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Education notebook: Rogers welcomes five to Walk of Fame

Rogers High School will honor alumni on Friday when five new members are inducted into the Walk of Fame.

There will be a ceremony at the school at 10:45 a.m., and inductees also will be recognized at the homecoming game against Mt. Spokane High School at Joe Albi Stadium at 5 p.m.

Members of the Walk of Fame have given their high school a positive image by working hard, both personally and professionally, and giving back to their community.

The 2014 Walk of Fame inductees:

Ronald Burbank (deceased), class of 1947, was the president and CEO of Consolidated Freightways (presently Conway) and president and CEO of Daimler Trucks. Burbank’s induction will be accepted by his sons, Kevin and Scot Burbank.

Duane Herman, class of 1960, worked at General Motors, where he was appointed to the International Union of the United Auto Workers, and was the chairman of the Shop Committee in 1993.

Latisha Hill, class of 1997, is the manager of human resource strategic planning at Avista Utilities.

Jon Thaler, class of 1963, is a physics professor at the University of Illinois.

James White, class of 1960, served in the Navy and retired as a captain in Intelligence, and then served in the United States Naval Reserve. He’s taught as an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University, Spokane Falls Community College and the Univeristy of Washington.

DECA chapter pushes cancer awareness

West Valley High School’s DECA chapter has started a three-month cancer awareness campaign.

This month DECA members are raising money for Because There Is Hope, an organization started in 2004 by breast cancer survivor Melody Biehl, who dedicated her time to helping other cancer patients. Biehl also opened Faye’s House, in honor of her friend, Faye Mclain, who lost her battle with cancer.

To raise funds for Biehl’s organization and Faye’s House, DECA students have been selling breast cancer awareness items, including pink wristbands, T-shirts, buttons and ribbons.

WV’s student athletes are participating with the Tough Enough to Wear Pink awareness campaign: football players are wearing pink jerseys, the cheerleaders are wearing pink socks, T-shirts and pom-poms for all of their home games, and the girls soccer and volleyball players are also wearing pink at all of their home games. WV students are wearing pink on Wednesdays and Fridays.

In November, the WV DECA Chapter will raise awareness of colon and prostate cancer with No Shave November. To promote early detection and screening, students, staff, and WV parents can participate in a beard and mustache competition. The hairy competitors will be judged in an awards ceremony on Nov. 20. DECA members and guest speakers also will share information about prostate and colon cancer.

And in December the WV DECA’s cancer campaign will center on childhood cancer and help support American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest. Chapter members will volunteer and raise money for cancer patients and their families for the annual Christmas party.

Northwest Christian event features Kitna

Northwest Christian Schools will host IMPACT NWC 2014 on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center in the Integra Telecom Ballroom.

The event will feature former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Jon Kitna as the keynote speaker

As a math teacher and football coach, Kitna will speak about connecting with students through mentoring and real-life experiences. His topic will be “Transforming Hearts One Student at a Time.”

The event is free, but donations are requested to support the school and its students. To register, visit For information, call Jana Baldwin at (509) 238-4005, ext. 146, or email

To submit news about your school, students and staff to the Education Notebook, send the details to or call (509) 459-5434.
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