Olympic Peninsula Academy (OPA):
Future City competition was held at Shoreline Community College on January 21, with 25 schools from two regions competing. Class members, in creating a futuristic world that addressed environmental issues and space limitations, concentrated on making public spaces that featured multiple uses. Their Future City project won recognition for Best Land Surveying Practices in the Washington (Seattle) Region.
OPA’s team included Alyssa Alcaraz (seventh grade), Charlie Diesen (eighth grade), Melanie Byrne (seventh grade), Diego Buhrer (sixth grade), Ethan Engeset (sixth grade) and Titus White (sixth grade). Melanie is returning to the Future City program for the second year and presenting at competition, along with Charlie and Diego. The other team members are new. The class is instructed by OPA enrichment coach Lillian Hardesty. Paul Farley, a retired engineer, has been a volunteer mentor to the program for several years.
The Future City team will present at OPA’s Night of Excellence on February 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. This event is open to all who would like to come, and will showcase all OPA’s enrichment classes. Singing, dancing, guitar playing, an ASL demonstration, and a fashion design show will be followed by a dessert social in the high school cafeteria. For more information, phone Terralyn Dokken in the OPA office at (360)582-3403.
Olympic Peninsula Academy students gather around their model Future City board in the school library. The group, in creating a futuristic world that addressed environmental issues and space limitations, concentrated on making public spaces with multiple uses. From left are Alyssa Alcarez (seventh grade), Titus White (sixth grade), Melanie Byrne (seventh grade), Diego Buhrer (sixth grade), Lilli Hardesty (enrichment coach) and Ethan Engeset (sixth grade) with their Future City project. that won recognition for Best Land Surveying Practices in the Washington (Seattle) Region on January 21 at Shoreline Community College. (photo by Patsene Dashiell)