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Education Notebook: Salk’s MESA team takes third place at nationals

Salk Middle School’s Math, Engineering, Science Achievement team placed third during the MESA National Engineering Design Competition on June 21-22 in Philadelphia.

Team members, Maya Valenciano, Terra Bronson and Meilin Scott, designed and built a prosthetic arm that was judged on its technical paper, oral presentation and poster boards.

Brenda Jo VanSlyke, Spokane MESA director stated, “I’m impressed with how hard the students worked this year and the dedication of the MESA team.”

Deer Park schools’ choral leader honored

Christina Thomas, choral music director for both Deer Park High School and Deer Park Middle School, was recently honored with the Northeast Music Educator Association’s “Outstanding Choral Music Educator” award.

Deer Park’s band director, Taylor Belote, was chosen by the Spokane Symphony to receive the 2016-17 “Outstanding Music Educator” award for the Spokane area this spring. According to the district website, the music programs that Thomas and Belot direct “do an amazing job representing our schools and community and make a difference in the lives of kids”.

Medical Lake choir shines at festival

On June 3, Medical Lake High School’s Windborne Choir members participated in the Music in the Parks Festival, earning not only first place for their division, but also received a superior rating and the proud title of “Best High School Choir”.

Cheney club gives $1,000 to Shriner’s

Cheney High School Art Club members presented Shriners Hospital for Children with a check for $1,000 in the beginning of June. According to club adviser Rebecca Dempsey, “the students raised the money by holding ‘Canvas Cafe’ events where in exchange for a donation, club members taught the public how to paint a painting, along with supplying coffee and treats.” This act of kindness benefits the recreation department and helps with the expenses of art supplies for the children.

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