West Seattle, Washington
More good news from a local school on the eve of classes resuming post-midwinter break: Chief Sealth International High School is leading in district Mock Trial competition. You’re even invited to watch them in the next round, Tuesday evening at 5 pm at the King County Courthouse downtown. The report and photo are from their advisor, Rebecca Neil:
After the first two rounds of competition yesterday, Chief Sealth’s Mock Trial team is in first place in the King County District competition.
They won both of their trials, received 6 ballots (meaning all three raters at both trials voted for them as winners) and scored 1077 points total between both trials.
Britton Stone received an honorable mention for best witness, and Noah Marx (plaintiff) and Khaim Vassar-Fontenot (defense) received honorable mentions for best attorneys.
Our next round of competition is against Franklin on Tuesday at 5:00 pm. The results of this round will determine if we advance to the final round of District competition next Monday, March 4th, and ultimately to State, March 22-24 in Olympia.
We’ll be at the King County Courthouse (500 3rd Avenue, between James and Yesler) in room E-746. The doors to the courtroom should be open at 4:45, and the trial will begin promptly at 5:00.
Last year’s team made it to state for the first time. The Mock Trial program is in conjunction with the YMCA; browsing its background, we note the motto is “Democracy must be learned by each generation.”
And the winners were … everybody, one way or another! West Seattle Elementary hosted a state-qualifying chess tournament earlier this month. Chess program coordinator Ritchie Garcia shared photos and this report:
We had 120 participants from mostly 1st to 6th grade. The event had students from more than 40 Seattle-area schools. Over 30 kids qualified to participate in the state tournament that will take place later this year in Tacoma.
In the 1st -3rd grade section, the top schools were Genesee Hill, Stevens, and Wedgwood elementary leading the group. In the 4th – 6th section the top winning schools were West Seattle Elementary, Cascadia Elementary, and Washington Middle School coming in first place. Parents expressed their gratitude for having a state qualifying tournament nearby.
Hosting the event at West Seattle Elementary allows our school to open registration to our lower-income student population for free. Our school also offers a free chess club twice a week to our students. The tournament proceeds help fund the chess program and give more opportunities to our student population.
West Seattle Elementary is hoping to make this a yearly event. WSE is one of the schools that will receive a facilities upgrade due to the recent passing of the levies. It will improve the event in future years as the spacing is very tight for students throughout the year as well as the event.
That’s some of the damage done by a hit-and-run driver in Highland Park. The photos and report are from Eric:
My car and 2 others were hit between 5 pm and 9 pm Saturday night on 9th Ave SW just south of Kenyon. Our car was the middle one, the Toyota Highlander. Still having trouble grasping how they hit the three cars how they did. Looks like there is white paint rubbed off on our car. Hit the red car first and somehow popped both tires. Then hit our car hard enough to push it up on the curb. Then the back corner of the Lexus.
Police incident # is 2019-068679.
Thanks to the texter who shared that photo of a Saturday morning coyote sighting in Upper Alki. After a long time without sighting reports, we’ve had an uptick lately – including one featured in our second gallery of photos taken during the recent snow. We feature them not as warnings but as FYIs, opportunities to remind people that they live among us. This infosheet from state Fish and Wildlife includes helpful info such as how to scare them away if you see one (which is considered to be the best way to react, so they maintain their wariness and keep their distance).
1:10 PM: Thanks to the texter who sent that photo and a tip about the Seattle Fire response for a natural-gas leak in the 3200 block of 45th SW (map). The texter says the street is blocked off and SFD is asking neighbors to clear out until the situation is under control.
1:48 PM: SFD has closed out the call.
Looking for something to do this afternoon? In addition to what we spotlighted this morning, that photo is just in from Sarah Miller at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Log House Museum on Alki, who explains:
Ken Workman (Chief Seattle’s 4th-great-grandson) and Marcy Johnsen (who lived in the Log House Museum before it was a museum for 14 years!) are here today to docent (until 4 pm) and would love to tell stories to the general public about their experiences.
The museum is at 61st SW/SW Stevens, less than a block inland from the beach. No admission charge, though donations are welcome.
If you can spare a few minutes between now and 2 pm, you can stop by the Senior Center of West Seattle lobby (4217 SW Oregon, just around the corner from the northeast end of the Farmers’ Market) and help plan the future park at 48th SW and SW Charlestown. The city bought the quarter-acre site [map] almost five years ago and has kept it “landbanked” since then, but now it’s time to turn it into a park. (You’re also invited to comment online, via this survey.) Today’s drop-in event was originally set for two weeks ago but the weather got in the way. Ed Pottharst from Parks (top photo) is there to talk with you. While we were there, several people were there to share their thoughts – and one dog:
You can also check out boards with potential park-design elements.
Ways you can spend your Sunday:
48TH/CHARLESTOWN PARK COMMENTS: The rescheduled drop-in opportunity to talk with Seattle Parks reps about the future 48th/Charlestown park is today, 10 am-2 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. They’ll be in the ground-floor lobby, we’re told. (4217 SW Oregon)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, see what’s fresh, from winter produce to meat, fish, cheese, beverages, and prepared food, in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
SEED SWAP: As previewed here, whether you have seeds to “swap” or not, you’re welcome to visit the Seed Library at West Seattle (Admiral) Library for this 2-3:30 pm event. Free! Gardening season is so close! (2306 42nd SW)
DROP OFF DONATIONS FOR WSPC GARAGE SALE: 3-4:45 pm, your donations will be welcomed:
West Side Presbyterian Church’s HUGE garage sale will be held on March 8th and 9th – looking for more donations for this annual garage sale that helps fund youth events for the rest of the year.
·Curbside Donations Accepted: (Today) from 3 pm-4:45 pm – just pull up to the curb on California Ave SW and the youth will assist you in carrying your donations into the church. (Donations will also be accepted next Tues-Thurs 9 am-5 pm, but you’ll need to carry your things into the church. Feb 28th is the last day to donate.) Please make sure your donations are all clean and in working order. No TVs, appliances, large furniture, mattresses, exercise equipment, paint, drapes, tires, Christmas lights.
(3601 California SW)
‘ONCE ON THIS ISLAND’ FINAL PERFORMANCE: 3 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, your last chance to see Twelfth Night Productions‘ presentation of this musical. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
BLUEGRASS JAM: 7 pm at Parliament Tavern, “bring your acoustic instruments and your voice to sing and play along with some good ol’ down-home folks.” All welcome, as long as you’re 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
WHAT ELSE? See the full list on our complete calendar.