study biomedical tech- nology. She intends to become a medical doctor, specializing in biomedical research. Gold Stars is an opportunity for teach- ers, principals, custodians, bus driv- ers, family and friends to highlight all accomplishments, big or small, by our school students. Send a few sentences giving the student's name, age, grade and school, and good deed to cluse- brink@isspress, com. Green Team targets lunchtime leftovers Students volunteer to ensure diners remember to recyc00 BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Cascade Ridge Elementary School fourth-grader Noah Spring- born wasn't thrilled about having to wear a bright-green tie-dyed apron in front of the school's stu- dents at hinchtime. But he was willing to do it for a worthy cause. So was his "Green Team" part- ner, fellow fourth-grader Jack Sansing, who said he actually kind of likes the custom-made garb. It's not worth it, "if you don't have something that stands out and looks cool," said teacher Lynette Springborn. Third- and fourth-grade volun- teers have been wearing the aprons as they direct their class- mates to use the proper recycling bins after lunch. It's all partn of the school's new food recycling and composting program. Cascade Ridge is the sixth school in the Issaquah School Dis- trict to implement the program, according to district Resource Con- servation Manager John Macann- ney. The school is working with Cedar Grove Composting. During the frst week, students learned to separate their lunch scraps and packaging into five dif- ferent bins -- leftover milk, milk cannons (wax-coated), paper-giass- plastic, garbage and food scraps. Even the collection bags are com- postable. Based on the district's past suc- cess with the program, Cascade Ridge stands to save some money, as well as reduce garbage output. When finished with lunch, a stu- dent recycles the food into the bins. It is transported to the larger collection bins outside of the build- ing and is eventually hauled away by a Cedar Grove truck. Within 60 days, Macarmey said, the food be- comes compost. "If done properly, we can actu- ally reduce the garbage costs," he said. "The overall actual garbage BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Jack Sanslng (left) and Noah Sprlnghorn (fight), fourth-grade volunteers, with second-grader Katie Springborn stand- ing behind food-recycling bins, are two of Cascade Ridge Elementary's Green Team members who direct their class- mates to use the correct bins after lunch. Schools in focus (, This week--Cascade Ridge Elemen00 and recycling costs would be de- creased." In the 2006-2007 school year, four district schools, including Sunny Hills Elementary, saved the district nearly $17,000 in disposal costs, according to the King County Solid Waste Division Web site. Macartney emphasized the edu- cational benefit of the program. "We get better overall recycling with this program in place," he said. "It just becomes more of a culture." Cascade Ridge is the second school to start the program this year -- Issaquah's Clark Elemen- tary kicked off its food-recycling program Feb. 18. The goal, Macartney said, is to have all 23 of the district's schools add the com- posting program to their tradi- tional recycling practices. "We expect this to expand next year to include probably every building," he said. District officials have been working with King County's Green Schools Program to con- serve natural resources through recycling practices and student education since late 2007, Macartney said. But the district has "been in recycle mode" since 2005, he said. The district began the food recy- cling program at Issaquah Valley Elementary and Issaquah Middle School, he said, and it just grew from there. "One of the primary reasons for doing this is because it's the right thing to do," he said, but also "tak- ing care of our planet and educat- ing kids on how to handle recy- clables -- so many of the haulers in our community take food waste." At Cascade Ridge, four volun- teers from each third- and fourth- grade class (about 40 total) are in charge of manning the bins during lunchtime, a week at a time, Lynette Springborn said. Some of the young students seemed to be happy to take charge. "Someday, our world will be a better place if you just start with a small difference," Sansing said af- ter he donned his freshly dyed "Green Team" apron. Reach Reporter Christopher Huber at 392- 6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press, com. C ONTRIBUTED Skyline High School chess play- ers begin round two against Seattle Prep at the 42nd annual High School State Team Tournament at Burlington-Edison High School on Feb. 28 Skyline 'A' team takes fourth at state chess tourney Asserting its place as one of the top chess-playing schools, the Skyline High School A team recently took fourth place at the 42nd annual High School State Team Tour- nament at Burlington-Edison High School on Feb. 28. The Spartans' B team placed 13th. More than 210 players from 32 varsity teams across the state spent two days in the Sk- agit Valley playing chess. It came down to a five- minute speed-chess playoff be- tween Interlake and Lakeside, both KingCo teams, but the Skyline A team ended the sea- son on a high note when it swept the Garfield B team in round five. "Even our team B, they fin- ished firmly in the top half of state competition," said Barry Hansen, Skyline Chess Club coach. "They should be very proud." Traditionally a state chess powerhouse, Skyline made it to state this year after beat- ing Issaquah 4.5-.5 in the KingCo tournament Feb. 19. The Spartans A team came within a half-point of tying for first with Interlake A at that meet. "We were one draw away from tying," Hansen said. The season begins in Octo- ber, and chess teams compete in one match a week for nine weeks. Teams consist of five players, who play 90-minnte games. Skyline has fielded at least one team for the past six years, Hansen said. Everyone seems to shine at Issaquah High Sc[00oal BY SONJA BENTON As far as I can tell, you either hate high school or love it. You ei- ther thrive in the environment, or you yearn to leave for college. Personally, I am flourishing at Is- saquah High School. Yes, the school, at least until after it has been remodeled, is not exactly beautiful; the lab equipment is pretty ancient and the halls are gum spattered. But it just does not Faci lg Another Bad Rep(r:t Card? 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