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05/28/15
BPA selects new transmission marketing and sales VP (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/28/15
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PR 12 15

BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 28, 2015
CONTACT: Mike Hansen, BPA, 503-230-4328 or
503-230-5131

BPA selects new transmission marketing and sales VP

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Michelle Manary to be its vice president of Transmission Marketing and Sales. She will begin her new position June 1.

"Michelle brings over 17 years of impressive and well-rounded experience to this vitally important position," said Richard Shaheen, senior vice president for Transmission Services. "This experience, along with a strong leadership skillset, makes her the ideal selection to help BPA continue to meet its responsibilities as a federal transmission provider."

In her new position, Manary will provide executive leadership in the planning, development and administration of the overall marketing of transmission products and services. She also will lead the implementation of the full range of contracts associated with transmission products sold by BPA. BPA operates and maintains more than 15,000 circuit miles of high-voltage transmission lines, accounting for three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in the Northwest.

"Technology innovations, new market solutions and policy discussions are afoot that could significantly change transmission marketing practices," Manary said. "I am excited to have the opportunity to work with BPA employees, customers and other constituents to help guide BPA through whatever new transmission marketing paradigm emerges."

Since October of 2014, Manary has been BPA's acting vice president for Northwest Requirements Marketing in Power Services. She started her career in the electric industry in 1998 and has worked at BPA for 17 years. During that time, she has held several management positions in Power Services, Transmission Services and Corporate Strategy.

Manary has a bachelor's degree in finance from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., and a master's degree in business administration and public administration from Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

About BPA
BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia River dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit our website at www.bpa.gov.

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05/27/15
Northwest Credit Union Association's Minnickiello Appointed to Governor's Financial Education Partnership
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 05/27/15
SeaTac, WA. -- Mark Minickiello, Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Northwest Credit Union Association, has been appointed to the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP) by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

Minickiello's appointment is effective immediately for the remainder of the current term, ending July 31, 2015, and for the next term, which runs through July 31, 2017. The FEPPP promotes financial education in grades K-12 by providing professional development and instructional tools for teachers so that they can teach personal finance in their classrooms.

"It is truly my privilege to receive this appointment" stated Mark Minickiello. "The work of FEPPP goes hand-in-hand with the work of credit unions and the work I do in Olympia - promoting increased financial education among all consumers and supporting efforts to teach personal financial management skills that empower individuals to achieve success."

FEPPP's mission is to provide teachers with the tools and training for financial education in the classroom to enable students to make safe and sound financial decisions. They carry out that mission by offering professional development for educators, educational curriculum and guidance, educational assessments and surveys, and online classroom resources.

Minickiello's appointment to FEPPP continues the close involvement of the Northwest Credit Union Association in the partnership. The NWCUA was an integral player in creating the partnership and has been a regular contributor to its important work ever since.



The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association over 160 of Oregon and Washington's credit unions and their 4.5 million members. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support and business solutions to its members. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.
05/24/15
Two Washington Men Arrested Following Pursuit Into Clackamas County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/24/15
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On May 23, 2015 at about 7:19PM, a trooper observed a northbound speeding vehicle on I-5 near milepost 277 (northern Marion County near Donald/Aurora Exit). The trooper stopped the vehicle, a 1998 Gold Mercedes, near milepost 278. As the trooper was approaching the vehicle on foot, the driver sped away. The trooper returned to his vehicle and pursued the vehicle northbound at speeds exceeding 100mph.

The vehicle merged onto I-205 and continued northbound. The vehicle appeared to be having mechanical issues as it was smoking and slowing down, where it suddenly took the Stafford Road exit (milepost 3). The vehicle came to a stop and the driver fled on foot into a thick patch of blackberry briars. It was unknown if the driver was armed and he refused to come out of the wooded area. Subsequently, a police canine from an assisting agency was used to apprehend him.

The driver was identified as Kyler Wayne LAWRENCE, age 21 years old, of Kent, WA. LAWRENCE was taken to a local area hospital for treatment of injuries he received from the canine apprehension. He was then taken to the Clackamas County Jail and lodged for:

Felony Attempt to Elude -Vehicle
Attempt to Elude on Foot
Reckless Driving
Reckless Endangering Another Person (2 counts)
Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine

Also in the vehicle, was another old male identified as Devin Lee HOFFMAN, 21 years old, of Tacoma, WA, and a two year old child who was unrestrained in the backseat. HOFFMAN was arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. The two year old child was taken to Doernbecher Children's Hospital for evaluation and was later released to responsible family member.

