September 29, 2011 in Washington Voices

Education briefs: Whitman principal wins award

By The Spokesman-Review

Whitman Elementary Principal Bev Lund was recently named the Dick Stannard Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year by the Spokane Elementary School Principals Association.
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Whitman Elementary Principal Bev Lund was recognized for her excellent communication skills and creativity when she was recently named the Dick Stannard Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year.

The award was named for a Spokane Public Schools’ principal who died in 1996. According to a press release from Spokane Public Schools, the special recognition honors principals who show purposeful leadership, excel at instructional leadership and resource development and possess exemplary interpersonal skills.

Lund was nominated by peers, as are all principals who receive the Stannard Elementary Principal of the Year award.

The release shared the praises by nominators of Lund including, “She thinks outside the box and makes the most of every minute in every day.” Another teacher said that “she understands that the teacher is key to student success. Because of this she hires well and continues to develop the teachers on her staff. She celebrates each benchmark and always holds the best interest of students as the priority.”

Running season starts

The school year is off and running and so are the students in the Spokane Public Schools District.

With the joint efforts of Active4Youth, the Inland Northwest Community Foundation, Saucony Run For Good, Bloomsday and Rotary 21, cross country programs continue to be available in the district’s 34 elementary schools.

The goal of Active4Youth is to provide an after-school sports program to keep local kids active, safe and running. Cross country meets continue through the first week of October.

Upcoming meets include: Monday at Audubon Park for Audubon, Browne, Finch, Garfield, Holmes, Madison, Willard, Grant, Hutton, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Stevens and Wilson elementaries; Monday at Hays Park for Arlington, Bemiss, Cooper, Logan, Longfellow, Regal and Whitman elementaries; Wednesday at Loma Vista Park for Balboa, Indian Trail, Lidgerwood, Linwood, Ridgeview, Westview and Woodridge elementaries; and Wednesday at Mullan Road for Adams, Franklin, Hamblen, Lincoln Heights, Moran Prairie, Mullan Road and Sheridan elementaries.

LC senior semifinalist

Jenika Newsum, a student at Lewis and Clark High School, has been named as one of the 1,600 black American high school senior semifinalists in the 48th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Newsum will have the opportunity to continue to compete for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards, worth more than $2.4 million.

According to a press release from National Achievement Scholarship Program, it was initiated in 1964 to recognize academically promising black students throughout the nation.

Scholarship winners will be announced in early April.

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

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