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OUTDOOR WRITING — Friday is the deadline for entries in The Spokesman-Review's 28th annual High School Outdoor Writing Contest.
PADDLING – Gonzaga Prep wresters are pinning their annual fundraising goals on a 17-foot cedar-strip canoe they built with their own hands.
“We started during summer and we’re just doing the hand-caned bamboo seas and putting the finishing touches on it,” team Coach Danny Pearson said last week.
The team is selling tickets to raffle the canoe in a drawing that will be held at the school on Tuesday (Dec. 13).
Click here to see the work in progress and raffle form
Assistant coach Dane Vulcan recruited his father, Doug, to teach the team how to build a Minnesota Canoe Association guide-model boat. Doug Vulcan, a retired wrestling coach in Montana, has been building canoes for 30 years and conducts workshops on the craft.
“Doug is a canoe guru and was really involved last year when we built our first cedar canoe,” Pearson said. “This year he came over to supervise, but we had students and coaches who’d been involved with the first canoe and we could do a lot more of the work.”
Vulcan helped the team build their own forms to shape the elegant canoe that requires a long series of steps to construct. The flat-bottom, no-keel tandem boat is made of Western red cedar strips with mahogany gunwales, thwarts and face plates. It weighs 70 pounds and has a 750-pound capacity.
“Caning the seats is the most tedious work,” Pearson said. “It requires sitting down for hours and weaving.”
The coach went on to explain why they're taking the hands-on approach to fundraising:
“Team building a big part of why we do this. We could sell frozen pizzas to raise money for our travel and equipment, but there’s little benefit to the students other than the money.
“But in building the canoe, the kids come up, sp end a day or two working with each other, milling down the boards, running the table saw and route, troubleshooting and figuring out problems.
“It’s a way for the wrestling team to spend time together other than wrestling.
“This isn’t the easiest or most efficient way to make money, but we want to have a community aspect to our program, and this seems to be a winner.”
WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS — Bear sightings have sent Camas High School cross-country teams running two times in recent weeks.
The x-c meets were moved after bears were sighted at Lacamas Park, a forested 330-acre park.
Police say they’ve received numerous reports of bears at the park and they’ve notified the state Fish and Wildlife Department.
Perhaps its a coach's plot to pick up the pace.
OUTDOOR WRITING – The Outdoor Writers Association of America has just awarded 12 Norm Strung Youth Writing prizes totaling $1,700 to young, talented writers who tackled outdoor themes in prose and poetry.
What's particularly notable to me is that this may be the first time in a quarter century that no Inland Northwest teenager has been among the outdoor writing winners.
We had some good entries and I was proud to publish the S-R's area winners on Dec. 26. But the pool of entries has dwindled in recent years.
I started The Spokesman-Review's annual Youth Outdoor Writing Contest for high school students in 1986 to give local students a shot at qualifying for the national OWAA youth writing contest, which requires stories to be published before they can be entered.
Inland Northwest students — perhaps because of their teachers and close relationship to the outdoors — have dominated the national winners circle, sweeping the top spots in prose and poetry occasionally.
But in recent years, participation from Spokane's Public Schools has virtually dried up. School principals tell me their teachers and students are preoccupied with mandated curricula and testing, leaving little time for 'extra” writing.
That's more than just sad.
The S-R's 2011 Outdoor Writing Contest will be announced in September, with rules much the same as they were in this announcement for 2010.
Read on to see the OWAA winners announcement released this week.