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Eisenhower Middle School principal Stefani Keotje receives Patriot Award

From left to right: Ombudsman John Van Dalen, ombudsman, Principal Stefani Koetje, Counselor Morgan Wolff, Eisenhower counselor, and Sergeant First Class Jamie Hawley. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

Eisenhower Middle School principal Stefani Koetje received a Patriot Award on Tuesday, January 10th.

Washington ESGR Ombudsman John Van Dalen presented the award in recognition of Koetje's extraordinary support of employees serving in the National Guard or Reserve or employees who are a spouse of a Guard or Reserve member.

"Surviving the Deep Freeze," by the Whistling Gardener

Pretty primroses are a needed burst of colorful happiness on these winter days. Photo courtesy of Sunnnyside Nursery.

By the time you read this column it will probably be raining and the cold dry spell of late December and early January will be behind us.

According to the weather gurus, this was the coldest winter since 2013 with temperatures dipping into the mid-teens in most areas during the night and staying at or below freezing during the day for over a week.

Martha Lake Elementary School students collect night-lights for firefighters to give to older adults to prevent falls

The donated night lights and notes will be placed on paramedic units so firefighters can give them to older adults who have fallen or are at-risk of falling. Photo credit: Leslie Hynes.

Students at Martha Lake Elementary School collected a total of 466 night-lights, which they donated to firefighters in Snohomish County Fire District 1 to give to older adults in a new program called Shine-A-Light to Prevent Falls.

Search for Hidden Figures grand prizewinner is Jackson High student Yuna Shin

Yuna Shin is the high school grand prizewinner of the Search for Hidden Figures video contest. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

Henry M. Jackson High School 11th-grader Yuna Shin is the high school grand prizewinner of the Search for Hidden Figures video contest. She created the  winning video and takes home $50,000.

Inspired by the movie "Hidden Figures," PepsiCo and 21st Century Fox partnered to find the next generation of women who will lead the way in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).