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Coach Sood talks to the Hawks men's basketball team during a time-out in the Terraceum during the 2015 season.

By Ritika Khanal, Co-Editor-In-Chief

October 30, 2019

For business teacher and head men’s basketball coach Nalin Sood, it all began with a conversation he had in his twenties with his predecessor, coach Roger Ottmar. After graduating from MTHS in 1987, Sood went on to coach several different sports, and, eventually, to become a sports and marketing, ...

Shelly engraves her name in stone

Retiring Spanish teacher Robin Shelly. Shelly has taught at MTHS for 15 years.

By Jackson Freund, Lifestyle Editor

June 18, 2018

Robin Cogburn, now Robin Shelly as of Feb. 2018, has been teaching for 33 years total, of which 28 have been in Washington, and has taught at MTHS for 15 of those years as a Spanish teacher. Before attending college, Shelly was an employee at a restaurant. She planned to continue working in restau...

DeVine blasts past the finish line

Craig Devine gives a speech at the annual STEM barbecue to commend seniors in STEM English 12 for their year-long work on their projects.

By Ben Savell, General Manager

June 14, 2018

Aerospace teacher Craig DeVine will be retiring after 18 years at Mountlake Terrace High School. Over his time teaching, he has overseen the MTHS Robotics Club and guided the STEM Leadership into the organizations they are today. DeVine graduated from Washington State University and planned to be...

A helping hand

By Nolan DeGarlais, Editor-in-Chief

May 14, 2018

Latisha Williams has been passionate about lending a helping hand to those less fortunate than herself since high school. With her new job as a social worker and student support advocate at MTHS, Williams has a way to channel that passion into a career. Ashley Dawson, who previously held the position, left MTHS in November to ta...

Word on the Street

Word on the Street

By Ciara Laney, Hawkeye Staff

March 23, 2018

Not too many people, let alone teachers, can say they are writers. Currently, two MTHS English teachers are working on novels while also balancing their teaching careers and personal lives. Job History Junior history and english teacher Stephen Merlino is currently on his 17th year teaching at MTHS....

Staff Diversity

Kimberly Nelson

By Sierra Clark, Graphics Editor

March 20, 2018

With only a quick look around the school, every student and staff member is visibly different in gender, race and age. Within that, every single person has less predictable differences in religion, sexuality, political beliefs and much more alongside that. The Department of Education released statist...

Student support advocate accepts job with Lynnwood Police

Student support advocate and social worker Ashley Dawson hopes her passion for advocacy will carry on at her new job with the Lynnwood Police Department.

By Annika Prom, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 17, 2017

While following her dream, Ashley Dawson helped build the foundation for social workers in the Edmonds School District (ESD) and held the hands of many students as the first student support advocate and social worker for MTHS. Seven and a half years later, Dawson moved into a similar position with th...

Juggling through careers

As she proudly displays the products from her business, Barb Brister holds up her personal favorite, the ones that started it all, the Flying Penguinis.

By Vivian Nowka-Keane, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 2, 2017

The story of the Flying Penguinis At just 12 years old, Career Specialist Barb Brister received her first sewing machine as well as started working her first job—picking strawberries. Brister earned money through her work for the first time and was able to go shop freely to suit her desires. From ...

Jose Aguiniga gives back to MTHS through new staff position

Aguiniga smiles at a student while they tell him a joke.

By Stephi Smith, Executive Editor

April 14, 2017

A year and a half later and the job has only gotten better for on-time graduation coordinator Jose Aguiniga. Before MTHS, Aguiniga has gained experience of working with kids and young adults at the Alderwood Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA and Meadowdale Middle School. However, he felt he wanted to c...

Terrace’s own true renaissance woman

Science teacher Penny Lefavour shows off the work of her BioTech class.

By Semira Beraki, Staff

March 27, 2017

Not many people can say they’ve traveled throughout Europe, or that they’ve been through the first rate experience of staying at a hotel wired with radios to eavesdrop on every conversation. STEM/Science/English teacher Penny Lefavour is an exception to that. Having an extensive teaching and music...

On fire since 1990

Traxler mixed water with dish detergent, pumped with natural gas, to create a ball of fire at a lab station.

By Samantha Svikel, Op-Ed Editor

March 24, 2017

Back when he used to teach biology, he released a bunch of crickets on accident and it took years before they all died off. Another day, he was washing dishes in the back room and the fire alarm was set off. “I forgot to turn off the water and a petri dish fell over the sink. The fire turned out...

Meet the New Staff

By Hawkeye Staff

September 8, 2016


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