January 31, 2013 in Washington Voices

Education Notebook: NWC hosting parent preview

By The Spokesman-Review
Scholarship contest

The Society of Professional Journalists is holding its 2013 essay contest. High school students who participate in the contest have an opportunity to win up to $1,000 in scholarship money.

To enter, students must write a 300- to 500-word essay on the topic, “Why is it important that we have news media that are independent of the government?”

Submissions must be entered by March 7.

For more information visit www.spj.org/a-hs.asp.

Northwest Christian Schools, 5104 E. Bernhill Road, will hold its annual Parent Preview Night next Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The school has programs for students from preschool through high school. During the preview night, parents will learn about the school’s Bible-integrated teaching; Advanced Placement courses; fine arts programs, including choir, band, strings, theater and art; the athletic programs; the supplemental learning lab; extended care center; available homeschool programs; and bus routes throughout the Spokane area.

For more information call (509) 238-4005 or visit www.nwcs.org.

Second in essay contest

Mt. Spokane High School student Natalie Pilgeram took second place in the Student Pugwash USA Election Contest. The essay contest will send President Barack Obama science priorities for his second term of office.

In her essay, Pilgeram argued that the government should better regulate antibiotics fed to livestock to prevent drugs from losing their effectiveness in both livestock and people who eat livestock. She also asked for investments in alternative biotechnologies that have fewer unintended consequences.

In a news release Pilgeram said, “The attention given to improper agricultural use of antibiotics has been insufficient given the great impact it has on the United States health care system as well as the global fight against disease.” She hopes to eventually become a research neuroscientist.

The essay contest is designed to give students a way to share ideas with the president about critical and controversial issues in science and technology.

St. George’s students score

A team from St. George’s School demonstrated math smarts in the recent 2012 Ciphering Time Trials, a national mathematics contest administered by National Assessment and Testing. The team finished in 13th place.

Sophie Zhao placed 23rd in the 12th-grade division and Jerry Chu placed fifth in the ninth-grade division. Other math team members are Olivia Bridston, Collin Cremers, Kenneth Day, Jehan Ravasia, Kashif Ravasia, Michael Thew, Eunkyo Yang, and James Yao.

For more information visit www.natassessment.com.

Music fundraiser at Salk

Salk Middle School’s 18th annual Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction will be 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in the school cafeteria.

There will be two dinner seatings at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

This is the music department’s largest fundraiser of the year. Funds will help the band, choir and orchestra pay for trips, music, uniforms, instruments and other items not covered by district funds.

The dinner is $5 for teens and adults, $4 for ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. The maximum charge for a family is $20.

For more information, contact Bryan Bogue at (509) 354-5575.

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

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