OSP was assisted by the Clackamas County Sheriffs Office, Lake Oswego Police Department, West Linn Police Department, and the Oregon City Police Department.


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05/23/15
***Update*** Injury Traffic Crash, I-5 Milepost 271 NB. (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/23/15
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On May 23, 2015 at about 5:09PM, OSP Troopers responded to the report of a three vehicle crash on Interstate near Milepost 271 (Woodburn). Upon arrival it was discovered the crash actually involved only one vehicle which was blocking the northbound lane.

Witnesses stated that a green ford ranger pickup was traveling southbound on Interstate 5 when a tire blow out. The driver, Sean K MOFFIT, age 21, of Sacramento, California lost control of the 1998 Ford Ranger which spun out, crossed the median and rolled several times.

MOFFIT, was transported to a Salem Hospital for minor injuries. Both directions of I-5 were backed up for a couple hours. OSP was assisted on scene by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
***End Update***


Previous Release:
OSP Troopers and emergency crews are on scene of a multi vehicle traffic crash on I-5 near milepost 271 in Marion County. Both northbound and southbound traffic is backed up. Expect delays for several hours and plan alternative travel routes. Check www.tripcheck.com for updates. More information will be released when it is available.


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05/20/15
***Update*** Oregon Amber Alert (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/20/15
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***Update***
On May 20th, 201t at about 2:23PM, an Amber Alert was issued by the Oregon State Police as requested by the Nampa, Idaho Police Department. This was for locating two endangered children who were with their non-custodial father.

According to the Washington State Patrol, at around 2:37 pm, a motorist on I-5 in Washington called 911 to report she was behind the Idaho Amber Alert vehicle. The caller stated she heard the Amber Alert description on the radio. She reported her location as northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 46 approaching Castle Rock, Washington.

A Castle Rock police officer and Washington State Patrol sergeant located and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver, Joshua REAVIS, and two children were in the vehicle. REAVIS was taken into custody for a felony warrant related to the alert and transported to the Cowlitz County Jail for booking. WSP Troopers transported the two children to Child Protective Services in Longview. The children's mother was notified by Nampa (ID) Police.

***End Update***

Oregon Amber Alert Information:
The AMBER Alert program, also known as America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response Plan, is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice. It is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters and transportation agencies to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious-child abduction cases where there is enough information to make the alert effective. Local networks cover all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information on Oregon Amber Alert, visit:

http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/AMBERALERT/pages/index.aspx



PREVIOUS RELEASES:
***CANCEL AMBER ALERT***

Children, suspect and vehicle located in Cowlitz County, WA. Cancel Amber Alert. More information will be released as it becomes available.
***END UPDATE***

***Amber Alert***
The Oregon State Police is issuing an Amber Alert as requested by the Nampa Police Department, Idaho. The Nampa, Idaho Police Department is requesting the public's help in locating two children ages, 2 and 3.

Child #1 Slevin REAVIS, age 3. 3'2" and 30lbs. White male juvenile, blonde hair and blue eyes.

Child #2 Estaleyn-Ophelia REAVIS, age 2. 2'10", 27lbs, white female juvenile, blonde hair and blue eyes.

Suspect: Joshua REAVIS, age 31. White male, 6'4", 190lbs. Brown hair and blue eyes.

Vehicle: 2000 Honda Odyssey Van, gold in color. ID license of 2CLL484. Vehicle has a butterfly sticker on the front of the van. There is also a "tribal owl" on back of van.

The children were taken by Joshua REAVIS, the non-custodial parent from Nampa, ID. They were possible sighted in Baker City, Oregon. Suspect frequents campgrounds and may be enroute to Seattle. The children are believed to be in danger of physical harm. There is currently an arrest warrant for Joshua REAVIS for Joshua REAVIS for felony Custodial Interference.

If spotted, please call 911. For tips or information, please call the Oregon Amber Alert Toll Free Tip Line. 866-526-2375.

***NAMPA, ID press release attached below***

NAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE May 20, 2015-Nampa Idaho On 05/18/2015, Nampa Police received a call from a mother reporting that her two young children were abducted by the children's father. Normally under these circumstances, the case is routed to a prosecutor to review custodial issues as the children are, in most cases, believed to be safe as they are in the possession of a parent.

