Show and Tell: Schools and youths in the news

Semifinalists named in National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the names of semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to finalist level. These local students achieved semifinalist status.

Jeffrey Taylor-Kantz, Auburn High School; Ji Yeon Park, Mohammed Ramzan and Nathaniel Soo, Thomas Jefferson High School; Julianna Siemssen, Todd Beamer High School; Kiegan Rosser, Decatur High School; Sharon Choe, Federal Way High School; Kylie Charney-Harrington, Timberline High School; Anya Dickinson-Cove, Deirdre Francks and Quinn Johnson, Olympia High School; Petria Russell, Sumner High School; Julia Gavigan, Bellarmine Preparatory; Trent Colbert, Covenant High School; Henry Hua and Beatrice Wilson, Henry Foss High School; Zhengxiong Hui, Kaylee Kim, Jack Moore and Kevin Xu, Charles Wright Academy; Jenni Chang, Garrett Friedman, Troy Friedman and Hyae Won Redden, Curtis High School.

Online survey to be conducted by Steilacoom School District

The Steilacoom Historical School District will be conducting an online survey at the end of September into early October. As part of the district strategic plan, feedback from students, parents, families and staff is needed to implement and/or understand needs, change and improvements.

The survey will be conducted with a survey created by the Center for Educational Effectiveness. It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete with responses kept confidential and anonymous. The link will be available on the district website Sept. 28.

Destiny Charter Middle School plans ribbon-cutting

Destiny Charter Middle School will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the school, 1301 East 34th St., Tacoma.

More than 200 students walked through the doors of the renovated and remodeled old Rogers Elementary for the first day of school Aug. 24. Tacoma area families, students and community members chose the name for the new middle school that reflects the long history of Tacoma as the City of Destiny.

Special guests Tuesday will include Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Tacoma’s poet laureate, Cathy Nguyen. There will also be an opportunity to tour the school.