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Central Valley senior Dolan chosen for D.C. training


Katy Dolan, a senior at Central Valley High School and a co-founder of LETEM Play, a nonprofit organization that provides instruments to low-income students, has been selected for the 2014 Spring Advocacy Training in Washington, D.C., by the Global Campaign for Education – U.S. Chapter.

Starting Friday, Dolan is learning about education as a right around the world and how she can rally her own community to help youth around the world access education despite barriers such as poverty, child marriage, lack of trained teachers or gender-based violence.

“I applied for Youth Advocacy Training because I am passionate about advocacy and nonprofit work, and I’m looking into a career in this field,” she said in a press release. “I specifically think education should be a major focus of discussion in our society, because a meaningful education is vital to the growth of new generations of successful leaders.”

West Valley robotics team kudos

The robotics team at West Valley High School took second place at the Auburn Mountainview District event, a FIRST Robotics Competition in Auburn, Wash., March 22. Their placement qualified the team to compete in the Pacific Northwest District Championships in Portland, over spring break.

Kacie Salmon, a junior on the team, was selected by Boeing to represent the Pacific Northwest at a conference in Florida.

Central Valley FBLA

The Central Valley High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America recently attended the Northeast Washington Regional FBLA Leadership Conference at Eastpoint Church in Spokane Valley.

With only 40 members in the group, CV took home 59 awards and 26 students will compete at the state conference in Seattle later this month.

First-place finishers: Anusha Gollapalli in word processing; Frank Petrilli in cyber security, networking concepts and network design team; Mathew Merrick, network design team; Katy Dolan, business communication, management and decision making, entrepreneurship teams; Philip Howard, entrepreneurship and management decision making teams; Kim Boudreau, business law; Jeff Moberg, computer problem solving; David Yuan, global business team; Coleman Entringer, agribusiness, insurance and risk management, banking and finance team; Kyle Wang, introduction to business, banking and finance team; Collin Dunn, introduction to parliamentary procedure; Kieran Natarajan, global business team; and Max Mallinen, banking and finance team.

Qualifiers for state competition: Tej Sidhu, Sarah Cable, Linnea Hall, Madisen DeGeest, Silvan Squires, Ryan Baker, Henry Jiao, Keegan Tews, Amanda Lance, Haley Cable, Caleb Johnson, Daniel Taylor, Alex Garza, Logan Babbitt, Jenna Truong and Hanna Conner.

Other competitors on the team are Laura Arpin, Katie Soady, Koryn Baker, Logan Taylor, Christine Dien and Kirby Chermak.

The chapter adviser is Duane Barnhart.

ROTC scholarship

Ryan Chisum, a senior at Genesis Preparatory Academy in Post Falls, has won a three-year Army ROTC scholarship to attend Gonzaga University.

Chisum, a resident of Liberty Lake, plans to study political science and later serve as an offer in the U.S. Army.

Books for students

First Book – Spokane has delivered new books to students at Opportunity Elementary School.

Students in four first-grade classrooms have received three new books so far and should receive another book soon. The books cost a total of $532.50.

Along with students from Opportunity, the Retired Senior and Volunteer Program received $712.50 to purchase books for students at Holmes Elementary in Spokane and Garfield Elementary received $465. A total of 684 new books were delivered to students by First Book.

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