Eighth Grader Sydney Vernon Named Bellevue's Middle School Student of the Year

Congratulations to eighth grader Sydney Vernon who was honored on May 24 as Bellevue’s Middle School Student of the Year. Sydney was nominated by her humanities teacher, Corey Paulson. Sydney is a strong student in all areas, exceling as a writer, mathematician, and scientist. She has completed three years of high school math at Open Window and discovered a passion for technology.

In 2015, as a sixth grader, she won the Future Engineers 3-D Printing Challenge, designing a planter that can be 3-D printed in space. Sydney donated the 3-D printer that she won in the competition to our lower school innovation and technology lab. As her culminating project in eighth grade, she is designing a wireless, light-up dress, inspired by the actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr.

In her nomination, Ms. Paulson noted Sydney’s middle school journey “from a shy young woman who did not want to express her opinions vocally to a strong-willed person who speaks up for others.” Sydney is the third Open Window student in the past five years to be named Bellevue’s Outstanding Middle School Student, joining Sasha Blachman (2013) and Rachel Lau (2014).
Open Window School provides a challenging academic curriculum blended with nurturing support from teachers that prepares students for long-term success.