March 30, 2013 in Washington Voices

East Valley students shine on AP exams

By The Spokesman-Review

The Central Valley School Board recently honored the following with the Meritorious Service Award. From left, Sandi Durrant, Farrah Johnson, Denice Kwate, Dawn Faughender, Jeannette Beatty, Leanne Donley, Roger Lent and Michelle Schimmels.
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Several students at East Valley High School have earned AP Scholar Awards for achievement on AP exams.

Students who qualified for the AP Scholar Award completed three or more exams with scores of 3 or higher: Stephanie Endicott, Tanner Goodhue, Shea Gorman, Devin Hobbs, Alec Jespersen, Kayla Peterson, Jasmine Phan, Jesse Taylor, Scott Taylor, Ciara Totton and Benjamin Warzon.

Students who received the AP Scholar with Honor award earned an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and earned scores of 3 or higher on four or more tests: Patrick Herbert and Nicholas VanDuzee.

Five students earned the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all exams and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these tests: Justin Anderson, Daniel Christensen, Cody Griffith, Angela Livingston and Michael Traner.

Christensen also earned the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these tests.

Honors at Central Valley

The Central Valley School Board has honored five people and one group with the Meritorious Service Award, an annual honor for exemplary contributions in support of student achievement in the district.

Certificated employees honored during the board’s Tuesday meeting were Leanne Donley, a teacher at Central Valley High School, and Michelle Schimmels, a teacher at McDonald Elementary School.

Classified employees are Sandi Durrant, the secretary at Broadway Elementary School, and Dawn Faughender, a North Pines Middle School paraeducator.

Roger Lent, the community member honored, is a volunteer at University High School.

The nutrition services team at the Learning and Teaching Center – Jeannette Beatty, Holly Berg, Farrah Johnson and Denice Kwate – was also honored.

There were 79 individuals and 13 teams nominated this year. They were nominated by co-workers, parents and students. Board members publicly recognized each nominee before the awards were given.

Huggable Hero

Katy Dolan, 16, has been named a semifinalist in the 2013 Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes for being a young, social entrepreneur who helps make her community a better place.

The Central Valley High School student co-founded Life Enhancement Through Education and Music (LETEM), a nonprofit organization that collects used musical instruments, repairs and distributes them to low-income music students.

The finalists for the awards will be announced in May and the 10 Huggable Heroes will be named this summer.

Carson Magee, 10, of Coeur d’Alene, is another semifinalist, for his work on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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