May 8, 2014 in Washington Voices

St. George’s vies at History Bowl, Robotics World

By The Spokesman-Review
 

The St. George’s history bowl team: from left, Kashif Ravasia, Zhe Pan, Alaina Jacobsen, Cody Mekus and Hunter Olsen.
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Students from St. George’s School competed in the U.S. History Bowl Championships in Washington, D.C., on April 25-27. The History Bowl Team placed 55th, competing against more than 100 high school teams.

The team is Cody Mekus, Kashif Ravasia, Zhe Pan, Alaina Jacobsen, Hunter Olsen, and coach David Holte.

Earlier the team won the Washington state competition and the North Idaho title.

The same weekend the school’s Robotic Team competed with teams from around the world at the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis.

St. George’s finished 58th overall in the robotics competition against teams from around the world, including Israel, Mexico and Canada.

Team members are Omair Ahmad, Olivia Bridston, Connor Cremers, Kyle Luiten, Mikey Nord, Ben Rieger, Allan Roy, James Yao and Jeff Zheng. The team is coached by Rick DeFord, with the help of Judi Morgan and John Nord.

Riverside staging comedy ‘Lysistrata’

The Riverside High School Drama Department will perform “Lysistrata” Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the school.

The play is a comedic tale about a Greek woman, Lysistrata, who goes on a mission to end the Peloponnesian War. She urges her fellow females to withhold contact with their husbands as a means to negotiate peace. The play was originally written by Aristophanes, a Greek playwright.

The cast and crew are Gaby Arnold, Isabella DeArment, Morgan Foiles, Kendra Fuerte, Allisa Garcia, Monica Gingrich, Caylee Hungate, Sierra Jackson, Jordan Kelp, Marie King, James Mulford, Cheyan Nelson, Kaitlin Seipp, Annika Sjolund, Megan Snyder, Nick Snyder, Amber Wordelman and Lane Young.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and children and may be purchased at the door. For information, call Donna Skoog at (509) 464-8528.

Young inventors to compete at GU

Young inventors will share ideas and designs at the second annual 2014 Invent Washington state competition on May 17 at the Jepson Center on the Gonzaga University campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to view projects from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Students in grades 1 through 8 will be judged on their inventions in five categories: working models, nonworking models, adaptations, gadgets and games, and Jules Verne.

Spokane musicians bring home honors

High school musicians recently participated in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association/Washington Music Educators Association State Solo and Ensemble Competition in Ellensburg and brought home top honors.

Ferris student Eric Hollenbaugh was awarded first place for his percussion/mallet solo, and the Ferris Percussion Ensemble (small percussion ensemble) was awarded third place. The Canterbury Belles (women’s large ensemble), Saxon Knights (men’s large ensemble), Camerata (large mixed ensemble), Ferris Brass Ensemble (large brass ensemble), Ferris Trombone Quartet (small brass ensemble), and the Ferris String Quartet (small string ensemble) all received superior ratings.

The Lewis and Clark large woodwind ensemble received first place for “Five”; small woodwind ensemble were awarded second place for “Almost A Quartet!”; and LC’s Chamber Orchestra (strings large ensemble), Kyle Thiessen (viola), Connor Gu (violin), Anna Seppa (cello), Tristan Moxley (bass - vocal), Matthew Wildman (bassoon) and Katie Grainger (oboe) all received superior ratings.

St. George’s Caroline Hammett (soprano), Natalie Johnson (mezzo soprano), Caroline Hammett and Stephanie Hammett (women’s small vocal ensemble), and Hannah Mahaffy (string bass) all received superior ratings.

North Central’s Caleb Landron was awarded first place for his trombone solo.

Three seniors earn Focus scholarships

STCU and the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation have announced the winners of the Focus Award Scholarships. Each high school senior will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

The winners are: Mathew Merrick, Central Valley, who plans to major in computer science at Washington State University; Joseph Hall, University, who plans to study bioengineering at WSU; and Chelsea Netz, Cheney, who plans to study agribusiness and accounting at Spokane Falls Community College.”

Staff writer Lisa Leinberger contributed to this column.

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