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Education Notebook: ‘Dining Room’ opens tonight at LC

Thu., April 25, 2013

Lewis and Clark Tiger Drama will stage “The Dining Room,” beginning tonight.

The show continues Friday and Saturday. All shows are at 7 p.m. in the LC auditorium, 521 W. Fourth Ave.

The play centers on a dining room set, with 18 scenes telling overlapping and intertwining stories about the different families who owned it.

The cast is Katie Ahern, Dominick Betts, Olivia Cook, Sam Dunlap, Siobhan Flannagan, Keith Hahto, Ilan Hernandez, Julian Lee, Anna Maguire, and Braeden Tyler-Babkirk.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. Seating is limited to 90 guests per show, as the audience will be seated on the stage.

The production holds a PG-13 rating, material may be inappropriate for children younger than 13. Parents should be strongly cautioned.

St. George’s teacher a finalist

John Nord, a math teacher at St. George’s School is a finalist in the Hilton HHonors Teacher Treks Travel Grant Program.

The program will award 15 teachers $6,000 to travel to a destination of their choice to enrich their curriculum. In addition to the trip, each winning teachers’ school will receive a $2,500 grant to use for cultural activities.

Winners are determined by online votes.

Nord applied for the grant with the hope to re-invigorate his students’ interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math), according to a news release. If he wins, Nord plans to travel to Italy to follow in the footsteps of Galileo and bring those experiences and knowledge back to his students and use his travels as a tool in advancing student education.

Visit to vote. One vote can be cast online per individual per day through Tuesday.

The winners will be announced in May.

NWC benefit auction planned

Northwest Christian Schools’ 20th annual Benefit Auction is Saturday.

The auction is at the Northwest Christian Activity Center on the school’s Upper Campus, 5104 E. Bernhill Road. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

The evening will begin with a dinner buffet at 5 p.m. and the live auction will start at 7. Items up for bid include a seven-night stay in Hawaii, an iPad, Schweitzer condo stay, one-week visit at a summer home on Lake Pend Oreille, Southwest and Delta Airline tickets, San Francisco Giant’s game tickets (including meeting with Giant’s pitcher), and a leather couch and chair.

Tickets are $20, and reservations are required. To purchase tickets and print reservation cards visit or stop by the school office.

Also, Northwest Christian’s homeschool students will host An Evening of the Arts in the school’s Upper Campus Activity Center on Monday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees will have an opportunity to see the elementary art and project gallery and visit a science exposition where secondary students will present original research. The exhibit will include student science research projects, art, music and Spanish projects.

Eighty-three students are enrolled in the Homeschool Program.

G-Prep teams take first, third

The chess and Knowledge Bowl students at Gonzaga Prep have shown their smarts and finished their competitive season with top scores.

The chess team won first place in the GSL chess championship, held at Mead High School on March 9. The team is Mitch Kilayko, Matt Pennell, Jacob Schlomer, Sean Brown and Joseph Verchota.

The Knowledge Bowl team attended the state competition on March 23, held at Arlington High School in Arlington, Wash., and brought home the third place trophy. The team is Ben Wright, Daniel Logan, Maloney Foster, John Michels, Ryan Pennell, and Winston Kiepe.

The next public meeting on long-term options for Spokane Public Schools’ high school stadium will be Monday at North Central High School at 6:30 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools has done a series of studies on Joe Albi Stadium, along with other recommended venues for varsity football and soccer events. The district is seeking input from high school parents, students and staff, along with the general public. The meetings also include presentations of the findings from the studies.

Other meetings will be May 9 at Ferris in the Commons and May 22 at Lewis and Clark in the auditorium. Those meetings will be at 6:30 p.m.

To submit news about your school, students and staff to the Education Notebook, send the details to or call (509) 459-5434.

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