WWU student designers honored

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 5, 2013 

Mount Baker Products recently gave $6,000 in scholarships to Western Washington University industrial design students for its furniture design competition, according to a press release.

Lisa Van Doren, Paul Kearsley, Keri Lester, Kyle Thomas, and Michael Flaherty judged the 23 entries. Lisa owns Ideal, a design shop in Bellingham. Paul is a designer and part time Industrial Design department faculty member at WWU. Michael is a professional woodworker at Flaherty Woodworking. Keri is a teacher at Wade King Elementary School. Kyle is the lead industrial designer at Architectural Elements in Bellingham.

The winning children's furniture designs included a wagon train to be used in therapy session activities with children at Western's Speech-Language Hearing Clinic, a sensory table for tactile exploration and learning for a special-needs classroom of Wade King Elementary School, a marble run for a special-needs classroom at Wade King, a part-furniture, part-play structure for Blossom Childcare, a multi-stool interactive play tunnel for special-needs preschool children at Happy Valley Elementary School and a Lego craft table for the Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County.

CONSERVATION EFFORTS HONORED

Whatcom Conservation District Resource Coordinator Nichole M. Embertson was recognized as the 2013 Employee of the Year by the Washington Association of District Employees at the group's annual meeting and training in Leavenworth.

Whatcom Conservation District Board members nominated her, stating: "Frankly, that someone with her credentials works for a conservation district is indicia of her dedication to conservation. She is passionate about the environment and farmers. She knows that only by being the best stewards of the land can highly productive farming continue to co-exist with its community. Demographics are changing. Farmers must be productive to survive economically and conservationists to persist socially. Nichole is an outspoken advocate for conservation and pragmatism. She delivers hard messages to tough audiences on both sides of the issue. Her participation on national committees with Whatcom Conservation District below her signature promotes all Conservation Districts."

LIONS HONOR STUDENTS

The Bellingham Harborview Lions honored winners of the Student Of Achievement Program at their July 25 luncheon, according to a press release.

Students Amy Zeilstra and Josel Marcos from Shuksan Middle School were recognized as students who display a positive attitude, good work habits, respect for others, cooperation, good citizenship and consistent effort and improvement. Both Amy and Josel were honored for providing leadership skills during a reading program provided through Susan Strommer, a reading teacher at Shuksan Middle School.

VETERANS AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS

Whatcom County Vietnam Veterans' July 21 car show raised money for scholarships award to three Western Washington University students: Jared Illum, Aubrey Western and Peter Smith.

Group treasurer Tom Modica reports the event at the Sunset Cost Cutter parking features cars ranging from the 1920s to the present from 115 car owners.

Reach Executive Editor Julie Shirley at 360-715-2261 or julie.shirley@bellinghamherald.com.

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