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  • The Lake Stevens Middle School FOR Club brought its Elephant in the Room Project to the Dec. 17 Teen Night at the Schack Art Center in Everett. Pictur...

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    The Lake Stevens Middle School FOR Club brought its Elephant in the Room Project to the Dec. 17 Teen Night at the Schack Art Center in Everett. Pictured from left are Kat Orbino, Heidi Ruse, Corey Cesarini, Tyler Koon, Ellie Leatherman and Jessica Bigney.

  • The Lake Stevens Middle School FOR Club brought its Elephant in the Room Project to the Dec. 17 Teen Night at the Schack Art Center in Everett. Pictur...

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    The Lake Stevens Middle School FOR Club brought its Elephant in the Room Project to the Dec. 17 Teen Night at the Schack Art Center in Everett. Pictured from left are Journey Scott, Anna Nelson and TiTi Felege.

  • The Lake Stevens Middle School FOR Club brought its Elephant in the Room Project to the Dec. 17 Teen Night at the Schack Art Center in Everett. Pictur...

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    The Lake Stevens Middle School FOR Club brought its Elephant in the Room Project to the Dec. 17 Teen Night at the Schack Art Center in Everett. Pictured from left are Kaylee Mackey, Kashan Hussain and Andrew Sloan.

  • Lynnwood High School social studies student Ray Baldwin guides Edmonds School District Superintendent Nick Brossoit through a website he and his class...

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    Lynnwood High School social studies student Ray Baldwin guides Edmonds School District Superintendent Nick Brossoit through a website he and his classmates created about the Affordable Care Act.

Students bring elephant into room
FOR Club is an after-school club at Lake Stevens Middle School that meets every Tuesday. FOR, which stands for Friends of Rachel, aims to create a caring and safe school culture by addressing topics such as bullying.
The club's Elephant in the Room Project takes these concepts and applies them in a community setting. Club members brought their giant paper elephant and their message on Dec. 17 to Teen Night at the Schack Art Center in Everett. The club spoke to various teens from around Snohomish County about the metaphor of the "elephant in the room." Teens were then invited to sign the elephant with words of encouragement and hope, focusing on an issue that is present in their life but that no one wants to talk about -- the elephant in the room.
"We then hope to attend more community events, travel to various centers, and take the elephant tour. At each stop our goal is to have others share their 'elephant in the room," teacher and club advisor Heather Beg said.
Everett Rotary honors students
At a meeting highlighted by holiday decorations and a performance by the Everett High School choir, the Rotary Club of Everett honored three local Students of the Month on Dec. 17. Honored students: Madelyn Schneider of Archbishop Murphy High School, Melanie Lane of Everett High School, and Natalie Watson of Cascade High School.
Two from Edmonds earn Hearst grants
This year, two Edmonds high school students were selected as the only students in the state to receive a Hearst Scholarship. The top award for writing is only given to two students -- one male and one female -- each year.
Will Khadivi, from Mountlake Terrace High School, and Mitchell Wahlmeier, from Edmonds-Woodway High School, attended a summer leadership camp where they had the opportunity to write essays to submit for a Hearst Scholarship. Of the six camps held across the state, both were selected for the state award. They will fly to Washington D.C. in March, spending a week touring the city and will receive their awards from President Barack Obama.
Student website explains ACA
A Lynnwood High School class researched the Affordable Care Act, then put their knowledge to use by creating a website. The project was led by first-year teacher Amy Stifter in her senior social studies class.
The website, at acap5.weebly.com, includes questions-and-answers, a comparison tool, a blog, quotes and more.
The teens unveiled their work Dec. 19 and took several administrators on a tour of the website as well.
Edmonds senior to solo at Carnegie
Alfred Yi, a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School, earned first place and a Judge's Distinction Award at the American Protégé fall 2013 International Music Talent Competition.
Yi will perform with his bassoon in a solo at Carnegie Hall in New York on Dec. 22.
"It'll be a great lifelong memory," he said.
Rotary honors CTE students, teacher
The Alderwood-Terrace Rotary sponsors the Career and Technical Education Student of the Month program at Lynnwood High School. CTE Students of the Month for November and December were Megan Longfellow (marketing) and Kendra Byrd (theater).
The local Rotary Club also honored Jennie Gonzales, a fourth-grade teacher at Spruce Elementary School, as its December Educator of the Month.

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