Nampa Police Detectives reviewing this case have determined that the children are in imminent danger due to psychological issues reported that are affecting the children's father, 31 year-old Joshua Reavis. Because of these concerns, an Amber Alert was issued and Reavis is now wanted on custodial interference charges. The children, 3 year old Slevin Reavis(male) and 2 year old Estaleyn Reavis(female) were last seen in Nampa on May 18 at their home in Nampa in the custody of Joshua Reavis.

They are traveling in a 2000 gold Honda Odyssey van with Idaho license plate number 2CLL484. All of the children's belongings and camping gear were taken from the Nampa home at the time of the abduction. It is believed that they may be heading to the Grimes Creek area to camp.

Due to the circumstances of the abduction, the Nampa Police Child Abduction Response Team was called out to investigate and locate the children. A tip line has been set up for the public to call with any tips on the case. That number is 208-465-2206. If anyone has a current location on the van or the children, they are being asked to call 911. An official Amber Alert was issued by the Idaho State Police to notify other Law Enforcement agencies.


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***Amber Alert*** Photos Attached (Photo)
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***Amber Alert***
The Oregon State Police is issuing an Amber Alert as requested by the Nampa Police Department, Idaho. The Nampa, Idaho Police Department is requesting the public's help in locating two children ages, 2 and 3.

Child #1 Slevin REAVIS, age 3. 3'2" and 30lbs. White male juvenile, blonde hair and blue eyes.

Child #2 Estaleyn-Ophelia REAVIS, age 2. 2'10", 27lbs, white female juvenile, blonde hair and blue eyes.

Suspect: Joshua REAVIS, age 31. White male, 6'4", 190lbs. Brown hair and blue eyes.

Vehicle: 2000 Honda Odyssey Van, gold in color. ID license of 2CLL484. Vehicle has a butterfly sticker on the front of the van. There is also a "tribal owl" on back of van.

The children were taken by Joshua REAVIS, the non-custodial parent from Nampa, ID. They were possible sighted in Baker City, Oregon. Suspect frequents campgrounds and may be enroute to Seattle. The children are believed to be in danger of physical harm. There is currently an arrest warrant for Joshua REAVIS for Joshua REAVIS for felony Custodial Interference.

If spotted, please call 911. For tips or information, please call the Oregon Amber Alert Toll Free Tip Line. 866-526-2375.

***NAMPA, ID press release attached below***

NAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE May 20, 2015-Nampa Idaho On 05/18/2015, Nampa Police received a call from a mother reporting that her two young children were abducted by the children's father. Normally under these circumstances, the case is routed to a prosecutor to review custodial issues as the children are, in most cases, believed to be safe as they are in the possession of a parent.

Nampa Police Detectives reviewing this case have determined that the children are in imminent danger due to psychological issues reported that are affecting the children's father, 31 year-old Joshua Reavis. Because of these concerns, an Amber Alert was issued and Reavis is now wanted on custodial interference charges. The children, 3 year old Slevin Reavis(male) and 2 year old Estaleyn Reavis(female) were last seen in Nampa on May 18 at their home in Nampa in the custody of Joshua Reavis.

They are traveling in a 2000 gold Honda Odyssey van with Idaho license plate number 2CLL484. All of the children's belongings and camping gear were taken from the Nampa home at the time of the abduction. It is believed that they may be heading to the Grimes Creek area to camp.

Due to the circumstances of the abduction, the Nampa Police Child Abduction Response Team was called out to investigate and locate the children. A tip line has been set up for the public to call with any tips on the case. That number is 208-465-2206. If anyone has a current location on the van or the children, they are being asked to call 911. An official Amber Alert was issued by the Idaho State Police to notify other Law Enforcement agencies.


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05/19/15
Puget Sound College and Career Network Community Gathering for South King County and Seattle Today at Puget Sound ESD
Puget Sound ESD - 05/19/15
Under the leadership of Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) the work of Seattle College Access Network (SCAN) and South King County College Access Network (SK-CAN) have united together as Puget Sound College and Career Network (PSCCN) to mobilize and unite cross sector member institutions to increase college-ready resources for Seattle and South King County students. The new name was chosen by a subcommittee of the Network's official steering committee.

"Choosing our new name was an exciting process and a big step" shared Kendrick Glover, Sr. Coordinator PSCCN, "As the network continues to build and define who and what we are, having our new name is an important first step. Now we are looking forward to great things happening in the near future and beyond."

The goal is to increase PSCCN's capacity and effectiveness to provide students and families with resources to prepare for college, enroll in college, and earn postsecondary credentials.

