A game of strategy is bridging a new learning outreach. At West Valley City School, seventh-grader Collin Creer works with an adult mentor to teach 16 other children the game of bridge. And he’s earning both a salary and a college scholarship held in trust.
In morning sessions Monday through Friday, Creer and an adult mentor, Kris Motoyoshi, guide students grouped around tables. Motoyoshi is a member of the Spokane unit of the American Contract Bridge League sponsoring Creer’s student-teaching.
Another student who gained experience from recent City School classes will get a chance to student-teach in an upcoming session. Motoyoshi hopes to reach other schools.
“Math is just tremendous in bridge,” Motoyoshi said. “Bridge requires logic, memory, partnership, strategy.”
“Most people think bridge is for older, retired people. I started when I was 12. The students taking the class are 10, 11, and 12. They can pick it up later in adulthood. We’re trying to get younger players involved.”
So far, Creer has earned about $350 per class and $2,000 toward a college scholarship.
“One day my mom started playing it and she said she was going to a class and they needed one more person. She signed me up.”
At first he thought the game would be boring, until he realized the strategy involved. “I like playing big bids and having honors (face cards and aces). I don’t play for money, but I like the bids. Kids who have patience will like it. It works your brain.”
Sixth-grader Anthony Goodwin said he has begun to understand the game a little. “It’s a social game and that’s fun. There are different ways of playing, and there are always new things to learn about it.”
Added Tyler Putman, also a sixth-grader: “It’s a fun game, difficult, but fun.”
Motoyoshi hopes that middle school math teachers consider the ACBL-sponsored sessions in their schools. For more information, contact her at 466-4249.
EV’s Lilac Princess
East Valley High School student Amber Ames won the Lilac Princess coronation for her school Tuesday night at EVHS. She will move on to a final selection process for the Lilac Queen. The other EVHS candidates were Brittany Bergam, Courtney Van Winkle, Kasi Lassey and Miranda Rippee.
Choir singer chosen
An eighth-grade East Valley student was selected to sing with the All-State Middle School Choir. Taneesha Maily, a Mountain View Middle School student, auditioned for the choir while living in Davenport, Wash. She spent the summer and early fall preparing for the concert that was held in late October.
U-Hi debate winners
For a recent Ferris Debate Tournament, University High School announced the following student winners.
They are: Kacie Campbell, third place novice dramatic interpretation; Laine Anderson, finalist varsity dramatic interpretation and Congress finalist senior; Evan Larson, Congress finalist senior; Sarah Baxter, second-place expository varsity; Christian Holloway, finalist extemporaneous varsity; Matt Stephens, first-place editorial commentary novice; Mitch Palmquist, third-place oratory varsity; Tori Head, first-place humorous interpretation novice and public forum debate semifinalist novice; and Michelle Sparr, public forum debate semifinalist novice, and fourth speaker novice.
Others included: Beki Callaway, finalist interpretive reading novice and in policy debate quarter; John Anderson, first-place interpretive reading novice; Cassie Rector, third-place interpretive reading novice and finalist in policy debate quarter novice; Bries Murphy, finalist policy debate quarter novice; Tim Viall, finalist policy debate quarter novice; Heather Fried, Lincoln/Douglas debate semi-finalist novice; and Heather Grover, second in dramatic interpretation varsity, Congress outstanding presiding officer and second in Judge’s Choice junior division.
CV AP students honored
Honors have gone out to recent Central Valley graduates who took Advanced Placement exams in May 2005 after completing college-level courses at their schools. The College Board recognizes achievement based on students’ exam performances.
At Central Valley High School, seven recent students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. They are Bryan Braun, Brian Conley, Rebecca Hickman, Meredith Kanago, Whitney Pessein, Cameron Severns and Lile Squires.
One person, Ryan Peterson, qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
Eleven others qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Examinations, with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Ashley Dieter, Scott Froehlich, Adrienne Kim, Jennifer Lloyd, James Lyons, Anthony Shaver, Cheryl Ulrich, Zac Vidmar, Molly Weisbeck, Kathleen Weller and Casey Whitehead.
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