March 25, 2010 in Washington Voices

Rogers students honored

By The Spokesman-Review
 
Courtesy of Spokane Public Schools photo

Alexandra Franklin, left, and Christian Mashtare, second from right, both of Rogers High School, are seen with members of the Spokane Bar Association’s Committee for Diversity, Jaime Hawk, second from left, Francis Adewale and Susan Miller.Courtesy of Spokane Public Schools
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Two Rogers High School students were recently recognized for their essays, answering the question: “Is Justice Blind?” in an essay contest piloted by the Washington Bar Association, through its Committee for Diversity.

Alexandra Franklin was the state winner and was awarded a $500 prize. Her essay will be published in the Washington State Bar Association magazine, Bar News, in May. Christian Mashtare placed second and was awarded $250.

Rogers and Cleveland High School in Seattle were the schools chosen to participate in the essay contest. Approximately 200 students submitted essays.

Evergreen students win archery competition

Students at Evergreen Elementary School in the Mead School District got in touch with their inner Robin Hood on March 20 when the student archers competed in the Washington National Archery in the Schools Program State Championship in Ellensburg.

Twenty-four Evergreen students competed and came home with the first place. The students had been practicing since January to prepare for the competition.

Hutton, Moran Praire, Wilson capture state awards

The Washington State Board of Education and the state superintendent’s office have awarded Hutton, Moran Prairie and Wilson elementary schools the 2009 Washington Achievement Award.

The schools were recognized for their overall excellence, and Hutton and Moran Prairie also earned special recognition in science.

According to Spokane Public Schools, the schools were selected based on statewide assessment data from three previous years. The awards are part of the state board’s accountability program, where schools are indexed according to outcomes and indicators from 2007 to 2009, in student performance in statewide reading, writing, math and science tests, along with the school’s extended graduation rate including students who took longer than four years to graduate.

The program was adopted in 2009.

Seventy elementary schools, 26 middle schools, 52 high schools, and 26 comprehensive schools in Washington received awards this year.

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