The primary expected outcomes for students are to:
* Increase high school graduation rates
* Increase college readiness, enrollment and completion

Puget Sound ESD Staff Willie Seals and Kendrick Glover are facilitating the work of PSCCN. The Network itself is comprised of network members, workgroups, coalition champions and a steering committee. Each role has specific authority and accountability to the network. For example, the Network Steering Committee is responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of Network strategies. It is comprised primarily of system leaders who are the "doers" from each of the cross sector groups as well as emerging leaders or staff who provide valuable firsthand understanding of this work from various vantage points.

As the host agency PSESD is excited to leverage relationships and resources in the Puget Sound region to grow and sustain PSCCN membership and member capacity to achieve shared goals and to build systemic best practices across King and Pierce County.

As the transitional work to consolidate and strengthen efforts continues PSCCN is already planning events for the 2015-16 school year to support students and families in Seattle and South King County to be college- and career-ready. This fall PSCCN will launch its own website and social media campaign to reach students and families.

"Our goal here is long-term viability and member capacity to better support students in preparing for, persisting in, and completing post-secondary education" shares Willie Seals, PSESD's Sr. Coordinator for the PSCCN,.

Together, Puget Sound ESD and the Puget Sound Collage and Career Network are committed to mobilize around system gaps to improve postsecondary access and success.

For more information about PSCCN please visit http://www.psesd.org/services/learning-and-teaching/psccn/. PSCCN is holding a Community Gathering for South King County and Seattle at Puget Sound ESD in Renton on May 19th, at 2:30 pm.
05/14/15
***Amber Alert*** (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 05/14/15
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***AMBER ALERT*** The Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Tillamook City Police Department have issued an Amber Alert for Jocelyne WIRTH 3 and a half years old, white female with blonde hair. Suspect is non-custodial parent, Kaitlyne WIRTH, 19 years old, white female, 5'5", 150 pounds, blonde hair.

Vehicle is a teal 1999 Chevy Cavalier, four door, with Oregon Plate of 086GPE. If spotted please call 911. For tips please call the Tillamook PD Call Center: 503-815-1911.

Photos attached (photo of vehicle is similar).

More info to follow.


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05/08/15
BPA is well prepared to meet dry year demands
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/08/15
PR 11 15
BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 8, 2015
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/503-230-5131

BPA is well prepared to meet dry year demands

Planning and preparation throughout the winter and early spring have the marketing agency poised to address power and non-power obligations for the region

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration is positioned to meet the ongoing power needs of its customers, as well as its non-power obligations, including those aimed at protecting fish.

BPA and its Federal partners have been monitoring the downward trend in water supply forecasts throughout the winter and spring and are prepared to manage the system through the remainder of the spring and summer.

BPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation are working closely with input from the Technical Management Team to determine the best way to meet the needs of fish migrating in the Columbia River with a limited amount of water. The TMT is a collaborative group of federal, state and tribal representatives who make recommendations to the federal agencies regarding the implementation of the Biological Opinions for the Federal Columbia River Power System.

"We don't have as much water as we would like, but we're well prepared to handle the current situation," said Kieran Connolly, vice president of Generation Asset Management for BPA. "We've been through this before - as recently as 2010. We plan extensively every year, so we don't get caught flat-footed."

Dry year operations are implemented when the May final April-through-August forecast from the Northwest River Forecast Center for total volume runoff at The Dalles Dam is less than 72.2 million acre-feet (maf). One acre-foot is a volume of water equivalent to one acre covered one foot deep with water - it's a little more than 325,000 gallons. The Northwest River Forecast Center's final May forecast released on Thursday is 62.4 maf.

The forecasted low runoff this year is not due to a lack of precipitation but above-normal temperatures that caused much of the precipitation to fall as rain instead of snow, particularly in the U.S. portions of the Columbia Basin.

Federal planners and operators have monitored water supply conditions as the year has progressed and planned accordingly, preparing them to manage the system to meet the multiple purposes of the FCRPS through the remainder of the year.

Typically, when the BiOp dry year operations are triggered, reservoirs are drawn down further than normal to provide more water for fish. One of the significant benefits of reservoirs is the ability to catch water and reduce the chances of flooding, or as is the case this year, release stored water during drier times.

The last time the BiOp's dry year criteria were triggered occurred in 2010, although abundant late spring precipitation improved runoff conditions and resulted in a final runoff volume of 77 maf at The Dalles Dam. There is currently no climatological signal indicating such a recovery is in store for this year.

