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

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.
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Education Notebook: NC presents ‘Doll Shop’

Students at North Central High School are staging “Doll Shop,” beginning May 1 in the NC Performing Arts Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The show will continue May 2 and 3 and May 7 through 9 at 7:30 p.m. and there will be a 2 p.m. matinee on May 3. This is NC’s 24th production of the show. The play was first produced by former NC physical education teacher, Elsa Pinkham, in 1930. Pinkham loved to sing and dance and believed that every student should have the opportunity to be on the stage. She directed 14 productions of the musical as a teacher at NC, the last in 1958.

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LC stages whimsical ‘Suessical’

“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere” when Lewis and Clark High School Tiger Drama performs “Seussical the Musical.” Performances will be April 24-26 at 7 p.m. in LC’s auditorium.
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Two Spokane teams head to global Destination Imagination competition

Gonzaga Prep’s Destination Imagination team brought home first place after the state tournament in Wenatchee on March 29. Their win earned them a place to represent Washington State at the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., in May. The trip to Knoxville will cost the students $13,000. A donation website has been set up through In a press release from Prep, Principal Cindy Reopelle described the team. “Gonzaga Prep educates the ‘whole person’ and the DI team embodies that model by developing leaders with 21st century creative skills,” she said.
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Education notebook: NWC tops in state Knowledge Bowl

Northwest Christian Schools’ Knowledge Bowl Team used their smarts to bring home the title of State 2B Champions at the State Knowledge Bowl competition on March 22 in Arlington. The students competed in a round of 50 multiple-choice questions with a 35-minute time limit, followed by four preliminary oral rounds of 50 questions each. Their intelligence and understanding brought them to the semi-final and championship rounds, which included oral rounds of 50 questions each.
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High school artists accorded honors

Area high school artists were recently honored at the 41st annual NorthEast Washington Educational Service District 101 high school art show. East Valley High School’s Haley Madison won first place, the Judge’s Choice and the Superintendent’s Choice for her painting “In the Eyes of Captivity.”
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Education notebook: ‘Pirates of Penzance’ to come aground at Saint George’s

The drama students at Saint George’s School will perform Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert’s comic opera “The Pirates of Penzance” beginning Wednesday in Saint George’s Founders Theater, at 7 p.m. The show will continue March 28 and March 29. The musical is a story about Frederic, played by John Hatheway, an apprentice who joins a band of soft-hearted pirates and falls in love with Mabel, played by Caroline Hammett and Malinda Wagstaff, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, played by Kyler Hayes. Bound to his apprenticeship until his 21st birthday, Frederic must be loyal to his pirates for the next 63 years because he was born on Feb. 29 and technically only has a birthday in a leap year. Mabel vows to faithfully wait for him, giving him solace and the will to carry out his duty.
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Education Notebook: Mt. Spokane senior recognized for National History Day essay

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.”
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Area high school dance teams qualify for districts

Area dance teams competed in the 2014 Shadle Park Dance Invitational on Saturday. The event included dance teams from Mt. Spokane, Shadle Park, West Valley, Ferris, Rogers, North Central, Lewis and Clark, and Mead high schools, and was a qualifier for districts. Dance teams from Mt. Spokane, Shadle, Ferris, Rogers and West Valley qualified for district competition.
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Schools notebook: Northwest Christian to host Colonial living museum

Fifth-graders at Northwest Christian Schools will turn back the clock on Wednesday when they host a living museum in the lower campus gym, beginning at 9 a.m. The students will appear as characters from the Colonial era, from commoners to George Washington or Abigail Adams. The students will also give a speech about the character they portray and will be dressed in period costumes, circa 1775 to 1789. Guests are welcome to visit the museum and when the students are touched on the shoulder, the visitor will get a first-person education about the character’s role in the Colonial period.
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Schools notebook: Stained glass project adorns grade school

A stained glass window based on Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night” was installed at the entrance of Deer Park Elementary School. The project was coordinated by retired teacher and volunteer Monte Moore. He worked on the mosaic with the school’s kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders.
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Education Notebook: Mt. Spokane dance team wins big at competition

