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Education Notebook: 12 area students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced this year’s semifinalists earlier this month, naming 12 area students out of nearly 16,000 nationwide.

More than 1.5 million juniors entered the 2020 scholarship program by taking the 2018 PSAT or the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The highest-scoring students are chosen as semifinalists, with the number of semifinalists proportionally determined by state according to its percentage of total graduating seniors in the nation.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists will be selected as finalists in February, who then go on to compete for one of the 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships. Additionally, finalists can compete for the 1,000 corporate-sponsored or 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarships.

The following students are listed alphabetically by hometown and high school:


David Allen, Melody Gebremedhin, Thomas Horstkamp, Eric Kumar and Zhizhen Liu, all of Pullman High School.


Christopher Barron, of Freeman High School.


Helen Gao, of Ferris High School; Gwyneth Teel and Bailey VanderWilde, of Lewis and Clark High School; Matthew Moore, of Oaks Classical Christian Academy; and Marshall Roll and Sarah Wu, of St. George’s School.

Department of Health offers high school video contest

The Washington State Department of Health is hosting a video contest for high school students, asking them to imagine what a day would be like with no water.

Videos must have a run-time of two minutes or less with all-original content. No copyrighted material or inappropriate content may be used. The submission deadline is Oct. 14. To submit, upload the video online and send the link to along with your name, school and email address.

The winning video will be featured on the Washington State DOH social media channels for “Imagine a Day Without Water” on Oct. 24, and the members of the winning team will receive a certificate of achievement. More information can be found at

Logan’s Perdue nominated as SPS principal of the year

Spokane Public Schools recently nominated Brent Perdue, principal of Logan Elementary, as the district’s Distinguished Principal for this school year.

Perdue was leading a routine staff meeting when his colleagues, the superintendent, and his wife and mother surprised him with the award.

Car wash, yard sale to benefit Freeman wrestling program

Freeman Wrestling will host a car wash and yard sale fundraiser on Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Galaxy Grind, 12402 E. Saltese Road, Spokane Valley, between the intersection of South Pines Road and East 16th Avenue.

Cheney schools, CHAS to soon provide free vaccination clinics

Cheney Public Schools and CHAS will provide three free vaccination clinics at the following locations on Oct. 2: Cheney Middle School, 740 Betz Road, Cheney, 7:30-9:30 a.m.; Westwood Middle School, 6120 S. Abbott Road, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and Sunset Elementary, 12824 W. 12th Ave., Airway Heights, 2-4 p.m.

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