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Last updated 1/21/2021 at 9:43am

Sno-King School Retirees Association scholarships

The local unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association (WSSRA) has announced scholarship applications available to any senior graduating in June 2021 from a public high school in Edmonds, Northshore, or Shoreline school districts.

There are four $2,000 scholarships available.

Applicants must be planning a career in a school-related field. The scholarships may be renewed for three more years with proof that they are still progressing to a degree in a school-related career.

Application forms are available from scholarship chairs and school counselors in each high school. They are also available online at

All complete applications must be mailed by March 11. More info: Linda Fitzgerald at [email protected]

E-W student pianist named award winner

Edmonds-Woodway High School’s Talli Kimani has been named a 2021 National YoungArts Foundation award winner at the merit level in the jazz piano category.

Kimani is among 659 of the most accomplished young visual, literary and performing artists from across the country, and was selected through YoungArts’ annual competition by discipline-specific panels of artists through a blind adjudication process.

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YoungArts award winners gain access to one of the most comprehensive programs for artists in the country, where they will have opportunities for financial, creative and professional development support throughout their careers.

EC scholarship winner inspired by deep space exploration

Edmonds College student Eric Chung was one of 11 students from across the country to win a $5,000 Community College Scholarship in October from Optimal, an education research publisher and scholarship provider.

“I am blessed and honored to receive this scholarship,” said Chung. “I doubted myself when I applied, and I was surprised to receive the congratulatory letter from Optimal. Anything can happen, so don't give up."

Chung is a first-generation American and a first-generation college student. He is currently studying computer science at EC, and he plans on transferring to the University of Washington in 2022.

“Exploring the unknown was one of my greatest inspirations growing up, and I was in awe of NASA’s deep space photography,” he said. “My long-term goal is to use my degree to expand access to technology and to contribute to technologies used in deep space exploration.”

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Edmonds Hub officially open at old Alderwood Middle

The former Alderwood Middle School now open to support community as Edmonds Hub (E-Hub), a place for students and families who qualify for McKinney Vento and foster care to receive access to meals, stable technology, tutoring, educational support materials, and access to laundry services.

The transformation of a formerly vacant building had support, collaboration, and partnership from the Foundation for Edmonds School District, Edmonds Education Association, and Washington Kids in Transition.

For a virtual tour of the Edmonds School District’s E-Hub:

CPM teacher receives Presidential Award

College Place Middle School science teacher Amy Peterson was named a recipient of the 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

PAEMST recognizes both excellence in the classroom and a commitment to improving STEM education on a broader scale.

Peterson was chosen because said she strives for continual growth as a science teacher and uses the knowledge she gains to design professional development opportunities for other educators.

EC STEM building earns Gold LEED certification

Washington State Department of Enterprise Services oversaw $54 million in campus updates for Edmonds College that included the construction of a new Science, Engineering & Technology building.

The work was completed in August 2020. The building has now earned Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification that certifies the building was designed and built sustainably.

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The building met rigorous standards for sustainability metrics including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy use, indoor environmental quality and more. Gold LEED is the second-highest LEED rating level a building can achieve.

Sno-Isle Libraries offers IT certificate program

Sno-Isle Libraries is offering a second round of CompTIA A+ certification for many entry-level jobs.

The certificate demonstrates an individual’s knowledge of IT and commitment to it as a career. Sno-Isle Libraries piloted the online CompTIA A+ certification program this past year to help 20 people prepare for new careers in information technology.

For this new class, Sno-Isle Libraries program coordinators want to enroll as many as 50 people this time.

They hope to attract individuals from groups that are underrepresented in IT, especially women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants and veterans.

Online applications for Sno-Isle Libraries’ CompTIA A+ training program are open now through Feb. 12.

During the application process, applicants will complete an assessment of their readiness for the program and studies. For example, participants will need adequate access to a computer and the internet.

The CompTIA A+ certificate program is limited to residents of the Sno-Isle Libraries service area, which includes all of Island and most of Snohomish counties.

The Town of Woodway is not part of the library system.

Prospective students don’t need a Sno-Isle Libraries card to enroll, but they will need to be able to get a card.

Application and more information:


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