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July 23, 2017

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Sponsored Post: Flexible Schedule Helps Insight Student Pursue Passion In College

The following post is sponsored by K12 and Insight School of Washington. Author credit: Savannah Norton

K12-Powered Student Earns Piano Scholarship to Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music

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Mya King. Photo credit K12 Schools

This fall, Mya King, a graduating senior at Insight School of Washington (ISWA), will be learning at one of the nation’s top music schools. Playing piano since the age of six, her talent and hard work has earned her a scholarship to Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

“I can’t wait to start learning at an amazing institution filled with young musicians like me,” Mya said. “I’m very excited and thankful to have been accepted into the school because it was my top choice.”

Looking for a more flexible school schedule to accommodate her piano lessons and practice hours, Mya enrolled at ISWA in ninth grade. Online school is key for her, as it allows her to get school work done at any hour of the day.

“Not only has it allowed for more practicing, but when I was gone auditioning at music schools for over a month, I was able to bring my laptop with me and still access my courses,” Mya said.

Mya’s two siblings also play piano and attend ISWA.  Her family loves ISWA and appreciates its flexible schedule and supportive teachers.

“I told my counsellor at ISWA that I was accepted because she wrote a recommendation letter for me and she was very happy to hear the news,” Mya said.

The online environment has worked well for Mya.  She can focus on more than one thing rather than just school, and her schedule wasn’t conductive to a normal school day.

Mya has a 60-to-90-minute lesson each week with her teacher, Dr. Peter Mack, in Seattle.  The Silverdale resident also practices on her own anywhere between 3-to-6 hours a day depending on her competition and performance schedule. If there is an upcoming competition, she usually practices about six hours a day.

Mya recently won the Washington State Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) competition for both piano solos and duets.

“Winning solos at this competition was my favorite competition I have won because it was the most prestigious award I have received,” she said.  “I have also won the Bremerton Symphony Concerto Competition in 2015, which was exciting to win because I got to perform a concerto with the Bremerton Symphony.”

After graduating from Indiana with her bachelor of music in 2021, Mya plans to return to school for her master’s degree and eventually a doctorate in piano performance.

“The ultimate goal will to one day be a piano performance professor at a conservatory or a university in addition to performing,” she said.

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July 22, 2017

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Passenger Terminal At Paine Field Everett On Track For Next Year

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Congressman Rick Larsen (l) and Propeller Airports CEO Brett Smith (r) look over the location for the new passenger terminal at Paine Field in Everett.

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The two gate terminal is on the east side of the airport just east of the control tower.

On Friday MyEverettNews.com took advantage of an opportunity to tag along with Congressman Rick Larsen as he received a quick tour and update on the new passenger terminal going in at Paine Field Airport in south Everett. Propeller Airports CEO Brett Smith provided the update. His company is building the two gate terminal.

“People are watching this project closely,” said Smith. “We’re not using taxpayer dollars like so many airports have done, this is a huge private investment in Everett and Snohomish County.” He says every dollar spent is expected to bring back fifteen dollars in impact. Smith says Propeller has set an optimistic opening target of next August but thinks the airlines that plan to use the terminal will likely start a bit later in the fall of 2018.

Earlier this year Alaska Airlines announced plans for nine daily departures at one of the new terminal gates from Paine Field. The routes are expected to be revealed after the first of the year. Smith said he’s not yet ready to provide the name of the second airline partner to use the other gate. The flights will be domestic and not international.

Congressman Larsen said he’s excited by the terminal and thinks it will be good for the city as it brings people from throughout western Washington to Everett. While some have said it will lead to huge development for Everett Larsen sees it as another piece of economic diversity for all of Snohomish County. “In context of everything else it’s like another egg in the basket,” said Larsen. “You start adding Washington State University, development of the waterfront, daily flights to and from Paine Field and pretty soon you have a full basket of diverse opportunity.”

The 11 acre site and area around it will have room for about 850 vehicles to park. Smith said Propeller is going above and beyond to make sure the facility is top notch and also environmentally friendly with increased storm water protection and also next generation electrically powered ground handling equipment. Smith also provided some historical context on Paine Field. It originally was supposed to be a passenger airport as proposed by the Roosevelt administration as a Works Progress Project in 1936. Then World War II came along and the role changed to military and then general aviation. “We’re kind of bringing it back full circle,” said Smith.


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July 21, 2017

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Everett’s 1st LGBTQ Pride Fest Set For Sunday

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The event is free to attend and open to everyone.

Organizers are calling it the first major festival in Everett for the LGBTQ community.

It’s called SnoHomo Pride and will be held at Legion Park in north Everett from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM this Sunday July 23rd. There will be booths, face painting, food, live entertainment and speeches. You can see the entire event schedule here on the SnoHomo Pride Facebook page.


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July 21, 2017

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Everett City Council Adds Special Meeting For Districts Issue

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Proponents say this is the right population split for City Council Districts in Everett

On Wednesday night we reported that the Everett City Council was considering adding an extra session to address requests to put the current proposal by Everett Districts Now on the fall ballot.

That has now come to pass as the council will hold a public hearing and hear the 3rd and final reading on Council Bill 1707-30. Adopt Ordinance of the Everett City Council concerning a vote on the issue of creating districts to elect five or seven Everett City Council members and requesting that the Snohomish County Auditor place this measure on the ballot of the November 2017 ballot.

The special meeting will take place on Monday July 31st at 6:30 PM in the Everett City Council chambers at 3002 Wetmore. The meeting of August 2 will be cancelled. There is still the regular meeting of the council next Wednesday July 26th at 12:30 PM in the Everett City Council chambers.


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July 20, 2017

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Friday Night Is Outdoor Movie Night In Everett

There may not be drive-in movies in Everett anymore but on Friday nights you can bring a blanket and an FM radio and sit down to watch a movie under the stars. Both the City of Everett and Port of Everett are hosting outdoor movies on Friday nights in July and August. Cinema Under The […]

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July 20, 2017

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Clear Video Of Everett Store Robber in Action. Know This Guy?

Everett Police today released a video of a man robbing the convenience store at 6901 Broadway last month. If you know this guy contact Everett Police at 425-257-8450. At about 11:30 am on June 30th, Everett Police responded to Food Mart (6901 Broadway Ave) for a reported robbery. Arriving officers were told the male pictured […]

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