Gold Stars

April 6, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Clark science fair winners

Sixteen Clark Elementary School students were awarded with science fair ribbons for their extraordinary projects.

The science fair was Feb. 25; more than 240 students participated. Congratulations kindergartners Vincent Mejia and Ruby Kresge; first-graders Aidan Sutton and Shreya Ayelasomayajula; second-graders Maverick Mendoza and Amelia Dolbeare; third-graders Hunter Bentzen, Marianna Babourina and Jack Hansen; fourth-graders Alex Brewer, Zachary VanDyke, Ben Pydych and Noah Theines; and fifth-graders Julianna Bernado, Brynne Burkhalter and Zak Graber.

Bobby Johnson

Bobby Johnson, a senior at Issaquah High School, was selected as the February Red Robin Scholar Athlete of the Month.

In the past four years, Bobby has lettered and qualified for districts as part of the boys swim team.

“Bobby has never been on a swim team before high school and has achieved all that he can throughout his career here at I.H.S.,” his coach Laura Halter wrote. “He is kind and welcoming to every class, including freshmen and sophomores. He loves to help the other kids. As captain, he leads by example and encourages his teammates to perform their best. He is a great motivator when we need to step it up.”

His most memorable event on the team was at the Invitational Swim Meet at King County Aquatic Center, where he and 12 of his teammates swam against teams from other states.

“It was fun to see how we stacked up against participants from other states, including Oregon and California,” he said.

In school, Bobby serves as vice president of the school’s Associated Student Body Council and serves on the Student Traffic Court as judge.

Next year, he will attend the University of Washington in pursuit of a career in dentistry.

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