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Education notebook: North Wall sixth-grader wins 2 awards at National Invention Convention

Hannah Swanson has won two awards at the National Invention Convention held in May for her Swim Spectacles. She received the Smart Audio, Cool Cars Specialty and the Best LogBook awards. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Hannah Swanson has won two awards at the National Invention Convention held in May for her Swim Spectacles. She received the Smart Audio, Cool Cars Specialty and the Best LogBook awards. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Hannah Swanson, a sixth-grader at North Wall School in Spokane, made a spectacle of herself in a winning way at the National Invention Convention in Dearborn, Michigan, in May.

Hannah earned the Smart Audio, Cool Cars Specialty Award and the Best LogBook Award for her invention, Swim Spectacles.

Swim Spectacles are designed for eyeglass-wearers who do not wear contact lenses while swimming. With a shape similar to snorkeling goggles, Swanson’s goggles can be easily placed over glasses but feature the added protection and comfort of a waterproof pocket fitted to eyeglass arms.

More than 500 K-12 inventors presented their at the convention held at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Those that who competed in nationals were selected from over 120,000 students from 23 states, representing four countries.

Hannah took Best in Show for her spectacles at Invent Washington to qualify for the national convention.

Public can meet SPS candidate at forum

Spokane Public Schools will offer an opportunity for the public to meet with the finalist for the position of director of risk management, campus safety and student transportation.

Community members can meet and visit with the candidate and to offer their impressions.

The event will be 4:30 p.m. Monday in the SPS Boardroom, 200 N. Bernard St., in downtown Spokane.

Logan named GU partner of year

Gonzaga University recently named Logan Elementary School its Community Partner of the Year. Each year, individuals and agencies are nominated for their significant community contributions through commitment to Gonzaga’s Community Engaged Learning program.

Logan has a long history of partnering with Gonzaga for 20 years of collaboration in the Campus Kids Program, a one-on-one mentoring program for fourth- through sixth-graders. Beginning with mentoring 20 Logan Elementary students, the program has grown to provide campus-based mentoring to over 100 students at five area elementary schools.

Collaborations between Logan and Gonzaga this year have fostered multiple community benefits, a news release said.

Gonzaga’s Campus Kitchens Program launched the Logan Neighborhood Dinner, providing weekly free meals to neighborhood residents.

Logan ELD teacher Maria Zamora partnered with GU’s English department to organize internships for Gonzaga students in Logan’s ELD program.

Logan Principal Brent Purdue serves on Gonzaga’s Place-Based Initiative advisory board along with several staff members from GU’s Listening Project, to foster opportunities for partnerships between residents and community organizations.

Logan fifth-grader wins speech contest

Logan Elementary School fifth-grader Maya Roncevic has won the superior overall award at the 28th annual Speech and Declamation Competition held at the school.

The competition, similar to a poetry slam, sees students competing in front of judges who score them in memorization, gestures, poise and voice inflection/articulation.

Finalists included Ari Reamer, Xavier German, Quilon Odems, Tibian Fadl, D’Antrey Matthews, Eduardo Mendoza, Jordan Track, Zoey Anderson, Kastile Hawks, Keziah Moua, Thienny Keopha, Jasmine Haywood, Peyton Remington, Jhase Pangelinan, Summer Lassiter and Sebastian O’Donley.

The Education Notebook appears every Thursday in the Voice. If you have news about your school, students or staff, please let us know so we can help spread the word. Submissions can be emailed to Rachel Baker at or mail to her, with attention to Education Notebook, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210. Items also can be emailed to

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