Trent Elementary counselor Larry Snider directed traffic with a bullhorn Tuesday as kindergartners flooded a snowy field next to the school. It was time for the daily Reindeer Run.
They quickly lined up, boys and girls in separate lines. “Reindeer run, reindeer run” they chanted, impatient to begin. “The kids get fired up,” Snider said.
Then the girls were off in a sea of pink and purple coats and pants, running out past some orange cones and then back. Every day for a week students in all grades participated in the Reindeer Run during lunch recess. Each student who participated earned at ticket and two students from each class won a small prize each day. At the end of the week two grand prize winners received new bikes.
“I go to the Dollar Store a lot,” Snider said of his task of tracking down the prizes. The school’s ASB club is funding the activity, as is a grant that encourages physical activity.
The Reindeer Run has been an annual tradition at the school for many years. Snider, who has been at the East Valley District school for 25 years, said he recently got a letter from a former student asking if the Reindeer Run was still going strong. If the running, laughing kindergartners are any indication, it is.
In other news, students at Trent Elementary raised $626 in the annual loose change drive for local charity. The total surpassed last year’s collection of about $500.
Central Valley High School students were among the hundreds attending the regional DECA conference recently held at Spokane Community College. Students competed in individual and team events and winners earned the right to advance to the state conference in Bellevue in March.
Three individuals and teams took first place in their categories. Brooke Jackson won in hotel and lodging management; the team of Kendra Sherrill and Julia Marquiss won in fashion merchandising promotion plan; and the Quiz Bowl team of Patrick McNeil, Sam Neumann, Ben Sauther and Kevin Schell also took first place.
Other honors include second-place team Patrick McNeil and Tarik Jensen in buying and merchandising, and third-placers Josh Meng in business service, Dan Willard in restaurant and food service management, and Alexea Hovren in sports and entertainment.
Individual state qualifiers include Hayden Sheldon, Josh Bryant and Isaiah Vanvoorhis in accounting applications; Savannah Rutter and Julia Marquiss in apparel and accessories; Nate Hommel and Trevor Peterson in automotive services; Emily Conant in business services; Kassie Panther in food marketing; McKenzie Britain and Ashley Rennick in hotel and lodging management; Alanna Hamilton in marketing management; Katie Weisbeck and Taylor Butters in quick serve restaurant; Emily Korotish in restaurant and food service management; and Adam Blyckert in retail merchandising.
Advancing to state in team events are Addison Tucker and Hannah Calligan in business law and ethics; Josie Warner and Kaleigh Fox in buying and merchandising; Brandon Guy and Brandon Fayant in financial analysis; Ben Sauther and Sam Neumann in hospitality services; and Sara Hemenway and Kelsey Gruis in travel and tourism.
National Merit scholars
Students at Central Valley High School and University High School were recently named commended scholars by the National Merit scholarship program. Their PSAT scores ranked them in the top five percent of students in the nation.
The CVHS students are: Nathaniel Coulson, Kaitlin Gillespie, Hallie Himmelreich, Philip Keeve, Michael Lucas, Brian Moore, Ashley Renz, Janni Sun, Rachel White, and Helen Yuan. Cassandra Partridge from University High School was also recognized.
It was also announced that University High School senior Amy Bestick has achieved semifinalist status in the competition to be named a National Merit finalist.