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Education notebook: NC’s ‘Grease’ opens Thursday

North Central High School’s production of “Grease” opens Thursday. The cast will perform the Broadway version of the musical, which features a few songs that don’t appear in the 1978 film.

The musical stars: Hokuloa Beebe (Jan), Soffii Tedsco (Marty), Arianna Jennings (Frenchie) and Shyla Zavala (Rizzo) as the Pink Ladies; Cooper Graves (Doody), Darin Anderson (Roger), Noah Marsh (Kenickie), Lee Jack (Sonny) and Oliver Miller (Danny) as the Burger Palace Boys; Gabriel Stone (Sandy), Sarah Lewis (Patty Simcox), Carver Bain (Eugene Florczyk), Zoe Zywiak (Miss Lynch), Gabrielle Clark (Cha-Cha), Adrian Amaya (Vince Fontain), Alex Watson and Danny Healey (both playing Johnny Casino), and Jacob VanKnowe (Teen Angel).

Performances are Thursday through Saturday and March 10-12 at North Central, 1600 N. Howard St. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, available at the school’s business office, are $7 for GSL card holders and senior citizens, $8 general admission. Children younger than 5 will not be admitted.

Robotics competition convenes Friday

More than 850 students from 34 teams from Eastern Washington and northeastern Oregon will compete in the Pacific Northwest District FIRST Robotics Competition Friday and Saturday at West Valley High School.

Opening ceremonies will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, with qualifying matches until 5 p.m. On Saturday, opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by qualification matches, final rounds and the awards ceremony at 2 p.m.

Finalists move on to the PNW FIRST Robotics Competitions in Portland April 7-9.

The competition is free and open to the public. West Valley is at 8301 E. Buckeye Ave.

NC honored for work in molecular biology

The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction recently named North Central High School’s Institute of Science and Technology a STEM Lighthouse School, one of six in the state, for its work in molecular biology.

This title comes with a $20,000 award, which the school plans to use to explore and strengthen its relationship with the Makah and greater Spokane tribes in plant research; provide professional development and research models for other schools in biomedical technology; provide professional development opportunities regarding technical writing and computational biology for teachers; purchase chemicals and supplies to further research strands; and purchase 30 laptops to help it expand its use of technology as a containment system for lab notebooks.

North Central will host a celebratory reception featuring student presentations and scientific demonstrations from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Ferris student noted for computing work

For her interest in computing, Ferris High School student Ellie Fitzgerald received the Aspirations in Computing Affiliate Award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and interest in computing, leadership ability, academic performance and plans for education after high school.

Fitzgerald and runner-up Lauren Walker, also a student at Ferris, took computing and engineering classes and competed in SkillsUSA Internetworking and First Robotics competitions.

Fitzgerald will be honored March 21 at an NCWIT event in Pullman.

State academic champions named

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Dairy Farmers of Washington and Les Schwab Tires recently announced the Academic State Champions for the winter sports season.

The Scholastic Awards Program honors the group with the highest grade-point average among all Washington high schools in their enrollment classification.

Winning schools from the area are:

Band: Lewis and Clark High School (4A) and Freeman High School (1A).

Cheer: Lewis and Clark.

Choir: Gonzaga Prep High School (4A) and St. George’s High School (2B).

Drama: Lewis and Clark and St. George’s.

Forensics: Central Valley High School (4A).

NWC students raise $6,200 for meals

After raising more than $6,200, Northwest Christian students packed 25,000 meals for Generation Alive’s “Something to Eat” campaign March 3, the second-largest meal campaign for Generation Alive in the Spokane area, following Whitworth University.

To raise money for the campaign, students bought concessions at the Lower Campus Basketball Night, held a Fill the Boot event and participated in Boxes for Change, a classroom competition. Students also donated money so they could wear hats to school, pie a teacher or administrator in the face or duct tape a teacher.

Also, students at East Valley High School raised more than $1,000 to pack 5,000 meals for Generation Alive.

The “Something to Eat” campaign provides low-cost nutritional meals for the hungry. The meals the students packed will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

CVSD group to create career fair awards

The artists in SPARK, an art partnership program within the Central Valley School District that works to provide people with disabilities with opportunities to express themselves artistically, have been commissioned to make the awards that Microsoft will hand out during its Ability Summit Career Fair.

Matthew Pretz, Preston Bolt, Jonathan Finck, Eddie Kerr, Kim Diep and David Gonzales will make an award for each of the following categories: community service, enabling people with disabilities, contributing to the future, technical excellence and leadership advocacy.

SPARK is also invited to host an art exhibition during a career fair April 6 in Redmond.

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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