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NYHS students place at state science and engineering fair

Local  Northwest Yeshiva High School juniors,  Albert Hanan and Aryel Tucker, were among the more than 500 presenters at the 56th Washington State Science and Engineering Fair held in Bremerton, Wash., earlier this month. Students from all grades converged on Bremerton High School with their project boards and demonstration materials.

Classmates Albert Hanan and Aryel Tucker from Northwest Yeshiva High School presented their project “Superconductivity” to judges who volunteer their time to listen, critique and praise the students. WSSEF awards more than $1.8 million in scholarships as well as special awards meeting specific criteria set by a sponsor.

The students created a superconductor which is a material that conducts electricity with zero resistance.  Aryel and Albert used yttrium oxide, barium carbonate, and cupric oxide.  They mixed the chemicals and heated them in a kiln at 1,725 degrees Fahrenheit.  They used liquid nitrogen to cool the superconductor down to its critical temperature thus allowing it to conduct electricity with no resistance.

Hanan and Tucker  earned a 3rd place ribbon. This is their first year of participation.

WSSEF is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to promoting science, technology, engineering and math across the state. This year’s major sponsors include: The Boeing Company, Olympic College, Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium, Ohio Wesleyan University, City of Bremerton, Bonneville Power Administration, Whitman College, The Evergreen State College, Washington State University, Kitsap County, Helix Creative, Seattle Pacific University, Bremerton School District and Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

MI jazz musicians to perform with trombone legend

Bill Watrous will perform in concert with Bothell High School and Mercer Island High School Jazz ensembles in an evening of musical entertainment. All proceeds will benefit the jazz band programs.

Watrous has played and recorded with many jazz luminaries, including Maynard Ferguson, Woody, Herman, Quincy Jones, Johnny Richards, and fellow trombonist Kai Winding. He is on the music faculty at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

He will be performing with both the Bothell High School and Mercer Island Jazz Ensembles on April 30 at the Eastside Foursquare Church Bothell. Mr. Watrous will perform separately with both bands - a unique opportunity to hear two generations of performers on the same stage. All proceeds from this event benefit the two school jazz programs.

This performance will be preceded by a visit by Mr. Watrous to Mercer Island High School on April 29, where he will rehearse and work with the Jazz Ensemble in their class. The instruction will continue into the evening where all jazz students from Islander Middle School and the Morning Jazz program at the high school are welcome to join in.

Tickets for the April 30 event in Bothell are $10 purchased at, or $15 at the door.

Culminating project presentations to begin

Each Mercer Island High School senior must prepare and presenting a “Culminating Project” as part of their graduation requirements.  Presentations are scheduled during BRIDGES groups on April 30,  and May 7.

The school will have a catalogue of all senior Culminating Project presentations available in the next several days.


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