Peoplearound Blaine and Birch Bay

Published on Thu, Mar 15, 2007
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People around Blaine and Birch Bay

Wright steps down from math championship program
After 25 years of starting and running the Whatcom County math championship, former Blaine teacher Bill Wright is stepping down.
Wright started the championship in 1983 after hearing that the now-Conoco Phillip Refinery in Ferndale was looking to be a sponsor of a community event.

The annual math competition for kids in the fourth to eighth grades drew as many as 600 teams when it was a state competition. Even now, it drew nearly 100 teams with more than 350 kids last weekend to compete.

Wright, now retired from teaching, works in real estate at Century 21 – Bay Properties in Birch Bay.

Local student makes the grade
Blaine resident and Azusa Pacific University student Abigail Schrag was named to the academic dean’s list at APU.
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Schrag, Schrag is honored for a fall semester 2006 academic standing of 3.5 or better grade-point average. Schrag is an English major, and is joined by more than 1,470 other students receiving the same honor.

Students compete in history competition
Last weekend at Western Washington University a dozen students, the dirty dozen as Jack Nighbert put it, participated in the Regional History Day Competition. The students (pictured on top right) were middle school and high school students. Blaine freshman Michelle Berry won first place for her paper and Hannah Shucard, also a freshman at Blaine high school, won second place. Hannah and Michelle will be competing at the State History Day Contest on May 5 with a shot at nationals.

Blaine girls score first in run
Girls on the Run of Northwest Washington recently had their end of the season 5K run January 27. Blaine elementary students Brandy and Brianna Bruneau finished the race with Brandy taking first place with a time of 24 minutes and 11 seconds. Brianna took third place with a time of 27 minutes and 28 seconds. Lynn Hoskins was the coach for the Blaine elementary Girls on the Run program, which is part of the Whatcom County family YCMA’s program.