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Area students semifinalists in scholarship program

Seven Spokane Public Schools students are among 16,000 semifinalists in the 51st annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Seniors Dylan M. Versteeg, Ferris; Lauren R. Boubel, Whitney Fish, Clifton Caleb Jewett and Kyl B. Wellman of Lewis and Clark; and Samuel J. Comi and Elizabeth J. Korsmo of Shadle Park High School now can continue in the competition for 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards, worth $33 million, offered next spring.

More than 1.3 million juniors from nearly 21,000 U.S. high schools entered the 2006 National Merit Program by taking the 2004 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of high school seniors and include the highest scoring entrants in each state. Seventeen semifinalists are from schools in Spokane County.

Byrd scholarships

Robert C. Byrd Honors scholarships have been awarded to Danny Crytser from Ferris; and Brian Christensen, Leslie Griffith, Eric Parker, Whitney Porter, Emilee Smith, Annie Virnig and Cody Wymore from Lewis and Clark High School.

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program is a federally funded, state-administered program to recognize exceptional high school seniors who show promise of continued excellence in postsecondary education.

Volunteer training sessions

Being a school volunteer can be a rewarding experience, whether you’re mentoring on your lunch hour, spending a day a week as a literacy volunteer, assisting in the classroom or helping out on weekends and evenings.

Reading volunteers are especially important to the success of students.

Those interested are asked to participate in the next two training sessions, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 and Nov. 15 at the South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry St.

Many elementary schools also will provide training. For more information, call 354-5900.

New athletic center

St. George’s School opened its new state-of-the-art Errol Schmidt Athletic Center on Sept. 9.

The center is named for the longtime teacher and coach who retired in 2003.

The $6 million, 29,000-square-foot facility was built by Lydig Construction and the center’s 113-foot-by-120-foot gym is the largest main gym of any Spokane high schools.

The building holds two collegiate-length basketball courts and seats more than 800 for basketball and volleyball games.

There are also new fitness and training rooms and four locker rooms, which will allow the school to host tournaments for the first time.

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