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Education Notebook: Spokane Symphony to honor three teachers for achievements in art, music education

The Spokane Symphony will recognize this year’s outstanding arts education support and music teaching awards recipients at its concert on Sunday.

The honorees are:

Carole Meyer, outstanding arts advocate administrator. Meyer is principal of Salk Middle School in Spokane Public School District.

Taylor Belote, outstanding instrumental ensemble teacher. Belote teaches band at Deer Park Middle/High School.

Lisa Martin, outstanding elementary general music teacher. Martin teaches at Prairie View Elementary in the Mead School District.

This weekend’s concerts, “A Tribute to Ravel,” will feature three of his greatest hits: “Bolero,” “La Valse,” and “Rhapsodie espagnole.” Also on the program are Florent Schmitt’s “La Tragedie de Salome” and Richard Dubugnon’s XIX “Le Soleil” from “Arcanes Symphoniques.” To honor teachers and school administrators, a limited number of tickets will be available for $20. The symphony performs at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

Also this weekend, art created by Spokane Public Schools students will be on display in the Founders’ Gallery.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (509) 624-1200, visit or visit the Fox box office, 1001 W. Sprague Ave.

‘Music Man’ musical opens at LC

Lewis and Clark High School’s production of “The Music Man” opens Thursday.

The musical follows traveling con man Harold Hill, who tricks the residents of River City into giving him money to purchase uniforms and instruments to create a band. As Hill begins to fall for librarian Marian Paroo however, he has second thoughts about deceiving the town.

“The Music Man” stars MJ Smith as Hill, Caroline Slater as Paroo, Ethan Goins as Marcellus, Tori Schauer as Mrs. Paroo, Claire Woodard as Eulalie, Eric Rorholm as Mayor Shinn, and future Tiger Drama students Noelle Fries as Amaryllis and Jack Salvaggio as Winthrop.

Performances will be Thursday through Saturday and March 2-4 at 7 p.m. at 521 W. Fourth Ave. Tickets are $10 at the door.

NWC fifth-graders repeat history

Northwest Christian fifth-graders will present a living history museum of figures from the colonial era entitled “Sweet Land of Liberty” Friday.

Students will wear costumes representing what George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Deborah Sampson, King George III and more would wear between 1775 and 1789. Students have also prepared a speech about their character.

Following the historical museum, students will participate in colonial dancing and arts and crafts from the colonial era.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. The public is welcome to attend and is asked to check in at the lower campus front office, 5028 E. Bernhill Road, Colbert.

Mt. Spokane’s DECA earns gold

Mt. Spokane High School’s DECA enterprise has achieved a Gold Level Re-Certification and will be recognized at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California.

The students who worked on the certification were Abbey Miller, Alexis Desautel, Meghan Tabacek and Jared Merhing, with the help of advisor David Whitehead.

Bridge-building winners posted

Earlier this month, more than 250 elementary, middle and high school students participated in Mead School District’s third annual Bridge Building Competition.

Bridges were judged on bridge efficiency, or the weight the bridge can hold divided by the weight of the bridge. Engineers from local firms helped judge the competition.

Cash prizes were awarded to the top three finishers in each category:

Elementary School Division: Gavin O’Connor and Gavin Wideman (Colbert Elementary School sixth-graders, first place); Kaitlynn Gardiner and Alana Tomayko (Shiloh Hills Elementary School sixth-graders, second place); and Angelica Goold, Gavin Farnsworth and Rylese Walker (Shiloh Hills sixth-graders, third place).

Middle School Division: Nic Caballero and Bryan Evans (Northwood Middle School eighth-graders, first place); Ethan Ingalls and Brayden Putney (Northwood seventh-graders, second place); and Ryan Clark (Mountainside Middle School seventh-graders, third place).

High School Division: Alisha Trevaskis (Mead High School senior, first place); Levi Arnold (Mead senior, second place); and Gabi Hager (Mt. Spokane High School junior, third place).

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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