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Education Notebook: Mt. Spokane senior recognized for National History Day essay

Thu., March 6, 2014

The cast of Lewis and Clark High School’s Tiger Drama production of “Noises Off!”, from left: Olivia Cook, Will Petro, Brie Cole, Sam Howell, Katie Ahern, Braeden Tyler-Babkirk, Julian Lee, Keith Hahto and Liam Schaaf.
The cast of Lewis and Clark High School’s Tiger Drama production of “Noises Off!”, from left: Olivia Cook, Will Petro, Brie Cole, Sam Howell, Katie Ahern, Braeden Tyler-Babkirk, Julian Lee, Keith Hahto and Liam Schaaf.

The organization National History Day has chosen an essay by Mt. Spokane senior Kayla Uplinger to help define the theme “Leadership and Legacy” for the 2015 competition.

Uplinger’s essay was one of two essays chosen to help define next year’s theme for students, according to the group. A press release from the organization said her essay stood out because of her “ability to go beyond the dictionary description of leadership and legacy and produce examples of historical events and figures that exemplify and illustrate these ideals.”

Each year more than 500,000 students participate in the year-long academic program, completing advanced history research projects that incorporate an annual theme.

In her essay, Uplinger wrote: “Leadership is the power or ability to lead other people in order to achieve a goal. Doubtlessly, leadership exists in various forms, and it is your job to identify them.”

LCHS Tiger Drama presents ‘Noises Off!’

Lewis and Clark High School’s Tiger Drama raises the curtain on“Noises Off!” tonight in LC’s auditorium at 7 p.m. Performances continue Friday and Saturday at 7.

The comic farce, written by British playwright Michael Frayn, is a play within a play, with flubbed lines, false entrances and behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the group of actors desperately trying to perform their show. Theatergoers can expect to see falling trousers and flying sardines and everything that might go wrong with the show.

The cast is Katie Ahern as Dotty Otley and Mrs. Clackett; Brie Cole as Brooke Ashton and Vicki; Olivia Cook as Belinda Blair and Flavia Brent; Julian Lee as Poppy Norton; Sam Howell as Lloyd Dallas; Will Petro as Garry Lejeune and Roger; Braeden Tyler-Babkirk as Frederick Fellows, Phillip Brent and Sheikh; Keith Hahto as Selsdon Mowbray and the Burglar; and Liam Schaaf as Timothy Allgood.

The performance may not be appropriate for young children. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at the door. For information, visit

Riverpoint Academy meeting open to all

Parents, students and community members interested in learning about the Mead School District’s Riverpoint Academy are invited to an informational meeting March 13 at the Riverpoint Academy campus, 12008 N. Newport Highway, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Riverpoint Academy is a program for juniors and seniors with a STEM+Entrepreneurship focus (science, technology, engineering and math). Students tackle real-world problems, assisted by cutting-edge technology in their classes. Riverpoint offers college readiness coursework; college credits through Eastern Washington University Running Start; professional partnerships in the community, including engineers, biomedical scientists and entrepreneurs; internships; and individualized college planning guidance.

For information, call (509) 465-7910 or visit

Northwood student serves as page in state House

Corrin Black, a student at Northwood Middle School, recently served as a page in the state House of Representatives in Olympia, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane.

She attended page school each day during her visit in Olympia to get a personal experience of the operations and actions of the state Legislature. As part of her duties, she delivered messages and documents to legislators and staff. At the end of the week, Corrin had an opportunity to write and promote a mock bill.

In a press release, Parker said, “The page program is an excellent way for students from across the state to get a firsthand experience as to how our state government operates and I trust her experience in Olympia will help propel her to do great things in the future.”

For information about the House Page Program, visit Pages/HousePageProgram.aspx.

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


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