Wednesday, May 1, 2013

High school students shine . . .

Once again there is so much to be proud of as our young people at the high school continue to achieve honors at the state and national level.  Though you may have already read about these in other places I also wanted to recognize their achievements and thank them and their adult mentors for their commitment and success.  So, congratulations to our We The People Team, to our state music competitors, and to our Robotics Team for their recent success.

Tahoma High School's We the People team placed seventh in the national finals in Washington D.C.  The team coached by Gretchen Wulfing, finished in the Top 10 for the second consecutive year and had the highest finish in school history.

Tahoma competed against teams from 45 other states and the District of Columbia. The teams participate in simulated congressional hearings, in which the judges test the students’ knowledge of the Constitution.

On the music front, three Tahoma High School vocalists and one instrumentalist placed in the top three in their respective categories at the state solo and ensemble music competition, held April 27 at Central Washington University.  Tyler Johnson won the Tenor category, the first Tahoma soloist to win the state contest in at least 17 years, vocal music director Ken Riggs said. Katie Duffy placed second in the Soprano category and Elizabeth Zosel placed third in the Mezzo-soprano category. Stephen Shin placed third in the Euphonium category for instrumental music.

Last week, members of the Tahoma Robotics Club participated in the FIRST Robotics World Championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Bear Metal Competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) which is reserved for high school students. Tahoma’s 120 pound Frisbee gathering and throwing robot played much better than at regional events, but did not make it into the finals this year. 

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