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School Notes: Amaya wins Ignatian award for community service

Krysten Amaya, a junior at Gonzaga Prep, won the Ignatian Service Award, along with a letter in community service. Amaya has completed more than 200 hours of community service as a Prep student.

She has helped to raise awareness of domestic violence; she was the Prep Junior Varsity boys’ basketball trainer during the 2011-’12 school year; she volunteered a number of hours for Pop Warner Football; she kept books, was an umpire and helped coach Riverview’s Little Leagues; donated about 50 hours to bake sales to help the hungry and support a local children’s hospital; donated about 30 hours to help organize and run a fundraiser for a sports program; volunteered with Liberty Lake Days and helped raise money and awareness for youth programs in Liberty Lake.

In a news release, Neil Kempen, Prep’s community service program coordinator, said “Krysten has made a difference in the lives of many people and especially the youth population.” Amaya also shared about her work in the program. “Community service is not just a hobby or something I do for fun. Community service is who I am,” she said.

Amaya is the daughter of William and Tina Amaya, of Liberty Lake.

St. George’s art teacher honored

The Washington ART Education Association named St. George’s School art teacher Linda Smith the 2012 Elementary Art Educator of the Year.

Smith currently teaches in St. George’s lower school, but has taught art to the school’s primary students since 2002. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching – Gifted and Talented Education from Whitworth University and has taught art teacher workshops at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Smith also is a member of the Spokane Watercolor Society and her watercolors have appeared in a local shows and exhibitions.

Smith was nominated by her peers and selected by the Washington ART Education Association Board of Directors from a number of nominees statewide. She will receive her award during the annual convention in Des Moines, Wash. on Sept. 29.

Cheney schools will be dedicated

Cheney Public Schools will celebrate the opening of two new middle schools with dedication ceremonies.

On Wednesday, the new Westwood Middle School, 6120 S. Abbott Road, will be celebrated at 6 p.m.

Cheney Middle School, 710 Betz Road, will be dedicated at 6 p.m. Oct. 10.

There will be a brief ceremony at each school, followed by a chance for tours of the building.

For information, call (509) 559-4522

National AP Scholars named

• National AP Scholar, given to students who receive an average grade of at least 4.0 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 4.0 or higher on eight or more of the exams, include: Lydia Blaine and Emily Jones, Lewis and Clark; Jazlyn Jacobs, Maria Tozzi and Steven Vilwock, Ferris; Marina DeFrates, North Central ; Karl Fencl, Rogers.

• AP Scholar with Distinction, given to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3.0 or higher on five or more, include: Mara Baldwin, Nicola Brooks, Alex Buescher, Maria Everett, Tom Geranios, Jazlyn Jacobs, Sarah Johnson, Hannah Martin, Maria Tozzi, Daniel Vance, Elmer Vazquez, Steven Vilwock and Julia Wing, Ferris; Hannah Barz, Lydia Blaine, Emma Bracy, Mark Breckenridge, Keegan Campbell, Laura Chamberlain, Alexander Chow, Joseph Delistraty, Anna Dunlap, Leah Edwards, Carly Ellingsen, Weston Fiala, Jacob Frederick, Asyia Gover, Perri Greeley, Josephine Greenwood, Lauren Hardie, Chelsea Heimbigner, Justice Hill, Riley Jessett, Emily Jones, Ellen Kaczmarek, James Kennedy, Sydney Kersten, Shelby Lambdin, Kathryn Larson, David Li, Rebecca Long, Benjamin Lovell, Colin McCarthy, Hunter Mellema, Rebecca Mellema, Erin Muat, Kathleen Nave, Thanh Nguyen, Madison O’Brien, Julio Marco Pineda, Benjamin Ratcliff, Molly Rupp, Massoud Saleki, Sudharsan Sukumar, Rachel Teems, Calli Vanderwilde, Hannah Voves, Jesse Ward, Colin Webster, Andrew Wildman, Conor Willman and Stephanie Wolverton, Lewis and Clark; Marina DeFrates, Lisa Gay, Joshua Hiler, Kathryn Knight and Kyle Thomas, North Central; Morgana Baldwin, Brice Cook, Karl Fencl, Maria Grisafi and Viktoria Ramm, Rogers; Bradley Skalstad and Greta Wagley, Shadle Park.

