STA leaders and club members Noa R. ’22, Megan S.’22, Zoe L. ’22, Phillip M. ’22 and Megan K. ’23 making stress balls at the Middle School makerspace.
Students at Lakeside are exploring different ways to “live” the school’s mission in a variety of clubs at the Middle and Upper schools.
The Upper School Ethics Team placed first and third at the Washington State High School Ethics Bowl this past weekend. The sixteen Upper School students competed against students on 17 other teams from around the state. “The Ethics Bowl is unique in that it is designed not to be a debate,” explains the team’s faculty advisor, history teacher James Nau. “Instead, teams are invited to build on one another’s contributions in an effort to unpack complex ethical cases as completely as they are able, taking a position when it makes sense to do so.”
Teams are scored by judges, who evaluate how well the group is able to accomplish the task. Extra points are awarded for civil dialogue. Team 1 – made up of seniors Caitlin C., Cate D., Sophie L., and Isobel W., juniors Cayden F., Wren H. (not able to attend the event), and 9th graders Annette L. and Jenny L. – swept their four matches but did not make the finals, based on point totals. Team 2 – with seniors Kira B., Emma C., Sophie E., Rachel L., and Gabriella O., juniors Emily C., Nick H., and Bryce K., and 9th grader Jingyi W. – were three to one going into the final, where they placed first in the final round. “Our students worked hard this year, guiding their own preparation of the cases in collaboration between the two teams,” says Nau. “They represented Lakeside well, not only through their accomplishments, but also in how they carried themselves and interacted with other teams and judges.”
Other teams completed in various “bowl” tournaments this winter, including Quiz Bowl, Knowledge Bowl, and History Bee and Bowl. “Students who participate on these teams have a lot of excitement and interest in a wide range of topics,” said faculty advisor, math teacher Karl Erickson. Competing against schools from Washington and Oregon, teams from Lakeside took first and third place at a Quiz Bowl competition in early December at the University of Washington. A team of students also took home first place in the History Bee and Bowl Regional Tournament earlier this winter and qualified for the national competition. Two students, Andrew M. ’18 and Michael O. ’18, took first and second place in the History Bowl, respectively, while Vincent W. ’21 received first place in the JV History Bee. Preliminary rounds for the statewide Knowledge Bowl tournament will take place in March.
Two clubs started by students in the last few years are focused on making a difference in their community – both at Lakeside and in the region. At the Upper School, The AOK (Acts of Kindness) club surprised students and employees with candy and supportive notes in their mailboxs, as well as contributing to GoFundMe causes that were meaningful to members. And at the Middle School, the Students Taking Action (STA) club raised awareness and collected donations for a variety of causes: In December, to mark the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting, they worked on a gun violence awareness-building campaign, and in January they partnered with FOB Hope to collect socks, hats and gloves for veterans experiencing homelessness. From Feb. 5 through 9, they are sponsoring Mental Health week at the Middle School and hosting multiple events to help de-stress students and raise awareness about the importance of mental health. “Our goal is to encourage students to speak up when they are feeling distressed and to inform the community about how to best support yourself and those struggling with mental health and wellness,” said the club’s faculty co-advisor Hilary Myerberg.
Finally, the Middle School art club has been meeting weekly this winter, exercising their creativity on projects of their own design, ranging from ceramics, drawing, collage, and painting. “It’s a happy group that had students in grades 5 through 8,” said art teacher Margery Ziff, who advises the club.