Spotlight on Youth




Students from River HomeLink in Battle Ground, and others from 10 middle and high schools throughout Western Washington, were winners in a statewide competition this month in Seattle — the 2014 Youth Apps Challenge — designed to raise student interest in computer science education and careers.

River HomeLink’s Moonfish Design team — Shuey Bambilla, Everett Buttars, Blake Hunt and Michael Jameson — developed a chess notation app that they are hoping to get certified by the U.S. Chess Foundation.

The Unbeatables team, also from River HomeLink — Quiara Olvera, Ty Parker, Guinevere Richmond and James Zimmerman — developed an app designed to educate seniors on using their smartphones.


The Vancouver Branch of the American Association of University Women awarded Certificates of Excellence in science, math and technology to 26 junior girls from Vancouver-area schools. They were honored at a reception on April 27 at Washington State University Vancouver. The 2014 Vancouver Branch honorees were:

o Columbia River High School

Ruby Davis, math; MaKenzie Fockler, science; Lacey Davis, technology.

o Evergreen High School

Danielle Lorange, math; Lily Nguyen, science; Maria Zheleznov, technology.

o Fort Vancouver High School

Austyn Young, math; Emma Nellor, science; Karen Nguyen, technology.

o Heritage High School

Annastassia Penttila, math; Katie Wallis, science; Hayley Wulf, technology.

o Hudson’s Bay High School

Liz Jesser, math; Elin Bony, science.

o Mountain View High School

Brittany Beaudoin, math; Ritika Jain, science; Emily Leland, technology.

o Skyview High School

Emily McKinney, math; Rowyn Lea, science; Tori Ross, science.

o Union High School

Susan Zou, math; Isabelle Hansen, science; Christina Chow, technology.

o Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

Rebecca Steele, math; Maura Blackwell, science; Madison Lusby, technology.

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