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Education Notebook: Student artists earn regional honors

Student artists at Cheney High School were recently honored at the 40th annual NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101 high school art show at the downtown Spokane Public Library.

Payton Thorson was one of two first place winners in the judge’s choice category for her piece “Where was my Fault?” Thorson’s winning artwork is featured on the NEWESD 101 website. Cheney High School Assistant Principal Jim Missel said Thorson’s award meant a lot to her. “Payton lives and breathes by her art,” he said.

Other Cheney High artists recognized for their artwork are My Nguyen, receiving the first place Avista Award, for “Trong Dong,” and Angelina Totmin, given the People’s Choice award for her piece, “Innocent Sound.”

Missel also noted that Cheney’s art teachers had a hand in the young artists’ success. “Our art teachers, James Scarcello, Melvie Strampe and Meridith Molter, do an outstanding job of turning our students into artists and bringing out their creative side. They get these kids motivated,” he said.

Artists from other area high schools were also honored for their works in the art show. East Valley artists are: Kaitlyn Sabie, who tied Thorson for judge’s choice first place for “My Prince”; Tristan Albrecht, first place for “Dad’s Guitar”; Cooper Goodwin, first place for “Nova”; Mallory Munns, first place for “Neglect”; Sam Geibel, second place for “Peaceful Sleep”; Sienna McDermott, second place, Superintendent for “V-Dub Bug Luv”; Mikayla Smits, second place for “Softball”; Victoria Feistner, third place for “Me, Myself, and I”; Keanna Lagai, third place for “Innocence”; Minh Le, third place for “Fate’s Bouquet”; Haley Madison, third place for “Beauty at its Finest”; and Alexander Zurfluh, third place for “The Masks We Wear.” Ferris artist Sydney Wilson was awarded second place staff choice – NEWESD 101 for “Steps of Life.” CV artist Madison Kinsolving received second place for “Preston.” Student artist Kaylee Fuchs at Freeman High School was given an honorable mention for her artwork “The Maritime Bear.”

To view the winning artwork visit

LC thespians win recognition

Lewis and Clark High School actors were recognized for their theatrical talent at the Washington State Thespian Festival at Western Washington University.

The students are Katie Ahern, duo scene; Genevieve Alexander, solo musical; Jillian Burgess, solo; Serena Caryl, solo; Zynobia Cimarrustti, monologue; Brie Cole, duo scene, duet; Kale Dotson, solo; Bradley Duffy, solo; Alex Engelbertson, solo, group musical; Siobhan Flanagan, solo musical; Maddy Green, group musical; Keyonna Knight, solo, group musical; Anna Maguire, monologue, solo; Danny Palomba, solo, duet, group musical; Melina Palomba, costume; Phoibe Purcell, duet; Madison Rasmussen, solo, duet, group musical; Ava Walter, costume; and Mario Zavala, group musical.

Lewis and Clark Tiger Drama won Best in State in solo musical ( Kale Dotson) and group musical ( Madison Rasmussen, Maddy Green, Keyonna Knight, Danny Palomba, Mario Zavala and Alex Engelbertson).

Big band music at the Bing

The Lewis and Clark Instrumental Music Parents Association invites music lovers to the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave., on April 9 at 7:30 p.m., to enjoy an evening of big band music. The one-night performance will feature the legendary Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the LC Jazz One Band will open the show.

Tickets are $25 or $35 per person. To purchase tickets visit or call (800) 325-SEAT.

Proceeds benefit the Lewis and Clark Music Department.

G-Prep team places at state

Students from Gonzaga Prep were honored for their smarts at the Knowledge Bowl State Competition, held March 23 at Arlington High School in Arlington, Wash.

G-Prep’s team received third place in the 4A division. The school’s team is Ben WrightJohn Michels, Maloney Foster, Daniel Logan, Ryan Pennell and Winston Kiepe.

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