• AP Scholar with Honor, given to students who receive an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and grades of 3.0 or higher on four or more of the exams, include: Hallie Ervin, Benjamin Goodwin, Sarah Gustafson, Eli Hainsworth, Erin Hanson, Tara Jones, Jenna Muller, Corinna Peden, Russell Pochis, Teague Starbuck and Travis Thorne, Ferris; Tyler Aldworth, Grace Baker, Stanley Dombrowski, Dylan Farrell, Austin Hagel, Megan Harbaugh, Caitlyn Hughes, Margaret Korus, Audrey Kramer, Matthew Madany, Flora Martz, Davis Mathieu, Garrett McCollum, Eric McGaughey, Jenna Millsap, Jenika Newsum, Hannah Pennebaker, Quinn Shumaker, Alexandra Smith, Gage Stromberg, Connor Walsh, Rachael West, Matthew Williams, Samuel Wood and Cody Yoder, Lewis and Clark; Joseph Bell, Kellyann Cameron, Nickole Ceniceros, Austen Frostad, Samuel Holland and Connor Sandstrom, North Central; Leah Johnson, Rogers; Kathlen Farrell, Jordan Nichols, Rachel Perrier, Evan Schwab and Shelby Wittkopp, Shadle Park.

• AP Scholar, given to students who receive grades of 3.0 or higher on three or more AP exams, include: Amber Arbanas, Alexander Atacador, Jackson Bloom, Megan Davis, Stephen Ficek, Cody Holland, Cedar Kelly, Minjung Kim, Yunjung Kim, Michell Klaue, Anna Larson, Duncan McNally, Christopher Michael, Amanda Novotney, Paige Organick, Elisa Osborne, Kendra Pierce, Grace Pochis, Alyssa Rehwald, Jason Sanders, Nathan Schaal, Nathan Seppi, Larson Stoll, Lesly Sub Cuc, Jake Wagner, Constance Wessman, Abigail Williams and Forest Wilson, Ferris; Calum Akins, Hannah Allen, Mariah Brooks, Savannah Buyser, Keaton Calderon, Deric Corn, John Cunningham, Katherine Dinnison, Hannah Driscoll, Alexander Engelbertson, Alexander Fruci, Jacob Greenwood, Aidan Griffith, Skye Halliday, Kehly Hedrick, Matthew Jacobson, Joseph Johnson, McKenzie Johnson, Alison Keenan, Jacob Keith, Marcus King, Kelly Kopczynski, Shannon Leclaire, Miranda Lee, Patrick Li, Grayson Lindberg, Maddie Lobdell, David Lopez, Brennen Maguire, Caleb Malm, Mia Martincic, Erin McCrohon, Lauren Merrithew, Elizabeth Miller, Julia Moravec, Rheva Myhre, Grafton Pannell, Jackson Peven, Cody Pitts, Madison Quantock, Marshall Ruehl, Avery Scheiwiller, Emma Sell, Jesse Silva-Sanborn, Jesse Starnes, Brandtly Strobeck, Daniel Swartz, Anastasia Utke, Madeline Weaver, Winston Welch and Nadia Wendt, Lewis and Clark; Jillian Beville, Rebecca Corsino, Veronica Do, Marissa Easter, Chace Epler, Kristen Ettinger, Jonathan Fitzsimmons, Taylor Jamison, Kylena Kerr, Rachel Klein, Samantha Layton, Jordan Leendertsen, Amanda Lunnen, Madison McHenry-Kroetch, Brigid Rypien, David Seaman, Dominique Stone, Nikolaus Taylor, Hannah Vaughn, Jack Williams, Taylor Wilmot and Lesly Wu, North Central; Michael Clark, Taylor Deitz, Veronica Gaulke, Alexandrea Goff, Nicholas Kaley, Tiana Lo, Ashley Massie, Robert Milliken, Carson Murray, Dakota Picard and Dyana Poffenroth, Rogers; David Beck, Daniel Bennett, Matt Buchheit, Kent Christian, Elisheba Gearhardt, Elyse Hill, Esther Hunt, Gregory Larrick, Cassandra Miasnikov and Sawyer Moore, Shadle Park.

Lisa Leinberger contributed to this report. To submit news about your school, students and staff to the Education Notebook, send the details to or call (509) 927-2166.
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