IN THE SCHOOLS Schools Briefs

High school seniors from around the district last week began culminating project presentations that will continue throughout the month.

Seniors culminating projects presented throughout the month

High school seniors from around the district last week began culminating project presentations that will continue throughout the month.

Presentations began at the Kirkland International Community School and BEST High School on April 29. Lake Washington High School presentations followed on April 30. Juanita High School presentations are May 20-22.

The culminating project (or senior project) is both a district and state graduation requirement. This project includes an in-depth study of a topic of interest and a presentation on that topic.

More information about the culminating project is available on the district Web site.

Families needed for exchange programs

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls. These students are 15 to 18 years of age and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester. Those interested in obtaining more information about becoming a host family should call toll free: 1-800-733-2773.

Another exchange program,, is also seeking host families for several high school-aged foreign exchange students. The main requirements of host families are to provide a bed and meals with the family.

The program seeks families for Terje from Norway, Joo He from South Korea, Kit from Hong Kong, Ana from Brazil and Sophia from Germany. The students all speak English and are enrolled in area public high schools.

For more information, contact Janell at (425) 376-0866 or visit

ICS student wins merit scholarship

Matthew Zhou, a senior at the Kirkland International Community School, was last week awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship by the The National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Exactly 2,500 students nationwide were selected for the scholarship from a talent pool of approximately 15,000 finalists in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program, based on their preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in October 2006.

Zhou plans to pursue a career in biomedical engineering.

Car wash to benefit African school

Throughout the school year, students in Lake Washington High School teacher Jeannine Carlberg’s class (sophomore honors modern world history) have exchanged letters and e-mails with students at the C.E.S.T.E. School in the central African country of Burundi. The pen-pal program was organized through an African/American exchange partnership.

Now, with the school year coming to a close, students Carlberg’s class have decided to raise money to help buy school supplies for their pen pals in Burundi through a car wash and bake sale May 17 at the Bridle Trails Dairy Queen.

The event will go from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. The car wash is for donations with a $5 minimum.

For more information, e-mail

Local grad recognized as ‘global scholar’

Marissa Goldbeck, daughter of Erik Goldbeck of Kirkland, was recognized by Mary Baldwin College of Staunton, Virginia, as a Global Honors Scholar for the spring semester. The honors scholar program at MBC, an all girls college, recognizes “excellence” and “exceptional ability.”

Kuehn makes dean’s list at American U.

Julia Kuehn, a sophomore in the school of International Service at American University was named to the Dean’s List for a 3.5 GPA or better. Kuehn is majoring in international studies.