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Friday, August 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Farwell student gets state best in show for invention, Backseat Baby Alarm, and will head to nationals

Farwell Elementary’s Jake Gendreau earned Best of Show for fifth-eighth grades during the 2017 Invent Washington State Competition on May 13. After seeing news stories of babies being neglected and dying in hot cars, Gendreau invented his Backseat Baby Alarm as a possible preventative measure parents could use.

He participated in the Mead School District Quest Invention Fair in April, winning first place in the sixth grade Working Model Division and Best of Show for Mead School District. After winning Best of Show out of hundreds of students in the state at the 2017 Invent Washington State Competition, Gendreau has received the invitation to represent Washington at the 2017 National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo in Washington D.C.

Ferris senior takes second place

in international science event

Ferris High School senior Faith King, is part of the fourth-year Project Lead the Way bio-med program and recently received a second place award from NASA for her project, “Water Spherification: Making Water Transportation and Consumption More Efficient for Astronauts While in Space” at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. King spent a week at ISEF, one of the largest and most prestigious international science competitions in Los Angeles, representing with Team Washington. The competition involved thousands of entries from 80 countries.

According to the district website, King has “recently met with a patent attorney who is in the process of applying for a conditional patent for her project.”

Medical Lake student writes winning patriotic essay

Medical Lake High School sophomore, Megan Goertz, took first place in the 2016-17 American Patriotism National Essay competition for the Northwest Region of Washington. She wrote her essay about what Memorial Day means to her. She was awarded two certificates in recognition by members of the Fleet Reserve Association.

Lakeside junior receives

Nine Mile board character award

Lakeside High School junior Domenico Gonzalez recently received the Solvencia Award. This monthly award represents a “Soundness of Character” and was created by the 2012/2013 Student School Board Representatives of the Nine Mile Falls School District.

Gonzalez was nominated by Lakeside’s art teacher, Bruce Blaser, who felt he had a huge impact on one of the special education students in the Photography 1 class. According to the school’s website, Blaser describes Gonzalez as “noteworthy in the way he is patient and kind with the student” and referred to him as “an unsung hero.”

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