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Tuesday, March 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Education notebook: Sacajawea Middle School earns Spokane Junior Lilac Parade theme award

A member of Sacajawea Middle School marching band wears horse shoe glasses during the Junior Lilac Parade in Spokane on Saturday. Sacajawea earned the Best Adherence to Theme award. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
A member of Sacajawea Middle School marching band wears horse shoe glasses during the Junior Lilac Parade in Spokane on Saturday. Sacajawea earned the Best Adherence to Theme award. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Olympic View Band and Drill of Mukilteo, Washington, has been named Grand Sweepstakes winner, and Sacajawea Middle School has earned the Best Adherence to Theme award for their participation in the 2018 Spokane Junior Lilac Parade on Saturday in Spokane.

Other awards were announced:

Band Division 1 – First place, West Valley School District Marching Band. Second, Northwest Christian Band.

Band Division 2 – First, Centennial Middle School. Second, Colville Junior High School.

Band Division 3 – First, Evergreen Middle School. Second, Greenacres Middle School.

Band Division 4 – First, Horizon Middle School. Second, East Valley Middle School.

Band Division 5 – First, Northwood Middle School. Second, Sacajawea.

Elementary Marching Unit – First, Franklin Elementary Drill Team. Second, three-way tie, Lincoln Heights Elementary, Grant Elementary Drummers and University Elementary PTO Cheer Team.

Secondary Marching Unit, Division 1 – Chase Middle School Drill Team. Second, Garry Middle School Drill Team.

Secondary Marching Unit, Division 2 – First, Sacajawea Drill Team. Second, Glover Middle School Drill Team.

Club, Scout, Organization – First, Fort Spokane Battalion Sea Cadet Corps. Second, tie, Old Stone Creek Livery and Silver Spurs Youth Folk Dancers.

Regional art show announces awards

Several area high school students competed in the Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101 Regional High School Art Show this spring. The art show has showcased a variety mediums every year since 1973.

This year’s Avista Award was given to Arlington Schadeof Lewis and Clark High School for the piece “Jelly Fish.”

The $2,000 Central Washington University scholarships were awarded to Abby Allen of Central Valley for “Anxiety” and to Keenan Avery-Carpenter of Mt. Spokane for “Had to Do It to Them.”

The $1,000 CWU scholarships were awarded to Haley Morris of Lewis and Clark for an untitled painting and to Lelie Holland of Cheney for “Maggie.”

Judges’ Choice awards were awarded to Maddie Kallsen of Cheney for “Sail Across the Open Sky,” Savannah Lindsley of Freeman for “Summer Lovin’,” and to Madyssen Caverly of Ferris for “Mental breakdowns.”

The Board Choice was awarded to Maryam William of Ferris for “Winter in the City.”

The Superintendent Choice was awarded to Kyle Duncan of Cheney for “Kindred Tones.”

Staff Choice award went to Cloe Poshusta of Central Valley for “Free Fall.”

First place was awarded to Aaron Kilgore of Central Valley for “Fragments,” Alyssa Gasque of Lakeside for “Naples,” Ande Schoonover of Kettle Falls for “You’re Stronger Than You Know,” Britton Curtis of Central Valley for “Big Shoes to Fill,” Johnathen Jacobsen of Cheney for “Sun,” Kendra Wells of Cheney for “Equilibrium,” Maddie Newcomb of Central Valley for “Apple of My Eye,” Sidney Fernandez of Cheney for “Inter-dimensional,” Willow-Ann Williams-Amos of Kettle Falls for “Mother Absence,” and to Kennan Avery-Carpenter and Chloe Poshusta for their previously mentioned works.

Second place was awarded to Ada Cashmere of Ferris for “Arcane Familiar”; Alex Hill of Cheney for “A New Beginning”; Ezra Rowe of Ferris for “Mindblown”; Gracie Agnor of Lakeside for “The Eye of Baggemma”; Jameson Powell of Cheney for “Sacred Light”; Mark McCullough of Ferris for “Eiffel”; Tris Hagedorn of Cheney for “Jasper”; and Savannah Lindsley, Madyssen Caverly and Abby Allen for previously mentioned works.

Third place was awarded to Charlotte Bigelow, Cheney, for “Relief”; Christopher Dawson, Cheney, for “The Iris of the Soul”; Ericka Flory, Ferris, for “Poppy”; Evie Rowe, Cheney, for “Truffula Trees”; Jasmine Burnett, Cheney, for “Underneath”; Jeanne Marshall, Cheney, for “Dutch Angel Dragon Trio”; Lisa Seefeldt, Ferris, for “Scream”; Meaghan Belland, Oakesdale, for “IX/VI/MM”; Olivia Edwards, Ferris, for “Living Like This”; Olivia Lindner, Mt. Spokane, for “Plague”; and Walker Ross, Cheney, for “Chicken’s Eye.”

Honorable mentions include Auburn Lindquist, of Selkirk, for “Metallic Man”; Ava Thompson, Shadle Park, for “Qui Lupum Occidere”; Chloe Williams, Cusick, for “Chloe’s Initials”; Gage Hancock-Stevens, Medical Lake, for “The Magic Reading Hands”; Matea Enzweiler, LaCrosse, for “Embers”; and Ocean Stratton, Dishman Hills, for “Grandma Wonder.”

To see photos of the mentioned artwork, visit

Area music students place at state contest

Several area high school students placed in the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest held April 27-28 in Bellingham.

The state contest consisted of winners from 22 regional competitions. It included seven ensemble and 29 solo categories.

Three area schools placed in the ensemble categories:

    Ferris High School’s Advanced Percussion Ensemble finished first in the Large Percussion category.

    Mead High School’s Brass Quartet took second in the small brass category.

    Medical Lake High School’s Emilie Browning and Faraz Abounorinejad, placed second in guitar ensemble.

Five Spokane high schoolers placed in the solo categories.

    From Lewis and Clark, Caleb McKen placed second for alto-bass clarinet, and Liam Cameron placed third in general clarinet.

    From Mount Spokane, Jacob Zacharias took third place for euphonium/baritone horn, and Chase LaPlante took second place for Timpani.

    From Central Valley, Jenny Wagstaff placed second in French horn.

The contest is hosted by the Washington Music Educators Association, a unit of the National Association for Music Education. WMEA has been active since 1927.

Digital art show set at Medical Lake High

Medical Lake High School will be hosting a Digital Art Show today to display the works created by students in a digital design class. The art will be available for viewing in the school’s front lobby from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Mead High hires special services chief

Mead High School has hired Andrea Staton as the school’s new special services director. Staton served as the assistant director of student support services in the Cheney School District for the past two years.

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