"We're ready and prepared to respond to conditions as they unfold," Connolly reiterated. "This year also serves as a great reminder that it is always good to use energy wisely, both at home and work."

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia Basin dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

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05/06/15
WestEdge Credit Union Helps Community Members Safeguard Personal Information Semi-Annual Shred Day Disposes of 6,419 Pounds of Documents (Photo)
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 05/06/15
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BELLINGHAM, WA -- WestEdge Credit Union's Spring Community Shred event offered consumers the opportunity to securely shred their unwanted confidential documents, and an estimated 200 people took the credit union up on the offer. By the time the two day event concluded on April 24, more than 6,000 pounds of documents were securely shred and discarded.

For eight years, WestEdge has sponsored semi-annual shred days--one in October and one in April. Community members were invited to bring up to 50 pounds each of documents into the branch, located at the corner of James and Alabama St. in Bellingham. The documents were stored in locked barrels and filled up so quickly, event partner Sound Shredding & Recycling (SSR) had to make six trips to the credit union to pick up documents. SSR transported the locked barrels to its facility where the documents were securely shred.

The opportunity to securely shred no-longer-needed medical bills, insurance statements and other legal documents helps to protect consumers against fraud and identity theft.

"The best part about the event was getting to witness so many people that were using this event as an opportunity for a fresh start," said WestEdge Marketing Assistant Kalynda Boatman.

"They were shredding documents that they had held on to for years from a loved one that had passed away, or a significant life event such as a major medical issue that is finally over or a divorce they are ready to let go of. These people were doing more than just disposing of documents; they were welcoming a fresh start."

The Spring Community Shred not only saved community members from worry about identity theft and provided environmental benefits as well. SSR recycled the 6,419 pounds of shred documents, "saving" the equivalent of 16 50-foot tall trees.

(Boatman is seen in the attached photograph standing next to a 50-foot-tree.)

WestEdge Credit Union serves over 4,000 members in Whatcom County, WA and protects nearly $53 million in assets. For more information please visit www.westedgeCU.org.


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05/04/15
TwinStar Credit Union Member Wins Thousands for Depositing $25 in Save to Win Account
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 05/04/15
ABERDEEN, WA. -- TwinStar Credit Union member Shawn Hinchen is getting a $5,000 windfall this week, simply because he opened a Save to Win account and deposited at least $25. Hinchen was randomly selected in a computerized drawing to win the annual cash prize. TwinStar plans a celebration in Hinchen's honor May 6 at the Aberdeen, WA branch.

Save to Win accounts are designed to help consumers build healthy savings habits. Each $25 deposit earns account holders an entry into monthly and annual cash prize drawings. Unlike lottery drawings, however, the consumers don't lose money paying for tickets. Their deposits stay in the accounts and help them to secure their financial futures. The prize pool is funded by the Northwest Credit Union Association and its subsidiary, Strategic Link, Inc.

The Washington State Legislature cleared the way for Washington credit unions to begin offering the program in 2010, and to date, 1,414 members of six Washington credit union unions have saved a collective $1,755,482.00.

Hinchen opened his first credit union account when he was 11 or 12 years old, so that he could deposit the money he made delivering newspapers. He's been a loyal member ever since, and has always realized it's important to save money. Save to Win, he said, gave him the "opportunity to save for something that we wanted but would not ordinarily buy." Last year that "something" was an iPad, but no decision has been made on how he will spend his winnings.

"I'm still getting over the fact I won," he said. "We're pretty excited."

Media are invited to cover the check presentation celebration May 6.

WHAT: Save to Win Check Presentation
WHERE: TwinStar Credit Union
401 E Market St.
Aberdeen, WA 98520
WHEN: May 6, 4 p.m.


Attached Media Files: 2015-05/4992/84117/TwinStar_member_wins_thousands_5.3.docx
04/30/15
Northshore Christian Academy Robogators Team Finish in Top 20 for FLL Global Innovation Award at FIRST(R) World Competition! (Photo)
Northshore Christian Academy - 04/30/15
NCA Robogators Team 2 at FIRST World Competition
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NCA Robogators Team 2 of Everett, WA has just returned from their invitational to compete in the 2015 FIRST(R) World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri over April 22-25, 2015. Out of over 26,000 'FIRST(R) LEGO(R) League (FLL) teams from 27 countries, NCA's Robogators Team 2 finished in the top 20 for the 'FIRST(R) LEGO(R) League Global Innovation Award'! That is in the top 0.07% of the world! All the teams that competed for this award put in many months of hard work and then exhibited and presented remarkable innovations designed to provide solutions to solve real-world problems encouraged by the FLL's 2015 challenge theme: 'World Class-Learning Unleashed'.

