News Briefs

Trumping Climate Change

President Donald Trump released an executive order on March 28th that revoked six climate change and emission regulation laws created during the Obama administration, considerably changing the country’s views on environmental policy. The President argued that this move was to save American jobs that were inhibited by Obama’s regulatory laws, and that a strong economy would instead save the environment. Overall, the executive order will mean less enforcement on US corporations, decreasing the monitoring of emissions and other industry outputs.

Alice Waters at Montlake Elementary

World-renowned female chef Alice Waters visited Montlake Elementary, an alma mater of many Garfield Students, on March 24th. Waters’ fame began in Berkeley, California as the owner of Chez Panisse, a restaurant that soon became internationally known for it’s dedication to the organic food movement and made Waters one of the most respected chefs in the world. Waters is also known for her interactions with public schools through her program, the Edible Schoolyard Project, where she has incorporated garden and cooking classes to increase the quality of cafeterias for students. A few of the elementary school’s teachers and Seattle Parks officials visited the Project’s home in Berkeley last year, creating a partnership that brought Waters to visit Montlake’s own greenhouse and teach the students and faculty about home gardens.

Trivia Club places 3rd in State

On Saturday March 18th, Garfield’s own Trivia Club participated in the State Knowledge Bowl at Arlington High School, taking home the 3rd place trophy. After getting 4th in regionals earlier this year, the GHS team was able to compete against 18 other high school Trivia Clubs in their 3A division. The club has improved a lot over the past year; at the 2016 State championship, they placed 10th. Mr. Nomura, the club’s advisor, thinks that Trivia Club’s achievements won’t stop this year: “We have a pretty young team, with only one senior this year. I think they will be really successful next year.” Trivia Club meets Fridays at lunch in Mr. Nomura’s room.