It started out fairly easy: Average. Barely. Mermaid. Yet a few minutes after the 2014 Alaska State Spelling Bee had begun, the thorny words had surfaced. Words like bandersnatch.
The executioner wore tennis shoes, scuffed white sneakers peeking from beneath his solemn robe. He deftly raised his scathe in preparation for the beheading. Suddenly, Victoria Otte’s voice rang out. “Shoes,” she yelled. “You can’t wear those, you need black.”
Think you’re as smart as a fifth grader? OK, answer this: In what book are boogers used as ammunition? If you answered, “Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins and other Nasties” by Lesley M. Blume, pat yourself on the back and award yourself eight points.
Three Wasilla teens have been selected as 2014 Spirit of Youth award recipients in the categories of Media & Technology and Service to Peers. Heather Johnson will receive a Business & Government award for her recently published book, “Hidden Voice: A Story of Discovering Strengths,” about helping youth build self-esteem and deal with bullies and negative comments.
An Eagle River Elementary School robotics team competed in the Alaska Vex Robotics Competition on Feb. 8. The Binary Brothers team included Jennifer Spain’s 5/6th grade Eagle River Optional Program students Seth Hawkins, Olin Kelliher, Brennen Larson and Aidan Sutherland.
The Anchorage School District is starting the budget process for the 2014-15 school year — and its wants the public to weigh in. A meeting will be held today (Thursday, Nov. 7) at Gruening Middle School at 6 p.m. The district is looking to cut $20 million to $25 million from the budget for next year, ASD spokesperson Heidi Embley said. The meeting will give the public a forum to share its thoughts on where the cuts should come from.
The idea of libraries serving youth is a relatively recent concept, especially given that libraries have been around for nearly 4,000 years. Although some public libraries had children’s books in their collections in the 1800s, most of them didn’t allow youth in the reading rooms. It wasn’t until mandatory schooling and child labor laws passed at the end of the century that libraries started building collections for the young.
In his first full school year on the job, Anchorage School District superintendent Ed Graff has no plans to make sweeping changes to the district’s direction.