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Education Notebook: NW Christian band craft sale Saturday

The band department at Northwest Christian Schools will have its second annual craft fair on Saturday at the lower campus gym, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shoppers will have an opportunity to visit nearly 30 local vendors, selling original wind chimes, decorative scarves, bird houses, chairs and other specialty wooden items. Baked goods and beverages will also be for sale.

The Christian Jazz/Pep Band will perform at noon.

Admission to the craft fair is $1. All proceeds will support the band programs at Northwest Christian Schools.

Ferris wins trophy at drama meet

The Ferris High School thespians shared their dramatic talent, along with more than 900 students, at the Washington State Thespians State Festival at Western Washington University March 14 through 16. The student actors left the competition with the Best of the Fest trophy, a first for an East Side school.

Other awards and recognitions were given to: Karl Cranney, first place for monologue, best overall performance, and a national qualifier; Liz Brouwer-Wade, top 20 percent for song solo; Gillian Herold, first place in costume construction and a national qualifier; Destiny Gweh, first place in costume design and a national qualifier with the only perfect score; Yunjung Kim, first place for lighting design and is a national qualifier; and Savannah Lunsford, top 20 percent for theater marketing.

Brouwer-Wade directed two one-acts, starring Cranney, Hailey Mathia, Danielle Reinkens and Ethan Reid. The short productions were awarded the top 10 percent of performances and are qualified to go to nationals.

Mead archers place at championships

Students from Prairie View Elementary and Evergreen Elementary in the Mead School District competed at the Washington State Archery Championships, held Saturday in Ellensburg.

Evergreen archers were awarded second place and Prairie View placed sixth. These students were among students from 15 Washington schools to put their skills to the test.

On Track students take home awards

On Track Academy students in the Spokane Public Schools District recently participated in the Jobs for Washington’s Graduates competition, held in Olympia. Ten students competed against more than 100 students in the event.

Darion Issacs was awarded first place in public speaking for his speech on the importance of using community service to sharpen employment skills. Kelsey Pravtiz received first place for her employment portfolio, designed for the job description of an office assistant. Makenzie Fair placed second in interviewing, and Brittany Pidliskey and Jordan Christian tied for third place in the employment portfolio competition.

The competition is an affiliate of Jobs for America’s Graduates.

St. George’s musicians win honors

St. George’s student musicians competed at the Eastern Washington Music Teacher’s Solo and Ensemble Competition in February.

Natalie Johnson (mezzo-soprano), Jacob Withers (baritone), Peter Ogden (guitar), Kyler Hayes (bass), and Jacob Withers, Justin Heftel, Jack Morrow and Cade Martin, who make up the SGS Men’s Quartet, all won their divisions and will advance to the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competition on April 27 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.

Martin (bass), Caroline Hammett (soprano 1), Hailey Hyde (soprano), and Hyde and Morrow (mixed vocal) all earned first alternates to state, while Heftel (tenor) and Jake Lee (guitar) were named second alternates to state.

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