Student wins national video game challenge
The National STEM Video Game Challenge has recently announced winners of the 2016 competition. This year’s theme was the spirit of exploration. Twenty-four winners from middle school and high school were selected from nearly 3,000 entries and were recognized at National Geographic in Washington, D.C. Locally, Nathan Kuravackal from Tacoma, won a Nat Geo Explore Prize for his game “Can’t Catch Me!” It is a puzzle-based game with a ninja as the main character. Players travel through real-world destinations, avoiding obstacles, battling enemies and solving puzzles.
Auburn bond for 8 new, rebuilt schools passing
The Auburn School District said its $456 million bond measure is passing, with more than 62 percent of voters approving the measure. Passage of the bond will replace Chinook, Dick Scobee, Lea Hill, Pioneer and Terminal Park elementary schools and Olympic Middle School. Bond money will also build two new elementary schools. The Auburn School District is based in King County but includes a portion of Pierce County.
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Sumner student named Miss Washington Teen
Alyssa Williams, a senior at Sumner High School, was recently named Miss Washington Teen USA 2017. She competed Nov. 13 and was judged on three categories: interview, evening gown and swimwear. Williams is involved with her school senior class and serves as vice president of Sumner High’s National Honor Society.
Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers