Show & Tell: Schools and youth in the news

Clover Park lauded

for financial reporting

The Government Finance Officers Association has recognized Lakewood’s Clover Park School District with its Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2013. It is the 14th consecutive year the district has received the recognition.

The certification is awarded to government agencies that publish an easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive annual financial report that must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements.

Fife School Board

to hold special meeting

The Fife School Board will have a special meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in the board room at the district office, 5802 20th St. E.

The board is seeking public comments on how best to fill the vacancy in the superintendent’s office after the death of Superintendent John McCrossin last month.

Students vie for National

Merit Scholarships

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has named 16,000 semifinalists in its National Merit Scholarship Program. The students have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 scholarships that will be offered next spring. High school juniors entered the program by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test, and semifinalists are the highest-scoring entrants from each state.

The following area high school students are semifinalists: Jacinta Clay and Christina Huber, Thomas Jefferson; Nathan Quick, Bonney Lake, home-schooled; Jared McMeen, Kentwood; Brett Shelley, Peninsula; Kelson Kaiser and Raymond Tat, Kentridge; Addison Jeske, Pope John Paul II; Naomi Yamamoto, Capital; Ian Culhane, Adriana Elwood, Ernest Gu, Riana Hoagland, James McClintock, Daniel Ryckman and Tim Xia, Olympia; Joshua Inselman, Emerald Ridge; T.R. Bodoia, Bellarmine Preparatory; Matthew Pfefferle, Covenant; Kodi Cumbo, Fife; Emily Yeh, Henry Foss; Brenna Peever, Franklin Pierce; James Corbett, Wilson; Marion Blyler, Emily Ge and Sean Gorman, Charles Wright Academy; Anita Yemeni, Annie Wright School; David Gill and Christine Phan, Curtis.

Tillicum Elementary

earns award, $6,000

Tillicum Elementary in Lakewood received Washington’s 2013-14 Title I, Part A Award. The award, administered by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, recognizes high-poverty schools that have made significant progress in their state assessments.

Only 10 schools in the state received the award and the accompanying $6,000, which must be earmarked for increased student academic success. Tillicum Principal Jeff Miller said the school will likely use the money to purchase technology to help with vocabulary lessons.

Title I refers to the first chapter of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a series of federal laws that provide financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students.

Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers