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Cheney Jazz Band named champions in Mead festival

Cheney High School Jazz Band was named overall sweepstakes champions at the Mead Jazz Festival.
Cheney High School Jazz Band was named overall sweepstakes champions at the Mead Jazz Festival.

The Cheney High School Jazz Band shared their musical talent at the Mead Jazz Festival in March and impressed the judges, coming home overall sweepstakes champions.

The Jazz Band is Dwight Keller-Williams, baritone saxophone; Janson Murphy, trumpet; Wesley Nanny, trumpet; Alex Harris, trumpet; Sam Schrieber, guitar; Evan Cook, tenor sax; Jacob Weisgerber, trombone; Max Schrieber, vibraphone; Jeff Edwards, trumpet; Nathaniel Brewster, trombone; Ben Ford, trombone; Quindrey Davis-Murphy, drums; Danielle Gilmour, alto saxophone; Ethan Strawn, tenor saxophone; Chris Knox, trumpet; Caitlin Foster, bass; Lucas Barry, alto saxophone; Connor Bichler, piano; Geoff Gaffaney, drums; Eric Gooler, trombone; and director Mike Suhling.

‘Revenge’ game

Graduates of Ferris and Lewis and Clark high schools will carry on the schools’ rivalry with the second annual “Revenge of the Rubber Chicken” alumni basketball game, Saturday. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the game begins at 6.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and $20 per family. Kids younger than 5 will be admitted free.

Proceeds from the alumni game will benefit Ferris and LC scholarships.

To buy tickets and for more information, call Sherry Lewis at the Spokane South Rotary at (509) 951-8391 or email

NC, Ferris short films

North Central and Ferris high school film students will present short films they have produced in Best of the Red Film Festival on May 23 at The Magic Lantern Theatre, 25 W. Main Ave, at 7 p.m.

NC student films are “Who Murdered Danyell” by Courtney Murray, Jefferson VanWagenon and Haley Mickey; “Becoming Ruby” by BreAnna Butler; an untitled film noir by Shakyla Hacker and Kara Stermer; and “Forbidden Love” by Rebecca Corsino.

The Ferris student films are “Life As Is,” “The Apple,” “Sunny-Side Up,” and “Cell Phones” by Trevor Glover; “Snap Judgments” by Heidi Harris; “Free Yourself” and “Blind Draw” by Brighton Kilgore; “Untitled” by Jazlyn Jacobs; “Choice” by Hayley LaPiene; “St. Lucifer’s Hospital” by Truman O’Doherty and Julian Zaranski; “Rules to Longboarding” by Gage Perry and Alec Jolin; and “The Locker” by Jake Herbel.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $1 for students with school identification.

National scholars

The National Merit Scholarship Program recently announced the 2012 National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners.

Phillip Yan, of Gonzaga Prep, and Scott Wurst, of Mt. Spokane High School, were the local winners among 2,500 Merit Scholars, chosen from more than 15,000 finalists.

To be considered for the scholarship, finalists had to submit scores from standardized tests, contributions and leaderships in school and community activities, an essay written by the finalist and a recommendation written by a high school official.

School board advisers

Kate Dinnison, a junior at Lewis and Clark High School, and Ferris junior Molly Rubens were chosen by the Spokane Public Schools board of directors as nonvoting advisers to the school board for the 2012-’13 school year.

Rubens is a member of National Honor Society and Youth Group Board, where members are in charge of the youth group events, raise money and do community projects. She also tutors at Temple Beth Shalom and is student body secretary.

Dinnison is the president of the YMCA Youth and Government’s Spokane delegation. She is a member of the LC varsity Knowledge Bowl team, the secretary for her junior class and also hosts a weekly talk show on KYRS radio about teen issues and politics.

The students will share their perspectives at school board meetings beginning in August.

Youth legislature

Spokane Public Schools students from The Enrichment Cooperative and Lewis and Clark High School are a part of the Spokane delegation of the YMCA Youth Legislature. The students write their own bills and meet twice a month to discuss the legislative process and study basic civics.

TEC eighth-graders Connor Page, Christian Muglia, Brittany Stephens, Carver Bain and Vivian Mazzera, TEC ninth-graders Josh Mazzera, Matthew Perry and Thomas Stephens, TEC sophomore Andrew O’Connell, TEC junior Andrew Vanhoff, and LC junior Kate Dinnison had the opportunity to meet with other students recently in Olympia and mimic the work of the State Legislature, acting as state representatives, senators, lobbyists and journalists holding committee hearings, debating bills on the floor and voting.

Mike Page, a teacher at The Enrichment Cooperative, said in a news release that the trip to Olympia was a Civics lesson, based on experience.

For more information about the program email Christine Brischle, YMCA’s associate director for Teen Programs, at cbrischle@ymcaspokane. org.

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