The Mt. Spokane High School Dance Team earned first place in the Hip-Hop division and third place in the Drill division at the Dance the Plank competition at Rogers High School on Jan. 18. The Mt. Spokane dancers are Chloe Smith, Jennifer Havens, Mikayla Stoker, Emily Simpson, Carley Hancock, Delaney Breazeale, Lauren Schmitt, Eden Davis, Makenna Bergeson, Andrea Smith, Lauren Udlock, Tatum Holestine, Olivia Prater, Whitney Demarest, Meagan Rydholm, Shaylah Hancock, Corri Budge and Hannah Smith.
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Education Notebook: Home Link puts spin on ‘Alice in Wonderland’

The Deer Park Home Link drama students will perform “Alice in Wonderland” in the Ken Fisher Theater at Deer Park High School at 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18. Deer Park’s production differs from the childhood story most know, where Alice follows the White Rabbit down his hole to Wonderland and meets strange and interesting characters before waking up and realizing it was all a dream. In Home Link’s version, the play begins at the home of Alice Liddell, played by Cecilia Moeller, spending the afternoon with her eight sisters: Cheneen Schliep as Elizabeth, Laurel Brown as Gwendolyn, Alysse Moss as Margaret, Katie Fowler as Catherine, Sarah Levering as Charlotte, RaeAnn Knight as Cecily, Reba Carlson as Claire, and Grace Basta as Constance.
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Ferris High School principal ‘canned’ for charity

The students and staff at Ferris High School continued their annual food drive with a twist and “canned” their principal, Kevin Foster, from his office. The idea behind the Can the Principal food drive was to fill his office with so many canned goods that he was driven out of his workspace.
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Schools notebook: Hunger awareness goal of Ferris students

The Ferris High School ASB officers plan to camp out in their annual Freezin’ for a Reason fundraiser. The students will spend three nights and four days, beginning after school today, huddled around a campfire and sleeping in tents on the edge of the new Ferris parking lot on the corner of 37th Avenue and Ray Street. Their goal is to raise awareness of homelessness and hunger and add to the shelves at Second Harvest Food Bank.
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Education Notebook: Salk students wear hats for Haiyan relief

Students at Salk Middle School raised about $600 to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The fundraiser was organized by Salk’s Associated Student Body officers Kyle Cozza, Zoe Ruchti and Jake Wash. Students and staff donated $1 to wear a hat of their choice to school for a day. Donations continued for two days after their hat day.
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Education Notebook: LC students present ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

Lewis and Clark Tiger Drama will entertain audiences with its production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-14 in the auditorium at 7 p.m. The musical, set in the 1920s, tells the story of small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, played by Vanessa Butler. Millie leaves her home in Kansas for the bright lights of New York City, determined to marry – for money, not love. While enjoying her “thoroughly modern” flapper lifestyle, Millie finds friends, an unexpected romance, and trouble, when she almost gets mixed up in a white slavery ring. The show is full of razzle-dazzle, fun musical numbers and, of course, tap dancing.
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Education Notebook: NCHS drama students take on ‘Steel Magnolias’

North Central High School drama students will entertain audiences with their production of “Steel Magnolias,” a story of six friends who share their lives and the town gossip at Truvy’s Beauty Salon. The show begins today at 7:30 p.m. in the NC Performing Arts Theatre. Performances continue Friday and Saturday and Nov. 20 through Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 23.
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Education Notebook: One Act Festival planned at Ferris High

The Ferris High School Theatre Arts Department will entertain audiences with its One Act Festival beginning today at 7 p.m. in the commons at Ferris. The festival will include six one-act performances, continuing Friday and Saturday and Nov. 14 through Nov. 16. All shows are at 7 p.m. The first three productions are “Twelve Angry Jurors,” directed by drama teacher Mary Cooper; a comedy, “Happily Never After,” directed by senior Cara Lyonnais; and a drama, “Eleesomsynary,” directed by senior Gabrielle Boettner.
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Education Notebook: Princess ball set for dads, daughters

Shadle Park High School is hosting its annual Daddy-Daughter Princess Ball on Nov. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Shadle cheerleaders will host the evening for princesses ages 12 and younger. And, of course, all in attendance are invited to wear their favorite ball gowns and tiaras. The event will including dancing, Dads desserts, punch and coffee, crafts, and photos.