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Feel like an overachiever? Here are 12 teens who put you to shame

We ask high schools from around the South Sound to send us the names of students who are standouts in everything from academics to sports, leadership to community service. Many excel in multiple categories. Others have overcome personal and family problems on the way to graduation.

Tacoma students to study humpback whale carcasses

Kajsa Bloyd, a high school junior, immediately said yes when her teacher asked if she'd like to be involved in an ambitious project - chopping up, burying, digging up, and then studying the carcass of a dead humpback whale. "I'm really pumped," said Bloyd, who said she wants to be a marine mammal veterinarian.

Tacoma's newest high school centers on industrial design, art, engineering

Tacoma's third small, themed high school, called IDEA, will open in September. IDEA stands for Industrial Design, Engineering and Art. It's an educational sibling of SOTA, Tacoma's School of the Arts, and SAMI, the Science and Math Institute, and was launched by some of the same educators who helped build those schools.

SAMI site breaks ground at Point Defiance

About 200 students, teachers, educational staffers and community members marked a milestone last week in the construction of Tacoma Public Schools' Science and Math Institute (SAMI) at Point Defiance. The Tacoma Public School District's Environmental Learning Center broke ground at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

SOTA's string quartet joins Beatles tribute show 'In My Life'

In a tiny box-like room deep inside Tacoma's Ted Brown Building, four young musicians are rehearsing a classic string motif. No, it's not Mozart or Beethoven. It's the sharp minor staccato of "Eleanor Rigby," with a cello singing the familiar Beatles tune.

Collaboration reigns: The Loggers of SOTA

by Mary Boone Sure, they text message obsessively and walk around with their IPods turned up way too loud (they're teenagers, after all), but students at the Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA) are just as likely to spend their time between classes discussing India's caste system or how the prisoners in Plato's "The Allegory of the Cave" represent the state of ordinary human existence.

A Bright iDea in Tacoma - South Sound Magazine

Within the walls of the former Park Avenue Elementary School in the South end of Tacoma, 12 5 ninth-graders are challenging the traditional notions of high school.

Cool Schools: 3 High School Options in Tacoma

For 16 years, Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA) has provided a downtown alternative high school experience for South Sound students. In 2009, Tacoma Public Schools opened the Science and Math Institute (SAMi), at the Point Defiance Zoo. This year, they added the Industrial Design Engineering and Art (iDEA) to the mix.

Smart List: 100 Middle and High Schools Worth Visiting | Getting Smart

School visits are a great way to learn. After a lot of visits of our own, and a number of community recommendations, we're excited to share this list of 100 secondary schools that can give educators a refreshing outlook on what schools can do.

Show and Tell: Schools and youths in the news

The College Success Foundation will host its Empowering Youth Tacoma luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. The fundraiser supports the foundation's work with low-income students in five middle and five high schools.

Tacoma School of the Arts Receives School of Distinction Award!

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced the Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA) as one of four recipients of its National Schools of Distinction in Arts Education Award for the 2010-2011 School Year. The award recognizes successful arts programs, and the integration of the arts as an essential aspect of the school curriculum.

Lincoln's secret 6-foot-5 weapon didn't know he was allowed to play basketball

David Harris has played big for Lincoln - which enters the 3A state tournament 24-0, matching the 1976 Lincoln squad for the best start in school history - coming off the bench with an infectious positivity despite missing his first two years because he attends SAMI.