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CHS senior receives Congressional Award

Sun., Dec. 19, 2010

Joseph Mitchell, a senior at Coeur d’Alene High School, was recently recognized for his commitment and service to his community with a Congressional Silver Medal Award by Congressman Walt Minnick’s office.

According to a press release from the Coeur d’Alene School District, Mitchell received the award because of his dedication to the community and discipline toward achieving the goals he has set. In a letter to Mitchell, Minnick said, “These are all attributes which will serve you well in whatever you pursue in the future.”

Mitchell received the honor for his work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of North Idaho, his volunteer efforts with the office and custodial staff at CHS, working with a local tennis coach to improve his court skills, along with his weeklong trip to Missoula to better understand the geography and culture of the city.

Mitchell is the first Coeur d’Alene High School student to receive the award and plans to pursue the next level of achievement, a gold medal in the coming year.

The Congressional Award program is open to all young Americans between the ages of 14 and 23. Participants set their own goals in four program areas, but must spend a minimum of two years or more completing at least 400 hours of community service, 200 hours of both personal development and physical fitness activities and a four-night expedition or exploration.

CHS junior’s video wins contest

Coeur d’Alene High School junior Laura Pinney is spreading her message for change with her video entry, “Message in a Bottle” in the third annual “Real Teens, Reel Change” video contest.

The contest, sponsored by the Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families, challenged students in grades six through 12 to make a 30-second video about the danger of underage drinking and drug abuse. Pinney’s video won her the grand prize in the contest.

Pinney will receive a digital camera, movie passes and the experience of working with the professional CASE42 to reproduce her video. “Message in a Bottle” will be shown at Riverstone Cinemas and onYouTube.

CdA schools qualify for Avista rebates

Coeur d’Alene School District nutrition services recently received $10,000 in Avista Energy Savings Rebates, by updating its food service equipment.

According to a district press release, nutrition services credits purchasing Energy Star appliances to create a sustainable operation and implement strategies to eliminate waste in their energy, fuel and water consumption. Ed Ducar, director of nutrition services, said “we work with our maintenance and finance departments to select and install the best equipment that will meet our goal of providing high quality food to our school children while providing a great value and energy savings for the life of our equipment.”

The newer equipment also saves people time and creates better efficiency. The new ovens have a rapid heat recovery and are more reliable with less costly parts and service down time.

Lake City to host ‘Minute’-like game

Troupe de Wolfe, performers in the Lake City High School drama department, will take a “Minute-to-Win-It” on Jan. 15, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Lake City High School Auditorium.

The event is based on NBC’s popular game show. Ticket holders will have an opportunity to participate in 60-second challenges, just like on TV. And, as the money increases, so does the level of difficulty. Lake City theater arts director Sandy Seaton asks, “After contestants win some money, will they stay and play or take the cash and dash?”

Troupe de Wolfe’s “Minute-to-Win-It” challenges include the Chocolate Unicorn: contestants will stack seven Ding Dongs on their forehead; the Tortilla Head: contestants will use swim flippers to pick up a tortilla from the floor and flip it up onto a plate and balance it on their head; the Sticker Picker Upper: with one hand, holding an upside down pizza tray, contestants will roll an egg onto the tray to collect four small upside-down stickers; the Dental Cap: wearing a baseball cap, contestants pick up a toothbrush from a toothbrush holder by hooking the bristles on the cap’s brim, then transports it to another toothbrush holder; Spare Me: contestants put marbles into one end of a pool noodle, then roll them out the other end to knock over three standing sticks of sidewalk chalk; the Egg Tower: contestants alternately stack four paper towel rolls and four eggs into one freestanding tower; and Floatacious: contestants will stack five empty cans on a plastic plate floating in a large bowl of water.

Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the door on the night of the show. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Proceeds from the show will benefit Troupe de Wolfe.

Rainey Coffin can be reached at (509) 927-2166 or via e-mail at


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