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Mead, Mt. Spokane effort fills bus with books

Thu., May 13, 2010, midnight

Mead High School seniors, from left, Andrew Taisey, Zach Lutz, Bryce Peters, Aaron Dunn, holding Jay Janssen, Derek Butz and Bo Tully participated in the “Fill the Bus! Children’s Book Blitz” on May 1 in Riverfront Park. Photo courtesy of Dana Rowan (Photo courtesy of Dana Rowan)
Mead High School seniors, from left, Andrew Taisey, Zach Lutz, Bryce Peters, Aaron Dunn, holding Jay Janssen, Derek Butz and Bo Tully participated in the “Fill the Bus! Children’s Book Blitz” on May 1 in Riverfront Park. Photo courtesy of Dana Rowan (Photo courtesy of Dana Rowan)

Mead and Mt. Spokane high school seniors recently went above and beyond for their senior project and filled the bus for kids in need – who love to read.

The seniors, along with Mead teacher Kevin Workman, coordinated the first “Fill the Bus! Children’s Book Blitz” on May 1 in Riverfront Park. The students parked a school bus in the park and encouraged Bloomies, picking up their Bloomsday registration packets, to dropoff new or gently used children’s books.

More than 5,300 children’s books were collected and donated to the Success by Six Book Bank.

Workman plans on continuing the project, creating a website and making it an annual event.

G-Prep to put on ‘How to Succeed’

Students at Gonzaga Prep will persent “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” at the school’s Kubiak Theatre, 1224 E. Euclid Ave., beginning tonight at 7. Other performances will be Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

The musical is based on the 1952 novel of the same name by Shepherd Mead. The story follows the adventure and rapid rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, as he attempts to gain status and advancement in the World Wide Wicket Company. Standing in his way are Bud Frump, nephew of the company president, JB Biggley, and his romance with Rosemary Pilkington.

The cast includes Aaron Burns, as J. Pierrepont Finch; Kate Cubberly, as Rosemary Pilkington; Robert Tombari, as JB Biggley; Emily Ball, as Hedy LaRue; Sam Chapman, as Bud Frump; and Rebekah Manikowski, as Smitty.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students.

To purchase tickets and for more information call (509) 483-8511, Ext. 237 or e-mail

Equestrian team competing at state

The Mt. Spokane High School Equestrian Team, will represent Mt. Spokane, Mead, Northwest Christian and St. George’s School at the Washington High School Equestrian Teams state meet in Wenatchee today through Sunday.

State qualifiers include the Drill Team District gold medalists Nikki Malcolm, Katy Mirgon, Erica Mularchuk, Marissa Puett, Coryelle Scott, Sharon Strang, Sydne Wedde, Mariah Wright and Nikki Ziegler.

District in-hand trail medalists include Sam Packard, gold; Dallas Bauer, silver; and Ziegler, bronze.

Scott earned the bronze for dressage; Ziegler took silver in driving; and Reni Ogle, a silver for hunter over fence.

The silver medalist in-hand obstacle relay team includes Bauer, Mackenzie Crittenden, Packard and Ziegler.

Other state qualifiers include Packard for driving; Wright for in-hand trail; Calli Wilson, and Puett for working pairs.

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DECA students to study Safeway

Shadle Park High School’s DECA students will participate in “The Safeway Takeover” today at the Shadle Center Safeway.

The marketing students will job-shadow Safeway employees.

A table will also be set up at Safeway’s main entrance and Shadle’s DECA students will be available to answer questions about DECA and their objectives.

For more information call Shadle’s DECA adviser Erin Ruehl at (509) 354-6787.

STCU names scholarship winners

Spokane Teacher’s Credit Union honored local students at its annual Focus Awards. Students from Cheney , Lakeside and Central Valley high schools were presented with scholarships that will make it possible for the graduates to go on to pursue careers as a teacher, a sports marketer, and a baker. Students received a $2,000 college scholarship, in addition to a $100 savings bond.

Shaley Ham, of Cheney High School, has plans to study at the University of Oregon and is looking forward to a career as a sports marketer. Amy Juran, of Lakeside High School, has plans to study baking and pastry arts at Southwestern Oregon Community College. And, Kelsy Shatto, of Central Valley High School, sees a career in teaching in her future and has plans to study at Western Washington University or Seattle Pacific University.

Honorees, awarded $100 savings bonds include Cara Allen, of the Spokane Skills Center, for photography; Cody Bafus, of Cheney, for engineering; Kelly Bennett, of North Central High School, for business and marketing; Mary Dombrowski, of Lewis and Clark High School, for theater technology; Devin Farrar, of Rogers High School, for business; Rachel Ford, of Central Valley, for elementary education; Shenice McDaniel, of the Spokane Skills Center, for automotive technology; Hailey Robinson, of Newport High School, for chiropractics; Taylor Simpson, of Central Valley, for wildlife photography; Hilary Weisbeck, of Central Valley, for psychology; and Katherine Wurtz, of Riverside High School, for business and marketing.

Public schools employees honored

Spokane Public Schools recently named the Distinguished Classified Employees for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Darlene Linahan, the office manager at North Central High School, has been a Spokane Public Schools employee for 30 years and the office manager at NC for 14 years. Linahan is also an NC alumni.

Cooper Elementary School instructional assistant Patti Havens has been with the District for 17 years and has been at Cooper for five years. Havens works with students with significant disabilities.

Moran Prairie Elementary School’s school nurse, Jackie Tortenson, communicates with office staff, teachers and parents to keep students safe and healthy. She is also responsible for a number of other schools in the district.

Paula Riccelli, the assistant secretary at Ferris High School, has been with Spokane Public Schools for 20 years, all at FHS.

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

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