May 15, 2014 in Washington Voices

Education Notebook: LC student a National Merit Scholar

By The Spokesman-Review

Kindergarten students at Northwest Christian Schools honored moms and grandmothers on Friday. Back row, from left: Jaxen Taylor, Luke DelPizzo, Preston Mortlock and Paityn Kyle. Center row: Noelle Hagan, Atalie Caldwell, Allie Robertson, Madison Santiago and Sophie Koutecky. Front row: Alex Bowman Boast, Ruby Matelich and Jackson Griffin
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Christopher O’Donnell, a student at Lewis and Clark High School, was recently awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.

Merit Scholars are judged on their academic record, including the difficulty level of the subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and the recommendation written by a high school official.

O’Donnell is considering a career in aerospace engineering.

Deer Park Home Link to present ‘St. Louis’

The Deer Park Home Link drama students will perform “Meet Me in St. Louis” in the Ken Fisher Theater in Deer Park High School on Friday and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. on both days.

Set in St. Louis in 1903, the musical is the story of the four Smith daughters: Rose, played by Rachael DesAutel; Ester, played by Sarah Levering; Agnes, played by MelodieMcGuire; and Tootie, played by Grace Basta. When Mr. Smith, played by Dallan Starks is transferred to a new position in the Big Apple, the girls are forced to learn lessons of life and love as they get ready for their move to New York and leave their home and the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.

Other cast members are Lindsey Carter as Mrs. Smith; Jacob Brown as Lon Smith; Justin Schliep as Grandpa Smith; Rebecca Layman as the Smith cook; Olivia Griffin as Ida Boothby; Katie Fowler as Lucille Ballard; Daniel Olson as John Shepherd; Andrew Cade as Fred; and Ben Wilson as Harry.

Tickets are only required for the 7 p.m. Saturday performance. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. For tickets and information call Connie at Deer Park Home Link at (509) 468-3350.

G-Prep’s ‘Hamlet’ opening today

Gonzaga Prep’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in the Kubiak Theater, 1224 E. Euclid Ave., opens today at 7 p.m. Performances will continue Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Prep gives a steampunk look to the story of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, and his plot for revenge and his struggle for love.

The cast list is John Akers as Hamlet, Daniel Bahr, James Peters, Patrick White, Ashley Griechen, Reed Hopkins, Emma Nickoloff, Canyon O’Neil, Yae Rang Schumacher, Jennifer Phan, Nate Carlson, Lily O’Doherty, Alec Bell, Eric Levernier, Jeremy Villa, Bailey Osborne, Sam Faiman, Maria Siwinski, Allison Pohle, Mary Boyd, Ximena Hernandez, Bella Schweitert, Jacob Kirwin, and Angelina France.

Tickets are $6 per person and may be purchased at the door one hour before each performance. For information call Patrick Bulger at (509) 483-8511 or email “>

‘Project Hope’ at Ferris Friday

The Ferris High School drama students will bring “Project Hope” to the stage, a play to raise awareness of mental illness, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Paul G. Brueggemeier Hall, 3020 E. 37th Ave.

The production is student-directed and -performed, with the goal of giving those struggling with mental illness – including depression, bulimia and schizophrenia – a voice.

Proceeds from the performances will be donated to Frontier Behavioral Health, previously known as Spokane Mental Health.

Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the door. For information call Mary Cooper at (509) 354-6076.

Moms honored at kindergarten tea

The kindergarten students at Northwest Christian Schools honored their moms and grandmas with a Mother’s Day Tea Friday.

The kids helped bake treats, made gifts and cards, and put up decorations for the special event. They also dressed up and used their best manners. Visitors were also able to have their photo taken with their young hosts.

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