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Central Valley theater presents ‘Harvey’

Students at Central Valley High School will present their final performance of the year, the musical “Harvey,” beginning Wednesday.

The story revolves around a good-natured eccentric named Elwood P. Dowd, whose only problem is his invisible friend, a 6-foot-tall rabbit named Harvey. Dowd’s family tries to have him committed to a psychiatric hospital in an effort to make him be more like everyone else.

The cast includes Jacob Madison as Elwood, Jared Mola as Dr. Sanderson, Emily Hansen as Veta Simmons, Kaleigh Fox as Myrtle May Simmons and Steven Schneidmiller as Wilson.

Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and next Saturday at the school, 821 S. Sullivan Road. Tickets are $7 at the door. For more information, call (509) 228-5218.

West Valley superintendent honored

West Valley School District Superintendent Polly Crowley was recently awarded the 2009 Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award in the large school district category by the Washington Association of School Administrators and Pemco Insurance.

Three superintendents are recognized each year in different size categories. The winners share a $10,000 prize to be used for professional growth or to support a successful school district program.

The candidates are nominated for the award and chosen by a committee of their peers. Crowley’s nominator wrote of her desire that each West Valley student “has a rigorous and relevant education achieved through strong relationships to maximize readiness for college, career and citizenship.”

Scholarships announced

The Spokane Valley Kiwanis recently announced the scholarship recipients during a breakfast at the Holman Gardens Retirement Center.

Seniors Abby Gehrett of Central Valley High School, and Mariah Borgford, Ryan Dubois and Caleb Palmquist, all of University, were each awarded $1,500. Dubois also received a $1,000 scholarship from the Spokane Valley Golden K Kiwanis.

Dubois, who will attend Eastern Washington University, and Palmquist, who will attend Montana State, are Eagle Scouts. Gehrett is president of the Central Valley Key Club and will attend Brigham Young University. Borgford is the alto section leader for the Delos concert choir. She will attend Whitworth University.

The Spokane Valley Kiwanis award scholarships based on community service, an essay, scholarship and activities.

Ponderosa staff score

Some 30 teachers and staff members from Ponderosa Elementary will take to the gym at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Horizon Middle School for the second annual Slammer Jammer Shootout basketball game.

The Ponderosa Recorder Pep Band and the University High School drum line will provide pregame and halftime entertainment.

Admission is $1. Proceeds will benefit the Pat Thompson Fund, which provides assistance to students and families in need.

Horizon Middle School is at 3915 S. Pines Road. Call (509) 228-4450 for more information.

If you have news about Spokane Valley schools, call Nina Culver at (509) 927-2158 or e-mail

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