NCA's Robogators Team 2 consisted of 7 middle-school student members; 3 girls and 4 boys: Dmitri Abramson (8th), Zoey Camarillo (7th), Gabe DuPen (7th), Khue-Tu Nguyen (8th), Danica Oslund (7th), Dylan Reiner (7th) and Tyler Zuanich (6th). During the competition, the teammates presented to a panel of judges who gave them very high marks. Throughout the team's public presentation, people stopping by were impressed with the Robogators' concept and wanted to learn more about their project: An innovation to give students the advantage of leading edge technology to capture, visualize, and imagine the subject they're studying.

When researching and deciding on their innovation theme, the team found that most textbooks are expensive, heavy to carry and, most importantly, often do not fit with all learning styles. Their solution incorporates technology that engages students by utilizing various styles of learning and, when using these multiple forms of learning, enabling students to retain and understand the material better and earn higher grades.

NCA's Robogators team motto is "Never give up, even when things fail." With this is mind, they worked to improve upon current methods of teaching which could be utilized in an open market to simplify learning and teaching, and at the same time inspired others by sharing their ideas with their classmates, their teachers and also with local entrepreneurs.

During the competition, the Robogators team members were honored to be officially 'sworn in' as FLL Innovation Ambassadors. They are now a group of very few 11 to 14 year olds who can say they have competed on a world stage as well as come up with an innovative idea that now has a provisional patent!

The 2014-2015 NCA Robogators Team 2 coaching team included: Mr. & Mrs. Chad and Elise Abramson, and Mr. Cori Stepan. These coaches were each allowed time off work by their employers to coach, because their employers view this endeavor as a great investment in the future of engineering and STEM education. In addition, NCA is very thankful for their Robogators Team sponsors, Intellectual Ventures and The Boeing Company. To learn more about NCA's STEM Education and Robotics Programs, go to this webpage: www.northshorechristianschools.org/STEM

Northshore Christian Academy is located in Snohomish County, near the Everett Boeing Plant and the City of Mukilteo. Northshore Christian Academy provides a high quality education in a Christ-Centered environment for over 970 students in K-8th Grades and a Licensed Early Learning Center for Toddlers, Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten children. Prospective family tours are given every Wednesday at 9:30am. Applications for 2015/2016 enrollment are currently being accepted. Please visit the NCA Website for more information at www.northshorechristianschools.org.


Attached Media Files: NCA Robogators Team 2 at FIRST World Competition , NCA Robogators Team Logo , FLL Global Innovation Award
Annie Wright Schools Sponsor Free Screening of Endless Abilities, Hosted by Paralympic Athlete Megan Absten (Photo)
Annie Wright Schools - 04/30/15
Megan Absten photo (2)
Megan Absten photo (2)
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Tacoma, Wash. -- Paralympic athlete Megan Absten will host a free screening of the documentary film Endless Abilities, sponsored by Annie Wright Schools at The Grand Cinema in Tacoma on Wednesday, May 6, at 7:00 pm.

Endless Abilities tells the story of four friends who drove around the country in search of physically disabled athletes who have adapted and relearned their individual sport. Living in a van and driving cross-country over 40 days, the friends meet athletes all over America who share their inspiring stories on camera and expose the spirit that unifies all athletes, no matter his or her physical ability.

Absten, an alumna of Annie Wright Schools and current freshman at the University of Puget Sound, earned silver medals for both the 100m and 200m in the US Paralympics Track and Field National Championships in June, 2013. The following month she competed at the International Paralympics in France as a member of the US national team. Absten, whose left arm was amputated just below the shoulder after an ATV accident in 2009, will introduce the film and follow up with a short, informal discussion and Q&A with the audience.

Annie Wright Schools partner with The Grand Cinema for Night Out @ The Grand, a program to sponsor films relevant to the community, and welcome the public to attend. Admission is free and tickets are available at The Grand on a first come, first served basis one hour before the showing.

Founded in Tacoma in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are two schools on one campus. Annie Wright Day School serves boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 8, while Annie Wright Upper School offers all-girls day and boarding programs for Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Learn more at www.aw.org.


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